A nation of 700 low-lying islands (most uninhabited), the Bahamas can boast some of the finest beaches on earth, lapped by crystalline waters. The diving and saltwater fly-fishing are world-class. Although the weather is warm and pleasant for much of the year, it is important to remember that the Bahamas are generally much cooler during the January and February winter high season than are the Leeward and Windward Caribbean islands 750 miles to the south.
WHEN TO GO : The weather is warm and sunny year-round. November-April is drier, cooler and less humid than on the Caribbean islands to the south.
CURRENCY : Bahamian dollar (B$). The Bahamian dollar is set at par with the U.S. dollar.
U.S. EMBASSY : Nassau, Tel. 322-1181.
DIRECT DIAL CODES : To phone hotels in the Bahamas, dial 1 + 242 (Bahamas code) + local numbers in listings.
Newly renovated sanctuary of immense charm, formerly the Dunmore Beach Club, fronting a three-mile pink-sand beach on a picturesque island off North Eleuthera.
One & Only Ocean Club
Beachfront resort amid tropical foliage at the eastern end of the island, connected by bridge to Nassau on the mainland of New Providence Island.