The Bahamas, or the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as it is officially known, is a beautiful island country in the Atlantic Ocean made up of more than 700 islands and cays.
The name Bahamas comes from the Spanish ‘baja mar’, meaning ‘shallow water’. Truly enough, the waters surrounding The Bahamas are indeed shallow. Interestingly, The Bahamas is one of only two countries whose name begins with the word ‘the’, along with The Gambia.
Despite having a small population, the Bahamas’ territory encompasses an impressive 470,000 km2 of ocean space. Just north of Cuba and South-East of Florida, the Bahamas are characterised by idyllic clear azure waters, soft white beaches and lush greenery. This is a place with absolutely no winter climate, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream and the low latitude and elevation. The unbelievable scenery and the wonderful climate truly lend the Bahamas the feeling of a peaceful paradise on Earth. This is a must-cruise-to destination!
The capital of the Bahamas is also its largest town, Nassau, which is situated on the island of New Providence. Although the population of Nassau is a modest not-quite 250,000 people, this actually makes up 70 percent of the entire population of the Bahamas. Nassau is the place to do some relaxing and take a dip in the clear waters off the island’s stunning beaches. Other island in the Bahamas that you might have heard of include: Exuma Island, Rum Cay, and the Bimini Islands.