The Bahamas is well known for its Spanish, West African and British influences. This cultural mix gives the island its amazing food, music and unbelievable cultural festivals. The islands hold so much history to uncover and an endless amount of fun activities. Read on for a list of fun facts about The Bahamas.
Pirates in Nassau
Bahamas was known in the early 1700s for being taken over by pirates. Yes, real pirates. The island was even said to be visited by the famous Blackbeard. There are tons of pirate inspired activities to enjoy in downtown Nassau. You can visit the Pirates of Nassau museum or even experience a Blackbeard themed escape room.
The Bahamas is famous for its swimming pigs. Pig Beach is a must see on your next vacation to The Bahamas. You can take a boat ride from Nassau to Exuma and stop to see other wildlife along the way. On this tour you can feed iguanas, gawk at the sharks and then finally jump in and swim with the adorable island pigs.
Capital of Bahamas
The capital of The Bahamas is Nassau on the island of New Providence. Nassau is also the largest city in The Bahamas and has a surface area of 80 miles and houses a population of 266,000 people.
Eleuthera is a long, thin island known for its pink sandy beaches. This island is very secluded and only houses 11,000 people. Its lush landscapes are made up of endless pineapple fields. The agriculture here is wealthy with farming and fishing. The pineapples here are said to be the sweetest in the world. You better try them and see for yourself!
Going to The Bahamas is truly convenient when it comes to exchange rates and currency. The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar, which is equivalent to exactly one US dollar. In any case, the US dollar is widely accepted here as well.
Dean’s Blue Hole
Dean’s Blue Hole is the deepest blue hole in the world and it sits just off the coast of Long Island Bahamas. The hole is over 663 feet deep and is surrounded by a beautiful beach. If you are feeling adventurous enough you can even climb on the cliffs and jump straight in. Every year the Vertical Blue Free Diving Competition is held here to see who can dive the deepest into the blue hole.
The national bird of The Bahamas is the Flamingo while the national fish is the Blue Marlin. The flamingo and blue marlin support the shield on the Coat of Arms. The motto strongly states “Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.”
The Lucayan people were the original inhabitants of The Bahamas. Descendents of the Taino and Arawaks, The Lucayan people were among the first natives that Christopher Columbus saw on his way to America in 1492.
Nassau is home to one of the largest wine cellars in the world, Graycliff Wine Cellar. In this wine cellar you can find over 250,000 bottles. Take a tour and taste some of their delicious, world renowned wine.
Have an amazing stay on your next vacation to The Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau. At this hotel you can enjoy private beaches and amazing views. Take a dip in the pool or walk through downtown Nassau and shop until you drop. The Bahamas has so much to offer, so why not enjoy your stay on the island. Taking into account the fun facts from above, there is no shortage of things to do and discover!