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Bahamas Tourist Office: 10 Chesterfield Street, London W1J 5JL T: 020 7355 0800 E: W: Bahamas-16-Islands-Wedding-Invitation @Bahamas16Wed

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winning with the US for a two-centre holiday and island-

hopping in The Bahamas has never been easier with more scheduled inter-island flights, seaplane and ferry services than ever before. Whether it’s for a week, a few days or just a one-day fast ferry adventure, seeing some of the Out Islands is a ‘must-do’ experience for anyone wanting to discover the real Bahamas. They say the further south you go, the slower


Size: A 100,000 sq mile archipelago extending more than 500 miles. Currency: Bahamian dollar (B$) on par with the US dollar Population: 353,658 Main City: Nassau Local Beer: Kalik and Sands Dish of the Day: Light, fresh and spicy conch salad followed by a sticky guava duff and English sauce – think fruity roly poly with custard!

the pace of life, although exploring some of the northern islands like The Abacos or Harbour Island by golf cart or small boat is hardly life in the fast lane. An exciting change of pace is Junkanoo in Nassau/Paradise Island, the national cultural festival of The Bahamas, dating back over 200 years and celebrated every year with two spectacular parades on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The spectacle, colour and excitement of this riveting cultural experience are relived with Junkanoo ‘rush outs’ at every kind of Bahamian gathering. Cable Beach in Nassau, one of the

world’s most beautiful white sand beaches, will be home to a brand


new resort – Baha Mar – with more than 400 hectares and five distinguished brands: Rosewood, Melia, SLS Hotel, Grand Hyatt, and a dazzling newcomer The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel.

KEY EVENT Junkanoo Boxing Day Parade: December 26

Annual street parties and parades with Calypso music and marching bands

Each time I visit Nassau I cross the bridge to Atlantis Paradise Island to check what’s new, maybe new state-of-the-art kids’ facilities or some big star like Alicia Keys or Michael Bublé putting on a show. Dolphins are a must for me, whether at Atlantis’s Dolphin Cay or combining with some serious hammock chilling on Blue Lagoon beach after a dolphin or seal encounter. I love seeing new places and trying new dishes and the new Tru Bahamian Food Tours are a great way to sample the local specialities on a walking tour of restaurants and eateries. Taking the fast ferry to the pink sands of Eleuthera or Harbour Island, possibly spotting wild dolphins on the way, or a short flight to The Abacos is a great way to experience an Out Island. Kim Valente, Director of Bahamas Flavour

Barbados Tourism Authority: 263 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7LA T: 020 7299 7175 E: W: VisitBarbados @Barbados

BarbadosTourism BARBADOS



hen people think of Barbados, they will probably conjure up

images of the fantastic white-sand beaches and laidback lifestyle in the sun – and not of mysterious tunnels beneath a historic garrison, or of architecture protected with UNESCO World Heritage status. Nor are they likely to think of a

grand gastronomy festival, or of international sporting events. It is these and many more surprises that makes Barbados the little island with big ideas. These multiple aspects of Barbados give the island a uniquely universal appeal to visitors.


Size: 21 miles by 14 miles Currency: Barbadian dollar Population: 275,000 Main City: Bridgetown Local Beer: Banks Dish of the Day: Flying Fish and Cou Cou

Barbados is one of the most diverse islands in the Caribbean – from the rugged beauty and wild beaches of Bathsheba in the east, to the glamorous west or vibrant south with its nightlife or quieter laidback north. The contoured area of the island

is Scotland, a district of hills in the north broken up by botanically rich cleavages in the limestone capping. This tiny island has established itself as a destination of choice for A-listers, writers and lovers of the good life. But don’t just take what we say for granted – we invite you to come and experience the island for yourself, and assure you that you won’t be left feeling disappointed.

KEY EVENT Top Gear Festival Barbados: May, 2015 (exact dates tbc)

Hosted by the legendary Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Featuring The Stig


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I have been to Barbados many times. It’s beautiful – from the caves to the beaches, the food to the incredible people. I loved it the first time I went, and come back every year. The annual Food & Wine and Rum Festival always exceeds my expectations, every year it gets better. It’s a definite itinerary highlight, a great opportunity for locals to mix with tourists while enjoying to-die-for sample dishes. It’s a tribute to the island’s long-standing love affair with food, fine wine and its famous tipple, and you can’t help but get swept up in the island’s proud passion – and tuck in yourself. The Festival takes place each November. Marcus Samuelsson, New York chef, restaurateur, author and broadcaster. He often features in the celebrity chef line-up at the Food & Wine and Rum Festival.


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