Islands of Paradise - The Bahamas
“Ay yay captain!” is probably what one would expect to hear, in the land once ruled by pirates. The Islands of Bahamas is not just one major destination; it’s actually an amalgamation of over 3,000 small island clusters. People soon realize that this international attraction has earned its status, for sailing and annual racing because of its cool waters and pleasant trade winds.
When on an island, act like an islander! Being surrounded by water, the islands offer just about every possible water-related activity that man set foot on. In the month of January, flights to Bahamas are filled with the toughest challengers from all over America, gathered to compete at the annual Wahoo Championship; an event that awards the champion who baits the fastest fish in the ocean.
Junkanoo, the New Year’s Eve festive celebration marks the beginning of a calendar year, with everyone dressed in traditional head-dresses and elegant apparel. African heritages are the theme to the party, with music and costume contests. This lively and colorful fiesta lures the visitors and participants.
As the weather warms up, The Bahamas hold a high-status Bacardi Billfish Tournament in March, which invites people around the world to indulge in deep-sea fishing activities. Similar fishing events are a tourist attraction throughout the year, with changes in venues and level of competition.
In late May, the island has a much awaited carnival, The Long Island Regatta. People compete along Salt Pond with their sailing sloops. Others chill out onshore, dancing to the incredible “rake-n-scrape” beats. Meanwhile, a number of sporting events are conducted along the beaches. As thrilling as this party seems, cheap tickets to Bahamas’ gala are easily available with some prior booking. Once the party’s over, just sit back and relax at the beach, with a glass of some refreshing tropical drinks.
The water-surrounded land mass is known for its pineapples. And to celebrate its feature, the Eleuthera Pineapple Festival is conducted in the first week of June. Buy airline tickets ahead of time, to save both time and money from the long queue! The fest is all about the island’s ripe fruit. Parades, fancy fruit displays, pineapple recipes and contests, tours to the large farms...it’s all there! To top it all, the ‘pinea-thalon’ is a mixed race, involving running, swimming and then biking to the end.
By the end of July, Bahamans organize the Summer Flotilla, where yachters make a five-day boating trip from Florida to Grand Bahama Island. There is a leading boat to show the way. This is a very interesting concept, and very pleasing to participate in.
Flight deals become competitive in the summers, as the number of activities and events increase. Though getting the right package is sometimes a fight, many companies have made it possible online, via advertisements, to search for what suits you best!
October 12th is the official day for the island to celebrate its discovery, by Columbus. Naturally, they set up a traditional environment with the main catch as their parade.
The Great Bahamas Seafood and Heritage Festival during the same month is a cultural fair that presents the islands authentic cuisine, magical music and enchanting fables.
In the last months of the year, The Bahamas celebrate their annuals festivals and have local cheer. The main attraction is their boxing day, held on 26th December, persisting till the New Year begins.