- Bahamas Luxury holidays
The Bahamas is found north of Cuba in the Atlantic Ocean, in the Lucayan Archipelago, and over 700 islands and islets fall under its jurisdiction. In common usage though, even more land masses than that can be called part of the 'Bahamas', as the term is also applied to the overall island chain that includes the Turks and Caicos Islands. Owned by the British from 1718, the Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth nation in 1973, and this relatively recent return to self-rule is apparent in the many European cultural influences on the islands.
What's in a name?
The Bahamas' name has a disputed origin. Its most widely cited source is the Spanish 'baja mar', which describes the shallow waters surrounding the islands, although many people think this is unlikely. It may also come from the indigenous Amerindian 'Taino ba ha ma' meaning 'Big upper middle land' but, despite seeming a perfect match for the modern name, this is doubtful too. Finally, it may derive from an earlier local name, 'Guanahani', but the meaning of this has been lost. For holidaymakers who enjoy exploring the beaches and aquatic life of the islands' coastlines, perhaps the Spanish name is the most fitting - even if it is not the most plausible source.
Tourism in the Bahamas
Tourism is the largest sector in the Bahamas, and employs most of the citizens too. Finance and banking ranks second, thanks to the competitive tax regime. Third is agriculture, and while the Bahamas import much of their food, you may be able to try locally grown onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and okra.
When should I visit the Bahamas?
If you have a week to spend there and don't mind a party, head to the Bahamas on July 3rd for the independence day celebrations. Independence itself was officially achieved on July 10th, but in typical fashion the Bahamians start partying a week in advance, and throughout the seven days you can expect street carnivals and firework displays, along with more serious speeches reflecting on the islands' fairly newfound freedom. Other than that, temperatures are steady all year round, from the low 20s in the winter months to nearly 30°C in summer; conversely, the summer is also the wetter period, so if you want the driest possible conditions, December through to February is the time to visit.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to the Bahamas are all about doing exactly what you want. If you’re in the mood for enjoying a cocktail while the sun sets over a beach lined with palm trees, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room at the water’s edge, they’ll arrange that too. Luxury in the Bahamas is well worth paying a little extra money for – and the degree of pampering your receive is entirely up to you. The Bahamas offers luxury that you’ll never forget, and while you may not have access to ski-slopes or the conveniences of city life, you will have breath-taking scenery to explore, an exceptional level of personal service, and the chance to create memories that will last a lifetime.