“Go to Bahamas, and forget the dramas.“
The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of about 2,000 islands if you include the cays, which are small islands that are formed on coral reefs. The word Bahamas is of Spanish origin and means ‘Shallow Water’. They are located in the Atlantic ocean, not the Caribbean sea. The Bahamas may seem schizophrenic: it is a family destination, a place for lovers to sneak away, a gambling mecca, a cruise-afficianado’s chief port, and a shopper’s world market.
Arawak natives inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador Island in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence for the UK in 1973, the Bahamas have prospered though tourism and international banking and investment management.
There’s the override feeling that the Bahamas has got tourism just right: a range of resorts cater for holidaymakers, including a growing age of eco-hotels, yet their impact on the islands’ natural beauty remains, by in large, minimal. The full gauntlet of water sports beckon for the active holidaymaker: from scuba diving and snorkeling to parasailing and sailing, there’s more than enough to get the pulse racing here.
Explore the clutch of nature reserves that are scattered across the archipelago, look out for the myriad of bird species that call the Bahamas home: from bright pink flamingos to multicolored parrots. Around sundown, Bahamian clubs and bars pulsate with island rhythms; riotous dance festivals that mis African slave-trade rituals with Bahamian tempo and American hip-hop twists.
If you are planning to visit this beautiful archipelago, you can travel via direct flights available from India and the official currency of the Bahamas is Bahamian Dollar (1 BSD=76.18 INR).
The Bahamas is an inescapably pricey destination but whether sailing around the Abacos’ history-filled Loyalist Cays, partying at Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort, swimming with wild pigs or lounging on Eleuthera’s pink-sand beaches, there’s likely a Bahamian island to match most every water-and sand-based compulsion, all framed by a backdrop of gorgeous, mesmerizing blue. Whatever you do, the vividness of the Bahamas never ceases to assault your senses.
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