The Bahamas has a population of over 306,600. The principal islands include New Providence with the capital city of Nassau, Grand Bahama where Freeport is found, Abaco, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Spanish Wells.
Access includes scheduled and chartered air transport, cruise ships, ferry service and private boats. Ferries travel daily to and from Florida.
Moving around is accomplished by scheduled transportation, charter or rental--air, boat, bus, car and kayaks. If sailing, be careful of coral reefs, adverse trade winds and strong currents on the northern and eastern sides of the islands.
Marinas and boat clubs can be found on most of the major islands. Hotels, resorts, inns, villas and beachfront cottages have rates from $85 to over $1,000 per night.
Choose among activities involving water sports, golf courses and ethnic cultural shows. For non-swimmers, glass-bottomed boats offer spectacular underwater views.
Enjoy the endangered wild Barbary horses of a lineage that traces back to North Africa. Check out Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas, featured in James Bond's "Thunderball" and "Never Say Never Again."
Article Written By Seeta Shah Roath
Traveling extensively in the Caribbean, Latin America, and other parts of the globe, Seeta Shah Roath writes for leading publications about the economy, investment opportunities, and the culture and history of these countries and people. Living in Montana, she has a passion for this vast diverse terrain, its history, and people. Her articles appear in Washington Times Global and examiner.com. She is an educator with a doctoral degree and a passion for educational technology and social research.