Information and Tourism
Officially named the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, this nation is to be found within the North Atlantic Ocean and comprises some 29 islands, along with more than 600 cays and over 2,000 islets. Cuba
, the Dominican Republic and Haiti all lie to the south, and the Turks and Caicos Islands are to the south-east.
is also relatively nearby the Bahamas, with the state of Florida being to the north-west, where the coastal cities of Fort Lauderdale
are amongst the closest.
The history of the Bahamas began with the original Lucayan people, who lived here quite peacefully until famous explorer Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World during the early 1490s. After these natives were enslaved and shipped to Hispaniola, the islands remained completely uninhabited for over a century. The middle of the 1600s saw the founding of the Modern Bahamas, and soon after, selected coastal pockets became strongholds for pirates, with Nassau serving as the pirate capital and regularly frequented by the infamous Blackbeard.
Today, the Bahamas is more about beach resorts and tourism. Andos is the largest island by far, while New Providence is the most significant island, being called home by the national capital of Nassau and next to Paradise Island. Others include the islands of Abaco, Acklins, Biminis, Eleuthera, Exumas, Grand Bahama, Inaguas, Mayaguana and San Salvador.
WORLD GUIDES TO BAHAMAS
World Guide to Freeport, Bahamas
Boasting white sandy beaches and a tropical charm, the Caribbean island of Grand Bahama has been a hugely popular holiday destination ever since the 1970s. Freeport serves as a luxury resort on Grand Bahama, along with neighbouring Lucaya.
World Guide to Nassau, Bahamas
Part of the Bahamas archipelago, the island of New Providence is where you will find Nassau, the nation's capital. Right next-door to Nassau is the aptly named Paradise Island, where the Atlantis resort resides and epitomises the image of luxury.
Bahamas Information and Fast Facts
- Country: Commonwealth of the Bahamas (Caribbean / West Indies)
- Population: approximately 350,000
- Capital city: Nassau (population 250,000)
- Language: English / English-African Creole (Jamaican Patois / Jamaican Creole)
- Main exports: mineral products, fruit and vegetables, rum, chemical goods and seafood
- Ethnicity: mainly Africans, also Europeans and Asians
- Area: 5,359 square miles / 13,880 square kilometres
- Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
- Time zone: UTC - 5
- Country dialling code: +1 242
- Religion: predominantly Baptist, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal
Map of Bahamas
Map of New Providence Island