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Bahamas

Background

Bahamas

Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

About

The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of many islands. There are about 2,000 islands if you include the cays which are small islands that are formed on coral reefs. The word Bahamas is of Spanish decent and means 'Shallow Water'

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BahamasOne&Only Ocean Club 

Po Box N 4777
Paradise Island
Bahamas

Price (US$): $995 - $2785 / night

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Location. One&Only Ocean Club is located on the beach in Paradise Island, close to Versailles Gardens, Cabbage Beach, and Atlantis Aquarium. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Stingray City and Aquaventure. Resort Features. Dining options at One&Only Ocean Club include 4 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are a children's pool, a… more »

BahamasThe Cove Atlantis 

One Casino Drive
Paradise Island
Bahamas

Price (US$): $335 - $2000 / night

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Location. The Cove Atlantis is located on the beach in Paradise Island, close to Atlantis Aquarium, Cabbage Beach, and Aquaventure. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Fort Fincastle and Atlantis Museum. Hotel Features. The Cove Atlantis's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a… more »

BahamasBimini Bay Resort and Marina 

North Bimini
Alice Town 33152
Bahamas

Price (US$): $199 - $1299 / night

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Location. Bimini Bay Resort and Marina is located on the beach in Alice Town's North Bimini neighborhood, close to Bimini Undersea Dive Center, Bimini Bay Marina, and Stones of Atlantis Dive Site. Other points of interest near this hotel include Rainbow Reef and Bimini Water Sports. Hotel Features. Bimini Bay Resort and Marina features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, a bar/lounge, and a swim up bar. The hotel serves cooked to order breakfasts in the restaurant (surcharges apply).… more »

BahamasCoral Sands Hotel 

Chapel St, Dunmore Town
Harbour Island
Bahamas

Price (US$): $335 - $2050 / night

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Location. Coral Sands Hotel is located on the beach in Harbour Island, close to Dr. Albert Johnson Memorial, Pink Sand Beach, and Fisherman's Dock. Other points of interest near this romantic hotel include Government Dock and Lone Tree. Hotel Features. Coral Sands Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in… more »

BahamasGrand Isle Resort and Spa 

Po Box Ex 29253 George Town
Emerald Bay
Farmers Hill
Bahamas

Price (US$): $450 - $2500 / night

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Location. Grand Isle Resort and Spa is located on the beach in Farmer's Hill, close to Emerald Bay Beach. Regional points of interest also include Hoopers Bay and Exuma Beach. Resort Features. Grand Isle Resort and Spa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The resort also has a grocery/convenience store and a grocery. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club,… more »

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Bahamas

Full name
Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Capital
Nassau
Location

Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba

Geographic coordinates

24 15 N, 76 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Connecticut

Coastline

3,542 km

Climate

tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream

Terrain

long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Alvernia on Cat Island 63 m

Natural resources

salt, aragonite, timber, arable land

Population

310,426

Ethnic groups

black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%

Religions

Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8% (2000 census)

Languages

English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

Government type

constitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Independence

10 July 1973 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 10 July (1973)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Sir Arthur A. FOULKES (since 14 April 2010)

Head of government

Prime Minister Hubert A. INGRAHAM (since 4 May 2007)

Internet country code

.bs

Internet users

115,800 (2009)

Airports

62 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Freeport, Nassau, South Riding Point

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