Introducing The Bahamas
Scattered like dabs of silver and green paint on an artist’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus – he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history. But the adventure didn’t end with the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. From pirates and blockade dodgers to rum smugglers, wily go-getters have converged and caroused on the country’s 700 islands and 2400 cays for centuries.
So what’s in it for travelers? There’s sailing around the Abacos’ history-filled Loyalist Cays. Partying til dawn at Paradise Island’s over-the-top Atlantis resort. Diving the spooky blue holes of Andros. Kayaking the 365 Exuma Cays. Lounging on Eleuthera’s pink-sand beaches. Pondering pirates in Nassau. There’s a Bahamian island to match most every water-and-sand-based compulsion, each framed by a backdrop of gorgeous, mesmerizing blue.
So paint your own adventure – the palette awaits.
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'Junkanoo' by ebodie. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals. Location: The parade circuits around Bay and Shirley Sts in Nassau, Bahamas...
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