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  • By Nigel Tisdall For The Daily Mail

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    As she delivers a bright orange Bahama Mama cocktail that looks like a liquid sunset, the waitress at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort wails: ‘It’s so cold today!’ You could have fooled me.

    In the Bahamas any temperature below 75f (24c) is considered freezing, prompting its residents to don woolly hats and order mugs of hot chocolate.

    It’s a hilarious sight if you’ve just flown in from grey and chilly Britain, eager to frolic amid the cheerful nation’s abundant white-sand beaches and sea as smooth as glass. Stretching south-east from Florida, this dazzling sprinkling of 700 islands and 2,400 cays runs for 760 miles, with its highest point, on Cat Island, a mere 206 ft.

    Now it's easier to go island-hopping in The Bahamas thanks to a new twice-weekly flight from Heathrow to Nassau

    Now it's easier to go island-hopping in The Bahamas thanks to a new twice-weekly flight from Heathrow to Nassau

    Memories of the Bahamas’ 325 years as a British colony, which ended with independence in 1973, linger on in driving on the left and the Queen’s role as head of state, but the abiding influence is from moneyed America.

    This is where the well-off denizens of Uncle Sam come to fish, dive and party in a safe and prosperous archipelago that is culturally (but not geographically) part of the Caribbean.

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    ‘We Bahamians love to dance,’ a tour guide tells me with a wink and a waggle of her hips, and they drink too. I’ve never seen a place with so many liquor stores.

    Tropical: The 3,805-room Atlantis Paradise Island resort (pictured) is just one of the gargantuan hotels in The Bahamas

    Tropical: The 3,805-room Atlantis Paradise Island resort (pictured) is just one of the gargantuan hotels in The Bahamas

    Pictured above are the bright dwellings on Elbow Cay, which is set on the isle of Abaco

    Pictured above are the bright dwellings on Elbow Cay, which is set on the isle of Abaco

    Getting here has become easier thanks to a new twice-weekly flight from Heathrow to Nassau, on the gateway island of New Providence, with Virgin Atlantic. Launched two weeks ago, this complements a well-established, six-days-a-week British Airways service from the same airport. Many visitors get no further than this well-run entry point, with its cruise-ship terminal, casinos, golf courses and gargantuan hotels that include the 3,805-room Atlantis Paradise Island resort.

    To find the soul of the Bahamas, you need to push on by plane or boat to what is collectively known as the Out Islands. Here’s our pick of the best.

    BIMINI BLISS

    Nigel recommends visiting the Bimini Big Game Club Resort on the Bimini isles. Pictured is North Bimini

    Nigel recommends visiting the Bimini Big Game Club Resort on the Bimini isles. Pictured is North Bimini 

    The twin isles of North and South Bimini are just 50 miles off the east coast of Florida, so close that in summer, some hardy trippers shoot over by jet-ski.

    The Bimini Big Game Club Resort, with a busy marina and blue and yellow cottages set in leafy grounds, is the best place to recall the mid-1930s era when Ernest Hemingway drank, fished and wrote novels here.

    Don’t try to swim. The water’s full of sharks. Head to the superb sands at Radio Beach where you can snorkel over Bimini Road, an enigmatic run of undersea stones that some think is a highway to the lost city of Atlantis.

    DON’T MISS: Dolphin House, an exuberant three-storey art house that island historian Ashley Saunders has been building from beach finds and upcycled materials since 1993 (dolphinhousebimini.com).

    BOOK IT: Doubles from £190, room only (biggameclubbimini.com). Western Air flies from Nassau, from £171 return (westernairbahamas.com).

    PINK SAND PARADISE

    Valentines Resort, pictured, is at the heart of the party on Harbour Island, with clapperboard houses in sugar almond hues

    Valentines Resort, pictured, is at the heart of the party on Harbour Island, with clapperboard houses in sugar almond hues

    TRAVEL FACTS 

    Virgin flies from Heathrow to Nassau from £609 return (virginatlantic.com). Fully vaccinated travellers need to submit a negative antigen test prior to arrival and buy a £38 health visa which includes Covid-19 insurance (travel.gov.bs). For more information see bahamas.com.

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