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The Islands of the Bahamas

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The Islands of the Bahamas is a place to go and forget all about reality and start living the dream. There are more than 700 islands of the Bahamas which cover more than 100,000 square miles of ocean that start just a short 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The Bahamas has some of the clearest waters on the planet, you can see your toes as clear as the world's third largest barrier reef. The islands have been captivating many people such as explorers, settlers, traders, and invaders. Even today there are tales treasures but the the real treasures are the Bahamians themselves.

It all started in the early times somewhere between 300 to 400 AD with people who came from what is now called Cuba. These people just lived on the Islands of The Bahamas and lived off the ocean for food. It was sometime between 900-1500 when the Lucayan people settled here. They were the ones that enjoyed the peaceful way of living as well as developed a viable political, social and religious system. Then in 1492, Christopher Columbus made landfall on the island of San Salvador. He named the islands as the islands of "baja mar" which means shallow sea, these islands then became the Islands of the Bahamas. When Christopher Columbus arrived there were about 40,000 Lucayans on the island and Christopher Columbus made them all slaves. Within a short period of 25 years, all of the Lucayans were wiped out due to the disease of hard labor and slavery they endured.

In 1649 English Puritans who are also known as "Eleutheran Adventurers" had arrived to search for religious freedom. Instead of finding religious freedom, they found food shortages. Captain William was the one who sailed to the American Colonies in search for some help, he returned to the islands with supplies from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The people on the island thanked the Massachusetts Bay Colony by sending them brasileto wood. This contribution helped purchase some land which is now known as Harvard University. Sometime in the late 1600's and early 1700's a lot of privateers and pirates come to the islands, the most famous was Blackbeard and Cailico Jack. There were some female pirates such as Anne Bonny and Mary Read but they were disguised as men.

The weather and climate on the Islands of the Bahamas is usually blessed with warm weather year round. During the winter months the weather usually stay at a comfortable 70 degrees which consist of September through May. The rest of the year it the temperature stays at about 80-90 degrees and at night it will usually drop 5-7 degrees which makes the Bahamas even more enjoyable. There is unfortunately Hurricane Season which runs from June to November but this should not stop visitors. The hurricane reports are usually incorrect and does not affect the islands. The people of the Bahamas are very laid back and like to say "let's worry about the bad things tomorrow." They greet everyone with a warm and welcoming smile and they love to celebrate everything.


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The Colorful Marine Life in the Bahamas

Attractions in the waters of the Bahamas

There are many things to do on the Islands of the Bahamas, but there are also many things to do in the waters of the Bahamas. There are plenty of beaches, boating & sailing, diving, family fun, fishing, snorkeling, water sports, and kayaking. The beaches in the Bahamas are literally just like Heaven on Earth, just one by taking one look at any of the beaches. The sand is a pink or white powder and the water is like crystal clear turquoise waves. The boating & sailing is a journey all on its own, the water is clearer, the fish are colorful and the coral reef is brighter.

The Diving in the Bahamas is a story all on its own, it is an experience no one will ever forget. The Bahamas has sunken Spanish galleons, inland blue holes, caves, coral reefs, and plenty of marine life to see and explore. There are 25 different diving destinations in the Bahamas. These are some of the most exciting dive options that are offered in no other than the Island Of The Bahamas. Some of the top diving spots in the Bahamas include Shark Junction in Grand Bahama, Lost Ocean Blue Hole in Nassau, Over the Wall in Andros, Comberbach in Long Island, and Barracuda Shoals in Nassau. Snorkeling is also a great activity in the Bahamas, visitors don't have to dive deep to explore the underwater world. Visitors can bring their own snorkeling gear or rent some on the island. Both diving and snorkeling are great adventures with great experiences.

The fishing in the Bahamas is also another one of the best experience, there are very few stories about the one that got away here on the islands of the Bahamas. The fish are drawn to the clear blue waters just as the humans and there are many different types that are caught everyday such as bonefish, wahoo, and blue marlin. There are different kinds of fishing available such as Bonefishing, fly fishing, Big game tournaments, Deep sea charters, and many others. Visitors looking for fishing packages, they do have them available on the islands as well.

There are many water sports on the islands for visitors as well as locals to enjoy. The clear blue waters usually stay around 80 degrees which make it very enjoyable for all. Some of the best water sports include kiteboarding, kayaking, deep sea fishing, bonefishing, waverunners, island boat tours, wild dolphin excursions, and even some shark encounters. While enjoying some of the best water sports in the Bahamas you may see some of the rich marine life. The kayaking is one of the most popular in the Bahamas, it is the closest anyone can get to the warm clear blue water without being in it. While kayaking you can meander along the shore at your own pace and explore the things you want to with no schedule. There are coves, mangroves, bonefish flats, and plenty of sea life to explore.


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West Indian Flamingos in the Bahamas

Attractions on land in the Bahamas

As many things to do in the water on the Islands Of The Bahamas, there are just as many if not more things to do on land in the Bahamas. There are plenty of attractions, dining & entertainment, birding, gaming, private flying, spa & wellness, tours, nature hiking, worship, golfing, shopping, family fun, and sports. The Family Fun is about letting the kids loose and run free, there are many playgrounds on each of the islands for kids of all ages. There are also plenty of activities for them such as horse back riding, building sand castles, volleyball, bowling, and even a kids camp. This will keep the kids as well as the whole family occupied for days without any complaints of boredom.

  The attractions in the Bahamas are the best with the main attractions being the beaches in the Bahamas where visitors can lay on the nice soft powdery sand and catch some rays and relax while listening to the calming sound of the ocean waves. The fun doesn't stop there, if you head inland you will find many other things to do such as getting a good look at the Bahamas rich history, natural wonders, man made attractions, and their way of life. Visitors can take a stroll through forts, plantations and remote villages, explore some cool caves, see "The Fountain Of Youth", visit endangered Bahamas parrot and rare flower species, shop on their historic streets, and so much more.

The tours in the Bahamas that help visitors learn and explore more about the island. There are plenty to choose from such as cave tours, walking tours, birding and island tours, and even educational Junkanoo tours. Of course there are also some jeep safari tours, guided scooter tours, and biking sightseeing tours. This gives visitors many options on how they want to explore the islands. Then there are some nature hiking for the nature loving adventurers. These are very interesting and relaxing at the same time. There are many different hiking trails on the islands such as the Bimini Nature Hiking Trail where the hikers get to see plant and animal life as well as hear stories about ecology and the Bimini history. On Andros Island there is about 2,300 square miles of land to hike on and is famous for bird watching groups as well as nature hikes.

Birding on the Island Of The Bahamas is also another very popular attraction for visitors. The Bahamians are not the only residence on the islands of course. There is also the Bahamas Parrot which lives here too. There are also more than 109 species of birds and the bird watchers absolutely love it here. Out of the 109 different species of birds there are 28 species of Bahamian birds that are not seen in the United States, Canada, or Europe. They are Cape May warblers and the West Indian flamingos which is the national bird. These birds along with many others can be seen in various places such as sanctuaries, ponds, mangroves, wetlands, and native forests. These are some pretty amazing creatures you won't want to miss seeing.