The tropical island chain the Bahamas is a very popular travel destination and is located within the Caribbean Sea. Top cruise lines tend to offer private island retreats for clients located within the Bahamas. Disney Cruise Line owns Castaway Cay, Norwegian Cruise Line owns Great Stirrup Cay, Princess Cruise Line owns Little Stirrup Cay, and Royal Caribbean owns Coco Cay. To visit these beautiful islands you more often than not require taking a trip with one of these cruise lines.
The city with the most vibrant past in the Bahamas is Nassau. Take a walk around Old Town, an interesting mixture of abandoned buildings and bright Caribbean structures. It will take almost no time whatsoever to wander away from the center and crowded tourism sector of the city. One way to get away from this is to walk for about ten minutes towards the parliament building; this is easily spotted due to the statue of Queen Victoria that is located in the front of the building.
The Pirate Museum is also a must. Recreations of a pirate town, a pirate ship and a pirate battle, with a few real artifacts mixed in are all a bit cheesy, but fun. To really get the full experience guided tours are available for $12.
Fort Fincastle is a tourist attraction that is also worth checking out. Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 and has a view of Nassau atop a hill that is south of the township. Several cannons are on display. Everyday of the week from 8am to 3pm tours are conducted.
The event known as Junkanoo takes place on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day; this event is a street carnival and is the biggest event that takes place in the Bahamian Calendar. Junkanoo being the most popular event throughout the Bahamian calendar creates troves of groups who come out together dawning Junkanoo costumes made out of crepe paper and playing music; the interesting sounds created by the music is particularly easy to dance to and is a mixture of African rhythm with brass instruments and cowbells. If you’re looking for a cheap and interesting souvenir to bring home with you the costumes which are created yearly at home by participants are simply discarded upon the streets.
Most tourists from first world nations do not require getting a visa in advance for stays that are as long as three months. Visitors of the Bahamas do not have to fill out any custom forms. In order to be able to reenter the United States from the Caribbean it is necessary to get a passport as you will be required to display this. Passports are required for Children and Adult passengers. Facilities for pre-clearance into the United States are available to be used at Nassau and Freeport. Nassau and Freeport have the largest airports in the Bahamas and are respectively located on New Providence and Grand Bahama.
The Bahamas are a popular port of call for cruise ships plying the Caribbean. The port that is located in Nassau is a top port for cruise ships and the ships that originate from Florida keep the area well served. Another growing destination is Freeport which is located upon Grand Bahama Island.
Due to the lack of hostel type accommodation in the Bahamas lodging is more expensive to find, so be prepared. It is possible to find hotels that cost around US$70, however most hotel rates are typically in the range of US$200-300 per night; the best resorts usually are US$500 or more per night. In the Bahamas the off-season for tourism is the summer time; this means the best deals will be found throughout the summer.
The majority of Bahama hotels and resorts are on New Providence Island, in Nassau, or are located on Paradise Island. Outside these areas a good portion of the country is off the tourism radar. Three hotels being located on the island Eleuthera is a good example of this as the island is 100 miles long and could house many more.