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The Bahamas – Jewel Of The Atlantic

While thinking of the Bahamas, an image of white powdery beaches and clear blue water is bound to pop into your mind. The Bahamas is not far from the image — in fact they may even surpass your expectations. If all you want to do is to relax and take in a cool sea breeze, then the Bahamas is the place for you. If you are into water sports, then the Bahamas is the place for you too. And if you are interested in seeing old lighthouses, then you too can head to the Bahamas. It delivers all that and much more. From the rhythm of calypso to the beauty of the corals, the Bahamas will rejuvenate your body and spirit like no other.

 

  1. Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay is located on the northernmost part of the Bahamas and is a part of the Berry Islands chain. It is home to the Great Stirrup Cay lighthouse, which was erected by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service. It was meant for watching shipping traffic coming through the Northwest Providence Channel. The lighthouse is 46 feet tall and is painted in all white. It is quite a sight to behold against the backdrop of the Atlantic.

 

  1. Deadman’s Reef

Do not get scared by the term ‘deadman’! The place is as live as can be. Deadman’s Reef is a coral reef and is a very popular spot for snorkeling to your heart’s content. The Paradise Cove Resort is located nearby and caters mostly to tourists who want to go to the reef. The reef is shallow and is ideal for newbies to snorkeling. Even though it is small in area, Deadman’s Reef houses exotic sea creatures like sea turtles and stingrays. If you want to keep your feet dry, then there are rafts available for some lazy floating on the sea. If you are looking for something more relaxing, then laze around or simply take a stroll on the beach.

 

  1. Andros Islands

Andros Islands is home to the 3rd biggest barrier reef on earth. In addition to that, it is also home to numerous underwater caves and blue holes. No wonder it is considered a haven for divers. Andros Islands is also a great place for fishing and boating. Fly fishing is one of the most popular activities in this region. Nature lovers will have a field day as Andros Islands is home to as many as five national parks!

 

  1. Andros Lighthouse

The lone Andros Lighthouse cuts quite a sorry picture in today’s times. But that wasn’t case when it was made in the year 1892. It was built for marking a new south entrance for the ‘fresh creek’ channel. Almost a hundred years later, a tower was added to the top of the lighthouse. Along with that new addition, three old cannons were kept in front of it. It almost looks like these were added so that they could give company to the lonely lighthouse.

 

  1. Exuma Cays

If you are interested in spotting celebrity homes by any chance, then Exuma Cays is the place for you. The cays are home to celebrities like David Copperfield and Johnny Depp. The largest island is the Great Exuma and the smallest is the Little Exuma. There is also the Staniel Cay which is very popular for boat riding. Staniel Cay is also very famous for the Thunderball Cave, which was featured in the James Bond movie Thunderball.

 

  1. Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park

While we are on the topic of Exuma Cays, the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park cannot be left behind. It is one of the few protected areas in the Bahamas and the only of its kind in the Caribbean. In addition to boasting of some of the most beautiful views in the Bahamas, the park is also popular for boating and diving. On a clear sunny day, visibility can go up to as much as 30 meters underwater. However, fishing is not permitted in this park as it is protected.

 

  1. Elbow Cay

If you go to Elbow Cay, you may mistakenly think of it as a part of New England. Whether it is the houses or the charm, nothing in Elbow Cay is like the rest of the Bahamas. Most houses are colored in many hues and residents are laid-back in nature. Along with the colors and the charm, Elbow Cay is also home to a candy-colored light house. Known as the Elbow Reef Lighthouse, it is quite a colorful sight, just like the rest of the cay. The lighthouse is one of the few manual lighthouses left in the world. It still runs on kerosene oil! The bright colors of the lighthouse can be seen from far away.

 

  1. Green Turtle Cay

The various colors of the Bahamas are on display at the Green Turtle Cay as well. While the cay itself takes you back to the Bahamas of the past, the peace of the island is worth pining for. Only five kilometers in length, the Green Turtle Cay is where people come to attain some much needed tranquility. The water is crystal clear and the beaches are fringed with reefs.

 

  1. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

The Atlantis Paradise Island is a resort in the Bahamas and is undoubtedly the most popular one. All guests of this resort get free entry into the massive water park, known as Aquaventure. Along with that, the resort consists of many restaurants, hotels and other entertainment centers.

 

  1. Cable Beach

Cable Beach is a well-known tourist destination in the Bahamas. In fact, most tourists who go to the Bahamas end up at this beach. The beach is made up of soft white sand and is surrounded by five majestic hotels. There is no problem if you decide to not stay at any of the hotels. All tourists get a free pass at using their pools for a day! The water is shimmering and warm and is perfect for a swim. While Cable Beach may seem like a place for relaxation, it is also known for its various food options. There are many restaurants dotted in and around the beach area. After you finish dining at any of these places, you can head towards the Crystal Palace Casino.

Originally posted 2017-04-05 06:36:23.

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