Bahamas at a Glance
The Bahamas is often called the jewel of the Caribbean. The island nation was one of the first places that Christopher Columbus set foot during his first voyage of discovery in 1492. The Bahamas is located a few hundred nautical miles south of Florida and this makes it a de-facto state of the U.S. The Bahamas is also famous as the center of carnivals, beach vacations, luxurious resorts and tropical exploration. The Bahamas was a colony of the British, from which it gained independence in 1973. The Bahamas offer an eclectic mix of culture, hospitality, festivity and culinary excellence. The island nation has some of the priciest resorts in the world as well as comfortable yet cheap budget accommodation.