Bahamas

Bahamas flag

Here are photos from my first visit to the Bahamas, a February escape from a seemingly endless Canadian winter.

The weather was perfect, sunny and warrm, and the Bahamas lived up to its reputation for beautiful sandy beaches and clear blue seas.

In addition to my beach days I also set out to explore other aspects of Nassau and its surroundings.  The history is more than a bit tortured. The Spanish raided the Bahamas to capture slaves in the 1500s. British settlers arrived during the 1600s but Nassau was overrun by pirates by the early 1700s.

The Bahamas now relies on tourism rather than piracy to generate most of its economic activity.  But the evolution of mass tourism  has changed the travel industry dramatically in the past few decades, conspicuously so on small Caribbean islands.

I've tried to weave together information about the Bahamas and pretty pictures, but you can ignore the notes if you wish.  Some areas remain in their natural state and are stunningly beautiful.

The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images.  A Route Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.

 

Quick Start: Bahamas.pdf

 

Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Pirate ship, The Pirates of Nassau

The Pirates of Nassau

Government House, Nassau

Government House, Nassau

Paradise Island Lighthouse, Nassau

Paradise Island Lighthouse

Nassau Harbour

Nassau Harbour

Atlantis resort, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Dolphin, Blue Lagoon Island

Blue Lagoon Island

Sandy Toes beach, Rose Island

Sandy Toes

Flamingos, Ardastra Gardens

Ardastra Gardens

 

 

Link to Pictures File

 

You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.

 

Maps

A package of downloadable / printable Bahamas Maps is available.  It includes an overall map of the Bahamas and the map of the New Providence area shown below.

New Providence, Bahamas map

Table of Contents

Bahamas.pdf  
Contents   2
Introduction   3
Maps   4
Evolution  
Pirates of Nassau   6
Nassau Forts  14
Government  22
Nassau Today
Nassau Harbour  28
Cruise Ships  33
Paradise Island  42
Atlantis  46
Real Estate  57
Comfort Suites  60
Explorations
Ferry Terminal  63
Blue Lagoon  67
Sandy Toes  76
Ardastra Gardens      91
Arawak Cay 102
Island Tour 105
Sunset Cruise 120
History 125
End 127