The Bahamas is an independent country which is made up of seven hundred
Islands and cays. The motto for the Bahamas is “Forward, Upward, Onward,
Together”. The motto can be found on the Bahamas’ coat of arms. The color of
the Bahamian flag is aquamarine, gold and black. Each color has a specific
representation; aquamarine represents the ocean waters, gold represents the sun
and black represents the people. There are over 250,000 people residing in the
Bahamas. New Providence (also known as Nassau) is the capital of the Bahamas.
The Bahamians are friendly to both their natives and visitors alike. Visitors
travel via airplanes or cruise ships. Bahamians are excited when telling visitors
about the Bahamas and the many activities and native dishes offered. Due to the
intelligence of many citizens in this country some can also speak French or
Spanish. There are many schools (public and private), churches (all
denominations), government establishments, charitable organizations, restaurants,
hotels, shops, cafes, historical sites and straw markets in the Bahamas. In the
straw markets you can find authentically made products that can be kept as
souvenirs from key chains to straw bags which are made by Bahamian natives.
While at the straw markets in the Bahamas, there are also qualified hair braiders
that specialized in the most stylist braids for men, women and children. No one is
required to pay taxes in the Bahamas. There are both commercial and offshore
banks in the Bahamas. A commercial bank offers assistance to locals and also
tourists. Whereas an offshore bank is where visitors deposit their money to avoid
paying taxes in their own country.
Grand Bahama and New Providence are the two most populated islands
because more jobs are offered. However, the other islands are recognized for their
annual festivals, for instance, in Andros, a crab fest is held which would expose
you to some of the scrumptious crab dishes. The crabs used are grown and raised
in the Bahamas. Yes, in the Bahamas crab-n-rice and crab and dough are a favorite
to most Bahamians. Other islands including Exuma, Long Island, and Habour
Island of the Bahamas also host their annual regattas. A regatta is a time when
men sail in vessels to compete for the campaign ships. You can also purchase
native food at both festivals and regattas.
The Bahamas is well known for its sandy white sand, blue clear waters and
blazing sun. The beaches are always kept clean. The beaches are utilized daily
for the sea breeze, swimming, fishing, bon fire, picnics, walking, riding bikes,
boating, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, just to name a few. The beaches in
the Bahamas are also internationally known for marital ceremonies and beach
parties. During the summer time, Bahamians gather on the beaches to pick
delicious fruits known as coco-plums and sea grapes. Some adults use the sea
grapes to make jam.
Transportation is trouble-free in this country. You can either rent a
vehicle, golf cart, motor cycle, ride in a limousine, cab or a bus (also known as
jitneys in some islands). There are also tour operators that assist with
transportations. Moreover, both domestic and international visitors stay in
different types of accommodations. These accommodations are hotels, resorts, and
guest houses. These facilities have affordable prices and are fully furnished with
all modern amenities. A resort comprises of several restaurants, shops, tennis
court, golf course and activities for adults and children. The majority of the living
accommodations in the Bahamas are located...
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