Part of the fun of traveling to the Bahamas is just spending time out and about. There are lots of restaurants, clubs and shops to take up more time than you have, but there is more than that. The islands are filled with history and natural beauty that is waiting to be discovered.
When one hears the name “The Bahamas”, they often think of a few islands, some cruise ships and lots of tourists. Some of that is accurate. The Bahamas, officially known as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is actually made up of more than 3000 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Tourism is one of the biggest sources of income for the island nation and for good reason…the place is beautiful.
The Bahamas has both a sad and interesting history. Columbus was the first European to see the islands. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 to 1648 due to the Spanish shipping most of the natives to other islands as slaves. In the early 1700s, the Bahamas became a British colony and served as a base to fight piracy. The British used the islands to resettle American loyalists and their slaves after the American Revolution. However, by the early 1800s, slavery was abolished, and the Bahamas became a haven for freed slaves or those liberated by the Royal Navy. The Bahamas became an independent country in 1973.
As you can see by some of the pictures, the Bahamas is simply gorgeous. The beaches can range from broad expanses of white sand to rocky shorelines that are both beautiful and difficult to navigate at the same time. When you stand on the shore, everything you see just feels…extra. Whether the sky is a little extra blue or the water is just a bit extra turquoise, it just feels like Mother Nature added just one more pop of color.
No matter how busy your itinerary is, do yourself a favor and take time to just be and not do. Sit on the rocks or a seawall and soak it in. Watch the boats bob in the swell of the surf. Use your other senses. Listen to the rhythm of the waves against the shore. Smell the sea air. Feel the ocean breezes blow over you. Just pause to enjoy the moment. As much fun as amazing houses or fine dining can be, this is the real reward.
Until next time travelers, be safe, live a full life, be kind and help others. Can’t wait to catch you on our next adventure.
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Big Guy Big World is a travel blog, following Mark Jacoby’s journey as a big guy on a bigger journey, exploring the world during a global pandemic. Follow along as we experience some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic places.