This is the island most visitors erroneously call Nassau. That's because it is the site of the nation's capital, named in 1695 for the Dutch Prince of Orange-Nassau after he took over the British throne. Since about two-thirds of the Bahamian population lives on the relatively small island of New Providence, it is the mouse that roars. Recent years have seen millions of dollars invested in Nassau, Cable Beach, & Paradise Island.
Grand Bahama offers a host of activities for the environmentally sensitive. They include eco-adventures such as kayaking, hiking and jeep tours through remote areas for a close-up look at mangroves, birds and marine life. Or you could snorkel on a spectacular reef, ride horseback along trails and beaches or enjoy the sheer beauty of nature in wild and cultivated settings. For those not adventure-prone, Freeport/Lucaya boasts Port Lucaya Marketplace and the International Bazaar for shopping and dining.
The Abaco islands are really a crescent shaped mini-archipelago comprising 130 square miles of landmass, 82 off-lying cays and 208 rocks.They are The Bahamas' jewels in the crown, according to long-time, fiercely loyal Abaco residents. Just under 200 miles east of Palm Beach, FL, and distinctly distant from concrete jungles, these serene islands are renowned for clear turquoise waters, coral reefs and silky beaches.
At least two dozen of the Bahama islands are inhabited, and each has its own, distinct personality. Even the terrain and weather varies, as the islands are scattered over 100,000 sq miles of ocean - an area about the size of Great Britain, stretching around 50 miles off the tip of Florida to just north of Hispaniola, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. With so many islands, cays, and around 2,000 islets, the country could take months of exploration.
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