PARADISE ISLAND

To truly experience what the Bahamas have to offer, relax, unwind and enjoy.
Life is different here. It's easy. The warm, tropical breezes will soothe you. The crystal-clear waters will inspire you. And the Bahamian people will welcome you.
Travel Tips for your stay in Paradise

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  • Paradise Island Culture | GOPARADISEISLAND.COM
    Our Culture
    The Bahamas have long been known as the Islands of Song. The minute your Paradise Island vacation begins, you'll discover why music is such a strong influence on Bahamian culture. Our musical traditions form the unique character enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Read More >
    Paradise Island History| GOPARADISEISLAND.COM
    Our History
    Times may be peaceful now in the Bahamas, but over the centuries, our secluded harbor located just a few hundred miles from the United States has served as a shelter for everyone from pirates and ship wreckers, to runaway lovers and slaves. Read More >
    Paradise Island Weather| GOPARADISEISLAND.COM
    Our Weather
    Paradise Island is blessed with a wonderful semi-tropical climate, complete with warm Caribbean breezes, thanks to the currents from the Gulf Stream. Typical temperatures range from 70° to 80° Fahrenheit. Read More >
  • Our Culture
    The minute your Paradise Island vacation begins, you'll discover why music is such a strong influence on Bahamian culture. Our vibrant musical traditions stem from historical roots and musical influences near and far. Blues and spirituals made their way down from the American South, both in churches bordering the seashore and on stage. West African dance music has also played its part, especially through Junkanoo, goombay and rake 'n' scrape, which all feature hand clapping and drum rhythms. Goombay is a secular Bahamian tradition that entices people to get up and dance to songs bursting with love stories and other daily dramas. Carpenter's saws, goatskin drums and accordions are all traditional instruments used in rake 'n' scrape bands. Junkanoo is the greatest cultural event of the Bahamas and attracts spectators from around the world. The "gran' dance" of Junkanoo is the highlight of this annual national celebration. Competing dance groups (called "shacks"), practice their dance routines all year long, and devote countless hours to making their elaborate costumes. If you can’t make it to the island at Christmastime, you’ll still get an opportunity to see Junkanoo performers year round, featured at a variety of nightspots. Even common conversation is a lyrical in the Bahamas. You may hear words on the beach or in the streets that don’t quite sound familiar, but remember - they could have been carried here by settlers who spoke true Shakespearian English. You might also hear traces of African dialect combined with the local slang. You’ll notice that the "h" is often dropped in daily speech. Instead of "Thanks", you'll hear "t'anks". All part of the true Bahamian experience.
  • Our History
    Christopher Columbus first arrival on what is traditionally known as San Salvador, claimed it for Spain, but quickly went on to other islands in search of gold. In 1629, Charles I of England claimed the Carolinas and decided to throw in The Bahamas, which resulted in England and the American South having a great impact on the development of the Bahamas. The first English settlers were the survivors of William Sayles’ expedition to establish a Puritan colony in 1648. After being establish in 1666 and renamed Nassau in 1695, the “citizens” of this outlaw settlement lured ships to the reefs as a source of revenue, with some taking up the cause of the Royal Navy against its enemies as “privateers,” only to become pirates after England tried to put a stop to independent attacks in its name. The Bahamas were then designated a royal colony and during the American Revolution, many Loyalists came here to escape. When England's Parliament banned the slave trade in 1807, many slave ships were intercepted by the Royal Navy and the captured West Africans were set free here on the islands. During the American Civil War, there was somewhat of a rebirth of privateering. England and Nassau challenged the North's blockade and continued to trade with Southern states. The U.S. was challenged yet again, when Nassau smuggled liquor into Southern ports. In the 1940s, an era of peace and glamour began when King Edward VIII gave up his throne to marry the woman he loved and then settled in Nassau. To this day, the Bahamas have strong ties to England, and chose to remain within the Commonwealth and declare allegiance to the Queen.
  • Our Weather
    The climate of the Bahamas is beautifully regulated by the currents of the Gulf Stream. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, and the trade winds that blow almost continuously, the Bahamas are blessed with a wonderful semi-tropical climate, complete with warm Caribbean breezes, and the temperature varies little year-round. Typical temperatures range from 70° to 80° Fahrenheit. It's quite rare for temperatures to go above 90°F on a midsummer's day or creep below 60°F on a winter's night. The most refreshing time is between September and May, when the temperature averages 70-75°F. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures averaging between 80-90°F. Water temperatures range from the low 80s in the summer to about 74°F in midwinter. Rainfall is typically more common from May to October, with the northern islands normally receiving twice as much rain as the southern islands. June through November is The Bahamas' hurricane season, however many Bahamian hotels have instituted a Hurricane Hotel Policy that states that visitors who cancel a Bahamas vacation during a hurricane will receive an immediate refund with no penalties.

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