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Destination Bahamas, this page is about the Caribbean islands group in the northwestern West Indies.

New Providence island with Bahama's capital Nassau lies about 310 km (193 mi ) off the southern coast of Florida and north of Cuba. The archipelago consists of around 700 islands and islets, and more than 2,000 cays (coral reefs). Just about 30 islands are inhabited.

Today the Bahamas have become one of the world's foremost vacation resorts. The archipelago attracts more than five times its population in tourists.

Nassau is the political capital and the commercial hub of The Bahamas. Tourism and international banking (offshore finance) and investment management accounts for more than 55% of the country's gross domestic product. The former British colony and now a member of the Commonwealth has also one of the world's largest open-registry shipping fleets.

The Bahamas share maritime borders with: Cuba, Haiti, the United States, and Turks and Caicos Islands (UK).
 
You will have access to newspapers from the Bahamas and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for Nassau and the islands of New Providence, Abaco, Andros Island, Bimini and Grand Bahamas.

Glass Window Bridge, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Glass Window Bridge, Eleuthera island, Bahamas
© Bahamas Government
 

Commonwealth of the Bahamas | The Bahamas

Country Profile


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Flag of Bahamas
 
 where in the world are the Bahamas?

Official Name:
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
short form: The Bahamas

ISO Country Code: bs

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Wed-Sept-2  12:55

Country Calling Code: +1 242

Capital City: Nassau on the island New Providence.

Second-largest Cities: Freeport (on Grand Bahama)

Government:
Type: Constitutional parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 10 July 1973 (from UK). Constitution: 10 July 1973.

Geography:
Location: Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba.
Area: 13,943 kmĀ². (5,383 sq. mi.);
Terrain: long, low flat coral formations with some low rounded hills.

Climate: Semitropical to tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream.

People:
Nationality: Bahamian(s).
Population: 354,000 (2010 census)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 19 139 (year)
Ethnic groups: African 85%, European 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%.
Religions: Baptist predominant (32%), Roman Catholic, Anglican, Evangelical Protestants, Methodist, Church of God.
Language: English (official); some Creole among Haitian groups. Literacy: 93%.

Natural resources: Salt, aragonite, timber, arable land.

Agriculture - products: Citrus, vegetables; poultry.

Exports - commodities: crawfish, aragonite, crude salt, polystyrene products

Exports - partners: Singapore 25.1%, USA 20.6%, Dominican Republic 12.9%, Ecuador 9.4%, Canada 5.8%, Switzerland 4.1%, China 4.1% (2012)

Imports - partners: USA 30.1%, India 20.3%, Singapore 8.7%, South Korea 6.8%, China 5%, Colombia 4.5%, Canada 4.2% (2012)

Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD)


Background:
The Bahamas extends 760 miles from the coast of Florida on the north-west almost to Haiti on the south-east. The group consists of 700 islands, of which 30 are inhabited, and about 2,400 cays (coral reefs).
When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492 on San Salvador, The Islands Of The Bahamas were inhabited by Lucayans, a subgroup of Arawak indians. Slavery, disease and other hardships wiped out the entire tribe within 25 years of Columbus' arrival.
British settlement in The Bahamas was established in 1647 by a group of English settlers in search for religious freedom, the Company of Eleutheran Adventurers, who organized a community on what is now the island of Eleuthera; in 1783 the Islands Of The Bahamas became a British colony.
During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, piracy flourished in the islands because of their proximity to important shipping lanes.
Today The Bahamas has become one of the world's foremost vacation resorts. Nassau is the political capital and the commercial hub of The Bahamas. Tourism and international banking and investment management accounts for more than 55% of the country's gross domestic product.


related countries: United Kingdom, United States

other Caribbean island nations: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico
 


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Official Sites of Bahamas

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Official site of the Bahamas Government.

Office of the Prime Minister
Responsible for Direct Foreign Investment in the country, the Management and Disposal of Crown Estate.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Responsible for the conduct of foreign policy and foreign relations both at home and abroad.

Weather
The Bahamas Meteorology Department
Offers current weather conditions for all islands.

Maps

profile Map of the Bahamas
Political map of the Bahamas.
Google Earth Google Earth The Bahamas
Searchable map and satellite view of the Bahamas.
Google Earth Google Earth Nassau
Searchable map and satellite view of the Bahamas's capital.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 
 
 

Bahamas News


BahamasUncensored.com
Most incisive political news about and from The Bahamas.

thebahamasweekly.com
Bahamas News and events

The Freeport News
Grand Bahamas' First Newspaper.

The Nassau Guardian
The leading Bahamas newspaper with local news.

 
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Arts & Culture

Antonius Roberts
A portrait of a Bahamian artist.

Bahamas International Film Festival
Non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local community and International visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world.
 
Chub Cay - Bahamas
Chub Cay © The Islands Of The Bahamas 
 
 

Business & Economy


The Central Bank of The Bahamas
Official website of Central Bank of The Bahamas.

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
Official website of Bahamas Chamber Of Commerce - Nassau.

Airline
Bahamasair
The National Airline of The Bahamas.

Bahamas Ferries

Bahamas Ferries
The Bahamas Marine Island Link.
 
 
 

Destination Bahamas - Country Guides

Discover the Bahamas: Abaco islands, Andros Barrier Reef, Berry Islands, Exuma Cays, Garden of Groves, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Nassau, New Providence.
links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, sea parcs, cruising, diving with dolphins, tours and much more.


Bahamas
The official Tourism site of the Islands of the Bahamas.

Grand Bahama Island Tourism
The Official Web site of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board.

The Island of The Bahamas
The Official UK website.


The Bahamas Guide.com
An extensive travel and tourism guide to the Bahamas Islands.
Bahamas Tourist Guide
The country of 700 islands.
Bahamas-Travel.info
Commercial Bahamas Islands vacation travel guides.
Bahamas Vacation Guide
Another guide to the Bahamas, but one with the experience of years.

What's On Bahamas
Bahamas guide with all the "Getting There", "Getting Around", "Accommodation", "Entertainment" and etc. stuff.

Abaco Islands 
abacoinfo.com

Tourism guide to Abaco islands.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Bahamas - Diving with Dolphins
Diving with Dolphins © bahamas.com
 

Education

College of The Bahamas
The Bahamas premier tertiary institution.
 
 
 

Environment & Nature

Bahamas National Parks
Page about all the National Parks, National Reserves, and Land & Sea Parks of The Bahamas.
Ecosystems Of The Bahamas
Information about the ecosystems and endangered species of The Bahamas.
 
 
 

History

Brief History of The Bahamas
Outline of Bahma's history.
 
 
 

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