Celebrities call Bahamas home
Rum Cay gains athletes’ attention
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.