The Bahamas are world-famous for their powdery white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and stunning natural beauty. The islands are also home to a long and unique history spanning millennia an some of the best food in the Caribbean. Whether you’re planning to visit these paradise islands soon are just curious, here are some interesting facts about the Bahamas.
7 of the Most Interesting Facts About the Bahamas
1. It’s Home to the World’s Third Largest Wine Cellar
If you love wine, Nassau has something right up your alley. The island’s capital is home to the third-largest wine cellar in the entire world, Graycliff. The enormous wine cellar boasts more than 250,000 bottles from 400 winemakers of 15 different countries. Among the wines are some of the rarest and most expensive in the world. If you prefer spirits, they’ve got you covered on that front too with over 9,000 bottles of cognac and port.
2. It’s Also Home to One of the World’s Largest Barrier Reefs
While the most famous barrier reef is, of course, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, The Bahamas put up a good fight. Stretching nearly 200 miles in length the Andros Barrier Reef is third-largest barrier reef on the planet. Sitting along the edge of an underwater trench known as the Tongue of the Ocean, the Andros Barrier Reef runs parallel toward the east coast island of Andros. One of its most unique characteristics is that rather than lying flat across the ocean floor, it stretches downward 6,000 feet.
3. The Amount of Islands Might Surprise You
Of course, The Bahamas are known for their pristine islands home to endless expanses of sand and crystal clear waters but did you know there are 700 of them? That’s right, The Bahamas land area of just 5,382 square miles, which is just a smidge smaller than Connecticut, boasts 700 islands. Of the 700 approximately 30 are inhabited.
4. It’s a Popular Filming Location
It should come as no surprise that Hollywood loves the paradise found in The Bahamas. Its stunning scenery, affordability and oasis allure make it a popular filming spot. In fact, the Bahamas have set the scene for more than 30 films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Casino Royale, Into the Deep and more.
5. Watch Out for the Lusca
The Bahamas is home to its very own version of the Loch Ness monster. Ever since a large sea creature washed ashore in the late 1800s, the Lusca has been a focal point of local lore with all sorts of legends surrounding the mythical sea monster which is usually spotted near the Blue Hole. Some legends say it can change colour, some say it’s half-shark, and half-octopus and others say its simply a beast out for blood.
6. The Bahamas Has the Second Deepest Blue Hole in the World
Around 30 metres wide and plunging over 200 meters into the sea, Dean’s Blue Hole is the second deepest blue hole in the world. Second only to the Dragon Hole in the South China Sea, this is quite an impressive feat. Thanks to this, it’s a popular diving spot and pulls freedivers from all corners of the globe looking to explore its eerie depths.
7. It Boasts an Incredible Underwater Cave System
Turns out all the allure of the Bahamas isn’t only above water, but also below. In the Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island, you’ll find one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems. The underwater caves contain remains of the Lucayan Indians and over seven miles of a stunning limestone cave systems. The above-ground area of the caves also hosts a unique series of birds such as the thick-billed vireo and Bahama swallow.