The Bahamas Boasts 310 Days Of Sunshine Per Year! And 12 Other Facts You Never Knew
We’ve all seen pictures of the breathtakingly beautiful Bahamas, with perfect, pristine beaches and seas - all the blues of an artist’s palette… the images that make you want to escape a miserable winter and soak up luxurious warm days in the sun. The Bahamas have long been the icon of a perfect beach or cruise holiday.
But there’s more to these stunning islands than meets the eye. Of course, you’d be forgiven for arriving on one of these picture-perfect isles, flopping in a beach chair and never moving again, but get beyond the beaches and you’ll find all kinds of things that make these islands well-worth a visit.
- Lucayan National Park – Cave enthusiasts, check this out! The longest underwater cave system in the world (that we know about, that is) can be found in Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island… and it is stunning! In fact, there are numerous cave systems found below the islands as a result of acid rain eroding the limestone that formed the islands back in the glacial period when the sea level was far lower than it is now.
- Dean’s Blue Hole – speaking of records, Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island plunges 202 metres into the sea and is the 2nd deepest blue hole in the world.
- Nassau – Ahoy me hearties! Nassau was the scene of many a kafuffle between pirates in the 1800’s. Seriously, the history here makes for pretty interesting reading! For fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the Flying Dutchman can be seen in Castaway Cay.
- Cuisine - The most popular seafood in The Bahamas is Conch.
- Pink Sands Beach – The intriguing Pink Sands Beach on Harbour Island actually comes from a microscopic marine animal with a bright pink or red shell, called Foraminifera.
- Islands, Islands, Islands - The Bahamas comprise 700 islands! But only 30 are inhabited.
- Beware Basic Geometry Ahead - You want to be confident you know where you’re going if you’re sailing in The Bahamas … The Bahamas is right on the edge of The Bermuda Triangle!
- Ships - The Bahamas has the world’s third largest registry of ships.
- Name Change - The famous Paradise Island was once called Hog Island! We think Paradise Island is much more appropriate.
- Highest point not so high - If you don’t mind a bit of an uphill hike, you can visit the small, stone, medieval-style monastery atop the peak of Mount Alvernia on Cat Island, the highest point of the country at 63 metres above sea level.
- Crystal Clear - The Bahamas boasts the clearest waters in the world with visibility over 61 metres!
- Sporting - The Bahamas’ national sport is sloop sailing.
- Brollies, Not Needed - The Bahamas enjoy approximately 310 days of sunshine each year.
If The Bahamas has worked her way up a few notches in your ‘must visit’ list, be sure to request a call from our team for more information on cruise itineraries, prices and various ships cruising to The Bahamas.