INTRODUCTION Whether the winter months have you wishing for sun, or the hectic tasks of daily life have you wishing you could get away, the Bahamas are the answer to your prayers. Be it fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or just plain relaxing on the beach with the ocean at your feet, any trip to the Bahamas is sure to be a pleasure. With many different islands to choose from, and an adventure awaiting you on each, a trip to the Bahamas should be on the top of your "to-do" list! | Harbour Island
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Climate: The Bahamas is known for its inviting all year round weather and you will not be disappointed. The temperature is hot summer days and warm nights.
Currency: Dollar - Currently 1 BSD = 1.0000 USD
Languages: English, French and Creole
Power: 120 V, 60 Hz
Time Zone: UTC-5
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island is filled with natural wonders that make it a fascinating place to explore, whether on land or sea.
Biking Nature Tour
You'll be able to ride an historic trail that early settlers walked; visit the ruins of one of the island's first settlements; stop along wetlands to glimpse stately Herons and Egrets; view picturesque scenery, including the pine forest and shady coppice.
The Heritage Trail
Before 1955, the main transportation artery on Grand Bahama Island was the Old Freetown Road, a dirt path leading from Old Freetown in the East to Eight Mile Rock and other settlements in the West. The road was little more than a dirt path and after the foundation of Freeport brought in a modern highway, the old road was abandoned and left to nature. Eventually, nature did such a good job of reclaiming it that a stretch of the road near Freetown has become one of the island's chief nature walks.
For a uniquely romantic experience, you might want to ride the sea horses. From stables in the heart of the city, you can ride along tree-lined trails to Williams Town beach, where you are free to gallop along the sand and surf.
Prized for its sheltered harbour, the city made history and preserved it beautifully in Victorian mansions, cathedrals, 18th-century fortresses and a Queen's Staircase whose 66 steps lead to a view not to be missed. Nassau is home to weatherbeaten, ancient forts; elegant, noble architecture; and fine local and international crafts and goods.
Atlantis Not only is the Atlantis worth spending a day at for the waterpark and rides, but it is also a great place for lodging and dinner. Go for dinner at Chop Stix, followed by a night at the famous Atlantis casion. Or even stop by the Water's edge buffet during the day. Although it is very pricey, it is a guaranteed great vacation. Located right in Nassau, it is world known as a luxury resort.
Of all the forts in the Bahamas, Charlotte is the largest, a fact that illustrates Nassau's importance. It was built in 1788 under the governorship of Lord Dunmore, and it is picture perfect with a moat and dungeons. It ramparts offer one the best views of Nassau.
The most famous architectural sight in Nassau, the Queen's Staircase is a flight of 66 steps that links Fort Fincastle to the Princess Margaret Hospital. What makes it remarkable is that the staircase was not built, but carved out of calcareos (coral-based) sandstone at the end of the 18th century
This small village, with its calming and rustic atmosphere, was one of the first black settlements after the abolition of slavery in all British colonies.
It was a beach without a name until 1907, when the trans-atlantic cable was laid here, connecting The Bahamas to Jupiter, Florida. This beautiful beach is now the ultimate tropical playground, fringed by hotels and casinos.
Inagua provides a treasure of a different kind: salt, a critical staple in the days before refrigeration. Sailing vessels called here regularly to purchase the commodity, and the settlement of Matthew Town developed into quite a prosperous trading post.
Princess Cruise Line has their own island, "Princess Cays." Here you can lay in your own hammock between two palm trees with no other people around as far as your eyes can see. Now that's heaven on earth!