What’s New in The Bahamas to Start the Year

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The Bahamas are kicking off the new year with increased airlift and exciting events. Additional airlift options from Boston, Denver and Houston will bring visitors to the Bahamas during peak travel season this spring, just in time for Baha Mar’s inaugural Culinary & Arts Festival.


Major Airlift Growth in The Bahamas – A number of top airlines are increasing airlift to the Bahamas in 2020. JetBlue is adding a second daily flight from Boston to Nassau in the peak spring break travel months of March and April. United Airlines is introducing a new non-stop Saturday-only flight from Denver to Nassau in March 2020. Southwest is also adding a seasonal Saturday-only route from Houston to Nassau in June 2020. 

The Bahamas Launches First Digital Currency – The Central Bank launched the Bahamas’ first digital currency, called the Sand Dollar, in Exuma last month. The new currency allows all residents of the Bahamas to have access to the same level of convenience and financial services. This is a major step forward in the long-term goal of launching a fully fledged Central Bank digital currency.


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Festivals and Events

Marathon Bahamas (January 19) – Run alongside views of turquoise waters and white sand beaches, listen to local Junkanoo bands and be cheered on by vibrant cultural celebrations during the 11th Annual Marathon Bahamas in Nassau and Paradise Island

Ride & Run For Hope Bahamas (March 14) – Discover the beauty that is Eleuthera by foot or bike with Ride & Run For Hope Bahamas. On March 14, cyclists can take on distances from 10 to 100 miles while runners can challenge themselves on 5K to full-marathon races to support the Treatment Assistance Fund and Family Island Mammogram Screenings.

Baha Mar Announces Inaugural Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival ( April 30 – May 3) – Baha Mar has announced the first-ever Bahamas Culinary & Arts Festival in collaboration with Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure. The festival will showcase world-renowned chefs, master sommeliers and respected artists and offer festival guests an unforgettable culinary experience.  

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