The Bahamas is a country of 700 different islands, stretching southeast off the Florida coast. The islands differ physically: pine forests, white sandy beaches, limestone caves, lush plantations, bonefishing flats, and the world's third largest barrier reef. They differ historically: Indigenous Arawak Indians, Seminole Indians from Florida, Eleutheran Adventurers from England, post-Revolutionary planters from Carolina, and pirates all settled here.
Even Columbus paid a visit in 1492.
Because each island retains its individual character, each has something unique and unexpected to contribute to an island vacation. There are islands so secluded, that only the lighthouse keeper has a telephone. Islands with everything from casinos to golf courses. Islands for the country-club set, where tennis overlooks mile-long beaches. Islands bustling with colonial charm. Islands for frogmen and islands for fishermen.
Even islands have islands- a sail from nearly any beach can become a voyage of discovery.
What to wear
Although many locations are generally informal, Queen Victoria's influence is still felt. Unless you're at the beach or the pool, walking around in a swimsuit isn't appropriate. Casual, summer-weight clothing should be worn.
Make sure you take comfortable footwear for walking—the sidewalks get hot enough to make you uncomfortable in thin-soled shoes. Don't forget a hat or sunscreen to protect against sun exposure. A jacket or sweater may be needed on cooler winter nights (December-February). Dress conservatively if you plan to attend church: Shorts for men are frowned upon, and women should cover their shoulders. Wear a jacket and tie or a suit when attending a business meeting. Jackets for men and dresses or nice slacks for women are typical attire in the casinos and some better restaurants, especially in Nassau and Lucaya.
When you make dinner reservations, ask about the dress code.