The Bahamas Bounces Back

Typical Bahamas scene The Islands Of The Bahamas -- located just 50 miles southeast of Florida -- are clearly on a roll. From swimming with dolphins and diving the old James Bond 007 movie sets, to Chris Blackwell's chic colorful "elegant love shacks," that draw the jet-setters from New York and L.A. and the stunning aquarium resort that is Atlantis, vacationers are discovering the renaissance in The Bahamas.

In the past 18 months, more than $1.5 billion dollars have been invested into Nassau and Paradise Island alone. New air terminals, widened roads, repaved sidewalks, massive landscaping, sweeping esplanades, an island-wide clean-up campaign and additional police officers walking the beat are all part of the improvements travelers applaud during their visits, in addition to tropical beauty.

New Resorts

Five new or completely renovated hotels and resorts have opened in Nassau and on Paradise Island. Atlantis experienced a $124 million investment; the all inclusive Breezes Bahamas and Sandals underwent $14 and $12 million renovations respectfully, Radisson Cable Beach Resort is completing a $30 million refurbishment and the Nassau Marriott Resort and Crystal Palace Casino is undergoing a $30 million refurbishment.

In 1995, The Islands Of The Bahamas had its best year ever with more than 1.59 million stopover visitors and indications are that 1996 will set an all time high. With such a dramatic comeback, vacationers are learning that the phrase "been there, done that," no longer applies to The Islands Of The Bahamas.

An informative brochure about vacations is available by calling the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism at 1-800-4-BAHAMAS. (NAPSI)

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