Travel By Fingertip.....Bahamas

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Bahamas
Temperature
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Bahamas Profile

Bahamian beaches are the stuff of classic travel posters, for no photographer need retouch the luminous turquoise of their gentle waters or the feathery grace of their tall, imperial palms. Just 50 miles from Florida, this scatter of islands and tiny cays - some 700 in all, comprising 5,000 square miles - provide first-rate R&R in an atmosphere of tropical serenity.

The hub of the Bahamas is New Providence Island, where Nassau, Cable Beach, and Paradise Island attract travelers in search of glittering cosmopolitan luxury cheek-by-jowl with colonial charm. Nassau, the capital, founded in 1666, still wears the mantle of British grandeur, though this multi-island nation has been independent since 1973. Its famous tree-lined boulevards and bright majestic mansions continue to attract those who long to absorb a bit of history along with the warmth of the sun. Cable Beach, with its opulent sweep of sand, and Paradise Island, a bustling but pretty enclave of premium resorts, will delight clients who relish a well-oiled beach scene by day and the rattle of the At these upscale getaways, sports of every stripe are widely available, and life is incomparably easy.

Grand Bahama is another site of vacationing luxe. At Freeport/Lucaya and outlying beaches (typically splendid), dozens of American-style resorts have blossomed over the past three decades to create a playground of golfing, gambling, and surfside glitz. Some find it all a bit synthetic, but there's nothing phony about this island's glorious setting or climate.

The rest of the Bahamas, meandering from the Abacos down to Great Inagua, are known as the Family Islands. Dozens of scrupulously luxurious retreats are tucked away on these little gems, catering to those who love to be pampered . . . but hold the sequins, please. Everywhere, your clients are assured of sensational beaches and tranquil seas; in addition, certain islands boast unique attractions. Andros and the Exumas, for instance, flank the Tongue of the Ocean, a 6,000-foot-deep underwater trench where divers can explore the world's third-largest barrier reef. The Biminis, which host several world-class fishing tournaments, are a favorite haunt of Hemingway wannabes; Islands in the Stream is set in these waters. The Abacos, in turn, proclaim themselves sailing heaven, and justifiably so; their popularity with the yachting set has engendered several idyllic dockside inns. And then there are places, from the beloved and very classy pink-fringed Eleuthera to the reclusive Great Guana Cay, where people flock with no mission other than to be marooned in paradise, to savor simple fresh food and the music of rustling palms; in short, to busy themselves with a lot of delirious nothing.

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Month

Degrees (F)

Inches

January

65-77

1.4

February

64-77

1.5

March

69-79

1.4

April

69-91

2.5

May

71-84

4.6

June 74-87 6.4
July 75-88 5.8
August 76-89 5.3
September 75-88 6.9
October 73-85 6.5
November

70-81

2.8
December

67-79

1.3