English, Bahamian Creole, Haitian Creole,
The Bahamian Dollar
Flight time
9 hours and 50 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT -5 hours
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Introducing Bahamas

There are many reasons to travel to the Bahamas. It could be for the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, or the luxury resorts and outstanding 5 star service in every venue, or the endless choice of family friendly destinations and children’s attractions, or perhaps the lively nightlife and dusk ‘til dawn parties that seduce the socialites. Or it could be the fact that 84% of the Bahamas is completely and utterly 100% unspoiled. The vast majority of Bahamas’ coral reefs and wildlife can be found in the Out Islands, an area which appeals to the most off-the-beaten-path traveller. So whether you’re here for the luxury beaches and dynamic party atmosphere or something slightly more off the map, there’s something for everyone in the beautiful Bahamas. This coral based archipelago comprises 700 islands and cays ranging from untouched and uninhabited to populated and resort-packed. So if there’s one thing you can find in this delightful Caribbean destination – other than hot weather, hours of daylight and scenery resembling paradise – it’s variety. No two islands, cays or bays are the same, making it the perfect land for discovery.

The Bahamas not only offers the best of both worlds when it comes to a beach holiday – off the beaten track exploration and lively resort towns designed for families, groups and couples – but it’s also one of the most friendly destinations in the Caribbean. So whether you spend most of your time in the nation’s most illustrious resorts, immersed in water with the endless scuba and snorkelling activities, or immersed in rum in the many bars of Harbour Island, you’ll always be greeted with a warm smile. The Bahamians are known for their happy-go-lucky, laidback attitude as well as their love for parties and celebration and the locals will be sure to ease you into island life on your arrival.


The great thing about the Bahamas is the incredible variety; with 700 different islands and cays, there’s a world of discovery out there and kids will love exploring all the different beaches. From dreamy white sand beaches and mesmerising pink sand beaches that light up in the sunset to rocky coves and coral-speckled cays, families will never run out of beaches to check out. In addition to the endless stretches of sand sea, the Bahamas is well known for its family-friendly activities and many attractions geared towards children. Don’t miss Paradise Island’s waterparks, the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, sightseeing at Fort Fincastle, the Pirates of Nassau Museum, lighthouses at Elbow Cay, and the ever popular Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis. Other incredible family activities include swimming with dolphins, snorkelling and sea lion encounters.


Bahamian cuisine is never bland; if you love spice and seasoning, the food of the Bahamas will be extremely pleasing to your palate. Locals like to believe that they work with flavours better than any other Caribbean island and you will find well-spiced meats and fish produce featuring on all restaurant menus. Dishes you have to try include Cracked Conch or Conch Salad, Rock Lobsters, Bahamian Stew Fish, Johnnycakes (similar to American cornbread), Pigeon Peas and Rice, Baked Crab, Souse (meat stew) and Guava Duff (a guava pastry dish). When it comes to side dishes, the Bahamas share a lot of similarities to that of Southern United States so you will come across sides such as macaroni and cheese, potato and sweet potato plus something called Grits which is made from boiling ground corn.

Rum is of course a staple spirit here in the Bahamas but if you want try the real taste of the island, order a Yellow Bird cocktail – a local favourite consisting of orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, Galliano, apricot brandy and banana liqueur.

History and Culture

The Bahamas has a distinctive culture which has been cultivated from generations and generations of mixing African, British colonial and American customs and traditions into a big melting pot. Today, the people of the Bahamas express their unique culture through festivals, carnivals and music, with the Junkanoo street parade being one of the biggest contributors of cultural celebration and symbolism. The proud Bahamians also share their culture with others through their love of great food and their passion for hosting amazing feasts. Bahamians as people love meeting new friends from around the world. They are an open, kind and welcoming community and they are considered be very easy-going people with a dedication to offering great hospitality to their guests.

Top Locations in Bahamas

The Abacos
The Abacos is one of the most popular islands for holiday makers and it offers calm waters for swimming in, panoramic beach views, mile long chains of islands for sailing around, and some of the best championship golf courses in the Caribbean. Some of the best areas on the island to explore include Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay and Treasure Cay.
Nassau & Paradise Island
Like its namesake, Nassau & Paradise Island is a place that many consider to be a beach paradise. Paradise in the north is a 685 acre zone developed for tourism with the luxury beach resorts, a buzzing restaurant culture, lively nightlife and great shopping and golf. And then there’s Nassau, the Bahamas’ beautiful capital which is a bustling hub of culture.
The Berry Islands
If you want secluded beaches and awesome dive spots, The Berry Islands is the place to be. Uninhabited islands with wonderful wildlife, ancient churches and champion sport fishing are just a few of the reasons why these islands are so fantastic.
The Out Islands
The Out Islands offer untouched, unblemished nature so if you’re in search of an off-the-beaten-track adventure, this collection of islands will appeal to you. The Out Islands are quiet, making them ideal for romance, weddings and honeymoons and with crystal clear waters, they are also great for those who love to swim, fish, dive and snorkel.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island offers a superb mix of sights, scenic views and activities. The beaches are beautiful, resorts are luxurious and family friendly, and the towns are rich in historic appeal – perfect for culture vultures who want both sightseeing and sunbathing. The island is also home to one of the largest underground cave systems in the world – so it’s truly a diver’s paradise.

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