Bahamas plans landmark celebrations in 2023

Nassau Harbour, Bahamas

In 2023, The Bahamas will celebrate 50 years of Independence. Bahamian Independence Day is celebrated on July 10 but throughout 2023 the islands will be celebrating the anniversary of Independence.

Celebrations are planned across the islands with activities recognising the history, heritage and culture of The Bahamas. There won’t be a more exciting time to visit, says The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation.

This winter, British Airways will operate six flights per week and Virgin Atlantic Airlines will operate four flights per week from London Heathrow to Nassau. Set to open in 2023, Nassau’s new cruise terminal will be home to a vast culture and entertainment centre, with shoreside activities, cultural experiences and world-class performances in a new state-of-the-art facility.

In partnership with Carnival Cruises, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment & Aviation is developing a new cruise port on the south side of Grand Bahama Island. Operated by Carnival Cruises, the 369-acre port will feature a shore excursion dock, dedicated ground transportation hub, Bahamian-operated shops, and nature reserve, enticing cruise-goers to enjoy the shoreside hospitality. Expected opening is in November 2024. 

After a complete reconstruction, Hurricane Hole Superyacht Marina on Paradise Island has officially reopened with an entirely new look and features over 6,000 feet of slips, concrete floating docks and a 240-foot turning basin able to accommodate the most luxurious superyachts. 

With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy flyaway escape that transports travellers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating, birding, and nature-based activities, thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and pristine beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers.