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The Bahamas is a tropical island chain in the Caribbean Sea, popular as a tourist destination. The quiet coves and crowd-free beaches of the Bahamas offer visitors the intimacy of a secluded retreat within a paradisiacal expanse of some 700 palm-fringed isles. Christened baja mar (meaning 'shallow sea') by Columbus, these islands with their astonishing hues of sand and sea spanning the colour spectrum from twinkling turquoise to rose pink, the Bahamas is the Caribbean personified. Crystal clear waters secrete ancient shipwrecks and a rainbow of coral reefs, whilst pastel-coloured seashells and vibrant clapboard houses perch atop a tropical landscape laced with unspoilt coast and resonant with exotic birdsong. There’s the over-riding feeling the Bahamas has got tourism just right, too: lavish resorts cater to the world’s wealthy, but don’t infringe on the island’s natural beauty.
The full gauntlet of world-class watersports beckon, from diving and snorkelling to parasailing. Then there are the glitzy golf courses, designed by the game’s best, or simply exploring the clutch of beaches, caves and nature reserves, to keep the pulses racing. Come sundown, Bahamian bars and clubs pulsate with island rhythms; discover riotous dance festivals that mix African slave-trade rituals with Bahamian tempo and American hip-hop twists, or head to one of the islands' bustling straw markets to haggle over spices, and ceramics. If it all gets too much, recharge your batteries at one of the wonderful seafood restaurants or with an infamous rum cocktail.
Bahamas Islands : Grand Bahama - New Providence Island ( dominated by the capital Nassau ) - Paradise Island ( home to the gigantic Atlantis casino resort ) .
Bahamas Out Islands :
The Abacos - Acklins/Crooked Island - Andros - Berry Islands - Bimini - Cat Island - Eleuthera - The Exumas - Harbour Island - Inagua - Long Island - Mayaguana - San Salvador ( may have been the landfall of Columbus ) .
Bahamas Cities : Nassau - Capital - Freeport - Matthew Town - Alice Town Bimini
Bahamas Other destinations : Several cruise lines operate private island retreats in the Bahamas. Disney Cruise Line owns Castaway Cay, Norweigan Cruise Line owns Great Stirrup Cay, Princess Cruise Line owns Little Stirrup Cay, and Royal Caribbean owns Coco Cay. To visit these islands you usually have to be a passenger on the cruise line that owns the island. Dolphin Encounters is an all natural seawater dolphin facility with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions located on Blue Lagoon Island, (Salt Cay), a private island retreat and tourist attraction 5 km from Nassau, Bahamas.
Bahamas Flights & Airports : The largest airports in the Bahamas are at the capital Nassau, on New Providence, and Freeport, on Grand Bahama. Smaller airports are scattered amongst the other islands.