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The Bahamas From Space

Canadin Chris Hadfield shares with BBC news what it is like to live in outer space.

“Once we survive that, it’s just a steady threat of radiation, meteorite impacts, and vehicle system failure like fire or ammonia breakthrough,” he posted.

Describing how the space looked from beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, Mr Hadfield wrote: “It looks like a carpet of countless tiny perfect unblinking lights in endless velvet, with the Milky Way as a glowing area of paler texture.”

He said that Australia looked “coolest”, calling the colours and textures of the Outback “severely artistic”.

“The most beautiful to me are the Bahamas, the vast glowing reefs of every shade of blue that exists,” he added. [BBC News – Astronaut answers Reddit site questions from space]

Weather – Nassau

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What To See in Bimini

Bimini is home to the finest fishing in the Bahamas, that attract many a sportsmen to the championship fishing tournaments held year round. Bimini is where the waters of Florida’s Gulfstream meets The Bahama Banks. For diving fans, don’t forget to visit the underwater stone formation rumored to be part of the Lost City of Atlantis.

Author Ernest Hemingway, who first visited Bimini in 1935 (he lived there until 1937), engaged in sport-fishing fishing in Bimini for a number of years. In fact fishing in Bimini is so good, that Ernest Hemingway wrote a book about it–Islands In The Stream. However, why read Ernest’s stories about the Biminis, when you can make your own…in Bimini.

North Bimini was also a location for the closing sequence of the movie Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Bimini Bay Resort Bahamas Tops Tourism Records

 

Bimini Bay Resort Bahamas Tops Tourism Records: Approximately 150 Boats and 1,100 Guests Arrive in Bimini for the Weekend

BIMINI, Bahamas, July 19, 2007 From July 12-15, Bimini Bay Resort and Marina played host to the 21st annual Latin Builders Association of South Florida (LBA) fishing tournament where approximately 150 boats and yachts and nearly 1,100 guests traveled across the Bahamian channel for a weekend of fun and relaxation at Bimini Bay Resort and Marina.

Located only 48 miles off the coast of South Florida, vacationers made the short trip to the small island of Bimini enjoying a weekend of Bahamian-inspired cuisine prepared by the resorts award-winning Executive Chef Wayde Sweeting, games and nights filled with music and dancing and fun-filled days of fishing, boating and beach volleyball on white sandy beaches. The weekend was topped off with an awards banquet in the bayfront event facility overlooking Biminis emerald green waters.

The tournament was such a riveting success that we will begin a tradition of holding future LBA tournaments at Bimini Bay Resort and Marina, said LBA Tournament Director, Ernesto Portuondo. Guests now get to fish in the Big Game fishing capital of the world while enjoying upscale amenities and accommodations offered at a first-class resort and marina that has brought life back to our beloved Bimini.

According to the Bimini Tourism Office, the tournament and resort brought in record-breaking numbers to the island of Bimini over the three-day period totaling 1,097 tourists who traveled by air and sea to the island. When compared to the same weekend in 2006, numbers dictate a 50 percent increase in tourism. Local vendors benefited from the surplus of visitors including the towns golf cart rental which completely sold out and the straw market which had its grand opening during the weekend. The island hasnt seen numbers like this since July 4th weekend of 2006, stated Acting Manager of the Bimini Tourism Office, Antoinette Stuart. We are really starting to see the revitalization of Bimini.

This was the 15th year that the LBA hosted the tournament in Bimini, making it the largest turnout ever with a total of 73 boats that registered for the fishing competition. After three days of intense fishing, there were five successful billfish releases, plus anglers brought tuna, dolphin and kingfish to the weigh-In station. The largest fish at weigh-in was a 93-pound yellowfin tuna.

Bimini Bay Resort has continued to shine hosting nearly 20 events and tournaments to date which has really benefited the economy of the island. Guests can enjoy staying in beautifully-appointed condominiums and treehouses as well as appreciate upscale amenities such as the resorts infinity pool and grill and best restaurant on the island, Casa Lyon. Bimini Bay looks forward to breaking more records in the future as it continues to expand with the Conrad Hotel, casino, spa, Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed links golf course and a second private island.

The Islands of the Bahamas Implements the Same Entry Requirements as the United States

Destination Accepting Government Issued Photo ID and Proof of Passport Application for Entry

June 18, 2007 – The Islands Of The Bahamas announced today that its  Department of Immigration would accept a valid, government issued photo ID along with the proof of  passport application for entry into the destination, following the United States’ announcement that it was temporarily suspending the requirement for air travelers to present a passport for re-entry into the United States.

Potential visitors to The Islands Of The Bahamas who are concerned that a passport may not arrive in time for their scheduled, or proposed, travel dates should be advised that the U.S. Department of State has temporarily revised enforcement of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative from now until September 30, 2007.  This reprieve and cooperation from The Islands Of The Bahamas should alleviate concerns and remove impediments to summer travel.

From the U.S. Department of State Web site:

“U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda who have applied for but not yet received passports can nevertheless temporarily enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and Department of State official proof of application for a passport through September 30, 2007.”

From now until September 30th of this year, you may confidently plan a vacation to The Bahamas even if your passport has not yet arrived.  During this time official proof that you have applied for a U.S. passport (passport status notice downloaded from the State Department Web site at http://travel.state.gov) along with a government issued photo ID such as a driver’s license will be sufficient for air travel to and from the U.S. and The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Travelers must have at least made application for a passport prior to travel to qualify.