There are 700 islands in the Bahamas, and almost as many stories of buried treasure. The archipelago's history is rich with tales of pirates plundering Spanish galleons and hiding their loot on deserted cays. Fortunes may still lie under the sand, awaiting the turn of a spade.
There are treasures, too, for those who would rather move sand with a wedge than a shovel. Golf came to the islands at the end of the Roaring '20s, when Nassau's Cable Beach Golf Club was built for the pleasure of the first American tourists, yachtsmen with names like Whitney, Vanderbilt and Astor. The tourism trickle became a torrent after World War II, prompting construction of nine more courses in the 1950s and '60s.
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Given the popularity of all of the islands that make up the Bahamas, flights are available from all over the world, particularly throughout the United States. Popular carriers include Delta and U.S. Airways. Flights heading to Nassau originate from New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Direct service to Grand Bahama is limited, but connecting flights are plentiful. Most of the other major islands have airports, but getting there is more difficult and may include multiple stops, but is possible.
Nassau is a popular end destination for many Caribbean-based cruise lines. In fact, its main harbor can accommodate up to six full size cruise ships at one time, so this is always a way to get to the Bahamas, while discovering some of the other parts of the region first.
Once on the islands, public transportation is a valid means of transportation, but to see the fill breadth of the Bahamas, renting a car is the best option. Visitors planning on staying for less than three months can use their home driver's license, while those planning an extended stay must apply for an international's driver license. British rules apply, so remember to drive on the left.
Navigating between the many islands of the Bahamas is not a problem. There are many charter flights that leave daily, private pilots can be hired and cruise ships are also heading out to sea. And for those looking to do it on their own, there are several bridges that connect a few of the more frequented islands. The Paradise Island Bridge connects New Providence Island to Paradise Island, while another bridge connects New Providence to Crystal Cay, among many others.