Bahamas

Bahamas

Things to do - general

The Bahamas (Listeni/bəˈhɑːməz/), officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an archipelagic state of the Lucayan Archipelago consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean; north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic); northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands; southeast of the US state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. Its capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The designation of “The Bahamas” can refer to either the country or the larger island chain that it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands. As stated in the mandate/manifesto of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Bahamas territory encompasses 470,000 km2 (180,000 sq mi) of ocean space.

The Bahamas were the site of Columbus‘ first landfall in the New World in 1492. At that time, the islands were inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people. Although the Spanish never colonised the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.

The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves: the Royal Navy resettled Africans here liberated from illegal slave ships; American slaves and Seminoles escaped here from Florida; and the government freed American slaves carried on United States domestic ships that had reached the Bahamas due to weather. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Today the descendants of slaves and free Africans make up nearly 90% of the population; issues related to the slavery years are part of society.

The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch. In terms of gross domestic product per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas (following the United States and Canada), with an economy based on tourism and finance.[9]

 

Visa requirements

Bahamas entry requirements for U.S. citizens

Currently, all persons (even newborns) traveling internationally by air are required to have a valid U.S. passport to enter the U.S.

U.S. government regulations require all persons travelling by sea to have a valid U.S. passport, passport card or other travel document approved by Homeland Security, please visit travel.State.Gov for full details.

The U.S. Government offers two types of passport processing: routine service and expedited service.

If you choose routine service, the U.S. Government states that you will receive your passport ordinarily within 6-8 weeks after application. They warn that processing times can vary depending on workload and occasional unforeseen circumstances and busier travel season times.

The U.S. Government also offers expedited service for those travelers needing a passport quickly. In this case, the government states that you will receive your passport, if you pay additionally for expedited service and two-way overnight delivery, ordinarily in about 3 weeks. This service costs an addtional $60 per application, plus overnight delivery costs.

In this section of our site, we’ll explain in great detail the passport application process and walk you step-by-step through the passport application process. We’ll also give you information about how to renew a passport or how to replace a lost or stolen passport.

Languages spokenEnglish
Currency used1 USD =1.00000BSD
Area (km2)Area: 5,359 sq miles (13,880 km²)

Sports & nature

Water Sports In The Bahamas

One thing we have plenty of is crystal-blue water. And, yes, it feels just as amazing as it looks. Averaging 80°F year-round, it’s perfect for any type of watersport. Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, parasailing, or even swimming with wild dolphins, you’ll find it in The Bahamas.

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Nightlife info

Best Nightclubs in The Bahamas

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Aura

Aura

There's nothing small-island about this big city-style club, at Atlantis on Paradise Island. You can reliably find upscale, decadent fun on Aura’s novelty glass dance floor or in one of the private VIP booths that line its interior walls. Deejays crank out house music for the crowd of sultry show-and-tell of dancers.

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Da Balcony

Da Balcony

After an unfortunate fire consumed several buildings in downtown Nassau in 2011, Da Balcony —a favorite venue for late-night party vibes—closed for a few years. But the stroke of bad luck did bring blessings in disguise: a new incarnation that's more than twice the size of the old space. Between its outdoor veranda dance floor and the indoor club, Da Balcony is a safe and fun place to let loose in downtown Nassau.

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Ibiza Bahamas Beach Club

Ibiza Bahamas Beach Club

Ibiza Bahamas is a versatile nightclub, open for both daytime and evening partying. The club’s interiors are dramatic black with multicolored neon light accents; its exteriors are casual island chic with thatched roof gazebos by the poolside draped with white. Staying true to its Mediterranean roots, Ibiza brings its electronic dance music addiction to the Bahamas. Infusing Caribbean rhythms into the mix, Ibiza Bahamas delivers a unique local style.

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Neptune’s Cocktail Lounge

Neptune

When it comes to interior design, this Grand Bahama nightclub has a strange aesthetic: Crude black pillars punctuate the space, doubled by their reflections in the gold-rimmed wall mirrors. The glow of soft neon lights gives the club an intergalactic feel (more suggestive of the planet Neptune than the Roman god of the sea). But none of this will bother you when you are drinking, dancing and having an otherworldly experience here.

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Bambu

Bambu

If a club wants to maintain a certain chic standard, it is expected they will enforce a dress code and be selective about their admissions. This Nassau venue has a reputation for sometimes going overboard in this way—but it remains one of the more reliable late-night downtown spots for having a sexy, spirited good time, especially with cruise ship passengers and hotel guests. In an upstairs building overlooking the cruise ship port, deejays pump out pop and Euro house music until late in the morning.

 

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Culture and history info

The people who live in The Bahamas are predominantly of West African descent who were captured and forced into slavery on the cotton plantations in the Americas.

Most white residents of the Bahamas are descendants of the first English settlers (English Puritans ), who emigrated to Bermuda in 1647 to gain religious freedom and settled on the island of Eleuthera.

The culture is a melting pot of many native customs ranging from the indigenous "Indian" people who populated the Bahamas, including West African, English and  other cultures who  over the past three or four centuries, arrived in the Bahamas.

People from many diverse backgrounds, such as British Loyalists (accompanied by slaves) fleeing America after the War of Independence, Bermudan slaves, people from other Caribbean islands, and many other nationalities.

Bahamian culture today has been shaped by their experiences, beliefs and lifestyles.

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Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis Paradise Island

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Atlantis, Paradise Island – the most popular resort destination in the Bahamas – feature More info
Breezes Resort and Spa Bahamas

Breezes Resort and Spa Bahamas

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The Playful Side of Paradise Breezes Bahamas commands a pristine stretch of Nassau’s best beac More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.