The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, an independent nation since 1973, consists of some 700 islands and nearly 2500 small islets or "cays" (pronounced "keys"). Of the roughly 30 inhabited islands, the two major population centers are the capital city of Nassau, located on the island of New Providence, and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. The other populated islands and cays are known collectively as The Family Islands, the major ones being Abaco, Andros, the Berry Islands, Binimi, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Long Island, San Salvador and Spanish Wells.
The Family Islands sprawl across roughly 100,000 square miles of ocean, beginning about 175 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida (Grand Bahama Island is only 59 miles off of the Palm Beach Coast). They meander nearly 750 miles to the southeast where they come within 50 miles of Cuba and Haiti. With only about 5000 square miles of land area, and relatively short distances between major islands, The Family Islands are ideal cruising grounds for both sail and power boats. Numerous marinas and onshore facilities are well equipped to handle the needs of every type of boater.
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