Caribbean Tourism

THE BAHAMAS: This group of 700 islands, beginning sixty miles east of the Florida coast

This group of 700 islands, beginning sixty miles east of the Florida coast, is dazzling in its diversity.


The island of New Providence is divided into three main tourist areas -- Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach.

Hotel complexes dominate expansive Cable Beach, which underwent a recent facelift, transforming it to a mecca for visitors who prefer beachcombing with options for exercise and lively entertainment nearby. Luxurious accommodations are offered in resorts of all sizes and types with gourmet food, world-class entertainment, sports facilities (including a golf course) and some large casinos never more than a few steps away.

Nassau, the capital, adds a grand British undertone to island life. Pink government buildings at Rawson Square (actually a circle) face cruise ships whose passengers are drawn to a day of duty-free shopping downtown. A new museum interpreting the colorful Junkanoo tradition is tucked at wharfside in the ships' shadows. Tiny pubs and restaurants dot Nassau's narrow side streets. And a bustling straw market houses hundreds of vendors ready to bargain with souvenir merchandise. You can even catch a ride on a horse drawn carriage.

Cross the bridge to Paradise Island where beaches are first-class and the resort selection is excellent -- from upscale chic on stately estate grounds, to a yoga retreat, condo facilities (great for family vacations), and large luxury properties (one with a glass tunnel for viewing marine life and a low-key water park). Activity abounds at every turn. Paradise Island has an excellent golf course and its own small airport.
Grand Bahama, with resort development at both Freeport and Lucaya, has the same features on a smaller scale. Golf, tennis, watersports and duty-free shopping are popular and plentiful. And the island moves at a leisurely pace.

Kick back further and visit the Out Islands, favored by explorers who prefer their island life quaint, quiet, simple and barefoot. No rules here, just relaxation and recreation on land and sea when the spirit moves you. Interesting and excellent small and mid-sized hotels and family-run guest houses are interspersed with touches of history and hundreds of friendly faces. Out Island exploration is especially popular with ecotourists in search of unspoiled island atmosphere, game fishermen seeking a record catch and all those who prefer to daydream in idyllic surroundings.


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Introduction

The Islands of The Bahamas are a haven of exquisite white-and-pink beaches, lush tropical landscape, crystal clear turquoise waters and...

HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES: * Air Canada. * Air Jamaica. * American Eagle. * Chalk Int'l Airlines. * Comair. * Continental Air Lines...

MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS: * Bank of Nova Scotia. * Bank of the Bahamas. * Barclays Bank PLC. * CIBC. * Citibank. * Commonwealth Bank...

COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY: The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an archipelago of 700 islands, extending over 100,000 sq mls of ocean, from Florida in the...

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING: Restaurants available Local. American. Fast Food. Gourmet. Continental. French. Italian. Chinese. Japanese. Polynesian. 15% service...

USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES: Country Address Contact United States - New York 150 E. 52nd St, 28th FloorNew York, NY 10022 TOURIST OFFICES:...

Getting There in Bahamas by Air and Sea

Airlines: American Airlines, T1800-4337300. Air Canada, T3278411. Bahamasair, T3773223 in Nassau, T3528341 in Freeport, 800-2224262 in the...