If we had to pick one place to live out the rest of our days, it would probably be somewhere like the Bahamas.
Home to powdery white cays, year-round good weather and the clearest, bluest water in the world, this archipelago of 700 islands is what you might call a little slice of paradise. But there’s a lot more to the Bahamas than millionaire-dollar views and diamond-studded millionaires. Dive a little deeper (or sail a little further) and you’ll discover virgin reefs, historic shipwrecks, pink sand beaches and mangroves flush with exotic birdlife, not to mention some of the most gregarious and welcoming locals you’ll ever meet.
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Great Guana Cay, Bahamas
Lie back on long white sands that attract nesting Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill turtles
Hope Town, Bahamas
Brightly painted cottages, flowering gardens and a candy-striped lighthouse sit along a magnificent barrier reef
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Top responsible travel tips for Bahamas
- Be considerate of the Bahamas’ customs, traditions, religion and culture
- Bahamians dress conservatively. Confine swimwear to the beach (wearing it elsewhere is considered disrespectful), and if visiting a church, avoid t-shirts, shorts and trainers.
- Keep public displays of romantic affection to a minimum.
- When meeting and addressing someone, offer a handshake. First names are reserved for friends and family, and should only be used if initiated by a local.
- Bahamians are a polite people. It’s good manners to introduce any conversation with some brief salutations, even when asking a basic question.
- Tourism is the mainstay of the Bahamian economy. If you are given directions or taken to a requested destination by a local, it is polite to tip them accordingly.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children
- Never touch or remove coral from reefs. Also, avoid buying souvenirs that have been illegally removed from the reef.