A vacation to the Bahamas is similar to a journey to paradise! This tropical destination is located east of Miami. The featured attractions consist of 700 islands prosper with fine white sand beaches, vibrant flowers, turquoise waters, and palm trees. The weather stays at near-perfect temperatures throughout the year, having a flourishing resort community. It also offers numerous first class spa resorts, for both rejuvenation of body and soul. The luxurious 1st class resorts and hotels are the Flamingo Bay Yacht Club, Island Palm Resort, Marina, and Port Lucaya Resort. Each offers rooms that provide panoramic scenery of the sea. Bahamas is truly a perfect destination for your vacation.
Important and Interesting Facts about Bahamas
- Versailles Gardens – one of the most popular locations for weddings on the Island of Bahamas. The park is decorated with bronze and marble statues, fountains, picturesque ponds and waterfalls. The snow-white, like a lacy gazebo for ceremonies is located on a hill with a footpath leading to the monastery.
- The archipelago stretches from north-west to south-east for 1,500 km and includes nearly 700 islands (29 of them inhabited), and the 2500 coral reefs and rocks.
- The pink sand of Pink Sands Beach, on Harbour Island the Bahamas, comes from Foraminifera, a microscopic marine animal with a bright pink or red shell.
- As can be seen on any satellite image, the water around the Bahamas as if divided into smaller parts and has turquoise color. Turquoise obtained from a mixture of white sand, calcium carbonate, and reflections of light that is reflected from the bottom. The water around the Bahamas is strongly saturated with calcium carbonate (the material that forms seashells), which often precipitates directly into the water.
- The main export of the Bahamas are pharmaceuticals, cement, rum, crawfish (spiny lobster) and refined petroleum products. Bark Cascarilla, which grows on several islands Bahamas, is exported and used to flavor Campari and Vermouth. In 1788, The Bahamas exported 450 tons of cotton in the UK.
- The most expensive food in the Bahamas is the local spiny lobster. Fishing lobster is produced from April to August. Well cooked lobster in the Bahamas can be enjoyed at the Gray cliff in Nassau.
- The Bahamas are one the Caribbean’s richest countries. Half of those in the Bahamas work in tourism, followed by 17% in the financial services sector.
- All the Islands of the Bahamas are called Out Islands or Family Islands, except for New Providence and Grand Bahama. This is because that is where the two biggest cities are located. Nassau is in the New Providence and Freeport is in Grand Bahama.
- Underwater cave systems. During the glacial period, the sea level was as low as 250 feet below its present level. During this time, the limestone that forms the islands was eroded by acid rain, which ended up cutting hundreds of systems of vertical and horizontal caves that are now below the islands.
- Dean’s Blue Hole, West Clarence Town, on Long Island of Bahamas. The Bahamas hole is right next to the shore. You can enter the water on the knee – and suddenly fail at 202 meters, that is how much of its depth;) This is the place where many free divers are attempting to break the world record.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about Bahamas
- There are 2,200 miles of coastline in the Bahamas.
- There are more than 315 days of sunshine in the Bahamas each year.
- The Bahamas are extremely vulnerable to hurricanes because of their location, especially in the spring and fall months.
- Although the Bahamas is considered to be part of the Caribbean, it is not geographically in the Caribbean. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean.
- The longest (known) underwater cave system in the world can be found in Lucayan National Park, on Grand Bahama Island.
- There are no rivers in The Bahamas but it is home to the world’s third longest barrier reef.
- A few islands in the Bahamas have actually been bought by certain people and companies. For example, both Michael Jordan and Walt Disney World have their own islands in the Bahamas.
- The Bahamas is right on the edge of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.
- Amazing underwater ride in Bahamas called Underwater Sub Adventure. You get into a custom-built vessel and can drive the SUB under water.
- Happy fact: There is an uninhabited island called Pig Beach in the Bahamas where pigs swim around all day.
- There are no poisonous snakes in the Bahamas, just wonderful little snakes that help keep down the rodent population, like the Bahamian Boa.
Historical and Cultural Facts about Bahamas
- The original inhabitants of the Bahamas were the Taino people, from the 11thcentury AD, believed to have migrated from South America.
- The yellow elder is the national flower, the Lignum Vitae (tree of life) is the national tree, the flamingo is the national bird and the blue marlin is the national fish.
- The Queen’s staircase, in the Bahamas, was built by slaves in the late 18th century between 1793 and 1794. The slaves used axes and other sharp hand tools to carve the 65 steps that make up this 102-feet staircase. It was names in honor of the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. The staircase is made of solid limestone.
- Other groups that helped make the Bahamas what it is today were the Spaniards who arrived with Colombus in 1492, the African slaves who were brought to the islands by the Europeans, and English settlers who migrated from Bermuda in 1648 called the Eleutherian Adventurers.
- The Bahamas culture is a mixture of Lucayan Indian, European, and African cultures. It is reminiscent of many Caribbean island cultures in that it has been influences by its tropical surroundings.
- Junkanoo (which has been compared to Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans) is a colorful and uniquely Bahamian parade, featuring lavishly costumed stilt walkers and musicians, held on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and New Year’s Day.
- Rake and scrapemusic comes from the musical traditions of the Turks and Cone Islands, and is characterized by the use of a saw as the primary instrument. It was brought by immigrants from those islands from the 1920s to about the 1940s, who settled on Cat Island, and elsewhere. Rake and Scrape is traditionally used to accompany the Bahamian Quadrille and the heel-toe polka all relics of the initial mixture of Africa and Europe.
- Cuisine in the Bahamas is known for seafood, such as conch, rock lobster, land crabs, stew fish, and salt fish. Other commonly used ingredients include coconut, peas, and dumplings.
- The Bahamas were Christopher Columbus’ landing place. It is widely believed that the first halt to the coast to the New World Columbus made on the island of San Salvador. In 1986, National Geographic reported that he landed at Samana Cay. In any case, the development of the lands of the New World by Europeans began with the Bahamas.
- In the Bahamas, once the snow fell. 17 January 1977 cold wave came from South Florida and brought the unnatural winter weather. On this day, the only time in history, snow fell on the city of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. Snow drifts were observed, but really falling snowflakes.
- The historical fact – Bahamas were the base of pirate ships. Been there, Francis Drake, Mary Read, Anne Bonny (yes, pirates are women!) And other well-known pirates. The Bahamas were once a favorite place for pirates to hide their treasure.
- In those days, when the U.S.was a “dry law”, the Bahamas served as the base for the smuggling of alcohol, in particular the Roma.