Sun. Sea. Sand. And all that goes along with it -- is what the Bahamas is made of.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered the Bahamas for Western Civilization when he made landfall on the island of San Salvador in the eastern Bahamas (called Guanahani by the Lucayan Indians). After observing the shallow sea around the islands, he said "Baja Mar" (shallow water or sea), and effectively named the area The Bahamas, or Islands of the Shallow Sea.