Just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas islands are an easy and convenient dream vacation destination with turquoise waters.
The Bahamas comprise a unique archipelago with an exceptional combination of natural wonder, cultural charm, and historical attractions.
But the true gems of the islands are the friendly and intrinsically peaceful people whose very nature seems to be linked to the former inhabitants of the islands, the gentle Lucayan and Arawak Indians! Today, actor and diplomat Sir Sidney Poitier, NBA stars Mychal Thompson and Rick Fox, international supermodel Shakara Ledard, Grammy-winning artist Lenny Kravitz, as well as a number of famous Olympians, scholars and high-achievers all carry The Bahamas with them, for their global acclaim is rooted in the islands’ heritage.
When the sun goes down, the fun in The Bahamas doesn’t stop. When the moon lights up the night sky, casinos, clubs, live shows, restaurants and bars come alive.
Depending on your taste, and your preferred island, there is a variety of entertainment choices here. A few islands have larger than life nightclubs showcasing international performers, while many others have quaint nightspots with local bands and entertainers. For those interested in gaming, there are several sophisticated options here – the Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island is designed with brilliant glass sculptures that add to the vibrant energy in the room; the casino at Baha Mar, the largest in the Caribbean, offers a mix of high energy and luxury; and the Resorts World Bimini Casino is set in a luxurious five-star, two-story structure. And, you can enjoy water views, no matter where you decide to try your luck.
In Nassau, Bay Street and Prince George Wharf are the main places to find exciting nightlife. From Thursday nights in particular, you will find nightclubs and bars along the waterfront with live music and the best deejays. From the outdoor patio of Via Café, to the upstairs deck of Bambu, and the performing stage at Señor Frogs, the downtown Nassau harbor front is the place to find a laidback party atmosphere at night. There are several spots to enjoy Jazz, dub poetry, Karaoke, Latin dancing, and uniquely Bahamian Rake & Scrape and Junkanoo music.
For a classy evening out, stop in the Blue Note Jazz Lounge, an elevated piano bar at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Cable Beach (Nassau). And, at Atlantis on Paradise Island, Aura Nightclub has transformed nightlife in The Bahamas through its elegant sophistication and impeccable design.
A Summary of Things You Can Do at Night:
Sunset and star gaze from a beach on any of our islands
Drink at a local bar on any of our islands
Dance to local Rake & Scrape music at nightspots on many of our islands
Gamble in a Casino on Bimini, Nassau, and Paradise Island
Visit the Fish Fry in Nassau and interact with the locals
Enjoy live Bahamian music on Friday and Saturday nights at Lukka Kairi in Nassau
Enjoy fine dining at one of the many elegant restaurants on several of our islands
Join the Junkanoo rush-out at Marina Village, Paradise Island, on Saturday nights
Go club hopping at places like Aura, Bambu, Bullion, and Via Café in Nassau
Party with Spring Break style fun at Señor Frogs in Nassau
Scheduled/International: Air Canada. American Airlines. Bahamasair. British Airways. Copa Airlines. Caribbean Airlines. Cubana Airlines. Delta Airlines. Elite Airways. InterCaribbean Airways. Jet Blue Airways. Silver Airways. Southwest Airlines. Sunwing Airlines. United Airlines. WestJet Airlines.
Scheduled/Domestic: Bahamasair, Southern Air Charters, Sky Bahamas, Western Air, Pineapple Air
Charters/International: Air Flight Inc. American Airlines. Atlantic Blue Charter. Aztec Airways. Bahamasair. Eastern Air Express. Island Air Charters, Inc. Noble Air. Treasure Air Charters, Inc. Triton Airways LLC. Tropic Air Charters, Inc. Tropic Ocean Airways. Watermakers Air.
Charters/Domestic: Flamingo Air Ltd. Golden Wings Charter. Island Wings Ltd. LeAir Charters. Pineapple Air Ltd. Sky Bahamas. Southern Air Charter. Western Air Limited.
Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) – to Cable Beach – 10 mins. To Downtown Nassau – 20 mins. To Paradise Island – 30 mins.
Grand Bahama Int’l Airport (FPO) to downtown – 5 mins. To Port Lucaya Marketplace – 15 mins.
Cruise Lines: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Carnival Cruise Lines. Celebrity Cruises. Disney Cruise Lines. Holland America Line. MSC Line. Norwegian Cruise Line. Princess Cruises. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
Ferries: Baleària Bahamas Express. Baleària Caribbean. FRS Caribbean.
Foreigners wishing to travel to the Bahamas for vacation or for business may require a Visa for entry into the country. Be sure to check the Visa Requirements for Foreign Visitors to The Bahamas to determine the visa requirements for your country. Click here for more detail on visa requirements : www.bahamas.gov.bs/VisaRequirementsforvisitors
From the bustling energy of Nassau and Paradise Island to the relaxed ambiance of The Family of Islands, the options in The Bahamas will suit luxurious and down-home tastes, and everything in between. Secluded white-sand and pink-sand beaches with the bluest waters in the world are always endearing to couples looking for a romantic escape. Wild flamingo colonies painting the horizon pink, playful dolphin pods offering a welcome kiss, and a drove of swimming pigs begging to be fed are just a few of the unique encounters that await families. And, who wouldn’t enjoy visiting the home of Rake & Scrape music and Junkanoo—a traditional masquerade with masterful works of color and creativity. The art is paraded through the streets to the pulsating and infectious sounds of goat-skin drums beating ancestral African rhythms on the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day holidays, plus at festivals during the summer months.
The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches. With over 700 breathtaking islands and 2,000 cays, and the clearest water on earth, it’s no wonder visitors come from all around to sink their toes into miles of pure white, and in some places pink, sand. Many of our beaches have been voted “best in the world” by numerous publications, and it’s not uncommon to find a celebrity or two strolling along our shores.
Since the moment Christopher Columbus came ashore in the New World, The Bahamas has been a magnet for sea vessels. Everyone from Blackbeard to Ernest Hemingway, to past world Premiers and Presidents has made the voyage. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway to Bimini from Florida or a weeklong voyage to Nassau & Paradise Island, the turquoise waters of The Bahamas are waiting for you.
Hop off your vessel right into a delicious lunch at one of the many dockside restaurants scattered across the islands. Conch is the quintessential Bahamian delicacy, eaten scorched, deep-fried, stewed, and steamed. Few places in the world eat conch raw. For Bahamians, however, fresh conch salad–with diced raw conch and vegetables seasoned with salt, sour orange, pepper and lime–is the preferred choice for eating the ocean mollusk. The perfect complement to the meal is a cold Kalik or Sands beer, both homegrown brews in The Bahamas. Other Bahamian delicacies include a variety of fish and lobster dishes, cooked in our own style, peas and rice, macaroni and cheese, and for dessert you must try our Guava Duff!
You’ll find sunken Spanish galleons, inland blue holes, underwater caves, and forest-like coral reefs teeming with vibrant marine life. You can even feed and swim with reef sharks–an experience sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Explore what else makes The Bahamas a complete diving destination, with its very own Barrier Reef and the deepest recorded blue hole in the world.
The Bahamas is home to some of the most intriguing, exotic and mysterious natural phenomena on the planet. Here you’ll find Stromatolites, the oldest known macro-fossils on earth, the world’s deepest blue hole, the third-largest fringing barrier reef in the world, miles of pink-sand beaches, many natural caves with interesting formations, countless nature preserves, the world’s largest colony of pink flamingos, the famous Andros Iguana, endangered Abaco Parrot, and Bimini Boa, to name just a few. You’ll also find a growing number of eco-friendly hotels and resorts in The Bahamas offering vacation packages that support ecotourism and Eco travelers.
The Bahamas is a perfect playground for children of all ages. Throw on a saddle and trot up and down our pristine shores on horseback. Get down and dirty with a little sand volleyball. Or simply build a sand castle on the beach. Children can even attend the Kids Camp, where they’ll find a replica of a famous sunken Spanish galleon. Or, they can embark on a marine adventure and learn how to dive, fish, and snorkel to experience the wonders of our beautiful ocean. Or, try the sport of “crabbing” (catching land crabs) along with locals during the rainy season, when the crabs are said to be “walking” in the bushes. Whatever piques your interest, know that you can find fun for the whole family in The Bahamas.
Whether you’re a first-timer casting a line from a pier or a deep-sea fanatic eager to beat one of the 50 world fishing records set in The Bahamas, you’ll find all types of fishing here. Wade through the many saltwater flats for some bonefish or charter a boat and troll the deep seas for a prized marlin. Our islands play host to so many exotic fish that there’s sure to be fewer stories about the one that got away.
Marriage is an adventure. Your honeymoon should set the pace. Honeymoons in The Bahamas offer couples experiences found nowhere else in the world. And with so many islands to explore, you don’t have to stay in one place. Spend one day on a remote island, the next in a bustling metropolis. However you decide to escape, there’s no doubt your honeymoon will be just as memorable and romantic as your wedding day.
Nearly every day, our weather is as clear as our water. The cumulus clouds dot the sky at around 2,500 feet in the morning, rising to 7,500 feet in the afternoon. These are the perfect conditions for flying. Wherever you’re headed, just about every vacation spot in The Bahamas has an airport where you can safely land. Plan a trip. File a flight plan. Take off, touch down and refuel your soul.
From breathtaking panoramic views to soft white- and pink-sand beaches to spectacular sunsets and exotic hideaways, The Bahamas is proud to say that each and every one of our islands is the perfect destination for a romantic escape. Need to relax? Stumble across a secluded beach where the only footprints you’ll see are your own. Looking for adventure? Take a swim with dolphins in the warm waters of the Atlantic. Weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, engagements–whatever your milestone, celebrate in paradise like nowhere else.
During the day, Bay Street, Prince George Wharf, and Woodes Rogers Walk are the centers for duty-free and souvenir shopping in Nassau, with our famous Straw Market the main draw. In Grand Bahama Island, it’s Port Lucaya Marketplace, and in many of the other islands local crafts and other authentic Bahamian items can be found in stylish boutiques, open-air markets, and craft centers, or bought directly from the artisans. You can purchase signature straw craft indigenous to each island, one-of-a-kind craft pieces, and colorful locally made Androsia batik, a signature product of Andros.
These islands are home to a variety of attractions and you’ll need to tour as many islands as possible to discover what makes The Bahamas so unique. You can walk through narrow streets in quaint little towns and fishing villages, see picket fences and colorful clapboard houses reminiscent of Loyalist architecture, explore historical landmarks and plantation ruins, and learn about a rich history that dates back centuries. Or, if you’d prefer to ride, we also offer bike, boat, jeep, and scooter tours. However you decide to explore our islands, there’s a professional Bahamian tour guide waiting to show you around.
Whatever sport you’re into, you can do it here: basketball, bowling, cricket, football, golf, gymnastics, racing, rugby, soccer, softball, squash, tennis, track & field and volleyball to name just a few. Throughout The Bahamas, it’s easy to find a friendly game to join. And we always welcome a good match. Golf in The Bahamas is absolutely breathtaking and several islands have pristine golf courses that challenge both the novice and professional golfer, some that line the clear-blue Atlantic waters. Runners and cyclers will appreciate the scenic and relatively flat terrain throughout our islands. Most hotels provide bicycles for the use of their guests. Swimming is a year-round sport, because the water never freezes. Tennis facilities are part of resorts on almost every island and surfaces include Flexipave, clay, asphalt, Plexicrome, Har-Tru or cork; most are night-lit.
One thing we have plenty of is crystal-blue water. And, yes, it feels just as amazing as it looks. With water temperatures averaging about 80°F year-round, water sports are naturally a popular vacation activity. Whether it’s banana boat rides, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, parasailing, surfing, or even swimming excursions with wild dolphins, you’ll find it in The Bahamas.
Sapphire-blue skies, turquoise water, pure white- and pink-sand beaches, or even underwater. Your perfect day should take place in the perfect setting. With more than 700 islands and 2,000 cays, plus numerous reefs, beaches, parks, botanical gardens, churches and other locations, there are endless ways to declare your love for one another when planning a destination wedding in The Bahamas.
A one-day residency is required before obtaining a marriage license. For information and literature on getting married in The Bahamas, contact the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism at Phone: 305-767-4171 or 242-397-2705, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An affidavit is needed for persons wishing to be married who have never been married. This affidavit can be obtained through a Justice of the Peace, a Bahamian Licensed Marriage Officer, or a notary public, stating that the person has never been married. It must accompany the application for the marriage license.
If either party has been divorced, the original final decree or a court certified copy must be produced.
If either party is widowed, the original death certificate or a certified copy must be produced.
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