|Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD)||Eco-Lodges|
|Size: 13,878 km²/5,358 mi²||Favorite Restaurants|
|Landscape: bush, beaches, islands, wetlands, mangroves|
|Activities: hiking, exploring sunken airplanes, diving, snorkeling, cave exploring, wildlife watching, swimming, sailing|
The Bahamas are a former British island group consisting of more than 700 islands, islets and cays. They are the most northern country in the Caribbean and the site of Christopher Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1495. Despite its proximity to the U.S., only a handful of Bahamian destinations have become major tourist attractions. Due to the country’s vast size, that means one can explore a lot of remote and unspoiled regions here. The population of the now independent commonwealth is mainly Afro-Bahamian, as the Bahamas were once a safe heaven for escaped or freed slaves.
TOP SPOTS IN THE BAHAMAS
Roughly half way north along the sparsely inhabited Exuma Islands chain, Staniel Cay is one of the few developed islands. Off its coast you can snorkel sunken airplane wrecks in shallow water or explore the famous Thunderball Cave, which was featured in a scene from the James Bond film of the same name. Animal lovers will find one of the Bahamas’ top curiosities on the neighboring island of Big Major Cay, swimming pigs. Yes, that’s right, there’s a large colony of wild pigs living on this island that will literally “piggy paddle” towards your boat looking for a little food. Harmless and adorable, they will capture your imagination and your heart.