In the 17th century, Edward Teach, also known as "Blackbeard", a pirate, made the island area of Nassau his home base. So did many other pirates.
But by 1718, the British had had enough and England expelled the pirates. The Bahamas became a royal colony.
In 1973, the Bahamas became an independent country.
Today, the Bahamas is a collection of absolutely stunning islands that are known for their food, music, and beaches. Tourists flock to them.
You can settle in at a resort or small hotel in the larger towns or you may want to opt for a quieter vacation on one of the smaller out-islands.
On one of my trips to the Bahamas, I chose to stay on Paradise Island. This area can be very busy or very quiet. It depends on what you choose to do.
The beaches on Paradise Island are just incredible...the vibrant turquoise and teal waters, the bright blue skies, the white-sand beaches.
You can just sit and soak up the sun, snorkel, swim, dive, go shelling, sailing, fishing, kayaking.
One of the big draws of the islands is the Casinos. They are beautiful and huge.
In Nassau, don't miss the famous Straw Market. I enjoyed watching the ladies weave their famous straw baskets and hats.
Take your choice of the large vacation areas of the smaller out-islands. Or a few days at one of each.
Wherever you end up, you'll be happy in the beautiful Bahamas.
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Go On, Get Pampered
A number of Bahamian outfitters offer couples-only spa treatment packages designed to wash away your worries. The spa at the One & Only Club was created in the Balinese style, and features eight tremendously appointed treatment rooms set against a backdrop of one of the finest beaches in the Bahamas. The Sandals Royal Bahamian can arrange a ferry ride to a private island hideaway where a thatched hut with a view over the ocean awaits you, and a world-class masseuse is prepared to knead you into relaxation. The Madara Spa at Atlantis is one of the most wonderfully outfitted spas on earth, and the couple’s suite offers a number of luxury treatments for whatever condition ails you. Make something up if you just want to sit in the sauna.