In the Atlantic, still before the coasts Florida and Cuba is the archipelago of the Bahamas. Despite its location, the island nation belongs to the Caribbean, even though the Caribbean islands are actually located further south in the Caribbean Sea. Geographically, however, the Bahamas belong to Central America. The approximately 700 islands of the island state extend over nearly 650 kilometers in north-south direction as well as over 750 kilometers in east-west direction. How many islands and islets actually belong to it, no one can say exactly, counts and estimates range from 700 to over 1000 islands, but only 29 of them are inhabited. Only about 350,000 people live on the entire national territory - two thirds in the two large cities of Nassau and Freeport. Nassau alone, the capital of the Bahamas, has 200,000 inhabitants. It is located on the island of New Providence. Although the Bahamas belong to the subtropical climate zone, the constantly blowing trade winds make the temperatures somewhat cooler and thus pleasantly mild compared to the Caribbean islands.
There is much to discover and experience in the Bahamas. First of all, of course, the capital Nassau is one of the sights, which has a lot to offer with three imposing fortresses and a pirate museum. Not far from Nassau harbor, a monastery from the 14th century is enthroned on Paradise Island. This was of course not originally built in the Bahamas, but shipped here in the 1920s from France and rebuilt. Furthermore, the beauties of nature attract numerous visitors to the Bahamas. In a total of 22 national parks on an area of about 260,000 hectares live numerous endangered animal and plant species. These can be observed, for example, on Paradise Island in the Clifton Heritage National Park. Furthermore, the Bahamas are considered a mecca for scuba divers - one of the most popular spots is the Andros Barrier Reef - as well as a dream destination for beach vacationers.
Despite its vast expanse, the climate in the Bahamas is quite uniform. In the winter months, the maximum temperatures range between 25 and 27 °C, while at night it cools down to as low as 17 °C - or even less in unfavorable weather conditions. In summer, the temperature can exceed 30 °C, and both August and September are the months with the most rainfall. The rainy season falls in the months of June to October, whereby it remains rather dry on the Bahamas with an average precipitation value of about 500 milliliters. However, the hurricane season also falls in this period, although unlike other Caribbean countries, the Bahamas is usually spared from tropical storms. Therefore, the islands are considered a worthwhile destination all year round.