The Goombay Smash The Birth Of A Classic Cocktail

Miss Emily, a Christian teetotaler who passed away in March 1997, came up with the seductively lethal trademark drink of Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar ( ) 242-365-4181 Victoria St noon-10pm) when she was 'fooling around' with mixes about 20 years ago. This mix of rums and fruit juices is now as famous across the Bahamas and the world as the Bahama Mama cocktail. However, only family members are entrusted with the original cocktail's recipe - a still closely guarded secret. If you have enjoyed the...

Ferry Water Taxi

The only ferry operator in the islands is Bahamas Ferries ( ) 242-323-2166 8 www.baha masferries.com), which runs a high-speed ferry linking Nassau, Andros, Abacos, Eleuthera and the Exumas. Water taxis ply between Nassau and Paradise Island. Several other offshore islands and their neighboring cays are served by private water taxis. Government-run water taxis link islands that are a short distance apart, such as North Bimini and South Bimini Mangrove Cay and South Andros and Crooked and...

The Bahamas Billfish Championship

This renowned annual sportfishing competition tours the Family Islands and attracts hundreds of international and national teams. The championship started in 1968 as an informal contest, set up by regular competitors in individual Bimini, Cat Cay, Chub Cay and Walker's Cay challenges. Since 1973 the Bahamas Billfish Championship has run consecutive yearly competitions including as many as six tournaments covering Bimini, the Berry Islands, the Abacos, Cat Cay, Paradise Island and North...

Water Sports Surfing Windsurfing

Most resort hotels either include water sports in their rates or offer them as extras. On offer are all kinds of beach and water sport, such as parasailing, waterskiing, and windsurfing. Typical rates are as follows sailboards are 20 per hour jet skiing 50 for 30 minutes for a 15-minute banana boat ride 30 per person parasailing is 70 per hour windsurfing is 25 per hour sailing is 90 per day and kayaks rent for 15 per hour. For surfers seeking the ultimate wave, look elsewhere. There are a few...

Rock Sound

The road south from Savannah Sound passes Tarpum Bay, a former pineapple-trading This crater-like curiosity, along Fish Rd on the south edge of Rock Sound, is said to be bottomless. No one knows, but it is a 100yd-wide tidal blue hole populated by saltwater fish that move to and fro through subterranean sea tunnels. Throw some bread in and a surge offish will head for the surface, taking great delight in a quick feed. Set off a rocky edge, it is also possible to descend some steps and hop in...

Glossary

English, the official language and that of business and daily life, is spoken by everyone but a handful of Haitian immigrants, who speak their own Creole. Many words in the region s lexicon are carryovers from the early English colonial days. You may, for example, be served a drink in a 'goblet.' Other words have been passed down from Africa, such as bo-bo (fool) and nyam (to eat). 'True-true' Bahamians normally speak both Bahamian Standard English (BSE) and their own distinct island patois, a...

Typhoid Fever

Typhoid is uncommon on most of the Caribbean islands, except Haiti, which has reported a number of typhoid outbreaks. Typhoid fever is caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated by a species of salmonella known as Salmonella typhi. Fever occurs in virtually all cases. Other symptoms may include headache, malaise, muscle aches, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal pain. Either diarrhea or constipation may occur. Possible complications include intestinal perforation,...

Airlines In The Bahamas

Interisland flights offer the only quick and convenient way to travel within the Bahamas, and islanders ride airplanes like Londoners use buses. You don't save any money by booking interisland tickets for the Bahamas in advance. The scene is dominated by Bahamasair (UP 242-377-5505, Freeport 242-352-8341 www .bahamasair.com hubs Nassau & Freeport). The airline runs on a hub-and-spoke system Nassau's the main hub. If you island-hop a lot, you'll feel like a yo-yo and may need to stay in...

Tickets

As an alternative to booking directly with airlines, there is a plethora of web-based companies selling flights, and you can sometimes find bargain fares this way. Some websites are listed below Airbrokers (www.airbrokers.com) A US company specializing in cheap tickets. Cheap Flights (www.chepflight.com) A very informative site with specials, airline info and flight searches mainly from the USA and UK. Cheap Tickets (www.cheaptickets.com) Discount flight specialists. Expedia (www.expedia.co.uk)...

Juicy Sweet Eleutheras Pineapple Festival

Throughout the 18th century, pineapple production blossomed in Eleuthera, and a local variety -the Eleutheran sugar loaf - earned recognition for Eleuthera and Gregory Town as an especially succulent fruit. In 1900 production peaked, and 7 million pineapples were exported, many heading for London's Convent Garden Market. Alas, they were eventually supplanted by fruit from Cuba, Jamaica and Hawaii. Eleuthera's pineapple farmers are now a dying breed. Some pineapples are still grown here, but...

Getting There Around

Most visitors fly into the Biminis, while others arrive by mail boat. The Biminis are served by two airports Bimini Seaplane Landing (NSB) at Alice Town, North Bimini, and South Bimini Airport (BIM 242-347-3101) on South Bimini. The following airlines fly between the Biminis and other Bahamian islands. Bahamasair (UP 242-377-5505, Freeport 242-352-8341 www.bahamasair.com hubs Nassau & Freeport) Includes some flights to the Berry Islands, but schedules are variable. Chalk's Ocean Airways (OP...

Hemingway And The Biminis

Ernest Hemingway put the Biminis on the map when he briefly made them his summer home during the mid-1930s, and later featured the islands in his best-selling novel Islands in the Stream published in 1970, nine years after his death . One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. His spare, stylized realism - which he attributed to his background as a newspaper reporter - revolutionized modern literature, and he was awarded both the...

Orange Creek

There's good bonefishing in the mouth of Orange Creek, where it spills onto a beach. Call Willard Cleare 242-354-4143 , local bone-fishing guide. The turquoise waters offshore are superb snorkeling sites, with exquisite fan-coral formations. From the head of Orange Creek, a trail leads west half a mile to the popular Port Royal Beach. Another leads north past Oyster Lake good for spotting ducks and cormorants and east to Man 0'War Point Beach, also perfect for snorkeling. A third track leads...

Sights Activities

Ponce de Leon's mythical Fountain of Youth is said to be 2 miles southeast of the water-taxi berth on Airport Rd. Look for the sign amid the undergrowth to the side of the road. It's actually a natural, 18-inch-wide hole often dry in the limestone, surrounded by a crumbling wall. The remains of the Sapona, a concrete ship, lie half submerged offshore, 4 miles south of South Bimini. It was built by Henry Ford during WWI. During prohibition it was anchored here and turned into a private club -a...

Sleeping Eating

Some private homes will rent out rooms, so just ask around. Ogburn's Conch Villa 877-669-5275 www.al vacations.com villas per week 900 0 J4 This ocean-front villa in Great Harbour Cay sleeps six, and has a fab wraparound balcony perfect for a sunset tipple. This super place is modern, and kids will love the loft rooms. Tropical Diversions Resort at Great Harbour Cay 954-921-9084 www.tropicaldiversions.com great -harbour-cay.htm d 135-195, villas 494-630 P 0 Ji RJ This resort provides...

Turks Caicos Tourism Offices Abroad

USA 800-241-0824 tcitrsm bellsouth.net 2715 E Oakland Pk Blvd, Suite 101, Ft lauderdale F133306, USA Canada B1 613-332-6470 rwilson northcom.net 29620 Hwy62N RR 2, Bancroft,Ontario K01110,Canada UK B1 0180-350-1000 fax 0181-350-1011 66 Abbey Rd, Bush Hill Pk, Enfield, Middlesex EN12RQ, England, UK Additional Turks and Caicos websites

Elbow Cay Q

First Caribbean International Bank 1 C4 Hope Town Public Visitors' Information Board 6 D6 Sunrise Beach Public telephone booths can be found in central areas, including near the Government Dock, and public toilets are located opposite the Government Dock. First Caribbean International Bank 242-366-0295 Fig Tree Lane 10am-2pm Tue Hope Town Clinic 242-366-0108 Queen's Hwy Police 919,911 242-367-3500 VHF Channel 16 Dundas Town Rd, Marsh Harbour Post office 242-366-0098 Queen's Hwy Above tourist...

Mosquito Bites

To prevent mosquito bites, wear long sleeves, long pants, hats and shoes rather than sandals . Bring along a good insect repellent, preferably one containing DEET, which should be applied to exposed skin and clothing but not to eyes, mouth, cuts, wounds or irritated skin. In general, adults and children over 12 should use preparations containing 25 to 35 DEET, which usually lasts about six hours. Children between two and 12 years of age should use preparations containing no more than 10 DEET,...

Travelers Diarrhea

To prevent diarrhea, avoid tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected with iodine tablets eat fresh fruits or vegetables only if cooked or peeled be wary of dairy products that might contain unpasteurized milk and be highly selective when eating food from street vendors. If you develop diarrhea, be sure to drink plenty of fluid, preferably an oral rehydration solution containing lots of salt and sugar. A few loose stools don't require treatment, but if you start...

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is the second most common travel-related infection after travelers' diarrhea . It occurs throughout the Caribbean, particularly in the northern islands. Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that is usually acquired by ingestion of contaminated water, food or ice, though it may also be acquired by direct contact with infected persons. The illness occurs throughout the world, but the incidence is higher in developing nations. Symptoms may include fever, malaise, jaundice,...

Hope Town

Daisy's Place 242-366-0569 Well Lane per week 800 0 Ji This cute, light one-bedroom waterfront cottage at the harbor's edge has a nice-sized porch with great views, and is a stroll away from the town beach. Also great value is Upsy Daisy, the 2nd-floor apartment, also with fabulous views 875 per week . Contact Elbow Cay Properties above . Hope Harbour Town Lodge 242-366-0095 www.hopetownlodge.com Queens Hwy r 135 P 0 g Atop a bluff at the south end of Hope Town, this lodge's hammocks gently...