Celebri­ties call Ba­hamas home

Rum Cay gains ath­letes’ at­ten­tion

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Want to work on your slam-dunk de­liv­ery, re­ceive some putting tips, or maybe just hang out with the rich and fa­mous of the sports world? Check out the Ba­hamas. It seems the likes of Michael Jor­dan, Ernie Els and Barry Bonds have got sec­ond homes in the is­lands, says re­al­tor Yul Frenkhal of the Par­adise in Mine real es­tate agency.

The Ba­hamas have been a prime lux­ury des­ti­na­tion for decades,

Fac­tors in­clude its close prox­im­ity to the United States, English as its of­fi­cial lan­guage and its cur­rency be­ing pegged to the U.S. dol­lar — which make the group of is­lands that make up the Ba­hamas an at­trac­tive home for ath­letes and celebri­ties from around the world.

Many ath­letes are pur­chas­ing sec­ond homes, win­ter homes and re­tire­ment homes in the Ba­hamas.

The year-round trop­i­cal tem­per­a­tures, the coun­try’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity and sig­nif icant tax ad­van­tages are also cited by many as the pri­mary rea­sons for the sud­den mi­gra­tion. Many ath­letes and their fam­i­lies are dis­cov­er­ing what Michael Jor­dan, Carl Lewis, Barry Bonds, Clyde Drexler and Ernie Els have long since come to know.

In par­tic­u­lar, Rum Cay — a lush, trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tion lo­cale in the south­ern Ba­hamas — is gain­ing at­ten­tion as a place where ath­letes and celebri­ties alike hang out.

Lo­cated less than 300 kilo­me­tres from the main­land United States, the Ba­hamas are just off the south­ern coast of Fort Laud­erdale and Mi­ami.

It has be­come a favourite for cur­rent and for­mer ath­letes look­ing for peace and quiet.

Rum Cay is widely con­sid­ered one of the most beau­ti­ful Ba­hamian is­lands. It is known for its seren­ity, scenery, salt wa­ter ponds and great fish­ing.

There has re­cently been a surge of pro ath­letes and celebri­ties who have acquired real es­tate on this 103-square-kilo­me­tre is­land.

Rum Cay in the Ba­hamas has plenty of un­de­vel­oped land over­look­ing sandy beaches.

De­vel­op­ments are spring­ing up all over the area, from smaller ho­tels like this one to a $4.7-bil­lion re­sort.

Michael Jor­dan is among the ath­letes with homes in the Ba­hamas.

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