Three surprising reasons to holiday in the Bahamas

It truly is Better In the Bahamas - but some of the reasons may surprise you - the Annual Junkanoo Celebration, Bahama's Bowl football and the Bahamas International Film Festival

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WASHINGTON, December 30, 2015 – When you think of the Bahamas, you think of beautiful clear water, white sand beaches, and food that is out of this world. As accurate as your visions might be, there are several things to add on your list.

Checking in with the Bahamas Tourism Board to assist you with your travels before you go might not be a bad idea. They are a wealth of information and can assure you the most wonderful time during your stay!

Here are our top three reasons to visit the Bahamas during the holiday.

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

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Popeyes Bahamas Bowl | All rights reserved by NCAA/ Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, a NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) postseason bowl game, was founded by Lea Miller, president of Complete Sports Management, in 2013. The Bowl’s ultimate goal is to promote the Islands of The Bahamas and the educational and athletic opportunities for the youth through college football, while providing its USA and Mid-American Conference teams and their alumni, fans and sponsors a first-class bowl experience.

In it’s second year and inaugural for the players, tens of thousands college football fans watched as Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee battled it out at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Christmas Eve. With over 15,000 fans in the stands, 56 radio stations hearing the game throughout the country , and a live broadcast on ESPN-TV, this year was a smashing success yet again with multi-year title sponsor Popeyes Chicken.

The top plays for the game included Middle Tennessee wide receiver James Richie (10 touches, 187 yards total offense, 3 TDs), Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis (eight catches, 183 yards, one touchdown) and running back Jamauri Bogan rushing 19 times for 215 yards and 4 touchdowns. The combination of these plays and others ultimately lead them to victory over Middle Tennessee 45-31.


To experience Junkanoo, to be in the element of an energetic, colourful parade of brightly costumed Bahamians gyrating and dancing to the rhythmic sounds of cowbells, drums and whistles. The official celebration occurs between December 26 and January 1 — beginning in the early hours of the morning (2:00 a.m.) and ending at dawn. If you can think of how New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is celebrated, then you can get a sense of what to expect. Check out some of the costumes from the Junkanoo exhibit when we visited on our tour.

Bahamas International Film Festival

The Bahamas International Film Festival going on its 12th year is held in early December. The week-long festival screens documentaries, shorts and feature films from around the world and also spotlights Bahamian films. At the end of each screening, the film’s creator joins the audience for a discussion of the movie. The festival includes opening and closing galas, an awards ceremony and educational sessions. You can view some of the photos from the festival down below.

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