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Overview and General Information

The Bahamas archipelago of over 700 islands and 2500 cays stretches over 600 miles from SE Florida to the SE tip of Cuba with the Tropic of Cancer running right through it. Perfect year round climate (take your honeymoon in December here).

Islands vary in atmosphere from crowded to private. Terrian is mostly miles of flat white-sandy beaches with low thick pine woods, mangrove swamps, lagoons and lakes. For info about finding a secluded island of your own see the Bahamas Out Island Guide.


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    History

    After 250 years as a British colony, these island became an independent nation on July 10, 1973 - The Commonwealth of The Islands of The Bahamas.

    Christopher Columbus presumably made is first landfall in the New world on San Salvador Is, 1492. The British settled the Bahamas in the 1600s and imported slaves to work cotton plantations until the mid 19th century.

    Tour Nassau / Paradise Island

    Capital and commercial hub of The Bahamas and home to over half the island population - 170,000 - this area features world class resorts, casinos and active nightlife.

    Great opportunities for camping, fishing, boating, diving, and miles of empty white sand beaches.

    NASSAU - Capital city located on New Providence Island features Victorian Mansions, 18th century cathedrals and fortresses, and famous straw markets. In 1995 the city started an ambitious $1.5 million renovation project.

    PARADISE ISLAND - Connected by bridge to Nassau, your first visit here will show how the island earned its name. Home to a championship golf course, 30,000 sq.ft. casino and Cabbage Beach - two miles of prime white sand beachfront.

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    Tour Grand Bahama Island

    Fourth Largest Island and Second Most Popular Tourist Destination only 52 miles from Floridas east coast. The area includes two major botanical gardens sporting a exotic collection of native flora and fauna.

    Two major tourist resort centers are Freeport and Lucaya where one can find casinos, nightclubs, fine dining, watersports. The west and east tips of the island are by contract quite, private beach areas.

    Great opportunities for camping, fishing, boating, diving, and miles of empty white sand beaches.

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