The Bahamas are a chain of hundreds of Caribbean islands southeast of
Florida and north of Cuba. They are famous for their turquoise
waters. The shallow seas cover a far greater area than the islands
that make up the country. The largest city and capital is Nassau,
which is located on the island of New Providence. It has a permanent
population of under 200,000. Paradise Island is joined by a bridge
to New Providence and is the location for the famous Atlantis Hotel and
its Atlantis Aquarium.
The other major city in the Bahamas is Freeport, which is located on the
island referred to as Grand Bahama.
The Taino people inhabited the islands when Columbus arrived in the
1490s. The country became a British colony in 1718 and today it is
an independent nation that is also part of the British Commonwealth.
The islands are popular for the turquoise waters, the Caribbean
weather and the proximity to Florida. High temperatures from
November to April average 80 F (27 C), while lows average 72 F (22
C). Rainfall is low during this period. The Bahamas are
positioned in the Gulf Stream, making them susceptible to hurricanes from
June to November. As with most Caribbean islands, the Bahamas are
extremely popular from December to April with tourism peaking at Christmas
and spring break.
A Visit to Nassauwith Tim Anderson
Our first stop on our cruise was Nassau in the Bahamas and it’s the most foreign port on the itinerary, so it gives you a terrific vacation effect.
We skipped the cruise ship tour package and took a self guided tour by taxi to the famous Atlantis hotel, where celebrities like Michael Jordan rent the Bridge Suite for $25,000 per day.
The hotel has a gigantic outdoor saltwater aquarium with thick glass sides which
allows viewing from inside the hotel. Scuba divers feed fish, including manta rays.
This hotel is truly