In spite of Hurricane Dorian's significant impact on the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas and its tourism industry is still ready to welcome travelers to some of the best fishing islands in the world.
3 Things To Know (from Skift Travel News)
- Peak tourism season in the Bahamas begins in just a few weeks.
- An estimated $2 billion worth of reconstruction is needed to get the islands back from Dorian.
- 60% of the economy of the Bahamas relies on travel.
Read more coverage from The New York Times: The Bahamas' Big Need is Tourists, It Says.
With these facts in mind, one major message the people of the Bahamas want to emphasize is that they’re still open for business. The Abacos and Grand Bahama (home to Freeport) were hardest hit, but maintaining tourism revenue across all the islands will be essential for the country's national recovery.
As seen in the photo at the top of this post, the Bahamas' national travel board is currently focusing on 14 islands that are still well-equipped to take in visitors this season: Bimini, The Berry Islands, Andros, Nassau & Paradise Island, Eleuthera & Harbor Island, Cat Island, The Exumas, San Salvador, Long Island, Rum Cay, Acklins & Crooked Island, Mayaguana, and Inagua.
If you like to wet a fishing line, float on a boat, dive in clear blue water, etc., there are few places on the planet that compete with these incredible islands and the Caribbean Sea.
If you’re planning an international getaway in the coming months, consider visiting the Bahamas. Here's our list of guides, charters, and lodges to plan trips with.
For inspiration, read Fisher Guiding ambassador Isaac Schuchat's account of an epic search for bonefish earlier this Spring, Bonefish or Bust: A Bucket List Trip in the Bahamas.