Bahamas & Caribbean
The Bahamas and Caribbean islands are the textbook picture of paradise. Swaying palm trees, crystalline waters and pearly beaches are complemented by a relaxed island lifestyle and calm repose.
Although the Bahamas is located between Florida and Cuba and largely in the Atlantic Ocean while the Caribbean covers a far larger stretch of islands in the Caribbean Sea, both destinations share a similarly paradisiacal appeal, in which each individual island retains its own unique and vibrant character. The variety of options for exploration and adventure afforded the discerning traveller through time spent in this dazzling part of the world are manifold. Soaked with sun the whole year round, even during the ‘wet season’ between July and December, this gorgeous temperate area offers ideal opportunities for sun-bathing, outdoor activities and water sports alike. No two islands are alike, all are in varying stages of development, and nothing dreamt is out of reach.
The title of ‘Caribbean’ is taken from the Carib, an ethnic group indigenous to the Lesser Antilles and areas of South America at the time of European colonization. The history of this region is rich with diverse cultures and threaded together by mesmerizing tales of conquest and wild adventures on the high-seas. The lasting impact of Colonialism and the Atlantic slave trade is omnipresent throughout these islands, steeped in sober history but also brimming with a joie de vivre so unique to this part of the world. The overwhelming beauty and abundant resources of the Caribbean are a thing of wonder: currently it is organized into 13 sovereign states and 21 territories and overseas departments.
The Caribbean sits within the crystalline Caribbean Sea which is found southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. These glittering island groups sit on the Caribbean plate and include more than 7,000 islands, islets and cays. This area is also known as the West Indies thanks to Christopher Columbus, who believed he had reached the Indies (Asia) when he landed here in 1492. Formed of verdant land-mass in beautiful arc shapes, the island groups within this area consist of the Antilles and the Bahamas.
With a similar history and geography to islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Caribbean region is composed of fragmented continents, volcanic land-mass and living coral reef. Each island is home to diverse evolutions of the native flora and fauna, and many enjoy thriving agricultural industry due to the rich soil: Tropical fruit and sugar-cane are the most prolific crops.
The Bahamas is made up of a sprawling collection of 700 islands and over 2000 rocks and cays, spread across 100000 square miles of sublime ocean. A popular destination for romantic and family holidays alike, the Bahamas can be accessed from Miami in just a couple of hours by boat. Nevertheless, visitors and tourists will travel far and wide to enjoy the Bahamas’ world-renowned resorts, vibrant island lifestyle and unique experiences - such as swimming with the pigs on Big Major Cay in the Exumas.
Sun, Sea and More Sea
The area of ocean belonging to the Caribbean stretches to five million square kilometres, while the total land mass is only 240, 000 square kilometres: this is a sea to land ratio of 20:1. There are around 100 islands with permanent inhabitants, with the number of cays, whether rich in lush vegetation or sandy crags, numbering in the high thousands. No island, with the exception of Bermuda, is further from its neighbour than 200 kilometres; an intrepid explorer could spend days and weeks sailing from island to islet, endlessly discovering new areas of unspoiled tropical haven.