GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - MAIN

OVERVIEW

Grand Bahama Island is only 70 miles off the coast of Florida and is the second most popular tourist destination in the Bahamas. It is the fifth largest and one of the northernmost islands in the Bahamas island chain. Here you will find long stretches of deserted clean-white beaches, inviting hotels, one major casino, night-time entertainment and world-class scuba diving facilities and land and sea sports. Freeport is the resort center of the Island where much action can be found. On the eastern and western ends of the Island are serene and quaint settings and finding a hide-away spot is relatively easy. Shopping is also a feature as one can stroll through Port Lucaya Marketplace and discover duty-free treasures from around the world. The Islands of The Bahamas form a 100,000 square mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world. Over 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, total an estimated land area of "5,326 square miles, and register a highest land elevation of 206 feet on Cat Island.

The Bahamas has the world's third longest barrier reef and about 14.5% of the world's coral can be found in Bahamian waters. The islands are made entirely of calcium carbonate, which is mainly produced or precipitated by the organisms of coral reefs. There are no rivers in The Bahamas.

With so many islands spread out over 100,000 sq. miles of ocean, The Bahamas offers the largest assortment of fishing destinations of any tropical country. Islands are circled by cays (pronounced "keys"). Some cays are surrounded by uninhabited rocks. Which island or cay is right for your fishing vacation? With 14 main islands that serve as hubs for the remaining 686 islands, our knowledge of this beautiful country is invaluable.

The trade winds that blow almost continually throughout the islands of the Bahamas give the islands a warm, agreeable climate which varies little year round. The most refreshing time is between September through May, when the temperature averages 70-75F degrees.

The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-90F degrees. The Islands have a temperate climate ranging from 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity in the summer months to 70-80 degrees in the winter. Nighttime temperatures are generally cooler by 5-7 degrees. In the more northerly islands, winter temperatures are approximately 5 degrees lower than the southern islands. Sea surface temperatures vary between 74 degrees in February and 84 degrees in August.


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