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Cruising around the Bahamas

18 December 2013

The Caribbean is a popular cruise destination. There are more than 7,000 different islands in the region, which are grouped into three sections – eastern, western and southern. Different cruises can be chosen to cover each of these specific areas. Whether looking for a romantic getaway, family friendly holiday, unique activities, sightseeing, shopping, sports or simply something special, the Caribbean has so much to offer.

Cruising around the Bahamas is a popular choice. They are made up of more than 700 islands, islets and cays. The region is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the main language is English, making communication easy. The locals are warm and friendly, so if you get a chance to say hello, do so.

The climate is tropical savannah, therefore it is always warm and without a winter. Temperatures have been noted to drop to 3 or 5? Centigrade in the past, but there has never been any recorded frost or freezing in the Bahamas, and generally there is only a twelve degree difference in temperature between winter and summer. Summer is the wettest season, but the islands are mostly dry and sunny for extended periods of time. Tropical cyclones are possible, although rare.

One of the most stunning things about the Bahamas is the beaches. The glowing white sands and crystal clear water makes it feel like heaven. Some of the highest rated beaches are Treasure Cay Beach in the Abacos, Cape Santa Maria Beach on Long Island, Gold Rock Beach on Grand Bahama Island, and Harbour Island Beach. They are perfect for sunbathing, relaxation or simply spending quality time with family and friends. Boat trips provide a good opportunity to view the colourful coral reefs, fish and sea creatures within.

There are many other activities to take part in on the islands. Thrill seekers will be pleased to know that there are amazing diving experiences that provide a once in a lifetime chance to view the world below. This includes inland blue holes, underwater caves, Spanish galleons and vast coral reefs. There is also chance to meet some dolphins! Kayaking, kite boarding, wave-running and shark experiences are also popular.

The Bahamas are also famous for the golf courses. Many of these sit behind the clear blue ocean, providing a special and unique opportunity to play your favourite sport. Great Exuma is a well known course, which includes 18 holes and was designed by Greg Norman.

Swimming can be the perfect choice, as the waters are always warm. Various tournaments often take place here. Tennis, running and cycling are just some of the other activities that can be enjoyed.

The Bahamas are a popular place for marriage ceremonies and honeymoons, but couples in general also come here just for a romantic break. It is a relaxing experience with stunning scenery to complete that dream holiday. A flight in a private plane is a special experience that can be booked in order to explore the amazing views from up above!

Pampering sessions are common with many indoor and outdoor spas available. Most offer facials, deep tissue massage, herbal baths and scrubs, whether you are alone or with a partner. Pilates and yoga classes can also be taken.

The Bahamas can also be a perfect holiday destination for families, with many things to see and do. Hope Town on Elbow Cay is a candy-striped lighthouse that is worth a visit, while the gingerbread houses in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay are also recommended. The Exumas are an interesting region to visit, with many natural reserves, such as the Exuma Land and Sea Park. Providing an educational and fun experience, there are lots of animals to see – ideal for any animal lover!

Eleuthera and Harbour Islands offer family friendly activities, such as swimming in shallow waters, tubing, drift snorkelling, camping safaris, surfing lessons and picnics on quiet beaches. Some of the islands even offer opportunities to swim with dolphins or get up close and personal with sharks (safely, of course!). The options are endless, so you will never be stuck for something new to try whilst cruising around the Bahamas.

Shopping and sightseeing are other popular activities. There are many fashionable boutiques and open air markets to explore, as well as massive retail centres, and straw vendors. Jewellery, local crafts and cultural souvenirs are often available to purchase in many areas. Various sightseeing tours can be booked, whether it be adventure, historical or cultural. Visit the heritage sites, caves, museums, fishing villages and scenic towns within the islands.