PARADISE ISLANDTo 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
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.