The Bahamas : Tourism

Freeport, Grand Bahama
Eleuthera, The Bahamas
The sea near Eleuthera

Tourism: To Promote The Commonwealth

This 'Tourism' rubric of The Bahamas contains a host of articles that unveil the charms, vacation opportunities, and natural treasures of The Bahamas, a destination of choice for your next trip or event.  The 'About' section provides more details about this new site, re-launched and under new ownership since December 2016. 

This archipelagic nation unites many desirable attributes: some of the world's top-rated beaches; sunny, warm weather, moderated by refreshing sea breezes; a convenient location in the Atlantic; welcoming people with a fascinating culture and exciting cultural events; a well-developped infrastructure affording a wide range of activities and services; and a friendly and stable political environment.

With a territory encompassing 700 islands, thousands of smaller features, underwater banks, and thirty inhabited islands, The Bahamas forms a vast region and offers a multitude of destinations.  The coastline of The Bahamas is 3,542 kilometres (2,200 miles) long, which is the distance from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City, or from Paris to Sharm El-Sheikh.  Indeed, this sovereign state, independent since 10 July 1973,  is a veritable Waterworld, its 31,810 km2 of land making up only about 13% of its overall area of 250,000 km2, as defined by maritime boundaries.

Nassau

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas stretches 750 kilometers (466 miles) from Cay Sal in the west, located between Cuba and Florida, to Mayaguana in the east, bordering the Turks and Caicos Islands; this is roughly three times the width of Belgium.  It boasts historic landmarks such as San Salvador Island, where Christopher Columbus first discovered America.  A royal domain; a blend of peoples from Africa, Europe, and beyond; this wide expanse is marked by momentous cultural encounters and geographical wonders.  Every island has its own natural treasures and fascinating local culture.  What unites them all is warm Bahamian hospitality.

Attractions include watersports galore; fishing, diving, and sailing; the Junkanoo cultural festival; a host of land-based sporting events; and resources for hosting the perfect wedding or family reunion.  As this new site matures and collaborates with partners and stakeholders, the articles of the 'Tourism' section will explore all of these topics.

Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Bay St.
Bird looking for fish, Freeport
Marsh conservation, Nassau

According to the statistics published by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the tourism sector generates approximately three billion dollars on an annual basis.  Twelve percent of that came from cruise ship passengers, while the other 88% originated with visitors spending at least one night in the archipelago.  About 70% of tourism expenditures occur in Nassau or Paradise Island; 9% in Grand Bahama (Freeport); and about 21% in the Family Islands, a term that designates the other 700 islands beyond Nassau (New Providence) and Grand Bahama.

The Constitution of The Bahamas enshrines rights such as freedom of speech, the presumption of innocence, right to a speedy and fair trial, and freedom from arbitrary search and seizure.  While many destinations have become available in the Caribbean region in recent years, visitors to The Bahamas have two major advantages: they enjoy the protections afforded by the rule of law and legally-protected freedoms, and they don't have the guilt potentially associated with indirectly supporting an undemocratic regime that abuses its citizens.