Thinking of spending some time in the Bahamas? The following list and series of photos will help you narrow down an almost unending number of fun things to see and do. With over 700 islands and 2,000 smaller “cays”, you won’t be bored!
The most popular islands in the Bahamas are New Providence Island, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island.
The number one attraction of the Bahamas is its beautiful beaches. Whether you want to sun tan, party, swim or participate in some water sports, the Bahamas offers up some of the world’s best turquoise blue, white sand beach playgrounds.
There is Paradise Beach and Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. On Grand Bahama Island visit Xanadu Beach, Lucaya Beach and Gold Rock Beach. On New Providence Island you can visit the 6.5km long Cable Beach, find Ten Bay Beach on Eleuthra and from Exumas you can reach Stocking Island or Saddle Cay where beaches are pristine and usually uncrowded. Check out the pink sand beach on Harbour Island. More coconut tree lined beaches encompass Cat Island.
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island
Looking for a base camp for sightseeing and adventure? Then this is the place for you. The expansive resort hotel has attractions, which especially gear towards families. The resort has a marine habitat (34 acres) with 11 lagoons with 200 species of marine animals. The walk through glass tunnel, takes you right past the popular shark tanks. Kids can visit the touch tank and older guests can arrange to swim with the marine life. The resort also has water slides, nightclubs, restaurants, spas, casinos, shows, beaches, swimming pools and much more.
Lucayan National Park
In this protected nature reserve on Grand Bahama Island which covers 40 acres you can enjoy the dense mangrove and pine tree forests, canoe down the Gold Rock Creek, swim off of palm tree lined Gold Beach and go hiking or horseback riding. The park is also where you’ll find caves with stalactites and stalagmites and two underwater caves.
In the Out Islands, see old colonial towns, the Bahamas first established colony. Meander along the lanes and streets of what was once a colonial village. The island is also where you can see other colonial remnants like the old pineapple plantations.
For more historic exploration visit the 18th century Fort Fincastle by scaling the Queen’s Staircase and take a horse drawn surrey through Nassau’s Old Town and see the historic buildings on Parliament Square. The Bahamas’ largest fort, Fort Charlotte can be enjoyed on a free guided tour. While there, visit the nearby Ardastra Gardens.
The Dolphin Experience
There are several places in the Bahamas where you can get up close and personal with dolphins. On Blue Lagoon Island the Dolphin Experience allows you to swim with the dolphins or watch them from the shore. On Grand Bahama Island, you can take an excursion with UNEXSO out to sea and swim with the mammals in their natural environment.
Andros and Diving
The island of Andros is home to incredible bird life, lush mangroves, idyllic streams and outstanding hiking opportunities. Apart from the natural wonders on land Andros is also the place to go if you want to explore one of the world’s longest barrier reefs (over 160km long). Here you can take a diving excursion or snorkel with one of the many tour companies and see for yourself the colorful coral and tropical fish which inhabit the reef. More experienced divers can venture further out to sea and explore the blue holes.
Other excellent diving spots in the Bahamas are Abacos where you can dive to the San Jacinto Shipwreck and explore the ruins of Bimini, Peterson Cay and Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park.