These Idyllic Islands Off the Florida Coast Just Reopened to U.S. Travelers

Have we ever needed the Bahamas more than right now?

As I breast-stroked from the boat to the rocky exterior of Thunderball Grotto in the Bahamas’ Exuma Islands, I wondered if the James Bond-famous cave would live up to the hype. Above me, where moments before had been crystal clear skies were now ash-gray clouds, the result of a sudden breeze; I paddled along, thoughts of a cold Kalik beer and a warm, dry towel swimming in the back of my mind.