Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2016 - Page 45

The BAhamas | Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

The 700 beautiful islands and 2,000 chunks of
coral and limestone outcrop that form The
Islands Of The Bahamas are playgrounds for
sailors, anglers, divers, nature lovers, ecotourists and those vacationers in search of the more
glitzy pleasures.
More than five million people visit The Islands Of The
Bahamas each year. You will find great enthusiasm for
American culture, combined with a strong flavor of
Great Britain and a distinctly Caribbean beat.
Just 30 of the islands are populated and together they
are among the most favored destinations for visitors
and cruise ship passengers every year. New Providence
has almost 60 per cent of the population and in the
capital, Nassau, you can go on a horse-drawn carriage
tour of a vibrant city filled with history’s reminders in
its Victorian buildings and fortresses.
Cross a bridge and you are in Paradise Island, a modern
dream resort tailor-made for fun-seekers, featuring
a 100,000 sq ft casino, a marina for large yachts, the
world’s biggest aquarium, and palatial hotels -- or you
might prefer the casinos of Cable Beach. And that’s just
the beginning.

Island-hop to Grand Bahama Island and try your luck
at the slot machines at Grand Bahama’s Vegas-style
casino and then spend your winnings at Port Lucaya
Marketplace. Vacationers to Grand Bahama Island
can also experience world-class water sports including
snorkeling, scuba diving, bonefishing, sport-fishing,
kayaking, parasailing and boating.
Beyond these best-known vacation destinations are
many serene island gems, known