Bahamas Island - Bahamas Vacation
The 700 closely grouped islands that are the Bahamas can be found in a sea of dazzling blue, where the sand spans the breadth of the beaches from clean white through creamy ivory to light plush pink. The attraction for holiday makers includes the golf, casinos, nightlife and glitz of Nassau on the New Providence Island and Freeport in the Grand Bahamas Island to the 'I've gone fishing' approach of the charmingly named Family Islands or Out Islands as they're also known. There, the most sound you're likely to hear is the grazing of fishing nets on the sand or the infrequent thump of a Bahamas coconut declares the delivery of an instantly refreshing drink.
The Bahamas Islands have their great honeymoon spots but they are also a great location for a coples getaway or family vacation, and the one attraction the children will adore is Paradise Island, just over the way from downtown Nassau and only 12m from the Bahamas airport. It is there that Sol Kerzner's Sun International hotel company has of late invested millions of pounds in the 'Atlantis Resort' - one of the world's most impressive resorts.
Some of the attraction of little Paradise Island is its nearness to Nassau's sights and shops. Younger people from the Family Islands have customarily come to Nassau looking for the fast life, and you can have a worldly superiority if you were born on New Providence Island. For a lot of visitors, Nassau is considered the Bahamas and although it was once a quiet destination it is now an growing city. Choosing which bar to watch the Grand Bahamas Island sunset at is easier said than done as is deciding from the 12 themed restaurants for dinner but whatever your choice you will not be disappointed.
The sparkling attraction of Paradise Island is mirrored in other resorts, especially on the larger islands of New Providence and Grand Bahamas, which cater mainly US tourists. Cruise ships are also huge business, with the Grand Bahamas Island featuring on most itineraries out of Miami. But many of the 2,000 cays and 700 islands that make up the archipelago are either not lived on or have much smaller scale tourism facilities.
The graceful Bahamas islands have been the playground of the jet set for so long. Visitors relax in the superb casinos and hotels on the Bahamas Islands when they are not soaking in the year round tropical weather. The sun rays are uncommonly too hot to bear because of the Bahamas islands cooling cross winds, and the pure white beaches provide more than enough space to enjoy them. Virtually every kind of water sport is part taken here and Ernest Hemingway loved sports fishing on these islands as do so many visitors today, and there is a awesome mixture of marine life, including turtles, barracuda and angelfish. You could always take a cruise around the Bahamas Islands in pure luxury, parasail, play a few holes on the great golf courses or venture towards the outer islands. English is the official language, and travellers cheques and US dollars are readily exchanged in the Bahamas.