Top 10 facts on the Bahamas
We look at the top 10 interesting facts about the Bahamas, from stunning blue waters to the celebrated national dish
Thanks to the trade winds that blow through the islands, the average temperature in the Bahamas ranges from 20 degrees to 32 degrees; sea temperature is around 26 degrees all year round.
Andros is the largest island of the Bahamas and boasts some of the most exceptional natural surroundings. The island is ringed by the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef and has the highest concentration of blue holes (marine sinkholes) in the world – mythical home of the giant sea monster Lusca.
The uninhabited island of Big Major Cay is affectionately known as Pig Beach thanks to its famous swimming pigs. Fed by visitors, the pigs have become a well-known attraction in the Exuma group of islands.
Junkanoo street parades are the main festival in the Bahamas and see dance troupes and musicians parading through the streets in vibrant costumes. The liveliest and largest of the Junkanoo party parades can be seen in Nassau.
The name Bahamas comes from the Spanish baja mar, which means shallow sea. There are around 700 islands in the Bahamas, of which only around 30 are inhabited.
The Bahamas, known for its crystal blue seas, lays claim to the clearest waters in the world, with visibility down to around 200 feet.
Conch, the national dish of the Bahamas, can be found in just about every traditional restaurant here. The tropical marine mollusc has firm white meat and can be served in salads and soups or deep-fried, somewhat like calamari.
The longest known underwater cave system is in Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama island; over six miles of the Lucayan Caverns have been charted.
Inagua, the southernmost island of the Bahamas, is home to over 80,000 flamingos, the islands’ national bird, along with a further 140 species of native and migratory birds. The island is known as the birdwatching capital of the Bahamas.
Harbour Island is famous for its three and a half miles of pink sand beaches. The pink colour comes from Foraminifera, microscopic animals with bright red or pink shells.