Bahamas (Commonwealth of the Bahamas)
State on the same island north of the Caribbean and Cuba, to the south-east of the Florida peninsula. The archipelago consists of about 700 islands (only 30 of which are inhabited) and 2,000 coral reefs. Tourism in the Bahamas will definitely make a lot of different experiences. Here you can swim with the dolphins, feed sharks, watch the fascinating underwater world of coral reefs. Amazing nature, very rare animals in nature reserves, clean sandy beaches and blue ocean blends perfectly with luxury hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and discos. Bahamas - a true paradise for any traveler. Basic kinds of tourism in the country - excursions, beach holidays, diving, fishing.
The location, grounds and landscape
Bahamas located in the west of the Atlantic Ocean, on the Tropic of Cancer latitude, near the American continent (100 km from the Florida peninsula). That's about 700 islands with a total area of 13.9 square kilometers, and only 30 of them are inhabited. Most of the islands - coral reefs.
The country's territory is 13 939 km².
The islands are raised regarding the level of the ocean from a few meters to about 60 meters. The highest point in the country - 63 m, located on Ket island. Relief of the islands is flat. On the banks, facing towards the ocean, traced a series of marine terraces. On the west coast are many saline lagoons and karst lakes, swamps. Places along the the coast stretches a sandy beach. There are no rivers on the archipelago.
Population: more than 350 thousand people.
Capital: Nassau (about 210 thousand people).
Biggest cities: Nassau.
Languages: English, immigrants from Haiti use their own dialect (based on the French language).
Religion: among believers predominate Protestants, including Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, approx. 19% - Roman Catholic, part of the population adheres to African cults.
Time zone: UTC -5.
Calling code: +1-242.
Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD). 1 Bahamian dollar = 100 cents. In the course of banknotes in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 dollars and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 15, 25 and 50 cents and 1, 2 and 5 dollars. Rates 1.00 USD ≅1.00 BSD, 1.00 EUR ≅ 1.35 BSD.
Credit card payment systems: Visa, MasterCard, American Express.