What’s new in The Bahamas in January 2023

by Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor

There’s no better time to visit The Bahamas than during the winter as temperatures drop in much of the world.

In The Bahamas, the winter sun keeps shining brightly on the archipelago. And throughout 2023, travelers can join in on celebrations marking 50 years of Independence, complete with larger-than-life Junkanoo festivities, special hotel deals and endless opportunities to explore the sun, sand and sea.

Junkanoo Celebrations Returned to Nassau — After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, The Bahamas’ cultural festival made its highly anticipated return to Nassau’s Bay Street in December, selling more than 2,500 tickets for its Boxing Day (26 Dec.) and New Year’s (2 Jan.) celebrations. Events will continue throughout the Out Islands in January with Junkanoo festivals in The Exumas (6 Jan.) and on Cat Island (10 Jan.).

Hidden Worlds and The Bahamas Debut an Immersive Miami Dining Experience — Hidden Worlds, a company known for its immersive events, returns to Miami in partnership with The Islands of The Bahamas to host a 13-day dining pop-up that merges art, entertainment and conservation efforts. Tickets for “Our Ocean, Our World,” which takes place from 15 Feb. to 4 Mar. 2023, are now available for purchase. Part of the proceeds of the event, which is meant to increase awareness for ocean conservation, will benefit Beneath the Waves, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the ocean’s ecosystems.

JetBlue to Launch Daily Flights from New York City to Nassau — Beginning in spring 2023, New Yorkers will be able to quickly and easily reach the white sand beaches of The Bahamas with nonstop daily flights on JetBlue from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

A New International Airport Opened on The Berry Islands — On 16 Dec., The Bahamas officially opened its newest international airport, Great Harbour Cay Airport on The Berry Islands. Air carriers Aztec Airways, Tropic Ocean Airways and Makers Air all offer flights from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Bahamas Recognized Across USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards 2023 — The Islands of The Bahamas scored nine accolades in USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards 2023. Honors include “Best Caribbean Attraction” and “Best Caribbean Beach” which were designated to Lucayan National Park (#7) and Tropic of Cancer Beach (#5), respectively.

Four of The Bahamas’ Digital Campaigns Win Platinum Viddy Awards — The Bahamas won Platinum Viddy Awards for the following four digital tourism campaigns: Lady of the Pineapple Fields, Fly Away, Secrets of the West End, and Welcome to Cat Island.

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