If you like to lie back on a beach or jump up to a reggae beat, prepare to purchase your plane ticket: Any of the Bahamas islands are able to accommodate. Of course, the numerous white- and pink-sand beaches and the bright blue Caribbean Sea make up the main attractions. But travel writers suggest spending a day or two exploring Nassau, home to several duty-free shopping districts, several historic sites and a lively nightlife scene. If you tire of the beach quickly, you may want to stay on Paradise Island and take part in the many activities available at the Cove Atlantis.
The islands are home to numerous spectacular white-sand beaches, such as Cable Beach and Cabbage Beach, two of the most popular among travelers and experts.
Inagua National Park is a great place to see some of the islands’ colorful wildlife, including the world’s largest flock of flamingos. Other recommended active pursuits include fishing on the island of Bimini, hiking in Grand Bahama Island‘s Lucayan Caverns or snorkeling through one of the archipelago’s many coral reefs. Recent visitors agree that the best way to explore the underwater worlds surrounding the islands is to sign up for a diving tour with companies such as Dive Abaco! and Sunn Odyssey Divers.
Sports & Leisure
If lazing on the beach gets a little boring, the Bahamas offer an array of water or land-based activities to keep you entertained. Among those activities, most recommend golf courses like the traveler-recommended Ocean Club, or swimming with sharks and dolphins (sometimes even within the grounds of an all-inclusive). The Atlantis Waterpark on Paradise Island is another must-do for that island’s visitors, especially those with families.
Most of the islands’ historic sites can be found in Nassau. Many recommend stopping by the Christ Church Cathedral and the Pirates of Nassau Museum before heading north to see the rock formations that some believe are remnants of the lost city of Atlantis.
For the Bahamas’ best duty free shopping, travel writers say to look on New Providence Island‘s waterfront Bay Street or at Grand Bahama Island’s traveler-recommended Port Lucaya Marketplace.
If you really like nightlife, be prepared to island hop. New Providence Island’s Cable Beach or the small Paradise Island, off of Nassau, are the best places to be, especially during the high season. But you can test Lady Luck without feeding off of the energy of a large crowd; to do so, check out Paradise Island’s Casino at Atlantis Resort.