The Bahamas are made up of 700 islands dotted along the coast of Florida and whether you are looking for a bustling tourist town or the sensation of being on a deserted island oasis, these islands offer it all in premier Caribbean vacationing.
San Salvador was once home to the Lucayan Indians, who called the island lovingly Guanahani, or "sweet and gentle." It is presumed to be the original landing point of Christopher Columbus who changed the island's name to San Salvador, as it is called today. The island is home to a little over 1,000 people and is actually the top portion of a mountain on the ocean floor. It is best known for its diving sites which provide a diverse under sea experience of shipwrecks, coral reefs, colorful fish life, and wall drop offs. Snorkelers and divers will find some of the clearest ocean water allowing for amazing snapshots of scalloped hammerheads and schools of tropical fish.
Nassau, Paradise Island is the capital of the Bahamas and has a bustling nightlife of dance clubs, a casino, bars, and restaurants. This semi-tropical climate destination once was a popular hub for pirates. The notorious Blackbeard settled down here, and the British Colonial Hilton now stands where his home once was located. The Retreat Gardens are 11 acres of land devoted to collections of about 170 species of palms and are a natural get-a-way from the busier parts of the island. Nassau, Paradise has been the beach backdrop of several famous films including Pirates of the Caribbean, and its warm white sand beaches invite you to sunbathe for hours with cocktail ready service. The clear aquamarine sea will call you in as it gently laps against the beach. You can enjoy relaxing evenings watching the sunset while enjoying gourmet dining.
Mayaguana is an island of about 300 people and a perfect destination for those wanting the quiet that this serene island has to offer. These unfrequented beaches are dotted by beautifully intact shells. The aqua colored water calmly laps against the deserted beaches. Northwest Point has ocean cave treasures that are adventurous dive points. Mayaguana is a popular stopping point for boaters and independent divers due to its unspoiled landscape. Horse Pond Beach is a great little spot to go crab hunting. The island is considered the most isolated of the Bohemian islands and maintains much of its natural charm without the huge resorts of other islands. Along Black Wood Point, you can find a natural flamingo habitat and nesting sea turtles on this untouched oasis.
The Bahamas have some of the most pristine island life. It is characterized by cerulean waters and verdant natural sea and land habitats that provide living space for diverse animal life. Their ocean waters are the clearest in the world and one can see 61 m (200 ft) into their depths; they also are the home of the third longest barrier reef, making these islands an ideal diving destination. San Salvador, Nassau and Paradise Island, and Mayaguana are unique vacation destinations that encourage you to soak in all the benefits of being a beach bum.