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Beautiful Bahamas

BY Lisa Lindblad

August 18, 2017

I always forget just how beautiful, pristine and naturally rich the Bahamas are.  We travel halfway around the world looking for gorgeous beaches – Indonesia, offshore Southeast Asian islands, the Maldives – and on our own doorstep I believe we have the finest water and beaches found anywhere on earth.  Because the sand is so white, you have that gorgeous play of multi-hued blues ranging from powder to turquoise to deep navy.  Some beaches drop off deep providing great diving; others descend gradually toward a reef, offering children and lazy ones like me a natural pool.  From the Exumas’ cays north to Nassau, Abaco and Andros, the Bahamas are the playground for fishermen, divers, snorkelers, vacationers – and naturalists.  Each island has its own natural offering: the Abaco parrot; a Blue Hole like the one above on Long Island; elusive manatees, dolphins, whales, sharks and sea lions, all of whom beckon scuba, free divers and snorkelers.  Over this wide spread of sea and sand there truly is something for everyone.

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There may be a creeping sameness to the world, but just beneath the monotony lie cultures painted with their own colors and styles.

In each corner of the earth people stand in their own grace, carrying traces of the history that is their own story, unique and remarkable.

It is for this that we must travel.

 

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Meditations #87