The Bahamas

PUBLISHED: 16:34 08 June 2006 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 May 2010

THE BAHAMAS

THE BAHAMAS

THE Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands with the Caribbean paradise stretching out over an area of more than 500 miles. There is no shortage of activities, from energetic watersports to laid-back lounging. The islands, too, have a lively nightlife a

THE Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands with the Caribbean paradise stretching out over an area of more than 500 miles.

There is no shortage of activities, from energetic watersports to laid-back lounging.

The islands, too, have a lively nightlife and, obviously, endless miles of unspoilt beaches, tropical waters and all-year sunshine.

This month and next, The Bahamas festival of Junkanoo takes place, which is a blend of art, culture and music.

The event has a rich history which was started by the enslaved peoples on the islands and although it vanished after slavery was abolished it has over the years been revived.

WHERE TO STAY

THERE are more than 15,000 hotel rooms and the most popular islands are Nassau and Grand Bahama, which have the highest concentration of accommodation.

Nassau retains its colonial appeal, while Grand Bahama is seen as a holiday mecca, with Freeport and Lucaya being the centre of attraction.

For visitors with an interest in literature, the islands of North Bimini and South Bimini will prove popular. This is where Ernest Hemingway wrote Islands in the Stream and To Have and Have Not.

TIPS

Flights to The Bahamas take nine hours from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.

FACT

The Bahamas have been used for the location for such films at Pirates of the Caribbean and several of the James Bond adventures.


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