The Bahamas

Perfectly Curated

Created to be a beautiful, inviting destination, Baha Mar’s magnificence is perfectly envisioned within the paradise that surrounds it. Every hotel, every amenity, every detail, is designed to remind you why you are here. To recharge. To play. To stir the soul. With gorgeous beaches, tranquil waters and warm sun serving as Baha Mar’s stunning setting, the welcoming environment of The Bahamas beckons you to experience its intriguing heritage, immerse yourself in its colorful traditions and meet its genuinely joyful people.

Environment

TURQUOISE WATERS

White Sands

Known for gorgeous crystal-clear turquoise waters and white sand beaches, the natural beauty of The Bahamas stretches far and wide—occupying more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coasts of Cuba and Florida in the United States.

AQUATIC

Life

In shallower waters, you’ll see plenty of marine life both large and small, darting in and out of the delicate coral reefs. Venturing out a little further into the open waters brings regular visits from Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins and surprise appearances by humpback and blue whales.

WEATHER

Perfection

There are simply very few days without magnificent temperatures in The Bahamas. On average, the sun shines 320 days a year, with average temperatures during the summer wet season (May – November) ranging from 77 – 87 °F and temperatures in the winter dry season (December – April) ranging from 64 – 77 °F.

82 °F: The average summer temperature

History

Bahamian

Independence

The history of The Bahamas begins with the earliest arrival of people to the island in the 1st millennium AD. Inhabitants were Lucayans, Arawakan speaking Taino people. In 1717, The Bahamas became a colony of Britain for 56 years until 1973 when independence was gained with the British Monarch’s then and now head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.

Age Of

Piracy

While helping to perpetuate the carefree, unrestrained nature of the region, pirates such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Anne Bonny enjoyed the proximity of The Bahamas to valuable shipping lanes—as well as the hundreds of lush islands which made for incredible secret hiding places.

19th Century

Changes

Around the turn of 19th century, with a little help from legislation, hotels were built and steamship service was established in The Bahamas. Tourism quickly became the main economy driver for the area as the rest of the world got its chance to discover and explore its many layers of beauty.

People

Friendliness

For Bahamians, friendliness is a way of life, as is an appreciation for taking the time to savor life’s finer moments, such as celebrations and achievements.

Big

Smiles

The people of The Bahamas are exceptionally warm, welcoming and outgoing. They enjoy getting to know new people and are always quick to shake a hand and offer a smile.

Focused on

What Matters

People and relationships take precedence over busyness and strict schedules. Spending time with family, meeting and laughing with friends new and old, and respecting the beautiful environment they live in—these are essential everyday occurrences for Bahamians.

320 days of sunshine a year

Food

Bahamian cuisine is as vibrant and diverse as the country itself.  Fresh, local ingredients and time-honored culinary traditions make the Bahamas an extraordinary destination for food lovers.

Starting with the bounty of its signature azure blue waters, Bahamian seafood is abundant and delectable.  From spiny lobster and grouper to snapper and bonefish, seafood fresh from the waters that surround the islands is a staple of many meals.  Perhaps the most famed seafood of the Bahamas is conch, known for its beautiful shell and served a multitude of ways including scorched, steamed, fried and in a flavorful chowder.

Hearty, traditional dishes also include favorites such as Bahamian Mac and Cheese, a rich and creamy version sometimes served with a kick of spice from paprika and pepper, Johnnycake, a pan-cooked bread, and Souse, a flavor-filled stew of onions, lime juice, celery, peppers, potatoes, carrots, and meat.

Local fruit is another prized and plentiful staple of eating and drinking in the Bahamas. Pineapple, mango, coconut, guava, bananas, sugar apples, soursop, papaya, and much more are enjoyed ripe and ready to eat, incorporated into cooking, as well as blended into drinks such as the daiquiri. 

Native fruits and citrus are essential ingredients in many signature drinks of the islands, as are locally distilled spirits such as rum.  Classic cocktails to order on island include the Goombay Smash, a blend of rum with pineapple juice and coconut, and the Sky Juice, typically made from gin, coconut water, and condensed milk.

To satisfy a sweet tooth, the Bahamas has plenty to offer.  It is renowned for specialties like rum cake and the guava duff, a sweet, spongy dough spread with fresh guava jam, and topped with butter rum sauce.

The natural beauty of The Bahamas stretches far and wide—occupying more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean

Culture

Straw

Craft

Straw culture is a significant tradition in the Bahamian people’s heritage, practiced for centuries. Basket weaving is one of the most important displays of creativity for the Bahamian people as it is serves as an environmentally friendly and culture-rich homage to the nation’s history and tradition.

KALEIDOSCOPIC

Junkanoo

The biggest Bahamian celebration of all is Junkanoo. Taking place in between Christmas and New Year’s Day, this weeklong kaleidoscopic Bahamian festival includes high-energy street celebrations combining rhythmic dancing, vibrant costumes and live music with drums, bells, whistles and horns.

Faith

Religion is also very important to Bahamians with many residents regularly attending church services. In fact, there are more churches per capita in The Bahamas than in any other country.

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