- Bahamas Family holidays
It's not clear how the islands got their name, but while you're on family holidays to the Bahamas, take a look at the coastline and you'll see quite shallow water off the pristine beaches. This has led some people to suggest the Spanish 'baja mar' meaning 'shallow water' as the original source of the name 'Bahamas'. There can also be some confusion as to what is part of the Bahamas - the name is given to a nation of over 700 islands and islets, but is also used in general to refer to the Turks and Caicos Islands as well.
The British Bahamas
The British claimed the Bahamas in 1718 and they remained a part of the Empire until 1973, when the islands were granted independence and became a Commonwealth nation rather than a part of the UK. When you're on cheap family holidays in the Bahamas though, you'll still see a large amount of British influence in the architecture and the general culture of the islands. A visit can feel like a glimpse into the past, to the glory days of the British Empire, although there are also hints of other European cultures that have had an effect too.
The bounty of the Bahamas
The local food crops are relatively healthy and perfectly suited to consume in a hot climate, so you may well want to add some local ingredients to your menu during family holidays in the Bahamas. For example, sweet potatoes are widely available on the islands, along with onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, while you can also satisfy your sweet tooth - or your bittersweet tooth - by sampling locally grown citrus fruits. While much of the food eaten on the islands is imported, it's always nice to see certain key ingredients are not only grown in the area, but are well represented in the cooking as well.
A taste of Paradise
In terms of where you should go on cheap family holidays in the Bahamas, the two northern islands of Grand Bahama and Paradise Island are both good option. You might also want to take a trip to Thunderball Grotto, which like several other locations in this part of the world, was made famous when it was featured in the James Bond film of the same name, and offers excellent snorkelling opportunities.
Why the Bahamas is so great for families
With miles of pristine beaches and plenty of beautiful, clear and calm waters to explore, you could spend most of your family holiday to the Bahamas just having fun on the beach. But then you'd be missing out on trying delicious Caribbean food, made from fresh local ingredients like the sweet potato. Feel the Caribbean rhythm and see how it somehow works with the bizarrely familiar British architecture and designs. Bahamas family holidays offer safe and sunny good times, perfect for making great memories together as a family.