Looking to become an expert on the countries of the Caribbean and increase your chances of winning the next pub quiz? Why not start with these 19 fun facts about the Bahamas!
1. There are hundreds of island in The Bahamas.
The Bahamas is an archipelago of about 700 islands, 2,400 islets and cays located in the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Why not check out its neighbors?
Its nearest neighbors are USA to the West, Cuba to the South West and the Dominican Republic to the South East.
3. The Bahamas is likely bigger than you think.
It covers a total area of 5,382 square miles (13,940 square kilometres), consisting of 3,865 square miles of land and 1,494 square miles of water.
Flag of The Bahamas
4. Where exactly are The Bahamas?
Should you wish to aim your boat for paradise, the coordinates for the Bahamas are 25.0667° N, 77.3333° W!
5. The islands aren’t that densely populated.
Bahamas’ population was 389,482 in 2019.
6. What is the capital of The Bahamas?
Nassau is the capital and covers an area of 80 square miles (207 square kilometres) and has a population of 266,100 (2016).
7. The Bahamas have varied terrain.
The terrain here is mainly low, flat coral formations with stunning sandy beaches and tropical foliage.
8. Yes – it’s seriously warm out here!
Bahamas enjoys a semi-tropical climate with warm weather all year round, with the summer months being more humid and susceptible to rain and warm waters lapping onto its shores. Let’s head off right now…!
9. The islands aren’t exactly mountainous.
With a highest point of only 206 feet (63 metres), the Bahamas are easy to navigate, meaning you can choose a different beach each day! We can think of worse decisions to make!
10. There’s good life expectancy here.
The average life expectancy here is 73.75 years (2018).
11. The islands’ name is actually Spanish.
The name ‘Bahamas‘ comes from the Spanish words ‘baja mar’, which translates as shallow water or sea.
12. Look before you leap!
This stunning country is home to the deepest blue hole in the world, Dean’s Blue Hole, at an unimaginable 202 metres deep!
13. The money here is similar to USD.
The currency of Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar and is equivalent to the US Dollar, which is also widely accepted here.
14. Forget swimming with dolphins…
If swimming with pigs takes your fancy, just head down to Pig Beach!
15. You likely already speak the language of The Bahamas.
Bahamas’ official languages are English and Creole.
16. It’s a botanical paradise.
Plant lovers unite! There are 120 species of plants that are found exclusively in Bahamas!
17. The islands are also well-loved by divers.
If you love scuba diving, you’ll be spoilt for choice because there’s a network of caves underneath the islands, created by acid rain when the sea levels were far lower than they currently are. Oh how we want to explore!!
18. The islands grow a variety of tasty exports.
They grow citrus fruits and vegetables and rear poultry here.
Not surprisingly, the country’s main industry is tourism. It does, however, have other industries including banking, e-commerce and oil refining and transhipment.
Bahamas also exports fish, salt, rum, chemicals, fruits and vegetables.
19. It’s easy to call The Bahamas.
Want to call your friends in the Bahamas? The international dialling code for this beautiful group of islands is +1242.
FAQs about The Bahamas
What country do The Bahamas belong to?
The Bahamas are their own independent state, however, they were once part of the British Empire until 1973.
Can you use the US dollar in The Bahamas?
Yes, as USD and the Bahamian dollar are similar in value, you can spend USD all over the islands.
Is it expensive to live in The Bahamas?
The cost of living is high in The Bahamas - it’s actually the third most expensive place to live on the planet!!
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