The Bahamas is an oasis and boasts the clearest water on the planet with a visibility that can be over one hundred feet. The waters are so blue they seem to merge with the skies.
Christopher Columbus, looking for the New World, made landfall in 1492 at San Salvador, east Bahamas and called the islands ‘baja mar’, (j pronounced ‘ha’) meaning ‘shallow sea’.
The Bahamas is made up of 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 rocks, spread over an 180,000 sq. mi. (470, 000 km²) archipelago of the world’s clearest waters.
Many of the islands are tiny, making up a total land mass of only 5,382 sq. mi. (13,939 km²), making the Bahamas the 150th smallest country out of 192 in the world. The islands are also flat, at or near sea level, with the highest land elevation at only 206 ft (63 m).
The currency is the Bahamian Dollar which is interchangeable with eagerly accepted $USD, i.e. 1:1 value, linked to the exchange rate.