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No matter what your tastes are, there is an island experience suited to you in The Bahamas. It is comprised of 700 islands spread out over more than 250,000 square kilometers, and offers an enormous array of options for creating your customized vacation, including all-inclusive resorts, hotels, B&Bs, and hostels. Start by picking the island that suits your fancy. Stay in the middle of the action in Nassau or Grand Bahama where there are casinos, restaurants, night clubs and golf courses galore. If you're seeking a quiet, laid-back vacation try the Out Islands such as Abaco and Eleuthera. If diving is your thing, Bahamas offers all kinds of dive spots including shipwrecks off New Providence Island, abundant marine life in the barrier reef off the coast of Andros, and undersea caves at Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Boaters and Anglers are attracted to San Salvador, Great Exuma, and Bimini among others, while Great Inagua can be a bird-watcher's paradise. For an authentic sense of the place, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism can pair you with a local ambassador to hang out with through its People to People program.
Most flights to the Bahamas go to Nassau (NAS), or Freeport (FPO) and your choice of airports relates to where you will be staying. Many international airlines serve the Bahamas including Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways. Bahamas' close proximity to North America makes for a short flight — a mere 35 minutes from Miami, and three hours from New York.
With an average of 320 sunny days a year, there are few vacation destinations with sunnier weather than The Bahamas. It doesn't rain much in the Bahamas —less than five inches of rainfall per month on average —but it is more likely to do so from May to October, than in the drier months of November to April. Humidity tends to be fairly high, especially during the summer, but the islands also benefit from constant breezes of 10 knots or less. Hurricane season, which affects all countries in the Caribbean basin, is officially from the beginning of June until the end of November, although hurricanes occasionally occur outside of this period.
Peak season in the Bahamas is, naturally, during the winter when the popularity of sun destinations is strongest. The busiest times are March and early April when the beaches fill with students on spring break and families travelling during school holidays. There are advantages and disadvantages to travelling in the off-season from late-April to mid-December. Bahamas truly is an all-season destination and the heat is tolerable year-round. The crowds are smaller, and therefore you spend less time waiting in line, and more time doing the things you enjoy. You can save up to 60% off the cost of your accommodations and all inclusive packages, which is appealing, but there are some downsides. Some resorts curtail some of their services, and hotels and resorts often save their repairs and renovations for the off-season, so it is worth checking before you book a specific property.