Caribbean Tourism

Bahamas

History of Bahamas

The first inhabitants were probably the Siboneys, fishermen who migrated from Florida and the Yucatán. The Indians Columbus found in the southern Bahamas were Arawaks, practising a culture called Tainan. They called themselves Lukku-cairi, island people, and became known as Lucayans. They were primitive farmers and fishermen, but produced the best cotton...

Government & Economy of Bahamas

The Bahamas became independent, within the Commonwealth, in July 1973. The new Constitution provided for a Governor General to represent the British monarch who is head of state, a nominated 16-member Senate and an elected 49-member, now 40-member House of Assembly, with a parliamentary life of a maximum of five years. The Free National Movement (FNM) holds...

Golf & Other Sports in Bahamas

Golf: The most popular and well-developed sport on dry land is probably golf. There are four world class courses on New Providence: Cable Beach Golf Course (T3278617), South Ocean Golf Club (T3624391), Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island (T3633000) and the private Lyford Cay Golf Course. Green fees vary and hotel guests can get package deals or...

Places to Eat - New Providence

A 15% gratuity will be added to every food & drink bill although service can be very slow & poor. Lunch is always cheaper than dinner and can be taken until 1700. The large hotels often offer free snack buffets during happy hours. Most hotels have expensive and formal restaurants but they also have good value buffets (US$12-20). For al fresco dining...

Places to Eat - Grand Bahama

The hotels have several expensive restaurants which serve native/international cuisine. Buffet brunches on Sunday are recommended, you can eat as much as you like at some of the major hotels (US$18 including as much champagne as you can drink). Many restaurants, particularly those in hotels, do Early Bird Specials from 1730-1830. Although some restaurants...

Food & Drink

Conch, crab, grouper, snapper, dolphin (not the Flipper variety) & other seafood are on all the menus. Conch is the staple diet of many Bahamians. It is considered an aphrodisiac and a source of virility, especially the small end part of the conch which is bitten off and eaten from the live conch for maximum effect. Conch is prepared in a variety of...

Festivals in Bahamas

New Providence Junkanoo is a loud and boisterous national festivity loosely derived from African customs, celebrated on New Providence at 0300 on 26 December and 1 January and, since 1999, in June. Every weekend in June there is live entertainment by Bahamian recording artists, dancers and performance artists, at an outdoor bandstand by the Arawak Cay Fish...

Flora & Fauna

Grand Bahama is mostly covered in scrub or Caribbean pines. The Royal and Cabbage palms found on the island have been imported, the former coming originally from Cuba. In the north there are marsh and mangrove swamps. Much of the coast supports the attractive sea-grape tree and it is not unusual to see children collecting grapes from the trees. Common fruit...

Entertainment - New Providence

Some clubs have a cover charge or a 2-drink minimum. The Joker’s Wild Comedy Club, T3633000. Mostly US comedians and entertainers perform Tue-Sat. The King and Knights at Nassau Beach Hotel has a good native show, with steel drums etc. Native shows generally do not mean native to the Bahamas, but borrow from the culture of Trinidad and Jamaica with Junkanoo...

Entertainment - Grand Bahama

Bars: There are many in Freeport, most have a Happy Hour between 1700-1900, and most of the restaurants mentioned above have bars. The Pub on the Mall, Britannia Pub and the Winston Churchill are all English style pubs. The Winston Churchill sells draught Courage, T3528866. Serves pizzas, fish ‘n’ chips, and hosts the Gong Show on Wed (starts around 2330,...

Diving & Marine Life in Bahamas

In addition to the land-based dive operators mentioned in the text for each island, there are several liveaboard boats which cruise the Bahamas and offer less crowded and unspoilt sites: Blackbeard’s Cruises, contact Bruce Purdy, PO Box 66-1091, Miami Springs, FL 33266, T800-3279600, 305-8881226, F305-8844214, sales@blackbeard-cruises.com; Bottom Time...

Beaches & Watersports in Bahamas

Beaches are best near the hotels where the seaweed is cleaned off. The nicest ones are Love Beach (west), South Ocean Beach (the sea here is very shallow) and beaches on the small islands off New Providence. One of the best and longest beaches is Lyford Cay, which is behind barriers in an exclusive housing area for the rich and famous in the west, but not...

Accommodation – San Salvador

L-AL per person Club Med Columbus Isle, PO Box N-7525 Nassau, T3312000, F3312458, www.clubmed.com One of the nicer Club Med resorts, comfortable, well-integrated into surroundings, usual facilities and more, 286 rooms, a/c, TV, phone, mini-fridge, no children under 12, casino approved, tennis, horse riding, sailing, massage, fishing and diving at extra...

Accommodation – Inagua

There are several guesthouses in Matthew Town. The C Main House, T3391267, F3391265. 6 rooms. B-C Walkine’s, T3391612. 5 rooms, satellite TV, fishing. Crystal Beach View Hotel , T3391550. Pour More Hotel , T3391659

Accommodation – Long Island

The LL-AL Stella Maris Resort Club, PO Box LI-33105, T3382051, F3382052, www.stellamarisresort.com It has 47 rooms, suites, 1-4-bedroom villas. A shopping centre has a bank and post office. There are 3 pools and 8 beaches along with tennis, volley ball, table tennis, bicycles, diving, windsurfing (guests free) and water-skiing (US$25). Bicycles are free for...