Why the Bahamas are fantastic for holidays
The Bahamas are an Atlantic archipelago of around 700 different islands. Strong, reliable sunshine fills most of the year and heats the azure ocean to a very comfortable temperature. The bright white sand that skirts the islands provides an excellent refuge for some rest & relaxation. The predominant language is English from the many years the islands were occupied by the British.
The beautiful Bahamas & their beaches
The first island starts just 55 miles (88 km) from Miami, USA. Thanks to this close proximity, the islands are used as offshore banks by many US citizens, though the economy still revolves around tourism. The miles of empty sand lining each island, the clear waters facing excellent tourist facilities which in no way blemish the scenery, all add to make the Bahamas a fantastic holiday destination.
Transatlantic trips to the Bahamas
Over three dozen of the islands in the archipelago of the Bahamas have airports, most of which can be reached from the UK. Even though the capital city Nassau is 4333 miles (7000 km) from London, the medium haul flight is available direct. From wheels up to wheels down can take under 10 hours if flown directly. Only transatlantic flights can go to the Bahamas, these include American Airlines and British Airways (amongst others) who have frequent flights to the archipelago.
The history & cultures of the Bahamas.
Though the islands may be small in size, their remoteness has led to a fantastic set of cultures which change in between each island. The island's have become far more Caribbean with American influences, which has led to people being unsure of their location. The predominant culture was British when the islands were a British Crown Colony, this lasted until the independence in 1987. Although he was famous for many other discoveries, the first that Christopher Columbus revealed of the 'New World' was the Bahamas.
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