The Bahamas has been a premier tourism destination since the beginning of the 20th century. Concerted efforts by the Government were made in the 1940s and 50s to grow the tourism sector. This continued through the 1970s when The Bahamas gained independence from Great Britain.
Our pristine clear waters have been a source of attraction for decades, and were even noted by astronaut Scott Kelly as being his “favorite place from space.” Ernest Hemingway, arguably one of The Bahamas’ most famous sport fishing enthusiasts wrote captivating tales of life on the waters in The Bahamas. His posthumously published novel, Islands in the Stream, would cause anyone to want to visit The Bahamas to reel in their very own marlin, or bask in the sun on untouched islands. Sport fishing charters are even featured in the 1956 film Flame of the Islands. Notably the captain of the vessel was not Bahamian.
With the heightened interest in our beautiful islands and increased visitors, Bahamians began finetuning their services to meet the growing demand. By the 1970s many Bahamians were offering water activities including glassbottom boat tours, group beach trips and sport fishing. Two of our founding members, Born Free Fishing Charters and Sandy Toes find their origin in the 1970s and 80s respectively.
Bahamas Development Board advertisement in the Miami Herald, 1962