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Travel to the Bahamas for over 800 miles of beaches, crystal clear waters, colorful flora and fauna, and one-of-a-kind resorts. One of the most popular vacation spots in the world, the Bahamas chain of islands measures almost 14,000 kilometers and teems with life and activity, offering an unforgettable holiday. For the feel of refreshing trade winds, warm tropical sunshine, exotic music and food, luxurious resorts, and magnificent sandy beaches, travel to the Bahamas and experience a paradise full of leisure and adventure.

Probably the most well known of the area, New Providence Island offers glamorous hotels, world-class shopping, exciting sports activities, and beautiful lazy beaches, attracting over a million visitors a year. The home of Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, New Providence serves as a hub for commerce, business, and tourism. Most people flock to Nassau, where hotels, shops, and museums provide great shopping and sight-seeing. Visit historical sights such as the 19th century Christ Church Cathedral, where Queen Elizabeth II attended services, and the Queen's Staircase, carved out of solid limestone with 65 steps to honor Queen Victoria's 65 years. For somewhere close to the sand, stay at one of the hotels at Cable Beach. During the day, a variety of sports await the athletic, such as diving, wind-surfing, horseback riding, tennis, and golf.

Paradise Island, home to the world-famous Atlantis Resort, lies to the north of Nassau, connected by a bridge. This renowned vacation destination, with over 3,000 collective rooms, a huge casino, glitzy malls, the world's largest man-made marine habitat, and over 35 restaurants and bars, treats guests and non-guests to an unforgettable experience. Brave the towering waterslides, themed after the legendary Lost City and an ancient Mayan temple, take a dazzling trip through shark-filled lagoons, subterranean caves, and mini-tropical jungles in your inner tube. Visit the marine habitat and view over 50,000 species of aquatic animals and plants. Try your luck at more than 100 games in the casino, decorated with lavish fountains and hand-blown glass sculptures. Outside of the resort, visit Cabbage Beach for a multitude of water sports, rated one of the prettiest beaches in the Nassau area.

Grand Bahama caters to any vacationer wishing to relax with warm waters, sandy beaches, and lush forests. The fourth largest island in the Bahamas and especially popular as a cruise ship destination, Grand Bahama stays warm and sunny throughout the year, protected from northeastern storms by the Little Bahama Bank. Freeport lies at the center of the island, home to the famous International Bazaar and the Straw Market. Port Lucaya lies southeast of Freeport, a tourist-friendly area decorated by beaches and hotels. Visitors who love shopping gather at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, which offers eighty specialty stores, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and both indoor and outdoor bars. The Rand Nature Center, only a few minutes travel from Freeport, houses an incredible variety of Bahamian birds, some existing only on Grand Bahama Island.

For sailing and fishing enthusiasts, the Andros, Bimini, Exuma, and especially the Abaco Islands provide beautiful, calm waters, a multitude of lovely beaches, and superb fishing spots. For great places to fish, visit Mangrove Cay or Conch Sound in Andros, where wildlife, lush forests, and fresh seafood restaurants flourish. Renowned for its superb fishing, Bimini caters wonderfully to sailors and yachters with clubs and marinas. If you own or charter a boat, the Abacos will dazzle you with its brilliantly clear waters, sandy beaches, and plentiful sea life. Plenty of cays flank the mainlands including Treasure Cay and Moraine Cay, ready to be explored at your leisure.

To relax and enjoy the sun without the hassle of daytime crowds, the Bahamas smaller Out Islands make the prefect vacation destination. Surrounded by the sea, these islands and cays create a wonderful and less expensive alternative to the more well known locations. The lovely pink sands of Harbour Island, the incredible salt-harvesting pools and brilliantly-plumaged birds of Inagua, the white limestone cliffs and Columbus monuments of Long Island, and much more await you in an exotic and thrilling adventure.

For a truly memorable vacation, plan a trip to the Bahamas. Whether you prefer the glitz and glamour of Paradise Island's Atlantis Resort, the bargain prices of Port Lucaya Marketplace, the quietude and relaxation of the beaches, the dazzling beauty of the waters as you sail by on your chartered boat, these islands will gift you with a remarkable and treasured experience. Dive into blue waters, taste the conch and native beer, travel to a tropical nature preserve, frolic with dolphins, and enjoy the Bahamas to the fullest!

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