• Coastline The big blue
  • Coast life Cousteau, cocktails and cricket

Brightly coloured reefs and clear turquoise waters surround the 700 small islands that make up the laid-back tropical paradise of the Bahamas.

From the lush mangrove forests of Andros Island to the pink sands of Harbour Island, each of these spits of land has its own unique character and attractions. Though many islands are private resorts or celebrity hideaways, the rest are ideal for exploration. Settle into a Friday night fish fry on Nassau, drink rum cocktails watching the sunset on a seemingly abandoned stretch of coast or bonefish in the shallow waters. Give a doff of the cap to the area’s few lingering British customs, including left-hand driving and the odd cricket match (the Bahamas’ national sport).

Do go/Don’t go

During rainy season, from mid-August to October, the towns and hotel properties slow and often shutter.

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  • Planes Nassau's pleasing-to-say Lynden Pindling airport (www.nas.bs) is the gateway hub for most Bahamas destinations. From there, you'll have to complete your journey by car, boat or seaplane. Most hotels will arrange transfers for you, especially for remote locations. Alternatively, there are also many charter companies — including Air Flight (www.airflightcharters.com) — which offer flights from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami to larger islands in the Bahamas.
  • Boats Several ferries (www.bahamasferries.com) travel between Nassau and many smaller islands. It is also possible to charter boats from Florida for a two-hour ride to the islands. Plenty of mariners pilot yachts throughout the islands. Even the smallest destinations typically offer a marina for seafaring guests.
  • Automobiles Most island resorts, including Kamalame Cay, rely on golf carts to shuttle passengers around.
  • Taxis The best way to book a taxi on most islands is through your hotel, though a small fleet usually awaits arriving visitors at various harbours each day. Nassau and Grand Bahama Island have a large fleet of taxis, though the rides can be expensive.