Seven Hundred Strong
The Bahamas is undisputedly the star of the Atlantic Ocean. A more accurate description would be to say the stars of the Atlantic Ocean, since it’s an archipelago consisting of almost 700 islands, cays, and islets. It is part of the British commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Because of its undeniably successful tourism scene, The Bahamas is considered one of the richest countries in the Americas, with an impressively high GDP per capita.
The Bahamas have a long and rich history, having been the first islands on which Christopher Columbus landed upon in the late 1400s. Upon his arrival, most of the natives were captured and enslaved, leaving the islands deserted until the British landed on the islands in the late 1600s. When slavery was abolished in the 1800s, The Bahamas became a haven for freed slaves, and consequently the majority of its population today is comprised of African descendants. The official language is English, although several Bahamian dialects are also common.
The Star of the Atlantic
While its economy is made up of several things including financial services as well as, to some extent, agriculture, tourism makes up roughly 60% of the Bahamas’ economy, and it provides jobs for almost half the population. This makes tourism a vital aspect of the Bahamas’ prosperity.
Full of luxury resorts, deserted islets, and picturesque beaches, the Bahamas’ is an ideal tourist destination. Not only is it perfect for a lazy and relaxing getaway, but the Bahamas also are a perfect place for diving, snorkelling, fishing, and sailing. Some of the top tourist destinations include Nassau, which is the capital of the Bahamas. From there, access is easy to countless quiet fishing islands as well as peaceful, secluded strips of beach. Another unique area of the Bahamas is the Harbour Island, famous for its signature pink sand beaches as well as its rich history, having been the site of the first parliament in the Bahamas. And for marine life enthusiasts, the island of Andros, the largest land in the Bahamas, is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef, where unique marine life can be easily spotted. Encompassing an area of 470 km2 of the ocean and comprising of 700 different islands and cays, it’s almost impossible to list all the beautiful sites one can see in the Bahamas, which makes it a destination that is full of pleasant surprises.
Room for More
Like most tourism dependent economies, the government of the Bahamas is working to diversify the economy by opening more doors for business, agriculture, and manufacturing opportunities. The Bahamas is also focusing on staying loyal to its rich culture and history, appreciated heavily by visitors who are drawn to its dramatic journey. However, it’s not expected to go off the map as one of the top tourist destinations in the world any time soon, as its success pushes the Bahamas to invest more in the betterment of its condition for tourism and other economic divisions.