Fun fact: This is one of 11 countries in the world with "The" in its name!
The Bahamas are internationally known for their miles of soft, sandy beaches and laid-back lifestyle. You may have stopped here, like I have, on a Caribbean cruise. Most of the cruise lines even own a private Bahamian island that you can enjoy!
The Bahamas is the perfect destination for any traveler seeking a place to disconnect and soak up the sun. While it is easy to spend all day every day on the beach, you might be surprised to learn that there is much more to this tropical paradise. Regardless of how you spend your time in the Bahamas, here are a few interesting facts to know before you go!
The Bahamas Is Home To The Third Largest Barrier Reef
Passionate scuba divers and snorkelers do not have to travel far to discover colorful and exotic fish. Stretching over 190 miles, the Andros Barrier Reef is the third-largest barrier reef in the world. The colorful marine life rivals the colorful architecture on land, with a vibrant array of fish and coral. Visitors can take guided trips out to the reef and explore the beautiful world that lies beneath the water’s surface.
At Harbor Island, The Sand Is Actually Pink
While the rest of the Bahamas may be known for their white sandy beaches, Harbor Islands' claim to fame is pink sand. The sand's pink hue comes from foraminifera, a microscopic organism with a reddish-pink shell, while the sand is a mix of coral, shells, and calcium carbonate.
There Are Approximately 700 Islands In the Bahamas
You've likely heard of Nassau, Harbor Island, and the Exumas, but the Bahamas is much larger than just those few islands. While only 30 of the 700 islands are inhabited, you can still spend your days island hopping and exploring the Bahamas' 2,000 beaches.
The World’s Third-Largest Wine Cellar Is In Nassau
Yes, you read that right. The third-largest wine cellar in the world is not in France, Italy, or California, but rather in the Bahamas. With more than 250,000 bottles from 400 winemakers in 15 countries, the collection at Graycliff includes some of the rarest, most expensive wines in the world. If you are a wine lover and torn between wanting to take a trip to paradise or a trip to wine country, Nassau might be the wine country paradise for you!
More Than Just Beaches
Nassau is a vibrant and exciting city to visit, full of friendly faces, great shopping, and dining options, plus tons of historical sites to explore. Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, and Parliament Square are among the many historical sites you should visit in Nassau. Additionally, discover the local cuisine and take a cooking class or bike around the island. If you want to get to know the local culture, skip out on the hotel bar and look for a colorful and eclectic Bahamian fishing shack, where the locals go to socialize and drink.
But If You Want Beaches…
The Bahamas are home to over 2,000 beaches. This means that no matter where you go, you can easily find a nice sandy beach to kick back and relax on. Whether you are traveling with friends, family, or solo, there is a beach for you. Whether you prefer to have an active day on the beach snorkeling and swimming in the surf, or you would rather kick back and relax with endless frozen cocktails, the Bahamas has it all.
You Really Can Swim with Pigs!
While you might not see the day when pigs fly, how about seeing swimming pigs? Pig Beach is a beach on an uninhabited island located in Exuma, the Bahamas. The island takes its unofficial name because it is populated by a colony of feral pigs that live on the island. Some say that the pigs reached the island by swimming from a nearby shipwreck, while others guess that sailors left them behind. Either way, a trip to Pig Beach should be at the top of your Bahamas bucket list!
Bonus fact: There is no sales or income tax in the Bahamas. Pretty great, right? Let me know if you’d like to sail or fly to these islands; I’d love to help you out.