Dad’s note: Due to overwhelming demand (OK, one person asked – thanks Jane!) here is another informative post by the kids. Alexander and Christopher put together this informative post about the Bahamas, so we could all learn a little about where we are.
The Bahamas is a large archipelago of Islands to the east of Florida. They are a parliamentary constitutional monarchy led by queen Elizabeth II, much like the United Kingdom or Canada. The Bahamas is an independent country with a small population of 300,000. The majority of these live in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.
|Nassau, with Atlantis in the background. Lots more boats in this picture than when we were there.|
The Bahamas are home to crystal white beaches, aqua blue water, beautiful coral reefs and perfectly clear for water for snorkelling.
|Looks nice, doesn't it?|
Due to this, tourism accounts for over 50% of the businesses in the Bahamas and is, hands down, the biggest industry in the country. The second biggest is the financial industry such as banking. The currency in the Bahamas is is the Bahamian dollar, which is based off and equal to the American dollar. Stores will accept either one.
|The Bahamians use Bahamian money, but nobody even bats an eyelid when we pull out American greenbacks.|
The Bahamas have a rich history for a country where the highest point is 63 meters. Many pirates used this place to take shelter. These included the infamous Edward Teach, or Blackbeard.
|Blackbeard. Not a fun guy to party with.|
|More boats than we have seen our entire trip.|
Celebrities such as Johnny Depp have beach houses in the Bahamas. Some even own islands.
|This is probably not how Johnny Depp dresses when he visits his private island. Although, who knows?|
Casino Royale and five other James bond films have used The Bahamas as a backdrop and Sean Connery loved the country so much that he now lives there full time.