Bahamas Flights:

Flights to Bahamas

image of BahamasThe Bahamas is situated in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Florida and consists of an archipelago with a total of 700 islands. Although many islands are used as stop offs for cruise ships, most visitors arriving here by air will usually visit the main islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Flights from South Africa to the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau, situated on the island of New Providence, are available with numerous airlines and will all involve two connecting flights. From Johannesburg you can choose a flight with airlines including Delta, American Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Iberia, BMI and South African Airways.

You can also get a flight from Cape Town to Nassau with several airlines, including Delta, Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways, American Airlines, BMI and British Airways; all of which have two stops, and fly via either London Heathrow or via Johannesburg, before going onward to their second stop in Miami (Atlanta for Delta).

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The Tourist Attractions of Bahamas:

First and foremost, the Bahamas are a tropical destination where people come to relax and soak up some sun, and this is certainly a great place to do so! Beautiful beaches and blue, calming waters are abound here and when you add to the mix the friendly and welcoming Bahamians, the great cuisine and the fantastic climate it’s easy to see why the Bahamas are one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations.

For those visitors who want to experience a bit of the Bahamian culture and get out from your hotel as well whilst on holiday, here are a few of the things you can do when you’re not relaxing on the beach or around your pool…

New Providence Island

The island of New Providence, although small, is the most populated island in the Bahamas and is dominated by the Bahamas capital city, Nassau. The Old Town has a mixture of buildings left over from colonial times but with a Caribbean twist – there’s not many countries in the world where you’ll find Parliament Buildings painted pink for example!

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is a gallery where you can view some good, and some not so good, art ranging from pre-colonial times right through to the present day. And a favourite attraction with the children is the Pirate Museum where you can watch reconstructions of a pirate battle amongst the recreated pirate town and ship! Children and adults will no doubt enjoy the Bahamas only zoo at the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center, a highlight of which is the marching flamingos!

Paradise Island

Just off the coast of New Providence is Paradise Island, connected by two bridges and a ferry crossing. This island is dominated by the Las Vegas style casino resort, called Atlantis and most of the island’s attractions are situated within the resort. There are also other accommodations on the island too if you want to stay here and can’t afford Atlantis! Atlantis itself offers, whether you’re staying there or not, a huge aquarium, marina, water park, beach, shopping centre and of course the casino!

Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama has several appeals for tourists – there’s obviously the resorts and the great beaches, but here you’ll also find a great diversity of ecosystems, surprising for an island only 96km long and 17km wide! There are an impressive three national parks on Grand Bahama – Lucayan National Park, Rand Nature Center and Peterson Cay National Park, all of which offer a great alternative if you want to get out of your resort for a day or two.

When Should You Visit?:

The Bahamas has a tropical to sub tropical climate which is warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream. This means that temperatures are usually warm all year round.

The main thing to consider when booking your holiday to the Bahamas is hurricane season – hurricanes usually hit in the summer and autumn, so this makes the winter and spring the best times to visit.

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