The Bahamas are a group of islands known as a tourist paradise, with warm temperatures and favorable climate all year long. While 4 million people vacation there each year, some choose to purchase vacation properties, while others decide to partake of the islands' amenities full time and live there year-round.
The Bahama Islands are 100 miles off the coast of Florida. The 700 islands and 2,400 cays making up the Bahamas are located in the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Cuba and the Caribbean Sea.
The population of the Bahamas as of 2007 was estimated to be more than 300,000. Of this number, 220,000 were residents of the capital city of Nassau.
English and Bahama Creole English are spoken in the Bahama Islands. Taino, a near-extinct language, is still spoken by some Bahamians as well.
The Bahamas have the third-longest barrier reef in the world and contains 5 percent of the world's coral. There are no mountains in the Bahamas, and about 20 small creeks.
Because the islands of the Bahamas are comprised of calcium carbonate, the waters of the Bahamas are very clear, with visibility up to 200 feet.
Tourism is the largest industry in the Bahamas, providing $3 million per year, according to National Geographic. There are also more than 400 international banking institutions that help augment the country's economy.
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