WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The Bahamas has three possible origins of its name. The first is the Taino name “ba ha ma” which means “big upper island”. The indigenous Native Americans used this name. Secondly, the Spanish called it “baja mar” which means “shallow water or sea” or “low tide”. A third possibility is that it originated from Guanahani, a local name of unclear meaning.
People generally use "Nassau" to describe the island of New Providence. But technically the city of Nassau only comprises a small part of this island.
Actually, The Bahamas is located in the Atlantic and not the Caribbean Sea. Nevertheless it is regarded as part of the Caribbean. The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 700 islands and cays, strung together with deep ocean channels and shallow banks. The largest of the islands is Andros Island, located 200 kilometres (120 miles) southeast of Florida, United States of America.
WHY GO THERE?
Of course the Bahamas is famous for its paradise like beaches. Due the shallow shorelines and kaleidoscope of blues connecting the sea and sky in a seamless horizon that make for a breathtaking scenery. Additionally the sand is powder soft and limestone-white.
The island of New Providence contains the Bahamian capital, Nassau. Subsequently it is where most people live. Additionally it has the largest number of visitors due to the cruise-ship passengers that come here and the large array of hotels, the diverse choice of restaurants and the vibrant nightlife. Not only offers this island a magnificent city to visit, but also a wide array of splendid beaches.
THE OUT ISLANDS
In contrast to Nasau and the Grand Bahama Island, the remote Out Islands, or Family Islands as the locals call them, offer a completely different view of the Bahamas. Not only will you find secluded beaches. But you can also enjoy outdoor adventures and ocean-fresh dining. Additionally you will encounter peaceful, small indigenous communities, where people farm and fish and make music from handmade instruments. Without question the Out Islands differ much from each other. For example, Harbour Island has lots of holiday homes and luxurious, boutique hotels, while rugged Andros offers fly fishing, crabbing and blue hole exploring.
In conclusion, it is easy to experience the various sides of The Bahamas if you plan an island-hopping holiday. Subsequently enjoying the magnificent beaches and allowing time in Nassau and also on one or more of the Out Islands.
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