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The Bahamas archipelago is the northernmost of the Caribbean: 30 inhabited islands out of 700 total, fine sand beaches like talc and a turquoise horizon as far as the eye can see. The sea is always the protagonist, but be careful to choose the right island, because a holiday in the Bahamas can take on completely different tones: infinite possibilities for fun and entertainment in Grand Bahama and New Providence, or deserted beaches and absolute relaxation in the Out Islands.
The welcome of the Bahamians, however, is warm everywhere, whatever island you choose.

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Stretched along an axis from east Florida to northern Haiti and Cuba, the Bahamas archipelago has two types of climate: one subtropical in the north and one fully tropical in the south. Everywhere it is touched by the trade winds that blow from the north-east and has two well-marked seasons: the rainy season which lasts from late April to early November and the dry season, from late November to mid-April.

As you continue along the archipelago, proceeding from north-west to south-east, in any case, both seasons show small variations, with the rainfall becoming gradually scarcer. This means that the northwestern islands, such as Grand-Bahama and New Providence, where the capital Nassau stands, are much more rainy than the southeastern islands, such as Great Inagua. As for temperatures, during the colder period, particularly between January and February, the daily average varies from 20 ° C on the northernmost islands (including Grand Bahama and Abaco) up to around 25 ° C in Great Inagua. During the summer, however, and in the warmer months (July and August), the thermometer oscillates from about 27 ° C on the northernmost islands up to 29 ° C on the southernmost islands.

The Caribbean paradise, however, is kissed by the sun all year round, because the summer rains are mainly afternoon and evening, while the daytime sunshine is good. For more info on the climate of the Bahamas, keep reading the travel guide and download it for free to always carry it with you.

When to find the best climate

In general, the best time to visit the Bahamas is during the dry season, from late November to mid-April. If you are looking for beach life, however, this period is not the best in the north-western islands, because the temperatures are not high enough and cold and windy days must also be taken into account. For seaside tourism, in these areas of the archipelago, the ideal is to move towards April and May, even as the first rains approach.

For the southern islands, however, the winter months of the dry season are ideal, particularly in Inagua and Great Inagua, where even in this period the heat allows you to enjoy the sun and the sea. For those who prefer to travel in the summer, a good compromise is the month of July which in many areas of the archipelago grants a respite from the rains, except in the capital Nassau and the westernmost islands.

The sea, by the way, is warm all year round, regardless of the seasons, with temperatures ranging from 24 ° C in February and March to 29 ° C in July and September in Nassau and which never drop below 26 ° C in the southern islands.

When NOT to go

The Bahamas archipelago is known to be a year-round paradise. However, there is a less recommended period to go there, and that coincides with the hurricane season. The islands are in fact in their trajectory for a long period of time: from June to November, even if the peak of probability is limited to the months from August to October. Those who want to organize a trip during this period, therefore, will do well to consult the forecasts in the days immediately prior to departure.

Seasons

The Bahamas archipelago has a climate marked by two main seasons: a dry one, corresponding to winter, and one of the rains, corresponding to summer.

The dry season (November-April)

The dry season lasts from late November to mid-April and corresponds to the “coldest” months in the archipelago. The temperatures in any case also in this period are around a daily average of around 20 ° C in the northern islands (such as Grand Bahama and Abaco), at 22-23 ° C in Eleuthera and San Salvador, up to 24-25 ° C in Mayaguana and Great Inagua. From December to March, however, the Bahamas can also be affected by cold air masses from the United States. On these occasions, temperatures, especially on the north-western side, can drop considerably, so much so that at night they can reach a minimum of 10 ° C (especially in Freeport and Nassau). Furthermore, the perturbations bring cloudiness and wind.

The rainy season (April-November)

Summer in the Bahamas falls in the rainy season, from April to November, and is hot and muggy. The rainfall of the period, in fact, occurs in the form of intense thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon or in the evening, so the sun shines very often in the skies of the archipelago. As for temperatures, these are around an average of 27-28 ° C in the northernmost islands and 28-29 ° C in the southern islands. The hottest months are July and August. During the summer, however, the greatest danger in the Bahamas comes from hurricanes, which can reach the archipelago from June to November, with a peak of greater probability in the period August-October.

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Bahamas, dreamlike land that evokes great boundless landscapes, crystal clear sea and pristine nature: 700 islands, often slightly larger than an emerged rock, which stand out in the clarity of the Caribbean Sea.

Affable, friendly people, ready to give a smile to anyone who wants to receive it. A place that is thought to be known all through the travel atlases, but that when you have it in your hands, you realize that, in reality, it hides many nuances and secrets of great value, such as its delicious and delicious gastronomy, meeting point of the culinary traditions of the different peoples that over the centuries have followed one another in these islands, bringing their knowledge and enriching what would become one of the most exciting gastronomies in the whole Caribbean Sea.

It can almost be considered a gourmet cuisine although it is based on simple elements of the territory, which thanks to the extraordinary local organization are always served very fresh and this also allows you to enjoy the luxury of tasting some raw dishes, enhanced by a few condiments.

Conch

The main dish of these tables is, of course, fish, prepared in a thousand different ways, but always delicious for the palate of those who taste it.
It could only be the main gastronomic raw material of a land that lives by the sea, where its inhabitants are mostly fishermen, who when the sun still has to rise above the horizon, go out with their boats for fishing trips daily. Therefore, always fresh fish that is served for lunch and dinner in the restaurants of the cities and resorts of the Bahamas.
At the table, immerse yourself in the strong flavors of Conch, the conch, one of the local specialties, which is often served raw and seasoned exclusively with a drizzle of lime juice and a pinch of local spices. The preparation requires some time and practice, because the meat of the mollusk must be engraved in such a way as to make the juice penetrate inside.
Served raw, the Conch maintains all its characteristics unaltered and it is possible to travel between the intoxicating marine and brackish notes, appreciating the consistency and goodness of a mollusk that abounds in these seas.
This, however, is not the only mollusc preparation procedure, which can also be cooked: fried, steamed or stewed, added as a seasoning in soups or worked to make excellent pancakes which even children are very fond of .

Crustaceans and fish

For the most demanding there is no lack of local lobsters, a variety with a strong taste that differs in some physical details and in some nuances of taste from what we are used to savoring in local restaurants.
A lobster without claws, this one from the Bahamas, called rock lobster, which can be served in a salad or ground (if combined with other dishes), or grilled, on a vegetable cabaret. In the same way, land crabs are cooked, one of the most common species in these islands, so much so that it is not uncommon to see them as they cross the road, especially at night. In some islands, land crabs are also prepared in the oven, according to an ancient recipe that exalts their succulent pulp in an exceptional way.
The pulp of this crab is also one of the main elements of one of the most popular dishes in the Bahamas, that is, a portion of rice seasoned with crustacean and peas, to be eaten as an accompaniment to a fish dish or a pasta-based dish of fish.
Particular attention also deserves fresh fish served with grits, a typical local semolina: lovers of purity, who want to savor the genuine taste of a dish without contamination, will certainly appreciate this recipe, perfect to enhance the freshness of freshly caught fish.

Meat

In the Bahamas there is no shortage of meat preparations, especially beef, which is mainly served in soup with exotic peas: the typical local soup is the souse, which does not contain thickeners but only onions, peas, lime and celery juice, added with chicken meat or sheep’s tongue, which gives an intense and decisive taste.

HOW TO MOVE FROM ONE ISLAND TO ANOTHER

The plane is the only fast and convenient way to travel from one island to another. Private charter flights can be an inexpensive way of traveling for group travelers. Bahamasair (242-377-5505, in Freeport 242-352-8341; www.bahamasair.com), the flag carrier, operates according to a sunburst system, to and from Nassau. Therefore, if you want to travel by plane between adjacent islands, such as Cat Island and Long Island, you must return to Nassau. If you plan to visit various islands, you will begin to feel like a yo-yo. Perhaps, unfortunately, you will be forced to stay overnight in Nassau between flights. If you want to visit many islands, a solution can be to rent a small plane: you will save time and money. Timetables are changed often and at short notice (not even passengers with reservations are notified of changes in timetables). Bahamasair has flights to Freeport, Marsh Harbor, Treasure Cay, North Eleuthera, Governor’s Harbor, Rock Sound, George Town and many other southern islands including Cat Island and Long Island. Most flights to the Out Islands depart during the day, since the small airports of these islands do not have adequate lighting to receive planes at night.

There are three other airlines that provide internal connections between the islands: Abaco Air (242-367-2266; www.abacoaviationcentre.com), Southern Air (242-323-7217; www.southernaircharter.com) and Western Air (242 -377-222; www.westernairbahamas). In Nassau and Freeport there are dozens of ‘jitneys’ (private minibuses) that pass on pre-established routes. Other than that, getting around by bus is a real nightmare; public transport is in fact non-existent in the Out Islands or at airports, given the power that the taxi drivers’ union has. Likewise, few hotels are allowed to organize their own transportation system for guests. This means that the best way to get around is to hire a car. Numerous international car rental companies have branches in Nassau and Freeport, but there are also various small local companies. There are some really good local agencies in the Out Islands. Ask for recommendations at your hotel or look for signs at the airport. The minimum age to have a driving license is 17 years old, but you can only rent a car at the age of 21 (some companies claim their 25th birthday). You can only drive with a foreign driving license for a maximum period of 3 months; for longer stays an International Driving License is required, which is issued by the Nassau Road Traffic Department. Remember that driving is on the left.

Tra le altre possibilità di trasporto ricordiamo il noleggio di motociclette, scooter e biciclette (di solito senza cambio), che sono disponibili a Freeport e Nassau. A Nassau e Freeport non mancano certo i taxi, che si possono fermare con un cenno per la strada, e sono il principale mezzo di trasporto locale anche alle Out Islands. Le tariffe sono fissate dal governo e dipendono dalla distanza. In genere sono calcolate per due persone. Per ogni persona in più vengono aggiunti US$3. Ci sono anche molti taxi d’acqua tra Nassau e Paradise Island. Molte altre isole più lontane sono collegate da taxi d’acqua alle isolette circostanti. Il principale operatore di traghetti delle Bahamas è Bahamas Ferries (242-323-2166/8; www.bahamasferries.com), che collega Nassau ad Andros, Abacos, Eleuthera e le Exumas. Tra Grand Nahama e Abacos c’è un servizio gestito da Pinder’s Ferry (242-353-3093, 242-557-6624).

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