Some 700 Bahamas islands and islets sprawl across 100,000 square miles, but there are only seven main tourist areas. Nassau and Paradise Island are the most popular destinations, followed by Grand Bahama Island.
Fully independent since 1973, this former British colony combines Old World charm with New World amenities. Queen Elizabeth II still "reigns but does not rule" and remains head of state.
Hotels range from budget to luxury and include several all-inclusive resorts, where the upfront price covers accommodations, meals, drinks, activities and more. Visitors enjoy exquisite beaches, near-perfect weather year-round and a wide range of activities and watersports.