Today’s Guest Post is from the exotic islands of the Bahamas, a Caribbean archipelago steeped in history and natural beauty. Aleksandra Udovenko visits to re-discover what is waiting for the traveller to explore!
Re-Discovering The Bahamas
The Islands of the Bahamas, a part of the world rich in heritage and history, begs to be explored. From as early as 300 A.D., the Bahamas have been home to Cubans, Lucayans, and finally, Bahamians, but they have also captivated explorers like Christopher Columbus (who described them as the islands of the “baja mar,” meaning shallow sea) traders, settlers, invaders, and pirates. Even today, there are still rumours of buried treasure across the islands! But gold and bounty aside, there is still plenty to discover and explore, from the beauty of Paradise Island to the coral-tinged Out Islands.
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas which is situated on the island of New Providence, is a busy metropolis, offering travellers every modern convenience served up with tons of culture. It’s one of the most popular places to visit for tourists, sun-seekers, and culture vultures alike. Situated to the north of Nassau is Paradise Island, 685 square meters of pure, well, paradise. This island has been designed with pleasure in mind and has a wealth of resorts, hotels, shops, and restaurants to keep even the weariest visitor happy. The main appeal of the island lies in its entertainment and leisure facilities, featuring a golf course, aquarium, and a world-famous casino; it’s a popular destination for all ages.
An Authentic Tate Of Island Life
To get a more authentic taste of island life, Grand Bahama is the island to visit. Although not as glamorous as its bigger neighbour, Nassau, Grand Bahama is an affordable and very laid-back place to get away from it all. It’s great for all ages, and with it being a cruise-ship destination, it has plenty of amenities like restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. With golden sands and crystal clear waters, the island is the perfect way to relax. Outside the main city of Freeport, there are also plenty of places to explore. The island, which is 85 miles long, contains mangrove swamps and sea caves, the perfect stomping ground for an adventurous day out.
Adrenaline junkies shouldn’t miss the opportunity to try some of the renowned diving, snorkelling, and bone fishing on this island. In Grand Bahama, the Pelican Bay and the Bell Channel Inn have a good reputation are some of the best places to stay.
The Out Islands
As proud as they are of their capital and the big islands, many Bahamians agree that to experience true life as an islander, a trip to the Out Islands is in order. Nicknamed by locals for its age inclusive nature, the Out Islands consist of over 700 scarcely populated cays and islands and have become natural wonders in their own right, providing a natural habitat for many species of exotic wildlife.
The perfect destination for a day trip to ramble off the beaten path and discover unspoiled natural beauty, like the famous beaches of the Bahamas which are known for pink sand, the Out Islands will also appeal to those seeking a more adventurous experience through island-hopping, flying, hiking, and kayaking. The Exumas are one of the most beautiful archipelagos to explore, consisting of 365 separate cays and islands and lying just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Although the days of swashbuckling pirates filling up the ports of the Bahamas are long gone, there’s still an inescapable sense of adventure and opportunity to be found when you discover the Bahamas!