The Bahamas is a shimmering collection of more than 700 islands. Today we'll look at two. While The Bahamas is known for its truly beautiful beaches, it has much more to offer for corporate groups.
In addition to extensive facilities for golf, tennis and water sports, there are ecotours, national parks, museums and visits to where the islands original inhabitants Lucayan and Taino (the original Arawak speaking inhabitants of The Bahamas) once lived.
New Providence Island
The Retreat Gardens is an 11-acre national park with one of the largest collections of palms in the world. Primeval Forest National Park has natural sinkholes, caves and limestone caverns. The area has been a rich source of prehistoric fossils as well as Taino and Lucayan artifacts. Scuba divers will appreciate the opportunity to explore the island's extensive underwater cave network. I have previously profiled the Pirates of Nassau Museum.
Museums include Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation, located in historic Vendue House that once housed a slave market.
Historical sites that can be rented for private events include the Green Space at the Collins Estate and Fort Charlotte with the fort, an amphitheater, moat and the Advance Guard House Roof Terrace.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island has 6 diverse eco systems. Near Freeport, the Rand Nature Centre offers 100 acres for groups that want to get back to nature. It's the winter home of migratory birds from October to May. On-site, the Glory Banks Art Gallery showcases over 200 pieces of local artwork.
Garden of the Groves is an 11-acre botanical garden with waterfalls, lagoons, labyrinths and 10,000 species of plants and flowers. The Hibiscus Garden is available for receptions, wedding and private events for up to 150 guests. On the grounds, the Grand Bahama Museum traces the history of the area from the time of the Lucayan People to the founding of Freeport.
For more information, also consult the Cvent Meeting Planning Guide for The Bahamas.
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