ABOUT There are historic plantations and forts to explore, close encounters with West Indian flamingos, Bahamian cuisine to feast on, casinos to test your luck and championship golf courses with your name written all over them. With so much to do, you’ll never run out of ways to enjoy your days on our islands. Stroll through forts, plantations and remote villages. Cool off in caves. Stand before “The Fountain Of Youth.” See the endangered Bahamas parrot and rare flower species. Visit museums like The Bahamas Historical Society, depicting Bahamas history from pre-Columbus to the present, and another honoring the Pirates of Nassau, Shop on historic streets. Watch the changing of the guard outside the Government House. Every one of the islands offers plenty of attractions to see and enjoy. If you’re not sure where to go, there are a number of tours to choose from. For instance, there are cave tours, walking tours, birding and island tours, and educational Junkanoo tours. Or if you’re not in the mood to walk or are physically challenged, there are also Jeep safari tours, guided scooter tours and biking sightseeing tours. However you want to explore the islands, there are courteous and professional Bahamian tour guide waiting to show you around. The Out Islands of The Bahamas are famous for the crystal blue water, white and pink sand beaches and every water sport imaginable. But while The Bahamas provides a wonderland for water lovers, there’s plenty to explore on land and off the beaten path. Think iguanas, Caribbean parrots and stunning orchids in every color imaginable. You’ll see all of this and more on an adventurous Bahamas nature hike.

CLIMATE The most refreshing time to explore is between September and May, when the temperature averages 21-24°C, with the more northerly islands around 5° cooler than the southern islands. The rest of the year is a bit warmer, with higher humidity in the summer months and temperatures between 27 and 29°C). Night-time temperatures are generally 5-7° cooler and sea surface temperatures vary between 23°C in February and 29°C in August.

BEWARE There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Some tourists have been victims of robbery, sometimes armed, in isolated areas and in tourist areas of New Providence and Grand Bahama. Police patrols have been increased in tourist areas. Be vigilant at all times and don’t walk alone away from the main hotels, tourist areas, beaches and downtown Nassau, particularly after dark. Take care if travelling on local bus services after dusk on routes away from the main tourist routes. Do not carry large amounts of cash or jewellery. Robbers may be armed.The outlying islands of the Bahamas (known as the Family or Out Islands) have very low crime rates.