Top Ten Bahamian Attractions

Top Ten Bahamian Attractions

       The Bahamas is a nation consisting of more than 3,000 islands, cays and islets. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of the US (nearest to the state of Florida). Its land area is 13,939 square km (5,382 square mi), with a population of 353,658. Its capital is Nassau. Geographically, The Bahamas lie in the same island chain as Cuba, Hispaniola and the Turks and Caicos Islands; the designation of Bahamas refers normally to the Commonwealth and not the geographic chain. Originally inhabited by the Lucayans, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people, The Bahamas were the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1492. Although the Spanish never colonized The Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 to 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera. The Bahamas became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, thousands of pro-British loyalists and enslaved Africans moved to The Bahamas and set up a plantation economy. The slave trade was abolished in the British Empire in 1807 and many Africans liberated from slave ships by the Royal Navy were settled in The Bahamas during the 19th century. Slavery itself was abolished in 1834 and the descendants form the majority of The Bahamas’s population today. In terms of GDP per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas (following Bermuda, the US, Cayman Islands, Canada and the British Virgin Islands).

  1. Nassau

    Nassau is the capital, largest city and commercial center of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has a population of 248,948 (2010), 70% of the entire population of The Bahamas (353,658). Lynden Pindling International Airport, the major airport for The Bahamas, is located about 16 km (9.9 mi) west of Nassau city center, and has daily flights to major cities in the US, the Caribbean, Canada and the UK. The city is located on the island of New Providence, which functions much like a business district. Nassau is the site of the House of Assembly and various judicial departments and was considered historically to be a stronghold of pirates. Nassau’s modern growth began in the late 18th century, with the influx of thousands of American Loyalists and enslaved Africans to the Bahamas following the American War of Independence. Many of them settled in Nassau (the then and still commerce capital of the Bahamas) and eventually came to outnumber the original inhabitants. As the population of Nassau grew, so did the built-up areas. Today the city dominates the entire island and its satellite, Paradise Island. However, until the post-WWII era, the outer suburbs scarcely existed. Most of New Providence was uncultivated bush until the loyalists came in the 1780’s and established several plantations such as Clifton and Tusculum. When the British abolished the international slave Trade in 1807, thousands of liberated Africans freed from slave ships by the Royal Navy were settled on New Providence (at Adelaide Village and Gambier Village) along with other islands such as, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Abaco and Inagua. The largest concentration of Africans lived in the “Over-the-Hill” suburbs of Grants Town and Bain Town to the south of the city of Nassau, while most of the European descent inhabitants lived on the island’s northern coastal ridges.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nassau,_Bahamas,
  2. Paradise Island

    Paradise Island is an island in the Bahamas formerly known as Hog Island. The island is located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, which is itself located on the northern edge of the island of New Providence. It is best known for the sprawling ‘Vegas-by-the-sea resort’ Atlantis. Paradise Island is connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbor. The first was built in 1966 by Resorts International and the second in the late 1990’s.
    Links: Top Ten Bahaman Resorts, Resorts, Top Ten North American Resorts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Island,
  3. Bimini

    Bimini is the westernmost district of the Bahamas composed of a chain of islands located about 53 miles (81 km) due east of Miami, Florida. Bimini is the closest point in the Bahamas to the mainland US and approximately 137 miles (209 km) west-northwest of Nassau. The combined population for the islands is estimated to be about 1,600. The Bimini Road, sometimes called the Bimini Wall, is an underwater rock formation near North Bimini island in the Bahamas. The Road consists of a 0.8 km (0.50 mi)-long northeast-southwest linear feature composed of roughly rectangular to subrectangular limestone blocks.
    Links: Top Ten Places to Scuba Dive, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimini, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimini_Road,
  4. Musha Cay
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    Musha Cay is a 150 acre (1/4 of a sq. mile), privately owned island in the Exuma Chain, in the southern Bahamas. It is located 85 miles southeast of Nassau. It is owned by illusionist David Copperfield. Musha Cay is surrounded by three smaller islands that maintain its guests’ privacy. There can only be one group of guests, numbering up to 24, at any one time. Google co-founder Sergey Brin was married on Musha Cay in May 2007.
    Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten Magicianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musha_Cay,
  5. Underwater Caves

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    Links: Caves, Top Ten North American Caves,
  6. Links: Top Ten Bahamian Resorts, Top Ten Bahamian RestaurantsIslands, Top Ten North American Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahamas,

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