ABOUT BAHAMASThe Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a country consisting of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets (rocks). It is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola, northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and southeast of the United States (nearest to the state of Florida). Its total land area is 13,939 km (5,382 sq mi); slightly larger than the US states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined), with an estimated population of 330,000.
Harbour Island is an island and administrative district in the Bahamas and is located off the northeast coast of Eleuthera Island. The only town on the island is Dunmore Town, named after the governor of the Bahamas from 1786 to 1798, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, who had a summer residence on Harbour Island. Harbour Island is famous for its pink sand beaches, which are found all along the east side of the island.
Bimini is the westernmost district of the Bahamas composed of a chain of islands located about 53 miles (81 km) due east of Miami, Florida. Bimini is the closest point in the Bahamas to the mainland United States and approximately 137 miles (209 km) west-northwest of Nassau. The combined population for the islands is estimated to be about 1600.
Grand Bahama is one of the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, lying just 55 mi (90 km) off the state of Florida. Grand Bahama is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas island chain of approximately 700 islands and 2,400 cays. The island is approximately 96 miles (154 km) long west to east and 17 miles (27 km) at its widest point north to south.
Festivals and Events
Junkanoo is a national festival in The Bahamas, held in the early morning hours of Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. A procession of dancers in brightly colored costumes “rush” through the streets, making music on goat-skin drums, cowbells, conch shell horns and whistles."