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With plenty of islands to explore and beautiful scenery at every turn, it's no surprise that Bahamas holidays have become popular with people from all around the world. You will be spoilt for choice when you arrive, with more than enough adventuring to be had when you tire of lounging in the sun next to pristine waters.
If you are visiting the area around Christmas and New Years in 2013, you will be in for a real treat. On Boxing Day and New Year's Day, the country hosts Junkanoo parades, which is a street parade featuring dancing, costumes, themed music and general revelry. The biggest Junkanoo parade is held in Nassau.
To explore the Bahamas, there are a number of modes of transport available. Car hire is an option for getting around individual islands as the major highways are usually kept to a good standard and public transport is not available on many of the outer islands. Buses and taxis glide around major towns whilst ferries will get you to and from significant destinations.
Another cheap and effective way to get around is by bicycle! Enjoy the sun and fresh air as you stay healthy and sightsee at the same time. The major hotels usually rent out bicycles, so make sure you enquire.
A popular method of travelling between islands is by plane. Bahamasair is the major domestic airline and runs flights to most of the islands; however, the flights usually leave from Nassau, so you may feel as though you are taking an unnecessarily long route to reach your destination!
You can sometimes get direct Bahamas flights which take around nine and a half hours, although normally a flight to the Bahamas will require that you change planes on your way there. Flights to the Bahamas from the UK are limited; British Airlines is the main airline that runs these flights, although Delta, Air American and Air Canada may have indirect flights.
The Bahamas' major airport is in Nassau, the capital city. To find cheap flights to Nassau, you should book well in advance or look for holiday packages; search now on dealchecker to get started. After arriving at Lynden Pindling International Airport, you will find that there is no public transport available for onwards travel. Instead, taxis and car hire are your only two options.
Nassau is a great place to start your Bahamas adventures. Learn about the country's history at the Bahamas Historical Society Museum, which has a number of artefacts and documents that spans more than 500 years. For the pirate enthusiasts there's the Pirates of Nassau Museum, which has life-size displays of pirate life (arrr!) and many interactive exhibits that will keep you entertained. In line with the nautical theme, pay a visit to Atlantis Waterscape, a large open-air aquarium and water park that is home to hundreds of species of marine life, not to mention thrilling water slides, tubing, waterfalls and subterranean walkways. Finally, you'll be able to say you visited Blackbeard's Tower as you climb atop a ridge in the city's south to see the ruins of a stone tower that according to local legend, was built by the infamous pirate himself.
On the nearby island of Grand Bahama is the Lucayan National Park. The park features underwater caves, a mangrove, dunes and the stunning Gold Rock beach, which has pure white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Also on show is the wildlife, which includes many species of bird and fish, not to mention a few raccoons! Kayaking is also a popular activity for those visiting the park.