The Bahamas is officially recognized as the Commonwealth of Bahamas and is an archipelagic state consisting of more than 700 islands, and more than 2000 cays bedewed across the Pacific Ocean and Carribean Sea. The Bahamian islands entice millions of visitors to its picture perfect beaches, white-washed shores, stunning coral reef formations, fishing and scuba diving excursions and luxurious accommodations.
Nassau, the nation's capital, on New Providence Island, draws the most tourists. The bustling cruise port is a mix of mega resorts, entertainment complexes, restaurants, and shops. Grand Bahama trails in second place. Among the notable islands are Paradise Island, Blue Lagoon Island, Long Island, and each island offers something discerning to its visitors. From those pink sand beaches of Harbour Island, and big game fishing of Bimini, the Atlantis Paradise ocean themed resort, to the uncrowded Exuma, Treasure, and Elbow Cays- it's hard to beat the Bahamas! For nature lovers, a tour of Abaco National Park, Lucayan National Park, and Black Sound Cay National Reserve is a must. To experience a glimpse of the country's cultural heritage, you can visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum, Fort Fincastle, Spanish Wells, and Fort Charlotte.
Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American and Caribbean styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart is the islands' love of spices. Traditional foods include locally caught seafood, fresh tropical fruits as well as chicken, pork, rice, peas, potatoes and a range of delightful Caribbean vegetables. Rum-based beverages are famous on the island.
If you are planning your visit around the New Year, don't miss the throbbing drums and kaleidoscopic costumes of Junkanoo, the nation's most famous festival. It isn’t difficult to think of things to do in the Bahamas. Rather, it’s difficult to fit in everything!
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