The 700 beautiful islands and 2,000 chunks of coral and limestone outcrop that form The Bahamas are playgrounds for sailors, anglers, divers, nature lovers, eco-tourists – and those vacationers in search of the more glitzy pleasures.
The islands are visited by more than three million people each year. You will find great enthusiasm for American culture, combined with a strong flavour of Britain… and a distinctly Caribbean beat.
History and culture of the Bahamas
Drive through the old charming romantic Nassau and environs, formerly a part of the massive British Empire, remarkable for its rich historical monuments and landmarks. Tour Fort Charlotte which was used by pirates as hiding places and to conduct naval battles. Some of the most infamous pirates to inhabit these regions were the ruthless Henry Morgan and William Teach, better known by many as Blackbeard.
Pirates of Nassau
The Golden Age of Piracy lasted for thirty years, from 1690 to 1720 and Nassau was at its heart. Here was a tropical pirate Paradise, which attracted the greatest concentration of pirates ever seen in the New World.
Nassau was well suited as a pirate base of operations, its waters were too shallow for a large man-of-war but deep enough for the fast shallow draft vessels favoured by pirates. From their snug harbour they could employ their hit and run tactics to full effect; they devastated merchant shipping that plied the trade routes just a short sail away. Their pirate gold and goods formed the basis of a thriving community that attracted rogues, merchants and wild women from far and wide.
Enjoy the clear blue waters and white sand beaches while you meet the adorable and famous Swimming Pigs.