Scattered like precious jewels over 3,884 square km of clear tropical sea at the top of the Caribbean, the chain of 700 islands, uninhabited cays and large rocks that make up the The Bahamas covers just 13,939 square km of land. Formed mainly of flat coral, with just a few gently rounded hills, the highest point in the entire archipelago is just 206 ft. But despite this shared topography, the character of each island is as individual as the 300,000 people who live here. And as unique as the holiday you’ll enjoy here.
A different experience on every island
With each island in The Bahamas offering something different, your best plan is to hop on a plane or push out a boat and visit as many as time allows. Sample city living, island-style, by spending a few days in cosmopolitan Nassau with its duty free shops, golf, museums and restaurants. If it’s romantic seclusion you’re after, lie back and relax on the pristine white sand of Long Island’s deserted beaches. If you’re looking for adventure, experience the dive of a lifetime, exploring challenging wreck sites off the coast of San Salvador, snorkelling the clearest waters in the world or taking up the local sport of bonefishing. Get closer to nature and hop over to Inagua National Park to witness the unforgettable spectacle of nesting flamingos and other exotic wildlife. And if you’ve come in search of paradise, charter a sailboat and indulge in a blissfully tranquil voyage through the Exumas’ 160 km-long string of pristine cays.
Wherever you go you’ll enjoy a welcome that’s as warm as the tropical climate and hear stories that are as rich and colourful as the culture.
When to visit
The best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round (they rarely dip below 60 degrees), the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June and November (the Atlantic hurricane season). Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-May’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.