The variety of the Caribbean is amplified in the Bahamas, a collection of 700 mostly flat islands of which only 40 are inhabited. The Bahamas can brag some of the softest sand and prettiest beaches in the Caribbean so that despite being only fifty miles east of Florida it is easy to get away from it all, especially on a boat. With so many islands, cays and deserted beaches to explore the Bahamas is yachting nirvana.
The main island of New Providence with the capital Nassau is brash and buzzy, home to two thirds of the Bahamas total population with several large resorts and an international airport. This is the place to come for water parks, casinos, a well-used private jet terminal and established gated resorts.
Lyford Cay on New Providence was the first residential resort in the Bahamas in the 1950s and today has around 400 detached properties on a series of manmade canals. It has been joined by newer resorts with extensive facilities appealing to buyers who want to live on a truly year-round Caribbean island.
The Bahamas has plenty of quieter islands to explore too, low-level both in terms of development and noise. The Out Islands of the Abacos in the northeast for example, where boat berths outnumber hotel rooms, have pastel-pretty homes and intimate marinas. Children cycle safely between beaches and along with boating the main sports are fly fishing and snorkelling on the third largest reef in the northern hemisphere.
The Bahamas has no income tax, capital gains tax or inheritance tax.