Scattered like dabs of silver and green paint on an artist’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration.

There’s sailing around the Abacos’ history-filled Loyalist Cays. Partying til dawn at Paradise Island’s over-the-top Atlantis resort. Diving the spooky blue holes of Andros. Kayaking the 365 Exuma Cays. Lounging on Eleuthera’s pink-sand beaches. Pondering pirates in Nassau. There’s a Bahamian island to match most every water-and-sand-based compulsion, each framed by a backdrop of gorgeous, mesmerizing blue.

Interesting facts about the Bahamas:

  • In the Bahamas, pigs swim: they doggy paddle up to boats in hope of getting tasty snacks.
  • The name “Bahamas” comes from the Spanish words “baja mar”, meaning shallow water or sea.
  • Plunging 202 metres into the sea, Dean’s Blue Hole the deepest blue hole in the world.