ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
Where are The Bahamas
Located just 50 miles off the east coast of Florida, The Bahamas stretch for more than 500 miles southeast in a chain of some 700 islands. Grand Bahama is the fourth largest island with a population of approximately 54,000, and it stretches 118 miles long and 18 miles wide at its widest point.
What makes The Bahamas special
It’s a nation of sunny days, aqua water and beautiful beaches. Grand Bahama offers much more than sun, sea and sand. Due to its infrastructure, you will find wide, beautifully landscaped roadways that are well maintained, and a naturally filtered water supply–excellent taste and safe to consume.
The weather is what you expect from tropical islands, but from December to February don’t forget your jacket or sweater. Grand Bahama has one of the largest trans-shipment container ports in the world. Also the newly renovated Freeport International Airport that can take the largest of aircraft.
The Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Grand Bahama
- Close proximity to North American and Latin America financial centers
- Within 50 miles of the world’s largest economy– the USA
- Same time zone as New York and Toronto (EST)
- Peaceful & stable democracy since 1729
- Independent nation with compliant legislation & consultative legislative approach
- No local taxes on capital gains, inheritance, corporate or personal income, dividends and interest
- Proactive incentives for investment
- Modern infrastructure and public services
- Ideal climate & lifestyle with many islands & cays to explore
Staying in or Residing in the Bahamas
Non-Bahamians who own homes in The Bahamas may apply to The Director of Immigration for an annual homeowner’s card. This entitles the owner, spouse and dependent children to enter and remain in The Bahamas for the duration of the validity of the card. This is intended to facilitate entry, but it does not confer resident status in The Bahamas. Alternatively visitors may visit The Bahamas for up to eight months, provided they can indicate means of financial support for this period.
Applicant’s for this status of residency must be of good character and prepared to show evidence of financial support.
What Makes Grand Bahama Island Unique
Grand Bahama is the northernmost of the islands of the Bahamas, and the closest major island to the Unites States, lying just 80 miles. It is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas island chain of approximately 700 islands and 2,400 cays. The island is 530 square miles, 96 miles long from east to west and 17 miles at its widest point. The official language is British.
Grand Bahama Island is the picture-perfect place for an unforgettable vacation. Families can go for swimming with dolphins, couples can treat themselves to a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean, and friends can try their luck at the casino during a weekend getaway. No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll love our island spirit and culture—especially during our annual festivals and local events—and the variety of sports and water activities available. Try one of our many eco-adventures or check out local shopping districts for great deals on duty-free merchandise. There truly is something for everyone on Grand Bahama Island!
The island is full of history and charm and is a complete vacation destination for those looking for a quieter vacation. Some of the islands settlements such as Pinder’s Point, Russell Town, Smith’s Point and William’s Town are names after the formal families who founded them. Today these settlements serve as cultural hot spots for visitors. There are three distinct destinations on Grand Bahama – East End with its beautiful beaches, HideawayBamamas Beach Club is located in Bassett Cove at Bevans Town with safe and tranquil swimming, snorkel, fishing or walk the beaches for miles. High Rock is close by and has two beach bars and 18 miles from Freeport/Port Lucaya the city and tourist area, and West End – each offering their own experience. Feel free to tour the islands three national parks, homes to a large number of native birds like the Bahama yellowthroat. And of course, no Bahamian island would be complete without miles of beautiful beaches- found on the south side of Grand Bahama Island right where Hideawaybahamas is located.