Located in the tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas is a country made up of more than 3,000 islands. Tourism is the bread and butter of the larger islands, and many of the smaller islands are privately owned.
Some choose to visit the Bahamas via a cruise ship, but many choose to spend their holiday on one of the scenic islands, or even island hopping. Wherever you choose to visit in this tropical paradise, you are guaranteed to find gorgeous beaches, warm sea breezes, a variety of activities, and fun and friendly people to greet you.
Where to Go
There are many islands that you can visit in the Bahamas. A few are better developed than others, and some are quieter and have been left untouched and ripe for exploration.
New Providence is probably the most-visited island in the Bahamas. This large island is home to Nassau, which is a port of call for many cruises, and Paradise Island, which is home to the huge Atlantis Resort.
The Altantis Resort is made up of a number of smaller hotels, with varying degrees of luxury and therefore different room rates. Hotels that are part of the Atlantis Resort include The Cove, The Reef, Harborside Resort, Royal Towers, and Coral Towers.
There are plenty of the other lodging options on Nassau, including the adult-oriented Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, the charming and serene Graycliff Hotel, and the affordable Comfort Suites Paradise Island.
There are plenty of dining options on New Providence. The resorts all feature excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants, and there are also plenty of local joints that serve up delicious island food and barbecue. Highlights include Cafe Matisse in Nassau, Olives Meze Grill in Nassau, and Mosaic, located in Paradise Island’s The Cove resort.
Activities on New Providence are definitely not in short supply. Visit Nassau’s famed Straw Market, and barter your way to a good deal. Take a tour of the Bacardi Distillery, and relax on beautiful Cable Beach.
Another popular Bahamian destination is the island of Grand Bahama. This large island is home to Freeport, the island capital city and Port Lucaya, a popular port of call for cruise ships.
The island is a natural wonder and a center of eco tourism, and is home to a very impressive underwater limestone cave system, national parks, and botanical gardens. Lodging options range from luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts to charming bed and breakfast inns and boutique hotels. Pelican Bay is a beautiful and popular hotel. Grand Lucayan offers affordable luxury. The island seas resort is affordable, comfortable, and very friendly.
Grand Bahama offers an eclectic mix of dining options, from traditional island cuisine to American fare to Greek and Italian food. Alway present, though, is fresh seafood and plenty of drink. The Flying Fish receives high marks for it s brunch.
Red Beard’s Pub serves up delicious food and drink in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Banana Bay serves great island food with a relaxing beach view.
If you do anything when you visit Grand Bahama, you must explore the natural surroundings. Lucayan National Park offers the opportunity to explore all six of the island’s ecosystems in one place (pine forest, blackland forest, rocky coppice, mangrove swamp, whiteland coppice, and beach).
Peterson Cay National Park is surrounded by delicate coral reefs and is only accessible by boat. It is the perfect place to spend the day with a book and a picnic lunch. There is also golfing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, hiking, and boating to enjoy.
Other Bahamian Islands
There are so many islands in the Bahamas to explore. Other popular, and often a little less crowded islands include:
Abacos – this group of small islands include Great Abacos and Little Abacos islands. Disney’s Castaway Cay is located here, too. This privately-owned island is a port of call for the Disney Cruise Line.
Bimini – Located just 50 miles east of Miami Beach, Bimini is made up of three small islands surrounded by shallow water. It is a quiet island, perfect for a romantic getaway.
Eleuthera – This small island is known for its rolling hills, beautiful beaches, and caves to explore. Swim, snorkel, and dive here.
When to Visit
The Bahamas are beautiful all year long. The winters are mild and while the water is on the chilly side, it is still preferable to a cold winter at home. Hurricane season last from June through November, so plan your trip accordingly.
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