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Dreaming under palm trees
When traveling to the Bahamas you can snorkel, dive as well as enjoy the Caribbean rhythm of life on beautiful sandy beaches - spend a dreamy time under palm trees. The Bahamas are an island nation consisting of about 700 individual islands and more than 2,000 coral reefs, of which only 30 islands are inhabited. They are located southeast of the U.S. and northeast of Cuba and invite visitors with their consistently warm climate and crystal clear waters all year round.
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Country information about the Bahamas:
"Caribbean dream in the shallow sea".
The name of the archipelago goes back to the time of the Spanish conquerors. When they circumnavigated the countless islets and rocks and explored the crystal clear waters in the 16th century, they named the region around the islands "Baja Mar", which translated from Spanish means "shallow sea". This is said to have given rise to the present name Bahamas. The Bahamas belong to the so-called West Indies and are an island nation in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the United States and northeast of Cuba. Only 30 of the approximately 700 Bahama Islands are inhabited. They have a north-south extension of about 650 km and a west-east extension of up to 750 km. Although the Bahamas lie in the open Atlantic, they are assigned to the Caribbean. The largest island is Andros with almost 6,000 km². The islands are divided into two island groups - New Providence and Grand Bahama. In addition, there are the so-called Family Islands around it. On Cat Island, Mount Alvernia is the highest point in the Bahamas at 63 meters above sea level. The two most important cities of the Bahamas are firstly the capital Nassau and secondly Freeport. More than three quarters of the entire population of the Bahamas live in these two cities. The population is relatively young, with about 26% of the people considered to be under the age of 15 and only 6% being 65 or older. The Bahamas has been independent from the United Kingdom since 1973. Nevertheless, the English royal family still provides the head of state. The beaches of the Bahamas are rightly counted among the most beautiful in the world.
Located on the island of New Providence, Nassau is the center of the Caribbean island nation in every way: it is a transportation, banking and commercial hub and is home to the Bahamas' main international airport. Nassau is the largest city in the Bahamas with about 250,000 inhabitants, two thirds of the total population lives here. The city includes New Providence Island and several offshore islands, including the resort island of Paradise Island. The historic city center is located in the northeast opposite Paradise Island. Nassau received its name in 1689 in honor of William III of Orange-Nassau, governor of the Netherlands and also king of England, Scotland and Ireland. Today, Nassau is the home port of many cruise ships and is still considered a tax haven.
Absolutely worth seeing:
- Visit Nassau's old town with its colonial flair. Worth seeing are the parliament, court and government buildings, Christ Church Cathedral, Fort Charlotte, Blackbeard's Tower and Rawson Square. At the Pompey Pirate Museum you can learn about the age of privateers, pirate history and cargo smuggling. You can take a guided tour or download audio files and an app and explore on your own.
- Fort Fincastle is also worth a visit.
- If you like it busy, you can enjoy beautiful city beaches with all the entertainment.
- Paradise Island is famous for the largest hotel complex in the Bahamas, the legendary Atlantis with the largest marine aquarium in the world. In addition, Paradise Island also surrounds one of the finest sandy beaches in the island archipelago.
- The Retreat Garden features over 170 different exotic and unusual plant species, spread over 4 hectares. It is one of the largest private collections of rare plants on earth.
- Excursion to the historic 18th century settlements of Gambier, Adelaide and Fox Hill. They were founded by freed slaves and their culture has been largely preserved to this day.
- The Bahamas has the most fascinating natural phenomena to offer: probably the deepest Blue Hole in the world, the third largest barrier reef and the world's largest flamingo colony. The endangered Bahamian parrot and several species of endangered iguanas are protected in nature reserves. The island archipelago is well developed and offers a wide range of activities for sports enthusiasts. Whether you want to golf, run, bike, play tennis, kayak, parasail, dive or sail, everything is possible in the Bahamas.
- Absolutely worth seeing:
- Andros is the westernmost and, at just under 6,000 sq km, the largest archipelago in the Bahamas. At the same time it has the lowest population density of all Bahamas islands. It is 167 km long and 64 km wide at its widest point. Andros has 225 kilometers of the third largest barrier reef in the world. It is a paradise for divers and delights with its colorful underwater world and countless marine animals. Unlike most of the Bahamas islands, the interior of the island has been largely spared from tourist construction and has retained much of its scenic beauty. The Andros archipelago includes a total of five national parks, making it the largest protected region in the Bahamas. On Andros, Blue Holes National Park features the fascinating Blue Holes - limestone caves from whose depths fresh water bubbles to the sea surface. The most limestone caves in the world are concentrated here and you can spot the rare cave fish on a dive. The interior of Andros is a Mecca for ornithologists and orchid lovers. You can also paddle a kayak through the mystical mangrove forests.
- East of Andros is Exuma, which is 365 mostly small reef islands that run from northwest to southeast as if strung on a string of pearls. You can visit one of the islands, most of which are uninhabited, every day of the year, so to speak.... The archipelago is a popular destination for yacht owners, sailors and divers because of its reefs and caves. Many unnamed beaches and caves, as well as offshore reefs, are part of the protected Exuma National Land and Sea Park of the Bahamas National Trust, the world's first land and sea park. The snow-white fine sand Tropic of Cancer Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. On the island of Big Major City there are the famous "Swimming Pigs".
- Conception Island is located southeast of Nassau and was declared a national park in 1964. It is intended to protect the rich bird life, e.g. nesting seabirds, migrant bird colonies as well as green turtles. Mangroves in the crystal clear waters and caves provide excellent spots for snorkeling and diving.
- Also about 450 km southeast of Nassau are Acklines & Crooked Island. Their charm lies in their virtually untouched nature and seclusion. Acklines attracts fly fishermen, Crooked Island, on the other hand, is one of the best kept secrets of the Bahamas. Formerly an important trading post in the 17th and 18th centuries, the island is now rather dormant, and villages such as French Wells and Gun Point have few inhabitants. Abandoned plantations and manor houses on Long Cay, Crooked Island's little sister island, are the last witnesses of "Fortune Island," as it was called for a long time shortly after its discovery by Christopher Columbus. In Hope Great House National Park, you can marvel at the ruins of a 19th-century lodging house with surrounding garden. During the reign of King George the V of England, an artillery base was located here.
- Bimini is the westernmost outpost of the Bahamas and only 80 kilometers from Florida. Bimini was the favorite retreat of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway and today is the Eldorado for deep-sea anglers.
- North of Nassau are the Berry Islands with Stingray City. Here you can experience stingrays up close and swim with them on a tour. The Berry Islands consist of 30 islands, most of which are uninhabited. It is easily possible to spend a whole day here on one of the endless beaches without meeting a soul. Sport fishermen and divers also get their money's worth.
- East of Nassau is Cape Eleuthera near the southern end of Eleuthera Island. At the narrowest point of the island, the Glass Window Bridge connects the two supposed parts and provides a view to the right of the roaring deep blue waters of the Atlantic and to the left of the calm, turquoise Caribbean Sea. At the so-called Schooner Cays you can experience the magnificent landscape including the fantastic underwater world in the best possible way.
- If you like it quiet and untouched, you should travel to Cat Island southeast of Nassau. Here there are endless pristine beaches, crowds and the noise of motorboats are foreign words - the only music comes from the surf that gently washes ashore. Cat Island is the still somewhat unpolished jewel of the Bahamas.
- Mayaguana is also a place of Bahamian tranquility and authenticity, located southeast of Nassau. Mayaguana is the only Bahamian island that still bears its original name. About 300 people live on the island, distributed among the three main settlements of Abraham's Bay, Pirate's Well and Betsy Bay. The villages are idyllic, and most islanders make a living from fishing and farming. The island is little developed for tourism and is therefore an ideal retreat for vacationers looking for that Robinson Crusoe feeling.
- Inagua is the southernmost island of the Bahamas and is divided into Great Inagua Island and Little Inagua Island. On Little Inagua, wild donkeys and goats are the only inhabitants. Inagua National Park occupies almost half of the island. From March to April, the park is the largest breeding ground for the 80,000 West Indian flamingos. With more than 140 species of birds, Inagua is a bird lover's paradise; if you're lucky, you may spot the endemic Bahamas hummingbird. Little Inagua Island is protected habitat for endangered sea turtles.
- Long Island - the "long island" - lies southeast of Nassau. The coasts on both sides are rich in contrasts: while the side facing the Atlantic is characterized by cliffs that drop precipitously into the sea, the Caribbean side impresses with white sandy beaches that merge seamlessly into the gently turquoise waters. Long Island is world famous for Dean's Blue Hole, which, at over 200 meters deep, is considered one of the deepest "blue holes" in the world. Three sides are enclosed by rocks, the fourth by turquoise water and white sand beaches. Divers from all over the world come to this special place.
- Northeast of Long Island lies Rum Cay, which with its total of 40 square kilometers is still considered an insider tip of the Bahamas. In Port Nelson, the picturesque main village of the island, live today almost 100 inhabitants between coconut palm groves, who live mostly from tourism and fishing.
- Far east of Nassau is San Salvador Island, where Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World in 1492. A white cross marks the spot on the beach. Columbus gave the island the name San Salvador - "Saint Savior." Five monuments are erected in his honor, one of them an underwater monument to mark the spot where the anchor was dropped. From October to the end of April, the windiest of the Bahamas' 700 islands offers the best kite conditions for beginners and advanced surfers alike. A tip is the waist-high lagoon at Snow Bay Beach.
Facts and figures Bahamas:
Land area: 13,939 sq. km
Population: about 354,000 - of which about 85% are of African origin, the remaining 15% are divided into 12% of European origin and 3% of Asian and Latin American origin
Capital: Nassau with about 250,000 inhabitants
Highest mountain: with 63 meters Mount Alvernia on Cat Island
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
History: The earliest traces of settlement date back to the 4th century, but some of the islands were not permanently settled until the 9th and 10th centuries by the Arawak people. After Christopher Columbus discovered the Bahama Islands on October 12, 1492, the approximately 40,000 islanders were taken to Hispaniola and enslaved until 1520, where they perished in the mines due to disease and emaciation. The islands of the Bahamas became a retreat for pirates and privateers over the next two centuries. The English claimed the Bahamas beginning in 1629, and it became a British crown colony in 1717. Great Britain granted the Bahamas internal self-government in 1964, and they became independent in 1973.
Economy: The Bahamas has no significant natural resources, so the economy relies heavily on tourism and banking. Since the mid-20th century, the island nation, which is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, has been considered a vacation destination and tax haven. High unemployment, drug trafficking and corruption are unsolved problems of the paradise-like island archipelago.
Currency: Bahama Dollar
Festivities: The music and dance form that has existed in the Bahamas since the time of slavery - the so-called
Junkanoo - can be experienced in a parade during the Junkanoo Carnival.
Every year in early June, Cat Island hosts the legendary Rake and Scrape Festival. Rack and Scrape is the name given to the locally played music, the instruments are made from old and discarded things - saws, pieces of wood, fishing lines, old washing drums and drums covered with goatskin.
Travel in the Bahamas:
Entry Requirement: The valid passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of the trip. German citizens do not require a visa for entry and stay of up to 90 days for tourist purposes.
Vaccinations: No mandatory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. In case of entry from a yellow fever area or stay of more than 12 hours in transit of a yellow fever area, all persons from the age of one year must prove a yellow fever vaccination. The Bahamas itself is not a yellow fever infection area. Make sure that you and your children are up to date with the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute. As travel vaccinations, vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended, and for long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B and rabies.
Climate & Travel Time: The Bahamas has a subtropical climate. The average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius in summer. Even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees. The warm Gulf Stream provides water temperatures of 24 to 29 degrees Celsius. From July to October, the Bahamas are regularly hit by hurricanes. The hurricane season officially begins in June and ends in November. A so-called hurricane policy is widespread among hotels in the Bahamas: Those who cancel during a hurricane usually get their money back without any problems. Basically, precipitation can occur all year round in the Bahamas, but the main rainy season largely coincides with the aforementioned hurricane danger period from about mid-May to October. The northern islands experience significantly more precipitation than the southern islands, they also usually have 4 to 5 degrees cooler daytime temperatures.
Best time to visit: Basically, the Bahamas can be visited all year round. As the best time to travel, we recommend the period from November to May, since very little rain can be expected and the travel time is outside the hurricane season. The so-called winter in the Bahamas is still ideal for swimming with water temperatures of 24 to 25 degrees Celsius, the air temperatures are pleasant and not so oppressive.
Local time: CET -5 hrs. CEST -6 hrs.
Bahamas Consulate in Frankfurt am Main
Tel. 069-420 89 00
Fax 069-420 890 27