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Bahamas sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Abaco Bahamas 048 The Bahamas have always had an aura of luxury, prestige and success. This is an upscale resort that is sometimes called “Switzerland in the Caribbean” because the Bahamas have not only many hotels, but also banks, office and business centres. As a rule, visitors are simply charmed by mesmerizing beauty of local nature, numerous landmarks and rich choice of entertainment, including most original and unusual ones.
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Tourists, who want to enjoy the silence and relax in pristine nature, are recommended to visit the following islands: Grand Bahamas, Andros, Bimini, Berry and Exuma. These islands are well-known among fans of scuba diving and underwater fishing. Some islands have aqua parks and swimming pools where visitors can swim with dolphins, watch shark feeding or simply enjoy a yacht ride along the coastline.
The capital of the Bahamas, Nassau, has developed tourist infrastructure. Guests are welcome to participate in various excursions. The local fortress is one of the most famous historic landmarks of Nassau. Built in the 18th century, the fortress has survived in excellent condition, and its halls still have the atmosphere of elegance and chasteness of previous centuries. The Queen’s Staircase is one of the most famous landmarks in the Bahamas. The staircase has 66 steps and leads to a beautiful observation deck that features magnificent views of the city and bay. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Parliament Square is the heart of Nassau. Here you will see a beautiful statue of Queen Victoria made of marble. The statue is the main decoration of the square, but there are also several historic administrative buildings there. Most of these buildings were finished in the beginning of the 19th century. These are the buildings of Royal Court, Administration of the Colony and Parliament. Charlotte Fortress is another important historic building and tourist sight. The fortress was built in 1788 and there are many legends and interesting stories associated with it.
Eleuthera Without a doubt, the Bahamas are rich not only in historic places of interest. Atlantis Water Park will be a great choice for visitors who seek entertainment. The territory of the park is divided into 14 separated parks. There are artificial lagoons, underwater labyrinths, swimming pools and rides there.
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Guests, who cannot imagine their vacation without nightlife, bustling parties, night clubs and casinos, are advised to visit the Paradise Island. Tourists, who prefer sport activities, will definitely enjoy their visit to the Grand Bahama Island that is famous for its sport centres. There are several tennis courts, golf fields, football fields and basketball courts in Freeport town. Freeport is also famous for its markets and shopping centres.

History and Entertainment

By the 9th century, the Bahama Islands had been absolutely uninhabited. The first settlements on this territory were formed by descendants of the Indian Arawaks. The discoverer of the archipelago was Christopher Columbus. His team boarded one of the islands in 1492. The first colonial settlements were formed by Spaniards three years later and all aborigines were transferred from the islands as slaves. The islands had seen the times of the Spanish colonization for only 25 years and then the Spaniards left these lands.
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The archipelago had been sparsely populated for a hundred years until it attracted an attention of English colonizers. In the middle of the 17th century, settles started coming here from England. They created new settlements on the Eleuthera Island. The Bahamas were officially recognized as a British colony in 1718. The important stage in the history of the archipelago was the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807. Many colonizers left their lands giving them to former slaves. The agricultural sector and fishery started developing in the islands.
At the end of the 19th century, the Bahamas became a center of the illegal trade. At that time, the picturesque archipelago started to attract the first tourists. They were wealthiest people of the USA. After the enactment of the Prohibition Act in the USA in 1920, the Bahamas became a main center supplying the states with alcohol. Every day, ships sailed here to buy smuggled rum. At that time, the first hotels for travelers were built in the Bahama Islands.
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When the Prohibition Law was abolished in the USA in 1933, the economy of the archipelago fell into decline. The greater decline was caused by the Second World War. Only when it came to an end, the archipelago was visited by tourists again. In 1964, the island state gained a right to the internal government. The Bahamas became completely independent from Great Britain in 1973.
Initially, the picturesque islands were the place for elite recreation. At the beginning of the 20th century, only representatives of the richest families could afford to visit them. At present, the Bahama Islands are known as a place where top-rated luxurious hotels visited by many celebrities are located. As before, today, the main guests of the archipelago are travelers from the USA. In recent years, the number of tourists from other countries has increased significantly.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Bahamas
♥   National Park 'Andros Blue Holes National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Andros Crab Replenishment Reserve' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Andros North Marine Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Andros West Side National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Conception Island National Park' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Bahamas from our review series

Gallant Lady Wrecks

From the series “The Surviving Remains of Shipwrecks You Can Observe Yourself”
Bahamas shore has also seen a lot of wrecks. One of the ships you can see is in the Sothern part of Bimini archipelago. There you will see a skeleton of the cargo ship with a romantic name "Gallant Lady". Several decades ago when the ship went from Belize City a great storm has found the vessel and its crew. The crew failed to control the ship and it had been brought to the shore of Bimini island. The ship was very beautiful, however, for many years this beauty has left it.

Today we see only rusty parts of the magnificent ship. These pieces of the ship look quite different from the azure water. Bimini area is very popular among divers. The islands waters have a lot of drowned ship fragments of different times. Apart from the wrecked ship, the islands are rich with the unique natural … Read all

Pink Sands Beach

From the series “Most Fabulous and Magic Beaches”
One of the most romantic beaches in the world is located in the Bahamas. Pink Sands Beach  has long been a landmark of world importance. This beach is unique because of incredibly amazing pink sand. This part of coast belongs to Harbor Beach. The color of the sand is owed to protozoa foraminifera living on coral reefs. The carapace of these microorganisms is painted in a bright pink or red color. During a storm, the smallest shells are thrown on the shore, where they are mixed with pieces of white sand, giving it the unique color.

It is also worth noting that the pink beach is very comfortable to have a rest. Tourists can not just sunbathing on its unusual sand. The coast is ideal for jogging and sports. Strong waves are rather rare here. The exotic beach also attracts divers, as the … Read all

Pink Sands Beach

From the series “Top 15 Most Romantic Beaches on Earth”
One of the most romantic beaches on the planet should be sought in the Bahamas, or rather, on Harbor Island. It is here that a charming Pink Sands Beach is located - a beach with pink sand and crystal clear water of azure hue. Its unusual appearance, a sandy beach is due to the corals located on the coast. Tiny particles of which are mixed with grains of sand and give it a pink tinge. The amazing beach is located in the eastern part of the island, its length is about 3000 meters

In the close proximity of the coast is a coral reef, which stops high waves. Pink Sands Beach is considered to be one of the most peaceful and safe beaches in the world and is popular not only among dreamers and lovers, but also among divers. Harbor Island is a location of several chic hotels in which world-famous … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Bahamas

Nassau
In 1928, a water tower was built on the island, which is now considered one of its main attractions. Its height is about 40 meters, not so long ago a viewing platform was installed at the top of the tower. It is the highest observation deck in the Bahamas: in clear weather, from here you can see the famous island's sights and even other nearby islands. The Public Library building is of great architectural value - it is a vivid example of colonial architecture. The beautiful structure with … Read more
Abaco
Numerous travelers are in love with Treasure Cay Beach and are delighted with its calm and peaceful atmosphere. This coastal area is a big one, so it is never crowded. At the beach, there is a popular restaurant with a rich selection of food. Lush tropical forests near the beach make this area even more attractive. Upscale travelers often choose Marsh Harbour Island as their vacation destination. The island has many luxurious hotels that are built directly in the middle of tropical forests. … Read more
Harbour Island
The picturesque island remains one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world, so many restaurants and entertainment venues on Harbor Island are targeted at the upscale clientele. It is not hard to find premium restaurants run by internationally famous chefs that offer rare delicacies and collectible wine. Premium spa salons are one more peculiarity of local resorts. These modern salons offer innovative beauty programs and regularly host master classes for clients, teaching them … Read more

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