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About the Region

The Bahamas Family of Islands Geotourism Program: The Abacos, Acklins, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island and Long Cay, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Grand Bahama Island (east and west ends), Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

The Bahamas Family of Islands represent the less populated, yet equally intriguing, island gems of The Bahamas island chain. These islands comprise of a mixing-pot of unique natural sites, cultures, history and geographies. For centuries, from well before European visitors first arrived, the islands have been a crossroads for commerce, travel and livelihood. Linking vast expanses of water with idyllic beaches and authentic island life. Each island is unique, but they are all related through a common geography, interlacing environments, history and people that connect them together and make them appealing to travelers looking for an authentic, local Bahamian experience.

The Bahamas Family of Islands Geotourism Program seeks to capture and promote the culture and heritage of these extraordinary islands through the voices and stories of the people that call them home. This project will help to capture the warm and welcoming persona of the islands through an informative National Geographic Society co-branded online interactive map that will represent the sites and stories of the region to the world in the words of its residents.

Highlighting the Nature, Culture and Heritage of the Bahamas Family of Islands
The National Geographic Society is working with local organizations, businesses and residents to map the best of the Bahamas Family of Islands. We invite you to recommend historic, cultural and natural landmarks; events, attractions and activities; businesses, beaches, reefs and trails; artists, artisans and storytellers, as well as local legends that capture each island's unique character, heritage and beauty.

Using your recommendations, the National Geographic Society has produced this Geotourism online interactive website to promote travel to the region that celebrates and sustains what is most distinctive about the Bahamas Family of Islands.

About the Geotourism Program
The National Geographic Society has worked with partners to develop similar Geotourism MapGuides in other regions around the world. MapGuide projects have been completed or are ongoing in the Gulf States of the U.S., Central America, Greater Yellowstone, the Central Cascades (Oregon, Washington), Portugal, Newfoundland, and many other destinations.

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 360 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy.

Through this project we want your nominations on what is unique and authentic about your islands. Please consider contributing a small amount of time to nominate your favorite sites and stories for the map.