Traveling throughout the Bahamas, Dave and I never felt like tourists. It is a superb feeling unlike anything we have experienced in our travels. Sailors have cruised these waters for generations so we were instant, de facto members of the community. Without exception, the Bahamians we met were willing to share a friendly chat. They were helpful, curious, and quick with a smile or a joke. Dave and I never felt hustled. We were never swindled. We never felt unsafe. For me, the beauty of the Bahamas starts with the generous and open-hearted nature of its people.