700 islands, 100,000 square miles of ocean and over 2000 rocks and cays make up this awe-inspiring archipelago. Known for its laid-back atmosphere and hospitable natives, the islands are brimming with vibrant culture. The passion for music – in particular African drum rhythms, Caribbean Calypso, Bahamian Goombay and English folksongs – is at its most stark during Junkanoo, The Bahamas national festival that carries a mass of energy, colour and partying across the islands for two nights of the year.

Water Sports
Almost every water-and-sand-based compulsion is satisfied in The Bahamas, with world class water sports on offer across the islands. From jet skiing to swimming with pigs, there is no shortage of high-octane fun to be had in The Bahamas’ welcoming waters. Fishing, too, is a crucial part of everyday life, with numerous world fishing records having been set here, also feeding into the delightful and fresh local cuisine.

Yachting Epicentre
For yachting visitors, the country is increasingly well-equipped, with state-of-the-art marinas adding to a burgeoning infrastructure that has benefited greatly in recent years from major external investment. Marinas such as Staniel Cay Yacht Club are specially adapted with deep draft facilities to cater for the larger luxury yachts, and have become an increasingly popular superyacht hub. Luxury hotels and resorts such as Baha Mar and Ocean Club, high-end shopping and vibrant nightlife add to the appeal for well-heeled travellers, causing some to dub this island group a playground for the world yachting elite.

Vibrant Culture
Despite its popularity with tourists, and even those who decide to make The Bahamas their home on the basis of affordable real estate and favourable tax laws, The Bahamas’ native culture is alive and beats strong throughout its dispersed islands. Although each island has its own unique character, Bahamian culture can be defined by warm and welcoming hospitality, rich and vibrant foods, a laid-back lifestyle and strong maritime history. The country exists harmoniously as both a playground for the international elite and a cultural heartland with a distinct national identity. Because for the modern day Bahamas, one is nothing without the other.