The Bahamas always tops many wish lists when it comes to tropical destinations. This collection of more than 700 paradise islands seems a world apart from our day-to-day life. But it is more accessible than you think. You have to sail 80km from Florida to the port of Nassau. From there, it is easy to charter a yacht and to explore all the breathtaking islands and cays.
Here are the 12 best things to do and see when visiting the Bahamas.
Nassau is the best place to start your journey in the Bahamas. Most cruise ships will dock here to let you indulge in the array of hotels, restaurants, and entertainment complexes. This vibrant port is an excellent destination before exploring other islands and cays.
2. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
This Land and Sea Park is a natural wonder of the Bahamas. This no-take reserve protects the diversity of marine life. Visit this ecological preserve and wildlife refuge! It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for divers and snorkelers.
3. Harbour Island
The Bahamas provide plenty of dramatic landscapes. Harbor Island or “Briland,” as it’s known by the islanders, features the Instagram picture-perfect pink sand beach. It will leave you speechless. History lovers will also be interested in the location, which is the site of the first Bahamian parliament.
4. Andros Island
If the Exuma Sea Park becomes a little too crowded, you can visit Andros Island. This island highlights the third-largest barrier reef in the world and provides lots of colorful species to spot. Fishing is also allowed here, for those who want to catch their supper.
5. Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay lives up to its fame by offering one of the most renowned three-mile-long beaches in the world. The sands couldn’t be softer and whiter, and the sea features stunning blue shades to ensure a genuine Caribbean relaxed way of life.
6. Elbow Cay
Elbow Cay is pretty busy in comparison to some of the other cays around. This area includes the working Marsh Harbor and an adorable red-and-white-striped lighthouse built-in 1863. Take a stroll to admire the pastel clapboard cottages or visit the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum and Tilloo Cay Reserve.
7. Green Turtle Cay
If you want a taste of the laid-back, old-fashioned vibe of the Bahamas, go to Green Turtle Cay. This area is renowned for its unique, New England–influenced architecture. This old port is fantastic for snorkeling, bonefishing, and a little shopping.
Known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini is also famous for being the ultimate spot for keen fishers. It is the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.” Thanks to the Gulf Stream nearby, it is a fish highway ideal for attempting record-setting catches or diving among sharks and dolphins.
9. Long Island
Long Island differs from the one on the East Coast of America. It features 130km of contrasting coastlines filled with serene beaches, brilliant coral reefs, and breathtaking cliffs. The summertime regatta is a perfect period to visit and enjoy the island at its best.
10. Paradise Island
The waters around these shores and cays are full of vibrant marine life, such as sharks and rays. The best way to get up close with them is via the Paradise Island Aquarium. The Atlantis resort also features a luxury hotel, a water park, and more.
11. Blue Lagoon Island
Close to Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island is a popular day trip to spot dolphins and sea lions. This private island getaway also provides diverse watersports equipment to rent.
12. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Centre
This conservation center is perfect for families staying in the surroundings of Nassau. It features four acres of gardens and greenery, and it is very accessible from the town. The zoo showcases local species currently endangered.
Planning your visit to the Bahamas
To explore these paradise islands, you should choose wisely your period. Dodge the worst of the weather by avoiding hurricane season from July to October.