The Islands of The Bahamas are a group of shimmering gems sprinkled across 100,000 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean north of the Caribbean Sea, featuring every shade of crystal-clear blue water.

This ecological paradise comprises 700 breathtaking islands, over 2,000 rocks and cays, and it boasts the clearest water on the planet. There are 16 main islands to visit in The Bahamas, each offering its own enticing mix of nature, adventure, culture and relaxation.

With the lure of a big city and the ease of the tropics, Nassau & Paradise Island are considered by many as, well, paradise. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is a bustling metropolitan hub full of culture and modern amenities and also a popular cruise port.

Treasure hunters can explore the sunken Spanish Galleons off Grand Bahama Island, while boaters will enjoy sailing into the sunset around The Abacos, the Sailing Capital of The Bahamas.

With hundreds of thousands of miles of clear tropical waters, it’s not surprising that Bimini has been designated the Big Game Fishing Capital of The Bahamas. Adventurous anglers can cast for marlin, swordfish or wahoo along the Gulf Stream, while fly fishing aficionados cast for the elusive bonefish off Long Island or Acklins & Crooked Island.

Nature lovers will flock to Inagua to catch a glimpse of the over 80,000 flamingos (the national bird of The Bahamas) who call this island home, and eco explorers will be drawn to Andros and its mesmerizing blue holes — mile-deep abysses teeming with vibrant marine life, and the world’s third largest coral barrier reef.

From endless pineapple fields to white- and pink-sand beaches to secluded coves and miles of coastlines, Eleuthera & Harbour Island epitomize the splendor of The Bahamas.

The Exumas are the ultimate escape for the rich and famous, but for your clients seeking a little more solitude and privacy, the largely uninhabited Berry Islands will fit the bill.

History buffs can meander along the same beach on San Salvador where Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the New World, and lovers of folklore can revel in authentically Bahamian Rake & Scrape music on Cat Island.

If peace, tranquility and the feeling of time standing still is what your clients are seeking, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Rum Cay are their ticket to paradise.

In the following chapters, you will discover how to promote and sell this unique archipelagic destination to your discerning clientele. By the end, you’ll be the expert on each of its 16 main islands and the myriad of experiences awaiting your clients. You’ll also learn about how The Bahamas is supremely suited for booking specialty markets such as romance, group and business travel.

Welcome to The Bahamas!