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The Bahamas: Slide Show Trip


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Kit
- 431 days ago - tripwow.tripadvisor.com
While the Bahamas is mostly known for its tropical setting, it's also rich in history and culture as well as, a happening night life but here are some things you might not have known.



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Frans Badenhorst (551)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:33 am
it does look like paradise..........difficult to believe some very privileged people actually LIVES there....very jealous at the moment

thanks for the trip Kit.....:)...........♥
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:39 am
Map Credit: www.worldatlas.com


If your vacation destination includes sprawling beaches, an island escape and plenty of sunshine, then the Bahamas may be just what your searching for. Offering some of the most beautiful scenery, the Bahamas is one of the top vacation destinations and sees over 3 million tourist and visitors each year. While the Bahamas is mostly known for its tropical setting, it's also rich in history and culture as well as, a happening night life but here are some things you might not have known.

5 Facts You Might Not Know


1 The Bahamas is a chain of 29 islands, with over 650 cays and is home to about 300,000 residents. These islands are situated across the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean and has something to offer everyone.

2 The Bahamas sees over 320 days of sunshine every year. May thru October typically is the rainy season in Bahamas and the temperatures are still right around 85 degrees. Hurricane season, June to October, is generally not a problem even though there is always a risk, the Bahamas have seem to evade them for quite sometime.

3 Yes, there really were pirates in the Bahamas. The islands offer several grottos which makes perfect hiding places for pirates and there ships. The Bahamas is also full of blue holes in the ocean floor, which made for secret places to hide all the treasure. At one point, in 1718, the pirate problem was so out of hand, the Bahamas were made into a British Crown Colony just to take care of the problem and they succeeded.

4 The Bahamas didn't become an independent country with its own government until July, 1973. Before that time, the islands were a colony of Great Britain and had seen several invasions from the Spanish, French and even America. In fact, during the American Revolutionary War, Nassau was taken over by the Americans.


5 The Bahamas are a low level islands offering very little ridges. The highest point of the Bahamas can be found on Cat Island. Mt. Alvernia towers at 210 feet and there is nothing higher than it on the island.
The capital of Bahamas, The is Nassau. The currency of Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar(BSD)
Bahamas belongs to the North American continent
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Bahamas is a North American country, which comprises of an archipelago of 700 islands. The English-speaking nation is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, spreading over an astounding area of 13,878 km2. All the islands of the archipelago are low lying, with flat surface. The highest point in the country is Mount Alvernia, also known as Como Hill and has an altitude of 63 m. Bahamas is also quite prone to hurricanes, which have ravaged the island shores a number of times. This has left life stranded to an extent that it is still recovering to this day. Given below are some more interesting and fun facts about Bahamas.


Interesting & Fun Facts about Bahamas

•The official name of the country is the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is an archipelago, consisting of more than 700 islands.

•The capital city of Bahamas is Nassau. The two other big cities of the country are Nassau and Freeport.

•The name of the country comes from the Spanish word ‘bajamar’, meaning ‘shallow water’. The official language spoken in the country is English and the currency, the Bahamas-Dollar is at par with the US-Dollar.

•Bahamas was a British colony until 1973 and is now an independent nation. The Duke of Windsor was the Royal Governor of The Bahamas during from 1940 to 1945.

•There is no income tax or corporate tax levied in Bahamas. Around 50 percent of the national GDP is generated by tourism. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean. After tourism, financial services constitute the second-most important sector of the Bahamian economy

•Eighty percent of Bahamian natives are of African descent. Two-thirds of the population lives in the New Providence Island (the location of Nassau).

•The largest immigrant community in the Bahamas is that of the Haitians. 30,000-50,000 of the residents are concentrated in the New Province, Abaco and Eleuthera islands, including the legal and illegal residents.

•School attendance in Bahamas is compulsory between the ages of 5 to16. Out of the 210 primary schools run in the country, 158 are operated by the government. The remaining 52 schools are operated by private owners. Higher education is also offered by many non-Bahamian colleges in the country.

•The Bahamas is enrolled as an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The political and legal traditions of Bahamas closely follow the British ones, owing to their commonwealth membership.

•The country has a parliamentary form of democracy and regular elections are held. The Bahamian senate consists of 16 members, who are appointed by the Governor-General. The Governor-General also appoints the Chief Justice on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Privy Council of the United Kingdom serves as the highest appellate court.

•The local government districts in Bahamas elect local councils for town planning, business licenses, traffic issues and maintenance of government buildings. Lower level town councils are also accorded minor responsibilities in some large districts.

•Another interesting fact about the country is that the Bahamas women's 4x100 relay team won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-bahamas-2257.html
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Pack your toothpaste, sun screen and sun glasses, for this Arm Chair Tour of The Bahamas.
 

Pat B. (354)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 6:35 am
Wonderful pictures, and information. Thank you, Kit for my grand tour of the Bahamas. ;-)
 

Natasha Salgado (519)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:00 am
Thanks Kit 4 yet another beautiful journey--this time to the beach laden easy going and relaxing Bahamas. Loved the lighthouse!
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:39 am
Wonder what number on the list of countries to disappear with climate change they hold...
 

Ben Oscarsito (345)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 9:08 am
I've never been there, but I wouldn't mind a visit...not at all!
However, in The Caribbean I've been to Aruba twice, Curacao (4 times), Puerto Rico twice and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands once...
(Yeah, I know...absolutely useless information...)
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:42 am
Ha, another spot Ben has NOT been, ..surprise. :)
Thx Kit, no wonder the phrase was coined "it's better in the Bahamas".
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:20 pm
Hmmmh. Thank U so so Muchas, Kit~~
the Beaches.... LIKE A GORGEOUS DREAM!!! :-)))))))))

( and Ben has not been there ???????)
 

Joy AWAY (130)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 12:33 pm
noted
 

Birgit W. (144)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:53 pm
Beautiful, thank you.
 

Sharon H. (290)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 3:54 pm
I've been to the Bahamas 3 times. All 3 was on a cruise from Miami. We went to Nassau. The water is so blue and clear. It's beautiful. We went over to Paradise Island too. There's a road right after you get off the ship that goes from one end of the island to the other. My husband at that time rented us a moped and we drove on it stopping at various beaches. Sly Stallone was supposed to have a house on that road too. Don't know if he did. I know David almost got us killed a few times because he kept driving on the wrong side of the road...which was the right side here. It was a fun time.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 4:11 pm
Thanks Kit--another great post.
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 5:09 pm
Great pot, Kit. Thanks for sharing.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 8:12 pm
Thank you for the vacation in paradise! :)
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10:57 pm
Thanks Kit!
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Friday June 28, 2013, 10:34 am
Really a paradise...
 
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