The Bahamas Hot Facts

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The following is a list of basic facts about the Bahamas that should be of interest to medical tourists travelling to the Bahamas:

  • Officially named The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Bahamas is a British Commonwealth state, and actually follows British monarch rule. Like the United Kingdom, the government is a parliament democracy under a constitutional monarchy.
  • The Bahamas consists of more than 3,000 islands, cays, and islets, however, the most populated island, New Providence, holds more than 70 percent of the entire population. Most tourists visit New Providence only when visiting the Bahamas.
  • The Bahamas holds the highest ratio of churches per capita in the world, and many of the people are religious, however, they maintain a liberal attitude on other’s religions.
  • One of the biggest celebrations of the year is Junkanoo, a street carnival held on every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Celebrators make colorful costumes made of crepe paper and play music called Junkanoo, which is a combination of African rhythms with beating cowbells.
  • The less populated outer islands are often referred as the “Family Islands” because of the relative distance from the mainly populated islands.
  • The word the Bahamas was named after, “Bahamas” is of Spanish descent and means “Shallow Water”. This is because the blue-green turquoise water surrounding the islands is less than 30 feet deep.
  • Some cruise lines operate or own their private island in the Bahamas. Castaway Ca, Great Stirrup Ca, Little Stirrup Cay, and Coco Cay are all maintained by cruise lines and the only visitors to the islands are cruise ship passengers.
  • Since the 1940s, Bahamians have been crafting anything from hats, bags, to dolls out of dried palm leaves. These souvenirs were mistaken for straw, however, still became popular after World War II when many Americans started vacationing in the Bahamas. The Straw Market was built as a means to sell the straw craft souvenirs.
  • Atlantis Paradise Island is a large resort located on Paradise Island, right next to Nassau’s New Providence. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Bahamas, and includes hotels, a water park, an extensive series of aquariums, a marina, and a shopping center.