The Bahamas is a stunning 700-island archipelago of dazzling white sand beaches, crystal clear seas with an amazing climate. Add to the mix friendly locals, low crime, first class infrastructure and a great outdoor lifestyle, it won’t take you long to see why the Bahamas is so popular.
The Bahamas has a long shared history with Britain and is the third oldest parliamentary democracy in the British Commonwealth going back nearly 300 years. The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch. English is the official language, they drive on the left and they have a similar democratic legal system based on the UK.
Located only 40 miles from South Florida and with easy access to the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as the rest of the Caribbean, the Bahamas are in an enviable location. The warm trade winds that blow almost continually, give the islands an agreeable climate which a steady year-round temperature of 24°C plus or minus 4°.
There are a host of airports across the Bahamas but the main international airport for flights from the UK is Lynden Pindling in Nassau with direct flights generally taking between eight and nine hours. It is straightforward to travel around the Bahamas once you’ve arrived.
The capital city of Nassau sits on the island of New Providence. It is linked by bridge to Paradise Island, home of the world-class Atlantis resort casino with the world’s largest outdoor aquarium and a fantastic water theme park and golf course. Nassau has prospered through tourism, international banking and investment management. The population of the Bahamas is approximately 380,000 of which 70% reside on New Providence.
Some of the nicest Nassau Bahamas property is found on Paradise Island at Lyford Cay, Old Fort and Port New Providence. They are luxury gated enclaves that have a large second home presence. Eastern Road at the eastern end of the island is the old, wealthy section of Nassau and is sprinkled with old Colonial homes with mature gardens and old, natural stone walls.
Luxury property can be found in Lyford Cay, Old Fort, Ocean Club Estates and Port New Providence.
Grand Bahama is the second most inhabited island in The Bahamas with approximately 15% of the total Bahamas population. There is a tremendous range and selection of different size apartments and homes. Freeport, Bahama’s second biggest city, is a warm and friendly host and still has the heart of a small town.
Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas, sprawling across nearly 2,300 square miles much of it an unspoilt natural preserve along with one of the longest coral reefs in the world. Some of the best Bahamas Real Estate can be found on this island.
Exuma and her outlying cays offer perhaps the most diverse range of property in the Bahamas. From opulent villas and laid back homes with sweeping views of the exquisite azure sea of Exuma, this is truly a second home paradise.
West of historic George Town, there are lots of pretty homes painted in the colours of the Exuma islands. Further west, there is Hooper’s Bay, which hosts one of the finest powder white sand beaches in the Bahamas. Overlooking this is the the Reserve at Hooper’s Bay.
East of George Town, Little Exuma is joined to Great Exuma by a bridge. This is a delightful island of small villages and lovely seaside homes.
Like its name suggests, Long Island is a long thin stretch of land with 80 miles of coastline and yet is only four miles at its widest point. Long Island is divided by the Tropic of Cancer.
It is a stunning contrast of soft white sand beaches and rocky cliffs. Property on Long Island is special and becoming increasingly popular. With a population of only 3,000, it is a tranquil and peaceful getaway. However, it is still very much a working island with many farms and plantations.