If you think of the Bahamas you immediately picture white sand beaches lapped by cool azure water. Palm trees gently swaying to tropical island rhythms. It is the quite coves, sheltered bays and crowd-free beaches that have made the Bahamas and its Out Islands such a sought after destination.
The Bahamas is made up of an archipelago of 700 palm-fringed isles and thousands of small ‘cays’ that are strung out like jewels in the Atlantic Ocean starting 55 miles (89km) from Miami. Surprisingly the Bahamas is actually twice the size of Spain.
For two hundred years (until independence in 1987) the Bahamas was a British Crown Colony.  As a result a strong British influence can still be seen in the architecture and culture. But the mood of the island is now more Caribbean with a strong American influence, particularly in the capital, Nassau.
When you arrive life slows to a snails pace. You can relax on unspoilt beaches, dive ancient shipwrecks and explore the underwater world of the coral reefs. You can literally get away from it all on empty beaches with just the local flora and fauna for company.
When you are ready for a change of pace the island’s many straw markets are a great place to experience the island way of life and haggle over handicrafts, ceramics and spices. If you are feeling energetic you can enjoy water sports such as wind surfing or parasailing or even take in a round of golf on one of the many courses such as the Lucayan Golf Course on Grand Bahama.
When the sun goes down the islands’ take on the rhythm of the calypso, goombay or junkanoo beat. You can dance until the small hours or watch the age-old tradition of the local customs.
The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar which has parity with the US Dollar (this is also accepted as legal tender).  American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs can be located on major islands in airport terminals, banks, casinos and other convenient locations.
If you are taking traveller’s cheques you should take them in US Dollars to avoid any additional exchange rate charges.
Out Islands
The Out Islands of the Bahamas are gems within a blue ocean. They are small remote villages which have a simple way of life. For the traveller they offer rest and relaxation and some of the world’s most stunning beaches, dive sites and fishing sites.
The Out Islands comprise of:
  • Abacos
  • Acklins/Crooked Island
  • Andros
  • Bimini
  • Eleuthera
  • Cat Island
  • Exumas
  • Long Island
  • Harbour Island
  • The Berry Islands
  • Inagua
  • Mayaguana
  • Rum Cay/San Salvador
The Out Islands of The Bahamas remain today as they have always been, sparsely populated, largely undeveloped and naturally wondrous. Throughout history many of the Out Islands remained uncharted because of the native reefs made navigation treacherous. But it is this geography that has protected them from commercial development. Therefore the Out Islands are ideal for those who want to experience unspoiled ecosystems and world-class fishing, diving, sailing and pristine beaches.


See & Do
The Out Islands are a haven for peace and quite. Their stunning sand beaches entice you to explore their coves and secluded bays. All the islands offer you unlimited opportunities for diving, snorkelling, boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching and beach combing.
To grasp the real Bahamas life style, explore the remote villages and you’ll soon drift into the local way of life when time means nothing.
Highlights within the islands include:
  • Swimming with Dolphins off Bimini
  • Exploring the Blue Holes of Andros
  • Sailing around Abacos
  • Golf
  • The rock formations of Acklins Island
  • Snorkelling the coral reef off Andros
  • Hiking in Cat Island
  • The famous pink beach of Harbour Island
It will not surprise you to learn that the Out Islands are not a shopping paradise. That’s not to say you will have to completely forego your need for retail therapy should it arise.
Each resort within the Out Islands offers a few retail outlets and there are several within the villages selling genuine Bahamas arts, crafts and souvenirs.
Food & Drink
You will find a surprising number of international cuisines on many of the menus within your hotel resort. But you can still enjoy traditional Bahamian food. Several relatively inexpensive spots serve traditional dishes, which now also appear on the ritzier menus: peas 'n' rice, conch (chowder, fritters, and cracked), Bahamian lobster, "stew" or "boil" fish, grouper fingers and fresh local bread. Because meats and some seafood often have to be imported, local fish is usually the most economical entrée.
Although your resort will provide excellent food, it is worthwhile exploring what the rest of the island can offer. Below is just a small selection of some of the local restaurants where you can sample true Bahamian food.
  • Hank’s Place Restaurant and Bar, Andros
  • Buccaneer Club, Eleuthera Island
  • Mate & Jenny’s Restaurant and Bar, Eleuthera Island
  • Sammy’s Place, Eleuthera Island
  • Hummingbird Restaurant and Bar, Abaco
  • Mangoes, Abaco
  • Show-Boo’s Conch Salad Stand, Abaco
  • Harbour Lounge, Harbour Island
  • Queen Conch, Harbour Island
  • Romora Bay Club, Harbour Island
  • Cozy Corner, Inagua
  • Captain Bob’s, Bimini
  • Casa Lyon, Bimini
The smaller of the Out Islands will have very limited entertainment. You will mainly be confined to what your hotel or resort has to offer. Many who visit the Out Islands aren’t looking for a holiday packed with raucous nightlife.
Most of the entertainment will come from your hotel or from enjoying a meal al fresco listening to the waves gently lapping the beach. However if you want to enjoy the club atmosphere some of the larger islands provide venues, such as:
  • Gusty’s, Harbour Island
  • Seagrapes, Harbour Island
  • Vic-Hum Club, Harbour Island
  • The Forest, Long Island
  • Club Peace & Plenty, Eleuthera
  • Club Thunderball, Eleuthera
  • Palm Bay Beach Club, Eleuthera
  • Royal Entertainment Lounge, Exuma
  • Bimini Bonefish Club, Bimini
  • Red Lion Pub, Bimini
  • Blue Bird Club, Bimini
Each of the Out Islands is small enough to explore during your stay. However the main form of excursion for travellers is Island hopping. Why not take advantage of all the Bahamas has to offer by visiting one of the other islands within the archipelago.
Health & Safety
You should only use bottled water. The major health risk in the Bahamas is traveller’s diarrhoea most commonly caused by eating fruits, shellfish, and drinks to which your body is unaccustomed. To minimise the chances of this happening go easy at first on new foods such as mangoes, conch, and rum punch.
Health facilities are good but hospitals are on the main islands only. The Out Islands have access only to clinics and private practitioners. However should further medical treatment be required you can be airlifted to the appropriate facilities. You are strongly advised to have full medical cover in place before travelling.
The Out Islands are safe however you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables.


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