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Bahamas - The Country of 700 Islands

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Sandy beaches of the Bahamas lined with tall swaying pine trees. Rum punches and sparkling, turqouise water. Posh resorts with golf courses, giant pools, spas and vegas-type entertainment. Gridlocked traffic on small winding streets, casinos hopping with action; cruise-ship passengers strolling through the bustling straw markets. These are some of the images of Nassau, the tourist center and capital of the Bahamas Island.

Being the closest island-chain to the United States, the airport seems to handle non-stop "shuttle" flights from Florida taking advantage of quick getaways or vacation specials. Motorized pleasure craft and sailboats of all types whizz past gleaming cruise ships the size of large towns, which spill out their passengers and add to the people constantly joining the flow of mass tourism into the hotels that line world famous Cable Beach or the Disney-meets-Las Vegas monster resort complex linked by the high-humped causeway to Paradise Island.

But Nassau located on the island of New Providence is just one of 700 islands that make up the island nation known as The Bahamas. Only a handful of the islands are inhabited and most of its renowned reefs are pristine and untouched. Mostly flat and sandy the outer islands are laid back and unhurried where you can meet friendly local people, retired captains and sailors, old fishermen, and the artist seeking inspirtation in its incredible sunsets.

The Islands of The Bahamas

The Abaco Islands

The Abaco Islands are a sailing and boating universe. The major islands of this small archipelago are Great and Little Abaco, with the off-lying cays of Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Stranger's Cay, Umbrella Cay and Walker's Cay completing the string. more >>

Andros Island

As the largest and least-explored island in The Islands Of The Bahamas, Andros offers a wide variety of activities for just about everyone. This 2,300-square-mile island paradise is not only known as the bonefishing capital of the world, but also boasts the second-largest reef in the Northern Hemisphere and is home to the oldest dive resort on the planet. more >>

The Bimini Islands

Being the closest of The Islands Of The Bahamas to the coast of Florida (you can see the glow of Miami Beach at night) has made The Bimini Islands a popular destination for American visitors. But it's more than just location that makes it a hot attraction. The waters surrounding The Bimini Islands are known the world over for top big-game fishing. more >>

Eleuthera / Harbour Island

Miles of glistening pink and white sand beaches, serene colonial villages and rolling acres of pineapple plantations make Eleuthera Island an island of the most casual sophistication; and Harbour Island reminds many visitors of a minature Bermuda with its Georgian architecture and fabulous beaches of coral pink sand. more >>

The Exuma Islands

The Exuma Islands are located in the middle of The Islands Of The Bahamas, yet remain mostly undisturbed. The Exuma Islands are a collection of some 365 cays and islands stretching over 120 miles, supported at the southern end by two main islands, Great Exuma and Little Exuma. The main attractions for visitors to The Exumas are its world-class sportfishing and boating. more >>

Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island is an ecological wonder waiting to be discovered. Endless beaches, emerald green water, charming fishing villages and enchanting marine life are just some of the Island's attractions that make this a unique destination. more >>

Nassau and Paradise Island

Come visit the jewel of The Islands Of The Bahamas - Nassau / Paradise Island. As the cultural, social, political and economic centre of The Bahamas, it is the most visited destination in the islands. Nassau / Paradise Island has much to offer visitors. There are more sights and ctivities here than you can experience in one trip. more >>

The Out Islands

Specific information about the various islands. The Abaco Islands, Andros Island, The Bimini Islands, Eleuthera & Harbor Island, Nassau & Paradise Island and The Outer Islands. more >>