Scott Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean.
Atlantis is a popular tourist attraction in Nassau. Copyright: Bahamas Tourism Board
The top Bahamas travel tip is the simple fact that the islands are the most popular cruise destination in the world.
About 1.5 million people visit the Bahamas every year for overnight stays, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. But 4.8 million people visit the islands by cruise ship.
This eastern Caribbean cruise destination ranks first in total tourism in the Caribbean region.
It is an overwhelming first among all cruise destinations and sixth among stopover vacations after Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Cancun and Puerto Rico.
Anyone looking for travel advice about the Bahamas should know that it is a convenience stop on the way to other Caribbean destinations. Nassau has a large shopping and dining district that will fill an afternoon.
Beaches are decent but not the best in the Caribbean. Golf is one of the top land activities.
Overnight visitors find the shorter and sometimes direct flights to the islands, which lie conveniently close to Florida, make it attractive as a short-term stopover. It is much quicker than flying an extra 1,000 miles more south to an island such as Aruba.
Tourists mainly flock to two main islands -- Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island -- followed by numerous outer islands. Treasure Cay Beach and Harbour Island Beach are two of the most popular and well-publicized beaches in the islands.
Duty-free shopping includes Port Lucaya Marketplace on Grand Bahama Island and the Welcome Center at Festival Place on Nassau. Special events such as Junkanoo make the islands more festival oriented than most.