Holidays in the Bahamas offer breathtaking beaches, dazzling entertainment and stunning places to stay. Located off the east coast of Florida, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the warmer Caribbean Sea, a staggering 700 islands make up this paradise nation. Island hopping by air or sea is easy - and there's plenty to do beside relaxing in the sun.
You'll find a host of activities, from designer shopping and lively music to world-class dive sites and unforgettable dolphin encounters.
The two most popular destinations in the Bahamas are its capital, Nassau and neighbouring Paradise Island, reached by bridge. Idyllic scenery, a warm welcome and a tropical climate all add up to make the Bahamas a dream-come-true destination.
The weather is one of the main attractions in The Bahamas. The tropical climate means a magnificent 310 days of sunshine every year. There are two seasons; summer, which is from May through to September and winter, which is from October to April, although temperatures rarely drop below the mid twenties. During the summer, the days tend to get hot and humid and the winters are slightly drier and cooler.
Holidays in the Bahamas start at the beach, so there are lots of water sports to choose from. All that clear water offers the chance to explore ship wrecks and coral reefs and swim with. Golf enthusiasts head to the islands' many world-class courses. Go cycling, bird watching or horse riding. Take an eco-tour and enjoy the islands' flora and fauna at close quarters, or visit the Ardastra Gardens in Nassau with its flock of marching flamingos. The highlight of the Bahamas calendar is the annual Junkanoo Carnival held on Boxing Day and New Year's Day – see the costumes on display year-round at the Junkanoo Expo. Shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Straw Market on Downtown Street in Nassau, open 24/7.
Local Bahamas specialities include rum, tropical fruit and spicy dishes, but you'll find a huge choice of international restaurants and fast food joints throughout the islands. For excellent value, pt for an all-inclusive hotel, where snacks, meals and selected drinks are included in the cost of your holiday.
The Bahamas come to life after sunset. Live music is everywhere, from steel drum bands to the home grown sound of ‘Rake n' Scrape'. Enjoy limbo dancing, karaoke and beach cocktail bars. Nothing beats open air dancing in the warm tropical night, with the moon and stars above. And if beautiful desert islands get you thinking about treasure, then you might like to visit one of the luxurious casinos on Nassau and Paradise Island.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.