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The Bahamas

Spangled between the depths of the North Atlantic and Florida's eastern coast, the Bahamas – not technically part of the Caribbean – comprises more than 700 stunning subtropical islands and 2400 cays, most uninhabited, and all fringed by spectacular coral and fathomless ocean trenches. From the grit and bustle of funky Nassau to the vast mangroves of Andros, there's an astonishing array of beaches, reefs, forests and historic towns to be discovered, all within the compass of an hour's flight.

The Bahamas is an inescapably pricey destination but whether sailing around the Abacos’ history-filled Loyalist Cays, partying at Paradise Island’s Atlantis resort, swimming with wild pigs or lounging on Eleuthera’s pink-sand beaches, there’s likely a Bahamian island to match most every water- and sand-based compulsion, all framed by a backdrop of gorgeous, mesmerizing blue.

The Bahamian locals are a laid-back lot and a night spent at a fish fry with a rum punch in hand is not to be missed.

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