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To split a geographical hair, The Bahamas is not part of the Caribbean, as many people think. Rather, it is part of the North American plate and is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by the Gulf Stream. No matter - we'll fudge it and say vaguely that the islands are 'in the West Indies', lumping them in with all the islands between north and south America.  Politically, The Bahamas is considered part of the Caribbean - not least by its own government.

Virtually all of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs and sand banks. Most have barrier reefs along the length of their windward (eastern) shores that offer protection from Atlantic waves. These shores are lined virtually their entire lengths by white- or pinkish-sand shelving into turquoise shallows. Many islands are pockmarked by giant sinkholes called blue holes - water-filled, circular pits that open to underground and submarine caves and descend as much as 600ft (180m).

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