There are several places around the world that are often called a paradise, but few come close to The Bahamas. Its amazing chain of islands is filled with sandy beaches, beautiful water, delicious cuisine, and wonderful people. Of course, there are probably many things you don't know about The Bahamas, so our agents have put together some of their favorite tidbits.
- Consists of 700 Islands
It may be hard to believe, but The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands and cays, though most of them are quite small and unoccupied. Approximately 30 of those islands are inhabited, which means there are many great choices when looking for a new place to live. The island is New Providence has about 70% of the population, but the more popular islands for visiting are the Abacos, Eleuthera and Exumas.
- Crystal-Clear Waters
Even when standing on the beach of one of The Bahamas' gorgeous islands, you can't quite tell just how crystal-clear the water truly is. In fact, this chain of islands has some of the clearest waters in the world. While out on a boat with friends or family, look down and you'll be able to see 100 feet below, all the way to the ocean floor.
- No Language Barrier
Although The Bahamas are close to Florida, many newcomers are concerned that they won't understand the native language. These fears are unfounded because most of the inhabitants speak English as a first language, though the locals have developed a Bahamian dialect over the generations and most ex-pats sound more British than American. In some areas, you may run into Haitian Creole, but you're more likely to encounter Bahamian dialects like "gimme" (give me) or "tree" (three).
- Popular Filming Locale
As you might expect, The Bahamas is a very popular filming location because of its gorgeous beaches and amazing atmosphere. From Pirates of the Caribbean to Casino Royale and everything in between, there's no doubt that you've at least seen a handful of the few dozen movies that have filmed there. If you're interested in Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, there's a good chance you'll find yourself living close to one of your favorite movie scene locations.
- Plenty of Locale Cuisine
Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, The Bahamas has tons of local cuisine for you to try. Some of the most popular include johnny cake, baked crab, conch salad, peas and rice, guava duff, chicken souse, and conch fritters. And just imagine—that's only a small sampling.
- Home to a Mythical Creature?
You read that right! Andros Island is said to be home to the Chickcharnie, an owl-like creature with three fingers, three toes, two piercing red eyes, and one long tail. These legendary birds probably have a real-world explanation though: The remains of giant barn owls have been found in various places throughout The Bahamas.
- No Tax on Income
If the gorgeous beaches and delicious local food isn't quite enough, how about the fact that there's no income tax in The Bahamas? Due to this paradise's reliance on tourism and its use of ship registries, residents have not paid income tax. Instead, The Bahamas receives revenues mostly from tariffs on imported goods.
- Welcomes U.S. Currency
Whenever Americans travel outside the United States, currency is always a concern, especially when dealing with exchange rates. The good news is that the Bahamian dollar and U.S. dollar have the same value and can both be used interchangeably throughout the islands. Whenever you pay in cash, you'll receive back the same currency you provided to them.
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