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22 Top-Rated Things to Do in the Bahamas

From gorgeous beaches to expansive golf courses, must-visit historic attractions and bustling marketplaces, the Bahamas offer a wide array of vacation experiences. Nassau is the top destination among the 700 islands of the Bahamas, 30 of which are

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Aquaventure at Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island) Aquaventure at Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island)

Spread across a good chunk of Paradise Island, the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort complex is home to top-notch accommodations, a casino, a golf course and multiple restaurants. But the property's most impressive features are undoubtedly its water-focused amenities. In addition to offering 11 swimming pools and 5 miles of white sand beaches, Atlantis touts a 141-acre water park called Aquaventure, where you'll find a lazy river, a Mayan-themed water playground and more than eight waterslides. The resort also boasts the world's largest open-air marine habitat filled with sharks, rays, barracudas, eels and more.

Atlantis' marine habitat and water park were a hit with previous visitors, although some caution that the property is only worth stopping at if you're staying on-site, since day passes start at $250 per adult (ages 12 and older) and $190 for children ages 4 to 11 (prices vary by season). Popular attractions at the water park include the lazy river and the 60-foot Leap of Faith waterslide. At the marine habitat, travelers enjoyed watching various aquatic animals swim by, especially at the Predator Lagoon aquarium. Meanwhile, the Dig is an imagined archeological expedition to the lost city of Atlantis that visitors can walk through.

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Blue Lagoon Island Blue Lagoon Island

If you aren't up for shelling out money for a day pass to Atlantis , consider Blue Lagoon Island (also known as Salt Cay) as an option. Located just across the water from Paradise Island, about 3 miles northwest of Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island offers plenty of opportunities for rest, relaxation and fun in the sun. Upon your arrival, you'll be greeted with white sand, turquoise waters and plenty of eye-catching tropical foliage throughout, including native coconut palm trees.

While here, visitors can lounge on the relaxing shoreline of Salt Cay, doze off in a hammock under the palm trees, take a dip in the lagoon, rent water sports equipment or meet one or more of the island's animal inhabitants. You can do the latter either on an eco-nature tour or sign up to swim with dolphins, snorkel with sharks and stingrays and have an encounter with resident sea lions.

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Cable Beach (Nassau) Cable Beach (Nassau) free

If you're staying in Nassau and want to explore shorelines outside of your resort, chances are you will wind up at Cable Beach. Cable Beach is not only one of the most popular beaches on New Providence Island, but it's also one of the most popular in all of the inhabited Bahamas islands. There are several reasons for this. First, it's convenient: Cable Beach is about 6 miles west of downtown Nassau and it is awash with amenities, including chairs and umbrellas, and water sports rental equipment, as well as restaurants and bars thanks to its close proximity to hotels and the bustling West Bay Street. Amenities aside, Cable Beach is also downright beautiful. The sand is white, the water is clear and turquoise, and the beach stretches for more than 2 miles, leaving a good chunk of space for you to find a spot in the sand. Plus, the water is very calm and largely absent of waves, making it an excellent option for families.

Recent visitors called the beach beautiful and relaxing, with one traveler saying it looked "like a postcard." Travelers reported spending hours just soaking up the sun on this shoreline, and many of those who chose to snorkel were delighted at the fish and manta rays they saw. Some were pleased to find that the beach itself, despite its popularity and close proximity to hotels, notably the Sandals Royal Bahamian , wasn't super crowded. However, the activity from surrounding hotels did bother some visitors. Some said that the frequent Jet Ski and boating rentals can be quite loud and that the Jet Skis specifically have a habit of getting too close to the swimming area of the shore.

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Clifton Heritage National Park (Nassau) Clifton Heritage National Park (Nassau)

This Nassau national park offers an excellent blend of historical information and outdoor activities. Located on the easternmost tip of New Providence Island, Clifton Heritage National Park features beaches, snorkeling opportunities, important cultural ruins and lush walking trails. The popular Jaws Beach is part of this park, which (as you might have guessed) gets its name from the 1987 movie, "Jaws: The Revenge," which filmed some scenes here. As for snorkeling, this national park is home to coral reefs and the Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, which features the world's largest underwater sculpture, called Ocean Atlas. Another major highlight here are the ruins left behind from previous civilizations, including a village where Lucayans (indigenous Bahamians) lived, as well as slave quarters when the site was a plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Many recent visitors enjoyed their tours of the park as well as the friendly and knowledgeable guides. Those who went on the snorkeling tour were pleased with the amount of marine life they encountered and the fact that visitors can get their pictures taken while snorkeling. Others on the history tour were impressed with the guides' in-depth knowledge as well as their storytelling skills, with one traveler saying their particular guide "made the stories come alive."

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Bahamas Diving & Snorkeling Bahamas Diving & Snorkeling

Beneath the surface of the Bahamas' waters lie a plethora of reefs, underwater caves and sinkholes teeming with aquatic animals, such as stingrays, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and giant grouper. As such, it's hardly surprising that visitors flock to the Bahamas to snorkel or dive. Many local beaches, resorts and private islands have shallow areas that are ideal for snorkeling, while islands like New Providence, Grand Bahama, Andros and The Abacos feature world-renowned dive sites, such as the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean (between Andros and New Providence) and the James Bond Wrecks (near New Providence Island).

Many boat tours (such as ones offered by Island Time Charters and Exuma Water Sports ) include snorkeling in their itineraries. For diving, past visitors suggest signing up for excursions with companies like Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas (on New Providence Island) and Sunn Odyssey Divers (on Grand Bahama Island). Each company offers knowledgeable and friendly guides, according to previous divers.

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Junkanoo Beach (Nassau) Junkanoo Beach (Nassau) free

Popular with both tourists and locals, Junkanoo Beach sits within walking distance of the Nassau cruise port and attracts passengers who prefer walking to a beach to paying for a tour; it's also a lively weekend cookout spot for Bahamian families. College students also flock here from nearby resorts, giving the downtown Nassau strand its nickname, "Spring Break Beach."

Adjacent to the new Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau (which opened in 2021) and attractions like the Pirates of Nassau museum and Nassau's historic Straw Market, the beach is perfect for travelers who like to have plenty of drink, dining and off-beach options to combine with a morning or afternoon by the shore: the beach is dotted with beach bars – some little more than shacks – with swing-style seats serving beer, rum drinks and other refreshments.

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John Watling's Distillery (Nassau) John Watling's Distillery (Nassau) free

If you need a break from snorkeling, boating or beach lounging, consider touring New Providence Island's John Watling's Distillery. This distillery is famous for its locally distilled rum, which you can sample and see being produced during a tour. Other spirits, such as a vodka filtered with pink sand from Eleuthera, are also made on-site. The guided tour is about 15 minutes long, and after you can head to the on-site pub to enjoy a cocktail. There's also a gift shop on-site selling merchandise and bottles.

Visitors who decided to take a tour of the property certainly enjoyed their time here, making it an excellent activity for those who need a break from the sand and the sun. Many enjoyed learning the history of the distillery and found the drinks offered at the tasting and served at the bar to be delicious. Reviewers were particularly pleased with the free pina colada tasting that's offered at the start of the tour.

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Lucayan National Park (Grand Bahama Island) Lucayan National Park (Grand Bahama Island)

There are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island, but this is the definitive favorite. A 40-acre spread of mangrove, palm and pine trees, Lucayan National Park also contains the impressive Gold Rock Beach (which appears in two of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), as well as the Burial Mound Cave (where the remains of indigenous Lucayans were discovered in 1986) and Ben's Cave. Both caves are part of one of the world's longest underwater limestone cave systems.

Recent visitors enjoyed Lucayan National Park's sights, especially the beach. Many travelers were smitten with Gold Rock Beach, commenting on the clear waters, lack of crowds and overall beautiful setting. Some visitors recommended kayaking through the mangroves as another way to fully immerse yourself and enjoy the park. Meanwhile, avid divers can go diving at Ben's Cave via operators like Sunn Odyssey Divers and Calabash Eco Adventures . Dives cost $140 to $175 per person, plus the national park entrance fee.

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Pig Beach (Great Exuma) Pig Beach (Great Exuma)

U.S. News Travel Insider Tip: Staying in Nassau, but still want to see some pigs? A second population of swimming pigs has been established on Rose Island – a 25-minute boat ride as opposed to the combination flight and boat excursion needed to reach Pig Beach in the Exumas. – Robert Curley

Pig Beach is easily one of the quirkiest and most unforgettable attractions in the Bahamas. This beach isn't just randomly named Pig Beach, it's actually named for the small population of pigs that call this beach home. Yes, the pigs live here, take dips in the ocean and are known to be friendly to the locals and travelers who make the trek to this uninhabited island. If you're wondering how the pigs got here, no one truly knows. They aren't native to the Bahamas and are believed to have been left behind either by a sailor or a shipwreck.

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Pink Sands Beach (Harbour Island) Pink Sands Beach (Harbour Island) free

U.S. News Insider Tip: Harbour Island isn't the only place you can find a pink sand beach in the Bahamas; Eleuthera’s Surfer Beach and Lighthouse Beach also have pink-hued sand. – Robert Curley

The Bahamas is full of unique travel offerings, including feeding beach pigs and the ability to drive between two different bodies of water (Eleuthera Island sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the shallows protected by the Grand Bahama Bank). Another exceptional experience you can enjoy in the Bahamas is sinking your toes into a beach with pink sand . This Harbour Island beach with its rose-hued shoreline makes for a truly dreamy seaside landscape. The pink sand, believe it or not, comes from single-cell organisms called Foraminifera. These microscopic creatures live in various parts of the ocean and when they die, the waves carry their pinkish shells onto the shore and they become integrated with the sand, along with leftover pieces of coral.

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Dean's Blue Hole (Clarence Town) Dean's Blue Hole (Clarence Town) free

A water-filled natural limestone cavern, Dean's Blue Hole plunges 663 feet below ground level on Long Island, part of a string of Bahamian islands south of Nassau and New Providence Island. Surrounded by cliffs on three sides that form a natural amphitheater, the blue hole is also fringed by a white sand beach and opens onto a shallow lagoon. It's a beautiful sight whether viewed from the beach, the water, the cliffs or on a guided dive into its cobalt depths. Some daredevils also jump from the cliffs into the blue hole.

Dean's Blue Hole is the second deepest sinkhole in the world and the deepest one filled with salt water. A habitat for a variety of fish, the sinkhole can be traversed by even novice swimmers and snorkelers, who benefit from visibility of up to approximately 100 feet and mild waves. Scuba diving and free diving into the cavern is possible with the aid of expert guides. Although the opening of the sinkhole is about 100 feet in diameter at the surface, the cavern opens to more than 300 feet as divers descend.

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The Glass Window Bridge (Eleuthera) The Glass Window Bridge (Eleuthera) free

For one of the most unique views in the Bahamas, travel along Queen's Highway to The Glass Window Bridge. This strip of land and road – which connects Eleuthera's Gregory Town and Lower Bogue – measures just 30 feet wide at its narrowest point. On its northern side, you'll see the rough, deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and on the southern side, you'll get views of the calm, turquoise-green waters of the Bight of Eleuthera.

According to previous visitors, the stark contrast between The Glass Window Bridge's two sides makes for "beautiful" and "truly amazing" views. You can see both sides without leaving your car, but to make the most of your time at the bridge, many recommend getting out of your vehicle to climb up onto the rocks that surround the area. To do so safely, wear shoes with a good grip, and take your time traversing the sharp rocks. You'll also want to be mindful of passing cars.

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Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera) Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera)

Named for Leon Levy, a Bahamian with an interest in Eleuthera's plant life, this lush oasis is filled with beautiful flora, ranging from orchids and mangroves to palm trees and cactuses, to name a few. All can be viewed from the miles of trails that weave throughout the 30-acre national park. Some of the trails include The Mangrove Boardwalk, which takes visitors through a mangrove forest that features all four mangrove species found in the Bahamas, and the Medicinal Plant Trail, a pathway that showcases plants used to treat various ailments.

Recent visitors found the nature center to be beautiful and enjoyed taking in the various flora on hikes. Others were delighted with how well maintained the grounds were, especially the informative signage, and how kind, friendly and knowledgeable the on-site staff were. Some did note that insects are present in the area and say visitors should utilize bug spray or (if weather permits) wear long sleeves and pants.

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Bahamas Boat Tours Bahamas Boat Tours

Though you'll find many ways to spend your time on shore, one of the best ways to take advantage of all the Bahamas has to offer is to go on a boat tour. Chartering a boat will give you the chance to try a variety of activities, including diving and snorkeling, fishing and swimming with wild pigs . Many excursions also offer access to private islands , where you can lounge on pristine sands after savoring a picnic lunch on the beach.

Recent travelers raved about the sailing excursions offered in the Bahamas, describing their experiences as "incredible," "fantastic" and "awesome." However, a few cautioned that charter prices are steep, so plan your budget accordingly. Boat operators recommended by previous visitors include Island Time Charters and Bahama Boat Tours (for Nassau/New Providence Island) and Exuma Water Sports (for The Exumas).

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Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant (Nassau) Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant (Nassau)

U.S. News Insider Tip: Combine a visit to Graycliff with stops at the nearby John Watling's Distillery and the historic Queen's Staircase , all located "up the hill" from Bay Street and the Nassau waterfront. – Robert Curley

Built high on a Nassau hillside as a pirate's residence in 1740, Graycliff is by far the most historic hotel on New Paradise Island that also houses a fine dining restaurant, a Byzantine wine cellar stuffed with more than a quarter of a million bottles, and a variety of activities, including chocolate-making classes, cigar tastings and a local history museum.

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Baha Mar (Nassau) Baha Mar (Nassau)

This 1,000-acre, billion-dollar resort complex opened in 2017 and has transformed Nassau’s Cable Beach area, adding a trio of luxury beachfront resorts, a massive casino, dozens of dining and entertainment options, an artists' commune and – most recently – a water park that rivals the scale and scope of Atlantis ' Aquaventure.

Visitors looking for an overnight stay can choose from rooms and suites at Grand Hyatt , Rosewood and SLS branded hotels, but Baha Mar also offers plenty to do and see for those visiting for the day (or evening). The Baha Mar casino is the largest in the Caribbean, a light-filled space that defies casino conventions with large windows overlooking the resort grounds and the ocean. The casino has 18 different types of table games, more than 1,000 slot machines and live sports betting.

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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre (Nassau) Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre (Nassau)

Flowers and flamingos are among the chief attractions of this botanical garden in the heart of Nassau. Founded by Jamaican horticulturalist Hedley Edwards in 1937, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre is a lush oasis of tropical trees, plants and flowers as well as home to 135 animals, including the Caribbean flamingos. In addition to walking through the gardens, visitors can enjoy daily flamingo shows and presentations by zookeepers.

Past visitors say Ardastra Gardens is a fun attraction for families and nice to visit on a cloudy or rainy day when the beach isn't an option. Some visitors complained that the zoo was small and the animal enclosures seemed cramped.

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Arawak Cay Arawak Cay free

A popular nightlife destination in downtown Nassau, Arawak Cay is within walking distance of the cruise port and offers a lively taste of Bahamian culture, music, food and drink. Known to locals as the "Fish Fry," the food shacks and dining establishments at Arawak Cay do indeed sell a variety of fried fish; local favorites include fried whole red snapper and conch fritters. The complex also has a stage for live music performances. Tourists are generally here every night Arawak Cay is open, whereas locals are more likely to show up on Sunday nights.

Arawak Cay isn't a natural cay, or small island: it was created with sand dredged from Nassau Harbour in 1969 and has been a popular gathering place pretty much ever since. In addition to live bands, costumed local Junkanoo troupes occasionally show up to practice their carnival-style marches and music to the delight of visitors. Kalik beer, served at nearly every restaurant in Arawak Cay, is a locally made lager that gets its name from the "click click" sounds made by Junkanoo bands.

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Staniel Cay Staniel Cay free

A small island that's part of the Bahamian "Sister Islands," Staniel Cay is located in the Exumas about 75 miles south of Nassau and is best known as the location of the Thunderball Grotto , a swimmable sea cave, and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, a popular stopover for boaters in the Bahamas.

Founded by loyalists fleeing the American colonies during the Revolutionary War against Great Britain, the small village on Staniel Cay has less than 200 year-round residents and includes a handful of businesses mostly catering to visitors, including a small number of local restaurants.

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Thunderball Grotto Thunderball Grotto free

Never say never again when asked if you've been to Thunderball Grotto – this top snorkeling and scuba diving destination reached Hollywood fame for its appearance in two James Bond flicks ("Thunderball" and "Never Say Never Again"). The intricate, underwater maze located on Staniel Cay is enclosed by sky-high cave ceilings with holes just big enough to let the sun shine through and reflect off the water.

Experienced snorkelers will have no problem navigating the ins and outs of Thunderball Grotto, but many travelers recommend that novice snorkelers plan an outing during low tide. Recent snorkelers advise experienced snorkelers to avoid the crowds in the first room and instead paddle into in one of the secondary rooms.

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Rose Island Rose Island

Rose Island is a popular daytrip destination for visitors to Nassau and Paradise Island who want to combine the experience of a private island beach getaway with a stay in the Bahamian capital. Just 25 minutes from Nassau/Paradise Island by boat, Rose Island has beautiful beaches, a few rough shelters and hammocks, and is mostly deserted except for the visitors who arrive daily for a few hours of sunning and snorkeling.

The most popular way to get to Rose Island is on a catamaran operated by Sandy Toes , a charter boat company located in Nassau's Potters Cay. In addition to full-day charters, the company can arrange for overnight stays at a private villa on the island. The company has also installed a population of pigs on Rose Island and runs excursions for Nassau visitors who have heard of the famous swimming pigs of the Exumas , but don't want to make the longer trip to see the original herd of hogs. A visit to the swimming pigs is included with Sandy Toes' full-day trips to Rose Island.

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Queen's Staircase (Nassau) Queen's Staircase (Nassau) free

Occasionally referred to as the 66 steps (though only 65 are visible), this historic staircase spans 102 feet. It was carved out of limestone by roughly 600 enslaved people in the late 1700s as a way for the British (who colonized the Bahamas) to connect Bennet Hill's Fort Fincastle to the capital city of Nassau. The staircase took more than 16 years to complete and was named for Queen Victoria, who ruled over the region for 64 years and was responsible for abolishing slavery in the country.

Reviews from recent travelers are mixed. Some visited the stairs as part of an organized tour, and found the history of this site to be fascinating, calling the stairs and surrounding jungle-like vegetation "beautiful." However, others warn of aggressive locals at the top and bottom of the stairs soliciting visitors for tips in exchange for a tour of the area. What's more, many cautioned that the stairs can get slippery when wet, and reported seeing rats at the bottom of the stairs. All in all, reviewers say this is a quick stop, not a must-see while in the Bahamas.

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20 Unmissable Attractions in the Bahamas

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The Bahamas, an archipelago of around 700 islands, is the quintessential relaxing Caribbean vacation spot. From gorgeous, white beaches and luxury hotels to historical sites and museums, the Bahamas has all the attractions you could possibly think of. Here are the 20 best attractions that you need to see.

The atlantis resort, paradise island.

The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is Nassau’s most popular tourist attraction. The enormous property features a Dolphin Cay, Casino and 141-acre waterpark called Aquaventure. Aside from the water playground that’s perfect for the entire family, Atlantis boasts six outdoor lagoons and aquariums that contain more than 50,000 animals from over 200 species.

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

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Port Lucaya Marketplace

The Port Lucaya Marketplace is considered to be the commercial hub of Grand Bahama. It is the largest shopping, dining, and entertainment open-air facility in the Bahamas, with over 40 specialty stores and boutiques, along with restaurants and bars.

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Port Lucaya Marketplace

Pink Sand at Harbour Island

The Pink Sand beach at Harbour Island is one of the most magnificent natural wonders in the Caribbean. The light pink sand gets its hue from thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera that live in the coral reefs that surround the beach. Visit this natural phenomenon for yourself at Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

Pink Sand, Harbour Island

Dean’s Blue Hole

Located on Long Island in the Bahamas, Dean’s Blue Hole is said to be the deepest blue hole and the second largest underwater chamber in the world. The salt-water swimming pool sinks 663 feet and is surrounded by enormous cliffs that are perfect for diving. Visitors often go hiking on the nature trails nearby or diving and snorkeling on the surface of the waters.

Dean’s Blue Hole

Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

Residents of Hope Town, Bahamas thought it was necessary to have an establishment that showcased the origins and history of their community. Thus the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum (also called Hope Town Museum) was built in 1978 and named after the town’s founder. On display at the Museum are manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, pottery, and china from shipwrecks that took place in Hope Town.

Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

Blue Lagoon Island

Blue Lagoon Island is a private island located near Nassau, Bahamas and is one of the popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas. The secluded island is surrounded by white sand beaches and crystal clear water and offers plenty opportunities for snorkeling, diving, and water sports. Guests are also given the chance to swim with dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays.

Blue Lagoon

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre

The Ardastra Gardens , Zoo & Conservation Centre is a peaceful 80-year-old retreat featuring lush tropical gardens and an impressive zoo with the largest collection of Bahamian animals and species in the world. The zoo is famous for being the home of the Caribbean Flamingo, the Bahamas’ Native Bird, while the gardens boast exotic fruit trees, coconut palms, orchids, and much other exotic plant life.

Trained flamingos at Ardastra Garden & Zoo in Nassau

Nassau Straw Market

The internationally acclaimed Nassau Straw Market is home to handmade Bahamian goods such as wood carvings, conch shell jewelry, local foods, and a variety of hand-woven items. Straw vending, one of Bahamas’ oldest industries, is also popular in the market. Pick up a straw hat, handbag, or mat when you visit the Nassau Straw Market.

Straw market

Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor at the time, to protect the island. Sitting atop Society Hill, the fort overlooks the city of Nassau and the Queen’s Staircase, the avenue through which many visitors access the Fort. Fincastle features huge brick walls with canons peeking at the top and gives an impressive view of the Bahamian waters.

Fort Fincastle

Queen’s Staircase

The Queen’s Staircase, commonly referred to as the 66 steps, is a major landmark that is located at the bottom of Fort Fincastle. The steps were carved from limestone by slaves between 1793 and 1794. A century later, the staircase was renamed to honor Queen Victoria and her role in the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas. This complex is one of Nassau’s most significant and historical landmarks.

Queen’s staircase

Fort Charlotte

The largest fort in Nassau, Fort Charlotte, was built in the 18th century by Lord Dunmore. The fort has a waterless moat, dungeons, underground passageways, and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in a war. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the harbor, the Fort commands an impressive view of Paradise Island and the harbor of Nassau.

Nassau from Fort Charlotte

Pirates of Nassau

Escape to a world inspired by pirates at the Pirates of Nassau Museum . This wax museum is dedicated to the life and times of Pirates in the Bahamas and those who fought to protect the country against them. The self-guided tours offered by the museum gives visitors the chance to absorb aspects of the lives of pirates, pirate battles, the weaponry used, their living quarters, and much more.

Pirates Museum

National Art Gallery of Bahamas

The National Art Gallery of Bahamas is the perfect place to get an introduction to a visual aspect of Bahamian culture. The museum showcases a range of art mainly from Bahamian artists through exhibitions, the Art Library, and the construction of the National Collection. The collection holds a variety of art pieces including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and photography.

Bahamian art

Lucayan National Park

This 40-acre national park, located in Grand Bahama, is one of Bahamas’ natural treasures. The Lucayan park features one of the most secluded beaches in all of Bahamas and is known for its charted underwater cave systems, one of the largest in the world. The Lucayan National Park is filled with exotic plants and flowers along with a variety of waterbirds and saltwater fish. Two caves, Ben’s Cave and Burial Mound Cave, are open to the public. Visitors can also go hiking along the nature trails or have a picnic near the beach.

Lucayan National Park

Garden of the Groves

Garden of the Groves is the best escape for those searching for tranquillity, nature, and beauty. The 12-acre park is dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Groves, the couple that founded Freeport in 1973. The Garden features exotic plants and flowers, waterfalls, Bahamian birds, and other wildlife. There is also an Arts and Crafts Center at the Garden, a gift shop, café, and chapel ideal for intimate weddings. For family fun, there is a kid’s playground and zoo where children can interact with pigs and goats.

Garden of the Groves

Peterson Cay National Park

The Peterson Cay National Park, the only cay on Grand Bahama’s leeward shore, is a one-and-a-half-acre geological wonder. The protected area is home to one of the most beautiful reefs in the Bahamas, which is excellent for those who want to swim with Bahamian marine life and explore the turquoise waters. The cay is also perfect for bird watching, picnics, and relaxation.

Peterson Cay Kayak Tour

Cable Beach

Cable Beach in Nassau is famous for its clear, white sand and turquoise waters. Known as the hotel district of Nassau, the area features five first-class, luxury hotels that line the beach. The beach is the perfect way to spend a relaxing day in Nassau, soaking up the sun or engaging in water sports and activities. Cable Beach also has numerous dining options near the beach.

Waterfall at Cable Beach

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas and the highlight of their Caribbean cruises . Being owned by Disney, the island is the perfect place for a family vacation. On the island, there are plenty of excursions to choose from, including guided jet ski tours, banana boat rides, parasailing, and snorkeling. There is a “Family Beach,” which is suited for all ages. There is also a “Teen Beach” and the “Serenity Beach,” for guests over the age of 18.

Castaway Cay

Junkanoo Expo Museum

The Junkanoo Expo Museum, located on the wharf in Nassau, offers visitors who can’t make it to the Junkanoo Carnival a chance to still experience the wonder. The vibrant museum houses a vast collection of Junkanoo costumes, detailed parade floats, and other memorabilia from throughout Junkanoo’s history, giving visitors a taste of the rich celebration any time of the year.

Junkanoo

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Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Founded as the world's first land-and-sea reserve in 1958, this stunning 283-sq-kilometer expanse of reef, cay and sea is world-famous among divers. One…

Blue hole on Andros Island, Bahamas.

Blue Holes National Park

Out Islands

The limestone rock of the Bahamas is pock-marked by blue holes–deep vertical 'caves' created by the collapse of limestone sinkholes. Over the centuries,…

Beach in historic Clifton Heritage National Park.

Clifton Heritage National Park

New Providence

The scrub forest, wetlands, beaches and historic relics of Clifton Heritage National Park narrowly avoided being bulldozed to make space for new tourist…

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Garden of the Groves

Freeport & Lucaya

The west end of Grand Bahama is mostly scrub pine and asphalt, so finding this green maze of walkways, trees and water features is like discovering an…

Dolphin House

Looking like something Gaudí might have created on a tropical holiday, this astonishing house is the lifelong labor of Bimini historian and poet Ashley…

Bahamas, New Providence Island, Nassau: Detail of National Art Gallery

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Anchoring the West Hill St tourist enclave, the National Art Gallery is a welcome oasis inside the stately 1860s-era Villa Doyle and one of the gems in…

Graycliff Cigar Co

Wandering into this cigar factory is like falling into 1920s Cuba. In a narrow, smoke-yellowed room with old-fashioned mosaic floors, torcedores (cigar…

Wyannie Malone Museum

Wyannie Malone, a South Carolina Loyalist whose husband was killed during the American Revolution, fled to Elbow Cay with her four children and helped…

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Lucayan National Park

Grand Bahama

This 16-hectare national park is Grand Bahama’s natural treasure. About 40km east of Ranfurly Circle, the park is known for its underwater cave system,…

Albert Lowe Museum

This 1825 house was created as the Bahamas' first museum in 1976, when local Alton Lowe opened it in honor of his father Albert. It was severely damaged…

No Name Cay

A few years ago, No Name Cay was just a gorgeous, uninhabited cay and nature reserve off Green Turtle's southern tip where you could day trip with a…

John Watling's Distillery

Watling's, relatively new to the Bahamian rum-distilling game, has found a home in the beautifully restored 18th-century Buena Vista Estate, its extensive…

Junkanoo Beach

Between downtown Nassau and Arawak Cay, Junkanoo is popular with locals and visitors alike, with beach-shack bars, volleyball nets, sky-juice vendors and…

Discover Atlantis Tour

Strolling through a glass tunnel while sharks glide overhead is, simply put, awesome. This thrill is found in the Predator’s Lagoon, one of the exhibits…

Pink Sands Beach

The powdery sand here shimmers with a pink glow – a result of finely pulverized coral – that’s a faint blush by day and a rosy red when fired by the dawn…

Dean's Blue Hole

Not only is this the second-deepest blue hole in the world at 203m (after the more recently discovered Dragon Hole in the South China Sea), but it's…

Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve

This 10-hectare Bahamas National Trust–run park is alive with native plants reached by meandering walking trails, including a mangrove boardwalk and…

Surfer's Beach

The long left-hand break at this secluded Atlantic-facing beach has been popular with surfers since the 1970s. It's a little difficult to access (the …

Treasure Cay Beach

The pin-up girl of the Abacos. Her white sand and turquoise shallows routinely land Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches lists.

Bahamas. Lighthouse at Hope Town on the island of Abaco.

Elbow Reef Lighthouse

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Pirates of Nassau

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Fort Fincastle & the Queen’s Staircase

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Government House

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Cable Beach

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Abaco National Park

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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center

This lush 1.6-hectare tropical garden contains a small zoo, home to around 180 animals of 60 different species. Crowd-pleasers include the Madagascan…

Glass Window Bridge

Here Eleuthera narrows dramatically to a thin span straddling the divide between pounding deep blue Atlantic and the tranquil turquoise shoals of the…

Perfume Factory

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Graycliff Chocolatier

Completing the Graycliff's Heritage Village trifecta (wine, chocolate and cigars), this boutique chocolate factory uses Caribbean cacao to produce a wide…

Hatchet Bay Cave

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Androsia Ltd

This factory has been hand-producing the gorgeous batiks sold throughout the Bahamas since 1973. Watch workers create fabric with age-old wax techniques …

Cabbage Beach

While the west end of this stretch of sand – one of the more popular in New Providence – is obscured by the Atlantis resort, there is public access to the…

Doongalik Studios

Offering an eclectic window into modern Bahamian art, Doongalik runs exhibitions on solo artists' work, and everything from quilts to straw crafts and…

Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation

Located in the Vendue House – a queen-conch-pink building from the 1760s in which slave auctions were once held – this one-room museum features…

Heritage Museum of the Bahamas

Mostly comprising a substantial private collection of antiques and artifacts relating to the history of the Bahamas, this small museum covers a lot of…

Tahiti Beach

This small sand bar disappears at high tide and is surrounded by exquisitely clear, warm and peaceful waters. At the sheltered southern end of Elbow Cay,…

Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden

Arranged in the form of the Union Jack, this collection of busts of prominent Loyalists provides a touching and slightly eerie insight into the enduring…

West Side National Park

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Taino Beach

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11 Top-Rated Bahamas Tourist Attraction in 2023

The holiday destination of beach lovers across the globe, the Bahamas is a collection of 700 islands interspersed over a hundred thousand square miles of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Bahamas tourist attraction boasts of the most pristine water on the planet apart from the countless natural wonders spread across the numerous islands including the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef. Breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, a winterless climate year-round, and warm, hospitable Bahamians increase Bahamas attraction to many folds.

Home to the notorious pirates and the now abolished slavery trade, the Bahamas has come a long way to become one of the most sought-after tourist attractions, globally. English is the official language of the Bahamas and Nassau, one of the most popular cruise ships port in the Caribbean, is the capital located on New Providence Island.

The Bahamas is a tropical paradise that beautifully blends the extraordinary marvels of nature and the bustling economy, sparsely populated with warm and friendly natives. It has plenty of unique destinations within its portfolio that feature regularly on the must-visit tourist attractions of the travel planners. The adventure travelers can enjoy fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling, sailing besides eco-tourism at one of their favorite locations in the Bahamas. Junkanoo, a street parade of music and dance is a popular and traditional festival of the Bahamas held in Nassau and some other settlements.

How to reach the Bahamas

The Bahamas, where land meets the ocean, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. If you are planning to visit the Bahamas, there are plenty of options available to reach there. There are about 57 airports within the Bahamas. Three among them are the most popular ones and many international flights land there. Lynden Pindling International Airport is the busiest of all. You can reach there directly from the USA, Canada, the UK, Panama, etc.

You can avail several flights from Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas. Apart from flights, the Bahamas have options of ferry rides as well. It is one of the major Bahamas attractions. The cruise ships will take you to the port of the capital city, Nassau. The ports are well connected from Florida. You will have to do immigration and custom documentation even if you travel by water.

The Bahamas is an island country. There is no option for a road trip or a rail trip. No roads or railway tracks are connecting the Bahamas to the neighboring country.

Best Time to visit the Bahamas

Bahamas attraction, the pristine beaches, look best during the high season. However, there are several pros and cons to each season. Let’s see how the different seasons look like.

High-Season (Mid-December to mid-April)

The Bahamas come super alive during this season. Most of the festivals take place during this time of the year. If this a family trip you are planning, come during the high season. It does not rain at all. Sun shines brightly throughout the day. Evenings are very pleasant. Around February March, evenings are a bit colder than it is in the Bahamas. Just full sleeve shirts and full pants will do, no need to worry much about it.

However, the high season is quite expensive. It is also heavily crowded. Most of the Bahamas attraction will be full of tourists. That at times kill the beauty of the places. Finding accommodation during the peak season is also a huge task. You will have to book the places beforehand.

Mid-Season (Mid-April to mid-July)

Mid-season is the best time to visit the Bahamas for snorkelers and scuba divers. If your bucket Bahamas attraction list includes water sports, come during this season. The water becomes warmer during this time. The crowd is also less than the peak season. The rates go down a bit. But there will be no shortage of activities. The Bahamas arrange a lot of activities keeping in mind the spring break crowd.

Mid-season is not good for romantic getaways. Most of the activities are for the spring break crowd, so you will hardly be able to have a peaceful walk or surreal nights by the beach. The rain also hits the Bahamas towards the end of mid-season. You might get some rain if you visit during this season.

Low-season (Mid-July to November)

It is rainy season here in the Bahamas. Most of the Bahamas attractions are not open during this season. However, the prices go down really low. But we must say, the Bahamas look different during the rainy season. If you are on a budget trip, this is the best time to visit the Bahamas. Even though it is the rainy season, it does not rain so heavily that you cannot step out. You will get your portion of beach days.

There are no parties during this season. Low season is less crowded. You will get a personalized holiday in the Bahamas during this time of the year.

Famous events of Bahamas

If you want to live and breathe the culture of the Bahamas, you must visit one of the big events. Bahamians love to share their culture and life with the tourists. One of the biggest festivals in this island country is Junkanoo. It is one of the most popular festivals. It takes place around Christmas and New Year. During this time, the local groups who take part in the game, fight for boasting rights.

Apart from that, there is Farmer’s Cay Festival which takes place during February. Bahamas Family Island Regatta is also one of the most sought-after Bahamas attractions. It is held in George Town during April. You must visit once during the seafood festival held around October called Great Bahamas Seafood and Heritage Festival. If you want to taste the local dishes, this festival will be the best one to attend. Bahamian seafood is one of the major Bahamas Attractions that you cannot miss.

Accommodation

Thankfully the Bahamas has something to offer for everyone with varied spending capacity. Nassau is the capital and most of the tourists flock there. You will get all the luxurious stays over there. Paradise Island is also boasting a few boutique hotels. You can give them a try for a more secluded and serene stay. However, the peak season is crowded everywhere and prices are on the higher side.

If you are traveling on a budget trip, there are a few accommodations available. Probably they are not in the best spot. However, most of the stays here in the Bahamas are safe. The hospitality of the Bahamians will make you feel at home. For budget travelers, it is advisable to avoid the peak season.

Post-COVID travel tips

Currently, the COVID 19 risk in the Bahamas is quite high. CDC has advised no non-essential travel to the Bahamas. The medical resources are also limited. However, the situation will change as we overcome the pandemic. Here are a few points that you must follow if you are traveling during the pandemic situation

  • Avoid crowded places. Physical distancing is one of the key tools to fight the pandemic.
  • Wear a mask, not just for yourself, but for others as well.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds or use a sanitizer to keep yourself clean
  • Avoid contacting a person who is sick
  • Avoid traveling if you are sick
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth, and nose under any circumstances

11 Top-Rated Bahamas Tourist Attraction:

1. andros island.

If you are on ecotourism, Andros Island should be on top of your list of natural tourist attractions to be visited. It is home to the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef and mesmerizing blue holes. If you’re an eco-traveler, kayaker, bird watcher, hiker, snorkeler, diver, or fisher, Andros should be your first stop when visiting The Bahamas. It is one of the best Bahamas Attraction

2. Atlantis Paradise Island

Recreating the legend of Atlantis in a luxury hotel, Water Park, aquarium, and entertainment complex this salmon-pink structure dominates the skyline of Paradise Island. If you have traveled all the way, there is no way you can miss this unique tourist attraction in the Bahamas featuring a wide expanse of adventure, high-speed slides, open-air pools, swimming areas, tranquil river rides, and a multitude of shops, restaurants, and entertainment avenues.

Bimini Island , bestowed with miles of immaculate beaches is the closest Bahamian island to the US, located just 88 kilometers from the Florida coast. It comprises the North Bimini and South Bimini along with several cays. Replete with fascinating history, Bimini Island assumes significant tourist attraction amongst the inquisitive travelers. It hosts several deep-sea fishing tournaments and is called, ‘Big Game Fishing Capital of The Bahamas’.

4. Elbow Cay

Elbow Cay is an old English Loyalists settlement located in the Abacos, a 120-mile long chain of islands. Owing to its historical heritage, this tourist attraction exudes the charm of a New England-style fishing village. Built-in 1862, candy-striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse has become a famous landmark in Hope Town. At 89 feet height, this lighthouse distinguishes itself to be one of the manually operated lighthouses in the world.

5. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Surrounded by sparkling blue waters, very sparsely populated, The Exumas are divided into three parts: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays. Located on the remote eastern edge of the Bahamas, The Exumas and the Sea Park are a Marine protected area. It is an exotic and untouched tourist attraction; home to the rich and famous. The seascapes are a visual delight with flawless coastlines, underwater wonders, abundant marine life, and white sandy beaches.

6. Grand Bahamas

Located on the northernmost of the Bahamian islands, Grand Bahama is the preferred destination for package tourists and cruise ships. It is home to three national parks and one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems. Port Lucaya has toppled Freeport the second biggest city from its title of tourist attraction by offering the best shopping, dining, and entertainment avenues.

7. Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay is a five-kilometer long island located east of Great Abaco, boasts of crystal clear waters and pristine beaches. A walk in the lanes of Green Turtle Cay transports you to the old times and the old world charm of British settlements. A laid back tourist attraction.

8. Harbour Island

Enchanting Harbour island is one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas and has once been the capital of the country. Famous for its pink sandy beaches, Harbour Island has made it to the top rank as “The Best Island in the Caribbean” in the year 2015 by Travel and Leisure Magazine. It boasts of tropical greenery and in case you are visiting the Bahamas, you just can’t miss this tourist attraction.

9. Long Island

Long Island, a beautiful tourist attraction features magnificent cliffs, breathtaking coral reefs, and calm beaches, all in one place. A perfect retreat for fishers, divers, and boaters, Long island offers world-class bonefishing and soft pink- and white-sand beaches that slowly merge into tranquil turquoise waters. It is also home to Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest saltwater blue hole in the world.

Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas, is a hub of all tourist activities and is located on New Providence Island. It is a charming and lively city that blends the old world charm and culture with modern amenities and lifestyle. Comfortable resorts, hotels, mouth-watering restaurants, nightlife for the night birds, golf course, casino, and an aquarium make Nassau, a true tourist attraction in the Bahamas.

11. Treasure Cay

Treasure Cay is located on the eastern shore of Great Abaco and has been voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world on many occasions. It has an impressive stretch of soft sandy beach and clear water that charms the travelers and is the host to one of the most popular fishing tournaments in the Bahamas.

The Bahamas is one of the prettiest travel destinations that you can spot out there. It is important to experience Bahamian days at least once. Bahamas tourist attraction is hard to avoid and when the island calls, you must go.

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The Bahamas Bucket List: 35 Best Activities & Things to Do

From sugary white sandy beaches to swimming with pigs to unique gems awaiting discovery in one of the Bahamas’ 700 islands and cays, both land and sea, the Bahamas is the perfect dream destination for tourists and those who want to experience island life. And with so many unique places and things to do here, it’s no wonder people keep coming back time and time again.

To help you get started on your journey to this paradise on Earth, we have put together the best experiences and activities in the Bahamas that will surely keep those lasting memories and bucket list adventures coming!

The Best Activities, Attractions & Things to Do in The Bahamas

The Best Activities, Attractions & Things to Do in The Bahamas

1. snorkel (or scuba dive) andros great barrier reef .

Submerged shipwrecks, underwater blue holes and the third largest barrier reef in the world make the waters around Andros Great Barrier Reef some of the best and most scenic to scuba dive in. The underwater blue holes are home to some of the most colorful trumpetfish, parrotfish and speckled scorpionfish in these seas. Here you will undoubtedly find the most beautiful array of marine life for your amazement.

2. Ride the Leap of Faith Water Slide at the Atlantis

Imagine riding an almost vertical water slide through a shark-infested tank!! Yes, at the 141-acre Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark, you will get to do just that and more. There are several waterslides on premise, but it is the sheer drop of the “Leap of Faith” that is the most thrilling.

The Atlantis Leap of Faith

3. Eat the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay

While there are plenty of fine dining opportunities in all the high-end resorts on the islands, if you want to have one of the most authentic culinary experiences then you should really try out the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay , a short walking distance from the Western Esplanade of Nassau.

Here you will find a cluster of shacks that whip up some of the best traditional Bahamian fish fry. If you go on a Sunday, you will also get the chance to be entertained by wonderful local bands and some gracious poetry readings on the pavements around the fish fry joints.

Annette eating Arawak Cay Fish Fry

4. Visit Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Center

Located at the heart of Nassau, the Ardastra Gardens , Zoo, and Conservation Center comprises over four acres of dense tropical gardens home to a spectacular collection of flowers, trees, and animal species (most of which are birds).

It also serves as the breeding ground for Bahama’s national bird (and what the zoo is known for), the Caribbean flamingo.

From hand-feeding parrots to meeting the majestic Bahamian boa constrictor to watching the marching performance from the Caribbean flamingos, it will surely be a breathtaking experience for the whole family!

Flamingos at Ardastra Gardens

5. Get Insight at the Bahamas Historical Society Museum

Every place has a story to tell, and the Bahamas has its fair share of rich history behind it. If you are looking for an enriching experience of the islands’ past, you need not look further than the Bahamas Historical Society Museum !

Lady Arthur, the wife of then-governor Sir Raynor Arthur, founded the museum in 1959. It houses a collection of artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and art, from different points of the Bahamas history, including ones dating back to the island’s natives: the Lucayan people.

6. Explore Blue Holes National Park

If you are fond of diving, you’ve probably come upon the term ‘blue hole’ at least once, and there is plenty of that in Blue Holes National Park on the island of Andros.

As the name implies, it is known for its many blue holes that contain unique and exotic cavefish and invertebrates within its 40,000-acre area. And as you may have guessed, it is a haven for divers looking to explore these underwater wonders!

Aside from the blue holes and fascinating marine life, pine trees and several species of birds have also made the park their home.

Blue Holes National Park

7. Relax at the Private Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay)

When it comes to a relaxing and authentic Bahamian experience, the privately-owned Blue Lagoon Island is the place to be.

From its breathtaking blue waters, hidden lagoons, pristine white sands, beautiful vegetation, and numerous wildlife, which includes dolphins and sea lions, it’s no wonder the island is one of the top tourist attractions in The Bahamas.

So whether you are going on a walking or Segway tour around the island, swimming with dolphins, taking in the many scenic sites around (don’t miss The Tower!), and more, this is one bucket list experience that will not disappoint!

Blue Lagoon Island

8. Walk Along Cable Beach

One of the most popular (if not the most popular) beaches in New Providence Island, Cable Beach is a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of warm white sands lined up by five luxurious resorts and plenty of opportunities to relax and have fun.

Though the waters and the vibe from tourists are certainly inviting, a (quiet) stroll in and around Cable Beach is one activity that is often overlooked.

If you are planning to enjoy a quiet stroll along the seashore, I suggest going early in the morning just as the sun rises. Inland, there’s also a nice little spot of nature along the Baha Mar Boulevard (south of the convention center), complete with wooden pathways that lead to a small lake.

Cable Beach

9. Explore Clifton Heritage Park

Located at the western end of New Providence Island, Clifton Heritage National Park is known for its historical and archaeological sites spanning 208 acres.

Some of the notable sites include the remnants of the Great House, the Sacred Space (also known as Genesis Garden), underwater sculptures, and the James Bond wrecks!

10. Swim with the Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay

Much like the swimming pigs, this will be another unique and interesting wildlife activity to add to your list of life experiences. Nurse sharks aren’t quite as big, or dangerous, as their white shark cousins, and so you get to actually swim in the water with them with no cages or anything separating the two of you! It might sound scary but, I assure you, it’s more thrilling in a positive way than anything!

This is another activity that unless you book a private charter, most tours include many other stops too. Exuma Water Sports offers a full-day day tour that includes the sunken plane wreck, Thunderball grotto and the swimming pigs.

Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay

11. Plunge Into Dean’s Blue Hole

What is a Blue Hole? A “Blue Hole” is a sinkhole that is not only filled with water but has a submerged entrance found beneath the surface. While there are many blue holes in the world, Dean’s Blue Hole stands out because it is the deepest known to man. At 663 feet (202 meters), Dean’s Blue Hole is just west of Clarence Town on Long Island and on good days, the water is so clear that you can see up to 115 feet! It is a wonderful site for divers willing to test their mettle.

You can book a tour to Dean’s Blue Hole through Robert’s Island Adventures .

Dean's Blue Hole

12. Go Deep-Sea Fishing

Being surrounded by large bodies of water, including the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas is also a haven for deep-sea fishing. Some of the most popular spots include the Rum Cay and Bimini islands, where you can catch large ocean fish like marlin, wahoo, yellow tuna, and more. Plus, the picturesque backdrop of the islands is simply breathtaking.

So whether you just want to experience the thrill of battling against big game fish or looking for that biggest catch to check off your bucket list, this is one experience you will surely remember for years to come!

13. Eat Conch

Pronounced “conk”, this savory sea snail might seem bizarre to many tourists but it’s actually a local delicacy in the Bahamas (and you can easily get some at Arawak Cay!). The traditional way to eat it is in a “conch salad” where it is served raw with onions, sweet peppers and citrus juices. If, however, you are not too sure about eating raw snail then you can try the “cracked” version that is fried and buttered or the curried version. I ate one straight from the sea!

14. Explore Elbow Cay (Don’t Miss the Elbow Reef Lighthouse!)

Elbow Cay is one of the Bahamas’ hidden gems, located in the Abaco Islands a couple of miles north of Nassau. Even though it is only eight miles long, it doesn’t mean there is not much to see and experience on this charming island.

Starting at the north part of the cay, don’t miss the chance to see one of its iconic landmarks: the red-and-white striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse! You can also enrich yourself with the island’s history at the Wyannie Malone Museum or visit the island’s main village of Hope Town, where you can pay your respects at the Cholera Cemetery.

There is also a popular surfing spot at the island’s center, outside the Abaco Inn. Of course, the stunning beaches around the coastlines are worth a visit, especially Tahiti Beach on the southern part of the cay.

15. See the Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera Island

Originally a natural arch bridge that has long been destroyed by hurricanes, the now man-made Glass Window Bridge at the island chain of Eleuthera (50 miles east of Nassau) is a sight to behold. With only a width of 30 feet, it is also dubbed as the ‘narrowest place on Earth.’

It got its name from an artwork named ‘Glass Windows, Bahamas’ by Winslow Homer (a landscape artist) in 1885, who was also one of the fortunate people to have seen the original land bridge and put it in painting form.

What makes this place a must-see is that you will get to see a contrast of colors between two bodies of water: the dark-blue color of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the bright-turquoise waters of the Bight of Eleuthera on the other.

There is also a spot under the bridge called the ‘Narrow Passage’ where you will see the two bodies of water come together.

16. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park is a stunning stretch of water that is the world’s first land and sea park, as well as an ecological preserve and wildlife refuge known for its magnificent marine environment.

Keep your eyes peeled for some fascinating critters on land, like the rare Bahamian rock iguanas and the native rodent-like hutias. However, the most thrilling part is under the sea, where you get to see different marine life such as angelfish, reef sharks, Nassau groupers, and more.

The different cays that make up the national park offer various activities, with scuba diving and snorkeling being the most popular. Attractions you should not miss out on include the Submerged Plane and Sea Aquarium, and many more.

17. Play a Round at Exuma’s Greg Norman Championship Course

If you are into golfing or want to experience it at least once (or more), why not go for a round or two at the 18-hole championship golf course at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort & Spa?

Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, the 18-hole golf course offers stunning views of the coastline and is one of the most scenic golf courses in the Caribbean.

For the more experienced golfer, six signature holes will surely test your skills, especially the ones on the rocky part of the peninsula.

18. Be Amongst the Plants at the Garden of the Groves

Garden of the Groves is a botanical garden in Freeport, located at the eastern end of Midshipman Road. It also remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Bahamas.

While the garden is best known for its many native and exotic flora and fauna and cascading waterfalls, you’ll also find quite a few surprises inside its 12-acre area.

One of these is the beautiful hilltop chapel surrounded by nature, which is a favorite place for weddings and, of course, prayer and meditation. There is also the Grand Bahama Labyrinth, which is a replica of an ancient sacred Christian pathway.

19. Go Bonefishing

Try your hand at fly-fishing for the elusive bonefish in the place that is world-renowned for bonefishing. When found, the challenging fish can put up a fight which makes it on every anglers bucket list. You can experience it on a half-day tour with Island Routes or give Bonefish Stevie a call.

20. Try Snuba Diving

Nope, that is not a typo! Snuba diving is said to be a combination of the words snorkeling and scuba diving. It brings the best of both worlds: the freedom of having no heavy equipment to carry around while still getting to breathe oxygen as you swim and dive.

It involves a long hose with which to breathe in connected to air cylinders floating on a raft. Plus, you don’t need to be a great swimmer or even a certification to get started on this unique experience!

Try Snuba Diving

21. Walk the Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island

You hear people talk of sunbathing on pristine white sandy beaches around the world but have you ever been to a pink sandy beach? In the Bahamas, you have both options. There are the white sand beaches that are very much a dime a dozen here and then there are the rare pink sandy beaches.

The most famous is Pink Sands Beach that can be found on Harbor Island. This is three miles of picture perfect pink sand fading off into aqua blue waters. This phenomenal pink color comes from a microorganism called foraminifera and minuscule pieces of coral and shells that are washed ashore. You really must see it to believe it!

Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island

22. See Iguanas

Did you know that these Northern Bahamian Rock Iguanas can only be found on Exuma Island ? They may not be as fluffy and cute and friendly as our domesticated pet friends, but they’re still endearing to see out and about. Especially as they’re endangered, you may want to put some caution into what you’ll feed them.

PS: this tour from Nassau will take you there: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and More

Annette enjoying a day with the Iguanas

23. Do a Tasting at John Watling’s Distillery

A short stroll from Downtown Nassau to the historical 1789 Buena Vista Estate at Delany Street will take you to one of the top (rum) distilleries in the Bahamas, the John Watling’s Distillery .

From tasting their premium-quality rums, cocktails, and other beverages in their English-style tavern to learning about a bit of Bahamian history and the founding of the brand to exploring the estate and its art galleries, it will surely be an immersive experience that you should try in the Bahamas!

A fun fact about the estate is that it was featured at the opening scene of the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig. There is also signage where the actor landed after jumping the estate’s wall.

24. Take the Trails Through Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a national park in Governor’s Harbor at Eleuthera that studies and propagates different plant species native and endemic in The Bahamas.

There are tons of trails you can follow inside the park, which will take you to different plant (and wildlife) species ranging from mangroves to medicinal plants to ornamental plants to edible ones. You can find the trails and the list of plants on each path here.

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

25. Explore Lucayan National Park

Lucayan National Park is a little out of place in a land riddled with white sandy beaches (and some pink ones). However, this 40-acre jungle makes for the perfect getaway for birdwatchers who still want to enjoy island life. The wild and beautiful landscape has mangrove swamps, beaches, boardwalks and pine forests that play host to some incredible creatures. It is also home to some of the longest underwater cave systems in the world.

26. Gamble at Atlantis Paradise Island Casino

If you are looking for some fun and thrilling games that will test your skill and luck, then come play at the Atlantis Paradise Island Casino !

Take your pick on any of its games and casinos: from the state-of-the-art Atlantis Casino to an adults-only poolscape (exclusive for guests of The Cove) to enjoying a drink or two while playing at the Sea Glass.

There are also other activities to enjoy, like seeing and interacting with dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Cay, pampering yourself at the Mandara Spa, and so much more!

27. Shop at Port Lucaya Marketplace

When visiting Freeport in the Grand Bahama Island, don’t miss the Port Lucaya Marketplace . Also known as “The Jewel of Grand Bahama Island,” this open-air marketplace is a haven for shoppers of all kinds.

Whether you are hunting for items such as clothes or souvenirs, exciting your taste buds at one of their restaurants, or even dancing to the sound of music during a night of partying, you will have a great time at Port Lucaya Marketplace!

28. Walk Up (& Down) Queen’s Staircase

Also known as the 66 steps, it is a notable landmark located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex near Bennet’s Hill in Downtown Nassau. Between 1793 and 1794, slaves hewed out the limestone rock to make the stairs, with water cascading down from the sides to a pool below.

The steps were named in honor of Queen Victoria during the 19th century, who ended slavery in the British Empire. Coincidentally, the number of steps in the stairs was equal to the number of years Queen Victoria reigned.

Queen’s Staircase Bahamas

29. Eat Rum Cake

Who doesn’t love a good cake every now and then? At Mom’s Bakery the cake is not just good, it’s spectacular! And while they have a couple of options to choose from, why not go Caribbean style and get the to-die-for rum cake that crumbles to the touch and melts in your mouth? I can promise that you won’t be disappointed by its incredible flavors.

For added memories, if mama herself is there, get a selfie together (I did!). FYI: Mom’s Bakery is right next door to Santana’s. 

Rum Cake bought at Mom's Bakery

30. Spend the Afternoon on Stocking Island

Stocking Island is a five-minute ferry ride from Nassau, and even though the island is lightly inhabited, it is home to some fascinating places and experiences in The Bahamas.

If you are looking to spend an afternoon here, the perfect place to visit is the Chat ‘N’ Chill Bar & Restaurant, located at a sandbar beach called the Spit. Their Sunday Pig Roast is definitely a must-try!

Opposite the Chat ‘N’ Chill, there is also an inlet known as the Hurricane Hole, which features a blue hole that is perfect for snorkelers and divers.

Spend the Afternoon on Stocking Island

31. See the Swimming Pigs

Somewhere out there in the Outer Exuma Islands is Big Major Cay, a small island ruled by pigs—that’s right, actual pigs! It is in fact one of the biggest attractions on this island. The pigs will swim out to your boat as you approach the island and depending on how friendly they are on the day they will hang around, swim with you guys and have some of your lunch as well.

If you are pressed for time, there is a closer piggy island called White Bay. I booked the half-day tour there with Exuma Water Sports and it was GREAT! You can read about is here: Pig Beach: The Bahama’s Swimming Pigs of Exuma Island. For the full day tour that includes a nurse shark swim check out this tour (FYI it starts from Nassau): Famous Swimming Pigs Tour Bahamas or From Nassau: Exuma Swimming Pigs, Sharks and More

Annette with the Swimming Pigs

32. See Versailles Gardens & The Cloisters

The Versailles Terraced Gardens is one of the highlights of The Ocean Club resort at Paradise Island, stretching over 75 feet wide in a multi-terraced landscape set in a rectangular design.

Serving as the centerpiece of the gardens is the French Cloister. It is a 14th-century Augustinian monastery that has been dismantled and imported from Europe and then reassembled stone by stone here.

Not only is the whole landscape Instagrammable, but it is also perfect for occasions such as weddings and galas!

33. Go on a Stingray Adventure

If you are looking for something more different other than swimming with dolphins or nurse sharks, then you should try going on a stingray adventure instead!

On the Great Harbour Cay, The Berry Islands, you will find the private island called Stingray City. Here, you will get to learn a lot about (Bahamian) stingrays and how to handle them, as well as a chance to swim, pet, and even feed them.

  • Stingray City Experience Plus Two Snorkeling Stops on Grand Cayman
  • Starfish and Stingray City Adventure with Snorkeling

Stingray Adventure

34. Explore Thunderball Grotto

Having received its name from a James Bond movie, and having been the filming location to a selection of Hollywood movies, Thunderball Grotto is a gorgeous spot in the waters of Exuma Islands. It may not be a looker from the outside, but you really shouldn’t judge the whole thing by its covers. Once you reach the inside area of the quirky island, you’ll see for yourself just how special it is. There are caves, holes, and underwater areas to swim through, and not only will there be spots where you’ll be greeted by beaming sun rays, you’ll also find yourself surrounded by hundreds of colorful fishes.

Unless you book a private charter, most tours to Thunderball Grotto include many other stops too (bonus!). Exuma Water Sports offers a full-day day tour that includes the sunken plane wreck, swimming pigs, a sand bar and nurse sharks.

35. Tiki Bikini Hut

There are plenty of spectacular bars to go around in The Bahamas, and Tiki Bikini Hut is one of them.

Located at Junkanoo Beach, close to Downtown Nassau and the cruise line docks, you can enjoy the upbeat atmosphere while having some drinks and food (try the conch fritters!) after a long day of adventuring. And since the seats extend out to the beach, you can enjoy the views of the ocean and the cruise ships as well.

36. Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum is another must-see place in Elbow Cay, where you will have an enriching experience about the Bahamas’ heritage through historical photos, manuscripts, artifacts, and many other antique items.

During the month of March, the museum sponsors Heritage Day for the community, which highlights events of the Bahamas’ history through skits, songs, and dance.

37. Ride in a Personal Underwater Sub

Apart from the 700 islands, the Bahamas has about 2,400 cays (coral reefs). These reefs are home to some of the most colorful and spectacular marine life known to man. One of the most unique ways to explore some of these reefs is in a personal underwater Sub, which looks like a moped with a helmet.

Your underwater experience will begin with a quick lesson on how to pilot a submarine. You will then head out to one of the amazing coral reefs to feed the fish, explore the living coral and take beautiful pictures/videos of the underwater world of the Bahamas. You can book your underwater SUB here and don’t forget to bring your GoPro so you can get photos like these:

Underwater Sub Ride in Bahamas

38. Stay at Club Med on Columbus Isle

If you are looking for pure luxury, pristine white sand beaches and world-class scuba diving, Club Med Columbus Isle definitely delivers. The secluded, all-inclusive resort is tucked away on the island of San Salvador far from the bustle of tourists.

Here are just a few reasons why you should strongly consider holidays in the Bahamas with Club Med on Columbus Isle:

  • It has a gorgeous white sand beach that stretches along Bonefish Bay
  • The bungalows are each painted a different color of the rainbow and have quaint wraparound porches
  • The superior Spa is absolutely rejuvenating with many services to choose from

From the service to the cuisine and even the setting at Club Med on Columbus Isle…everything is just world class. It will make your Bahamas visit absolutely relaxing and luxurious.

The Bahamas is indeed one of every tourist and travelers’ dream destinations, with its picturesque beauty, rich history, and fun, relaxing vibe. If the white sands of its many beaches or its crystal-like turquoise waters are not enough to draw you in, the many unique experiences and things to do in the Bahamas certainly will.

So keep those adventures coming and start making memories through your bucket list, one checkmark at a time!

Essential Tips for Visiting The Bahamas Getting There: Nassau Airport is a major hub and most airlines will fly into it. You can easily check for the best fare deals at Skyscanner , which also has the option to choose ‘cheapest month’ as the departure to find the lowest priced dates to fly to your destination. From the airport to the city center, you can use the take a bus, taxi or rent a car . Where to Stay in The Bahamas: It’s best to stay near the city center, public transportation or the area that you will be spending the most time in. Club Med Columbus Isle is a great choice in the Cockburn Town district. For something on the less expensive side, try Pelican Bay Hotel located in Freeport . For a hotel with a little more extravagance, book a room at the The Cove Eleuthera . Or search some great deals on hotels of your choice at Booking.com . If you’re looking for more of a home atmosphere (or are traveling with a group of people), head over to VRBO that has houses, apartments and even just a room for rent in every price range.  Getting Around: Driving in a new destination can be a bit of a challenge, but if you choose to rent a car, RentalCars.com has great deals. If you are not renting a car, there are plenty of other options. Taxis are available all over the city. For a more budget friendly option, you can take the jitney buses which are available for some of the islands but renting a car is the most convenient and the most budget friendly option.  Best Tours in The Bahamas : You can find some of the top tours at Get Your Guide or Viator , and here are some of the top ones. tours: Bahama Bonanza Cultural Tour Nassau: Guided ATV City Tour Nassau Bites and Sites Food & Cultural Tour Insurance: It’s always a good idea to travel fully insured so you are protected in case of trip cancellations or medical emergencies. You can check out pricing at Travelex Insurance .  Universal Adapter: Your American plugged equipment will need an adapter. I use the Celtic Universal Adapter , which has brought me around the world with no problems. This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my links, I earn a commission that helps to keep this blog running—at no extra cost to you. For more information read my full disclosure .

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30 Bahamas Attractions & Islands You Shouldn’t Miss Out On Your Next Vacation!

Posted on Last updated: 01/09/2023

Synonymous with beach holidays, the Bahamas is a cluster of 700 islands and 2000 cays lying across the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. Once a popular location with pirates, the Bahamas is now a renowned tourist destination with sophisticated features that attract the rich and the famous.

Here’s a complete list of places (islands and attractions) to visit in the Bahamas!

1. Atlantis Bahamas – Paradise Island

Atlantis Resort Paradise Island

A popular beach resort, Atlantis Paradise Island is a playground for the wealthy and one of the top-rated places to visit in the Bahamas. With an entertainment complex, an aquarium, and a water park, the island attracts couples, solo travellers, and families alike.

The Aquaventure Water Park, with high-speed slides and swimming pools, stands to be the main highlight. Swordfish and hammerhead sharks are two of the marine species you will encounter in the open-air pools here.

Perched on the southern edge of Paradise Island, the Versailles Gardens is a magnificent creation that exudes wealth and privilege. Positioned inside a rectangular design at a width of 75 feet, the gardens have several terraces.

Located in proximity to The Ocean Club, the gardens overlook the Nassau Harbour – The Ocean Club is a Four Seasons Hotel in the Bahamas.  

Find Accommodation: Where to Stay in the Bahamas (Islands & Resorts)

2. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, And Conservation Centre – Paradise Island

Parrot at Ardastra Gardens

The only conservation centre in the Bahamas, Ardastra Gardens was established in 1937. The sprawling garden is home to a variety of wildlife species, including the Caribbean Flamingo.

A haven for nature lovers, the gardens offer an array of interactive experiences, which includes feeding parrots.

You will encounter a wide range of animal species here; lorry parrots, peafowls, macaws, swans, and the Bahamian boa constrictor are a few of the species that inhabit the gardens. The garden is also a nurturing ground for a variety of flowers. 

3. Nassau – New Providence Island

Nassau Street

The capital of the Bahamas, Nassau is a famed cruise ship port in the Caribbean Sea. A city connected to Paradise Island via a bridge, Nassau is located on New Providence Island.

Things to do and see here are aplenty; shopping, water sports, and beach time are some of the best draws for tourists.

Check out our detailed guide for Nassau, Bahamas: Things to do in Nassau

4. Cable Beach – Nassau

Cable Beach Aerial View

One of the most visited beaches in Nassau, Cable Beach is a gorgeous white sandy tract lapped up by the turquoise waters of the ocean.

Perfect for a swim or a few hours of sunbathing, Cable Beach offers a range of water sports too – jet skiing and parasailing are two activities thrill-seekers can enjoy here.

You might find this article useful: Can you fly a Drone in the Bahamas?

5. Bay Street – Nassau

Bay Street in Nassau

Another highlight of Nassau, Bay Street is always packed with people. The colonial buildings hark back to the country’s past, while the shops keep shopaholics sufficiently busy with all their distractions. You can also find a few museums here and numerous restaurants that serve a variety of food delights.

6. Junkanoo Beach

Western-Esplanade-Beach

Junkanoo Beach is many things. Mesmerising and vibrant – what it’s not, however, is dull. It’s the closest beach to the Cruise Port- so you can view plenty of cruises reaching the port. It gets pretty crowded (especially during December – April), but that’s half the experience. The shores have plenty of beach cafes, bars and restaurants, so you get to sit and enjoy those Bahama flavours when you’re taking a break from the stunning waters. (Entrance is free!)

Recommended reading for Junkanoo Beach: All you Need to Know About Junkanoo Beach

7. Nassau Straw Market – Nassau

Building of Straw Market

Looking for a souvenir to take home? Then you should visit Nassau Straw Market . This open-air market sells a range of handcrafted items, tourist trinkets, and Bahamian souvenirs.

You can visit the market from 7.30 AM to 5 PM every day, and both the US dollar and the Bahamian dollar are accepted.

8. Pirates of Nassau Museum

Pirate Museum

Nassau was once the beloved home of pirates who ravaged the Caribbean Sea. The Pirate Museum of Nassau has spectacularly captured the pirate history of the island and offers visitors an immersive experience.

The museum provides a journey into the golden age of piracy, and rightfully, it has become one of the family-friendly attractions in Nassau. A visit to the museum can be educational and historically intriguing.

9. Clifton Heritage National Park – Nassau

Clifton Heritage National Park

History buffs and nature lovers will find a set of equally stimulating diversions at Clifton Heritage National Park. Located on a land of 208 acres, the national park is among the most visited attractions on New Providence Island.

The diverse ecosystem will give nature lovers plenty to see and think about, while the caves, nature trails, and ruins are perfect tokens of adventure for those who fancy a bit of intrigue in their lives.

10. National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas – Nassau

Bahamas National Art Gallery

Another must-visit place in Nassau, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is the first of its kind in the country. Located within a short distance of Nassau’s port, the museum has four galleries: the PE, the PS, T1, and T2.

The PE, the permanent space, is dedicated to the national collection; the PE is dedicated to monthly exhibitions and interventions, while T1 and T2 are temporary spaces. Apart from the collection, the building – an ancient mansion, is an attraction in itself.

11. John Watling’s Distillery – Nassau

John Watling’s Distillery is located within the vicinity of the cruise ship port. This is an estate with a history that goes back to 1789. The distillery is open every day of the week, except on national holidays, from 10 AM to 6 PM.

12. Queen’s Staircase – Nassau

Queens Staircase Nassau

Also known as the 66 steps, Queen’s Staircase is a principal landmark found inside the Fort Fincastle complex in Nassau. The staircase was built by slaves for two years from 1793 to 1794.

It is believed that the staircase was a direct link between the fort and Nassau city. The stairs were named as such in honour of Queen Victoria. Only 65 steps can be seen at the moment; one step is hidden under asphalt.

If you’re into history and all things ancient – Queen’s Staircase could be considered one of the best places to visit in the Bahamas!

13. Blue Lagoon Island

Blue Lagoon Island, Bahamas

Located at a five-kilometre distance from Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island is known for white sandy beaches, fun parks, dolphin encounters, sea lions, and cruising. Visiting this island is one of the popular things to do on a cruise.

If you are visiting with friends and family, this is an excellent spot to spend some time together – kids can play in the warm waters of the sea, or they’ll find the inflatable water park to their liking. Kayaking is also a possibility here.

14. Exuma Cays Land And Sea Park

Exumas Cays

Offering some of the most spellbinding seascapes, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a dazzling marine park visited by thousands of tourists. With waters of different shades of blue and green and powdery white sand, the park is the perfect spot for water sports lovers.

The vibrant marine life and the crystal-clear waters attract divers, boaters and snorkelers. However, the park is a protected area, so no fishing is allowed within the park’s parameters.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park should definitely be on your bucket list of must-visit places in the Bahamas.

15. Pig Beach – Big Major Cay

Found on Big Major Cay, one of the cays of the Exuma Cays, Pig Beach received its name due to the fact that it is home to feral pigs that live freely on the island.

It is one of the most popular places to visit in the Bahamas; a range of tours are available, which includes half-day excursions and full-day trips.

Check out our detailed article on the Pig Beach

16. Harbour Island

Pink Beach at Harbour Island, Bahamas

Lying north of Eleuthera, Harbour Island is another picturesque island of the Bahamas. Also known as Briland, Harbour Island was the first Bahamian settlement.

In the 1700s, English loyalists made a home here, and their little pink-hued cottages still stand on the island.

Pink-sand beaches are the principal attraction of the island. Popular activities include fishing, sunbathing, diving, and snorkelling.

17. Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve – Eleuthera Island

Leon Levy Nature Preserve

The only national park on Eleuthera Island, Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a sprawling botanic garden located within a 30-acre land area. Home to a wide variety of native Bahamian plants, this national park was the first park of its kind on the island.

The park is an excellent display of bush medicine; it serves as an educational centre with a focus on the biodiversity and the native vegetation of the country.

This is one of the best places in the Bahamas to witness some bird activity; the park has several bird trails and boardwalks.

18. Glass Window Bridge – Eleuthera Island

Glass Window Bridge

The Glass Window Bridge brings you the most amazing views of both the Atlantic and the Caribbean seas. This strip of rocks seems to separate the two seas, enabling visitors to see the wonderful contrast between the blue waters.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas, the Glass Window Bridge has a width of 30 feet. This was once a man-made bridge, but it was replaced by a natural rock that was moved here by a hurricane.

Winslow Homer, the famous landscape painter, was captivated by the beauty of the area and gave it the name Glass Window. We rate this as one of the must-visit places in the Bahamas!

19. Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island MarketPlace, Bahamas

The northernmost island of the Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island is known for cruise ships and tour packages.

Freeport, the capital, is the second-largest city in the country, and Port Lucaya is now a popular shopping, entertainment and dining destination. Port Lucaya Marketplace, for instance, sells a variety of merchandise, including straw products and jewellery.

20. Garden of the Groves – Grand Bahama Island

Waterfall at Garden Of The Groves

One of the tourist highlights of Grand Bahama Island, Garden of the Groves is a nature lovers’ paradise. The three gardens are home to a diverse range of butterflies, migratory birds, and native birds.

The many flowers and plants also attract a variety of insects. Strolling along the winding paths through the lush vegetation of the park is a popular thing to do here.

What’s more, the cascading waterfalls and sparkling fountains create the most romantic backdrop for those who want to host their wedding in the beautiful chapel found here.

21. Lucayan National Park – Grand Bahama Island

Couple at Lucayan National Park

Visiting Lucayan National Park is one of the must-do things on Grand Bahama Island. Located within a land area of 40 acres, the national park was opened in 1977.

The highlight of the park is its underwater cave systems, which, as it happens, are among the largest cave systems in the world. The caves are off-limits for swimmers, and divers need a special permit.

22. Andros Island

Aerial View of Andros Island, Bahamas

The largest landmass of the Bahamas, Andros Island is frequented by divers and anglers. The third-largest barrier reef is found here as well.

Underwater caves and freshwater blue holes create a picture-perfect wonderland for divers. Also known as the bonefishing capital of the world, fishing is one of the most popular activities here.

The island is also home to the largest protected region in the country, which includes five national parks. Mangrove swamps, rich birdlife, mudflats, forests, and eco-resorts are some of the interesting things that detail the appeal of Andros Island.

This island could be considered one of the best places to visit in the Bahamas!

23. Androsia Hand-Made Batik Factory – Andros Island

A popular tourist attraction on Andros Island, Androsia Hand Made Batik Factory was opened in 1973 by the Birch Family.

The idea behind the enterprise was to create something beautiful that incorporates the local culture; the factory is also a symbol of the country gaining independence and making the best of the country’s resources.

24. Treasure Cay Beach – Abaco Islands

Treasure Cay Beach

Often cited as one of the most visited beaches in the Bahamas, Treasure Cay Beach is a beautiful tract of soft white sand; the beach is located on Great Abaco Island.

The crescent-shaped shore attracts tourists who wish to sunbathe and relax in the tropical splendour of the island.

The beach is also the venue of many fishing tournaments.

25. Elbow Cay – Abaco Islands

Abaco Islands

Located across Marsh Harbour in Abaco islands, Elbow Cay is very much like a New England-style fishing village. Hope Town, the main settlement of the island is dotted with beautiful cottages, and the streets here are mostly free of vehicles.

The town attracts tourists from all around the world, and there’s also an ever-growing expat community here.

26. Wyannie Malone Historical Museum – Abaco Islands

A principal tourist attraction in Hope town, Wyannie Malone Historical Museum preserves the town’s long and vibrant history. Opened in 1978, the museum is the namesake of the town’s founder, Wyannie Malone.

The museum holds an extensive collection of artefacts pertaining to the piracy era in the country. Pottery, manuscripts, china, and clothing are some of the components of the collection.

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27. Green Turtle Cay – Great Abaco

Green Turtle Cay Harbour, Bahamas

To get a feel of the old Bahamas, you should visit Green Turtle Cay, a small island replete with serenity. The streets fringed with pastel-coloured cottages are excellent for walks; golf carts are the main method of transport here.

The harbour is sprinkled with fishing boats, and all over New Plymouth are small shops and museums. The five-kilometre-long island also offers diving, snorkelling, swimming, and boating opportunities.

28. Bimini Islands

Bimini Beaches

The unofficial name of the Bimini islands is the ‘big game fishing capital of the Bahamas’ . From March to September, the island turns into a carnival with deep-sea fishing tournaments.

The island is located close to the Gulf Stream, which is the main reason for its diverse and abundant marine life.

This cluster of islands has the shape of a fish-hook, and these are the closest Bahamian islands to the United States. Snorkelling and diving are possibilities; dolphin and shark dives are real treats for adventurous spirits.

Recommended reading for Bimini: Places To Visit in Bimini

29. Long Island

Sunset at Long Island, Bahamas

For a bit of unspoiled nature, visit Long Island, one of the most beautiful islands in the Bahamas. The island isn’t included in the regular tourist itinerary due to its remote location, which is the main appeal of the place.

Boating and fishing are popular activities, and the pink and white beaches are an invitation for sunbathers.

30. Dean’s Blue Hole – Long Island

Deans Blue Hole

The main highlight of Long Island, Dean’s Blue Hole is the second deepest blue hole of its kind in the world. Compared to other blue holes in the world, this one is the most beautiful and offers excellent visibility. This loccation is also an excellent diving site.

On the surface, the diameter of the blue hole spans from 25 to 35 metres, but if you dive about 20 metres underwater, the diameter extends to around 100 metres.

Turtles, tarpons, snapper fish, rays, and seahorses form the diverse marine life in the blue hole. We rate this as one of the must-visit places in the Bahamas.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bahamas Places

What is the most popular place to visit in the bahamas.

Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas and the adjoining Paradise Island are considered to be the most popular places to visit in the archipelago.

Nassau and Paradise Island are often considered the gateway to the Bahamas and home to high-end resorts, casinos and entertainment facilities.

What is the Cheapest Place to Visit in the Bahamas?

The Bahamas is generally an expensive destination but it’s certainly possible to find budget accommodation in places like Cat Island, Long Island and Eleuthera.

Where is the Safest Place to Visit in the Bahamas?

Less populated places like Exumas Island and Cat Island can be considered the safest places to visit in the Bahamas. Violent crime rates are very low in these islands.

What are some Historical Places to Visit in the Bahamas?

The Queens Staircase Fort Fincastle, Nassau Fort Charlotte The Parliament Square The Elbow Reef Lighthouse, Abaco

Read about these places in detail here: Historical Places to Visit in the Bahamas

What is the Prettiest Place to Visit in the Bahamas?

Bimini Island in the Bahamas is known for its incredible beauty. Bimini was also considered one of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite retreats.

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14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Nassau

Written by Karen Hastings and Shandley McMurray Updated Dec 26, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Karen Hastings lived in the Bahamas for several years and loved exploring Nassau during many visits. Author Shandley McMurray has been visiting Nassau since she was a kid, most recently in December 2022.

The city of Nassau is one of the most popular cruise ship ports in the Caribbean. Several cruise ships at a time can dock at Prince George Wharf, disgorging waves of tourists into the city to explore its many attractions and things to do — from botanical gardens and an adrenaline-pumping water park to private island day trips, dreamy beaches, and duty-free shopping.

View over Nassau

Despite the considerable development in recent times, you can still soak up some of the city's colonial charm. Spend some time sightseeing in Nassau to witness this old-world elegance in the city's candy-colored colonial buildings, old forts, and grand hotels.

For ideas on the best places to visit in this buzzing Caribbean port, check out our list of the top attractions and things to do in Nassau.

See also: Where to Stay in Nassau

1. Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis, Paradise Island

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Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis, a luxury hotel, aquarium, water park, and entertainment complex is one of the top places to visit in The Bahamas. The Atlantis Resort designers have gone to great lengths to recreate this fantasy world. Decorations reflect real and mythical creatures: seahorses, helmeted domes, and giant bronze doors.

The marine habitat is one of the largest outdoor aquariums in the world . It specializes in native tropical species, and the tanks incorporate the ruins and sculptures of Atlantis.

Children and adults alike will love the Aquaventure water park . Highlights include the Leap of Faith , which plunges riders down an 18-meter drop through a tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon, and the less adventurous can float around the park on a lazy river ride, over waves and rolling rapids. Spending a day here is one of the most popular things to do in The Bahamas .

Animal lovers can also swim with dolphins or join the Ultimate Trainer for a Day program at the resort's Dolphin Cay .

Atlantis is one of the best resorts in The Bahamas , and with its splashy attractions and colorful motifs, it rivals the top theme resorts in Las Vegas.

Address: 1 Casino Drive, Paradise Island

Cable Beach

Despite all the resorts lining this iconic stretch of coastline, Cable Beach still manages to conjure the feel of a classic Caribbean beach. Soft white sand stretches to turquoise water, and sun loungers beckon along the shore, making this one of the best places to visit in Nassau. The clear waters are also safe for swimming.

Staying at one of the resorts here puts you steps from the freshly-raked sand — the Meliá Nassau Beach Hotel , Breezes , and Sandals Royal Bahamian all rim the sun-splashed shore. But even if you're not staying at one of the resorts, the beach is open to the public, so you can still spend a day here relaxing by the sea.

Read More: Best Beaches in the Caribbean

Blue Lagoon Island

Also known as Salt Cay, Blue Lagoon Island is a popular place to visit in Nassau on a cruise. This fun-packed private island lies about five kilometers from Nassau and offers a range of water sports, as well as close-up encounters with dolphins and sea lions.

At the island's three-acre marine mammal facility, animal lovers can participate in the Dolphin Encounters program to learn all about these friendly mammals and interact with them under the careful watch of professional trainers.

Day-trippers can also tour the island on Segways, relax in hammocks along the palm-lined beach, and snorkel and swim in the lagoon. Children will love the water park, packed with inflatable toys.

Queen's Staircase

Cut by slaves into solid limestone in the late 18th century, the 66 steps known as the Queen's Staircase gave troops protected access to Fort Fincastle. More than a century later, the staircase was named to honor Queen Victoria and her role in abolishing slavery in The Bahamas.

Today, visitors can appreciate this amazing feat of construction as they climb the steep staircase, now flanked by a cooling cascade and tropical foliage.

The stairs lead to Fort Fincastle , the highest point on the island. Built by Lord Dunmore in 1793, the fort is shaped like the bow of a boat and affords panoramic views of Nassau and the ocean beyond.

Address: Elizabeth Ave, Nassau

Flamingos at the Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre

Best known as the home of the marching flamingos, the Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre is set on four acres of tropical gardens. The flamingos entertain visitors by marching in formation to commands.

A fun spot to bring the whole family, this zoo specializes in the conservation of Caribbean species, including the endangered Bahama parrot and several species of iguanas.

Children love the petting zoo and hand-feeding the friendly rainbow lorikeets. This is a great thing to do in Nassau with kids if you want a break from the beach.

Address: Chippingham Road, Nassau

Snorkeling in Nassau

Clifton Heritage National Park offers a little something for everyone: history, culture, natural beauty — and tranquility.

Take a guided tour along the trails and soak up some history. Learn about the Lucayans, the Loyalists, and the Africans — three important cultures that make The Bahamas such a fascinating destination — and explore the remnants of villages, plantations, and slave quarters. You'll even find a medicinal garden here.

Wander the winding trails through different tropical ecosystems, from coastal wetlands and rocky cliffs to dunes, coral reefs, and an inviting slice of beach. Along the way, keep a look out for wading birds, seabirds, and songbirds.

Better still, don your snorkel gear and get out in the water. You can follow an underwater snorkel trail , admire the coral reef sculpture garden , and even see sunken film wrecks — the park was the setting for Jaws and other films.

How to Visit: Clifton Heritage National Park sits on the western tip of New Providence Island, about a 25-minute drive from Nassau. Many visitors book a guided tour here, but you can also visit on your own. Note, though, that there is an entry fee and a separate fee for snorkeling — bring your own snorkel gear if you want to save money renting it.

Cabbage Beach

If you're hoping to sit back, relax, and soak up the rays on a pristine beach, you'll love Cabbage Beach. The most popular beach on Paradise Island , this soft, white gem is an ideal place to visit for families looking to build sandcastles and bury each other in the sand.

That said, the surf can get quite rough, so you'll want to pay extra close attention if you're traveling with little ones. While playing in the sand is a great thing to do with the family, this isn't the most kid-friendly beach for swimming.

You can rent beach chairs or umbrellas on-site , but be prepared to pay a hefty sum for their use. This seems to be par for the course on Nassau, though, so the high prices for rentals at Cabbage Beach are not much different than other area beaches.

Some vendors can be bargained down, and you should take a look at their gear before you use it. Some tourists have been scammed into less-than-stellar equipment (i.e. umbrellas filled with holes). Better yet, if you can bring your own gear, you'll have a stress-free, cheap visit to the beach.

Insider's tip: The closer you get to Atlantis, the nicer the beach. The beach vendors can be quite pushy, and not all are honest, so beware. Also, there are no bathrooms on-site.

Pirates of Nassau Museum | Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock.com

Though a little light on historical exhibits, Pirates of Nassau Museum is a wonderful way for children to learn more about Nassau's seafaring days.

Visitors to the museum can explore a replica of the pirate ship Revenge and the shanty town of Nassau, see pirate paraphernalia, and interact with theatrical pirate hosts. Exhibits also cover the infamous Blackbeard and women pirates.

This is a great thing to do for a couple of hours with the whole family, especially on a rainy day.

Address: King and George Streets, Nassau

Marina Village on Paradise Island

Those hoping to practice a little retail therapy while on a Bahamian vacation should schedule time to explore Marina Village on Paradise Island. Colorful buildings welcome shoppers to examine the wares behind their pretty, pastel façades. Conveniently located, the village lies a mere three-minute walk from Atlantis.

Here, you'll find everything from beach wear to jewelry to touristy kitsch. And once you've worked up an appetite from all that shopping, you can sit down to enjoy a meal at one of the many Marina Village Restaurants. Whether you're hoping to enjoy a laid-back, family-style Italian meal or tasty Bahamian fare at the upscale Café Martinique, your taste buds will be thrilled. Don't forget to leave room for ice cream!

When you aren't shopping or eating, be sure to enjoy the endless fun and entertainment on offer. Junkanoo parades, live music, and shows of all kinds are performed throughout the year. Then, make time to ogle the luxury yachts parked at the surrounding docks.

Insider's Tip: If you're a fan of hand-made gifts, visit Art Walk at Marina Village. It runs from 12 to 7pm on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Nassau Straw Market

After the decline of the sponging industry in the mid 1940s, Bahamian women began braiding and weaving the leaves of palm trees and sisal plants into baskets and fishing traps as a way to boost their income. Today, this tradition continues at the Straw Market in Nassau.

Looking for some Bahamian souvenirs? You can buy woven items such as hats, mats, and baskets, as well as fine wooden carvings, colorful fabrics, and many other souvenirs. The historic market building was destroyed by fire in September 2001, but the market continues and has become a downtown institution.

Address: Downtown Bay Street, Nassau

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Housed in the lovingly restored Villa Doyle, a large historic Neoclassical mansion, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is the most important art institution in the country.

The oldest section, looking toward the harbor to the north, was built in the 1860s by William Henry Doyle, Chief Justice of The Bahamas. The southern wing was added in the 1920s by Sir Walter K. Moore.

The impressive collection includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and textiles from Bahamian artists, spanning the early 20th century to the present day.

Address: Villa Doyle, West and West Hill Street, Nassau

Government House

Built in 1801 and renovated after the 1929 hurricane, this magnificent conch-pink mansion on top of Mount Fitzwilliam is the official residence of the Governor General of The Bahamas.

Constructed of stone and supported by ionic columns, the structure is an impressive example of Georgian Colonial architecture. A statue of Christopher Columbus, dating from 1830, stands at the entrance. Today, visitors can stroll around the complex and enjoy beautiful views of the bay and Paradise Island.

Children will enjoy watching the changing of the guard ceremony , which takes place at Government House twice a month.

Address: Duke Street, Nassau

Versailles Gardens, Paradise Island

If money is no object, book a stay at the swanky The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas . Home to luxurious rooms, five-star amenities, and delectable restaurants, this lavish resort is a treat for all your senses. This high-end luxury resort's most famous attribute is the beautiful Versailles Gardens.

An immaculately landscaped, terraced pathway peppered with statues and stone steps leads visitors to the gardens' highlight: a collection of marble cloisters boasting a stunning view of the harbor. In the center stands a marble statue named Silence , which was created in 1928 by artist, Sir William Reid Dick.

Lower down on the path, towards the resort's main pool, you'll find the equally impressive statue, The Reclining Venus , which was sculpted by Italian master Lorenzo Bartolini in 1829.

Insider's Tip: Look closely in the garden's pools and fountains and you might spy a turtle or two. Also, enjoy a meal while on the property, so you can park easily at the resort.

Aerial view of Downtown and Bay Street

A bustling mix of shops and restaurants, Downtown and Bay Street offers some of the best duty-free shopping in Nassau. Cruise ship passengers flock here to buy jewelry, T-shirts, and perfume, and you'll also find the straw market and Pirates of Nassau Museum along this strip.

Street hawkers can be aggressive here, especially when a wave of tourists alights from a cruise ship, but a firm "no thank you" usually does the trick.

Nassau Downtown - Floor plan map

For first time visitors to Nassau, the best places to stay for sightseeing are on Paradise Island near Atlantis and along the white sands of Cable Beach. Downtown Nassau is also packed with attractions, such as the straw market, duty free shops, and the National Art Gallery. Here are some highly rated hotels in these areas:

Luxury Hotels:

  • On Paradise Island, The Cove at Atlantis is the most luxurious tower of the Atlantis Resort. Guests here score entry to an exclusive adults-only pool and beach club, as well as all the other fun Atlantis attractions.
  • For couples who prefer to stay on famed Cable Beach, Sandals Royal Bahamian is a prime pick, with a private island and all-inclusive rates. This adults-only resort also boasts an award-winning spa.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Adjacent to the Atlantis, the Comfort Suites is one of the most popular mid-range hotels on Paradise Island, thanks to its good-value rates that include entry into the Atlantis attractions.
  • Right on Cable Beach, the all-inclusive Breezes Resort and Spa Bahamas is a great option for those seeking a little sun, sand, and sea without small children - only kids 14 years and older are allowed.
  • Tourists visiting Nassau for the popular Atlantis water park, Aquaventure, are right near all the action at The Beach at Atlantis , the "Value" tower of the resort.

Budget Hotels:

  • In The Bahamas, even budget hotels can be pricier than travelers expect, but the Bay View Suites Paradise Island is convenient for travelers who want to self cater and is only a 10-minute walk from Atlantis.
  • In a great central location, El Greco Hotel offers a pool and basic rooms across from the beach in town.

Sailing & Snorkeling in Nassau:

  • Nassau is all about life underwater, as well as on land, and a great way to explore this subterranean world is on a Nassau Sail and Snorkel Tour . Sail out to a fish-rich reef on a luxury catamaran and spend your time snorkeling among the colorful fish and coral. All your snorkeling gear, boat transportation, and refreshments are included on this fun three-and-a-half hour tour.

Day Trips from Nassau:

  • From Nassau, a day trip tour is a convenient and stress-free way to visit some of the smaller Out Islands without worrying about boat rental and navigating your way in unfamiliar waters. The Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day from Nassau whisks you to Salt Cay, where you are invited to lounge on the soft sand, visit the marine park for a close up view of dolphins and sea lions, and enjoy a freshly grilled lunch.
  • The six-hour Rose Island Day Trip is another must-do activity. It offers you a choice of activities, from basking on the beach of this beautiful island to group activities such as beach volleyball and snorkeling in the clear waters, or a combination of these options. All equipment is provided, as well as a delicious buffet lunch.
  • We're betting you've never had a chance to swim with pigs before. If we're right, this is something you must add to your to-do list. Check it off with an uber fun Morning Pig Encounter to Rose Island. This four-hour tour includes a 30-minute bus ride to the boat that will take you another 25 minutes to the aptly named Da Pig Beach . Here, you'll find your fun, pink, four-legged swimming partners.

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The Bahamas ranks 57th most popular tourist destination in the world . It is made up of 30 islands, 700 islets, and just over 2,000 unpopulated reefs. It goes without saying that visiting the Bahamas is synonymous with rest, sun, and beach. It is a paradisiacal place in the Caribbean that welcomes you with a strong dose of fun and relaxation.

The main Bahamas tourist attractions are its beaches , and they are perfect for swimming or practicing water sports. However, the Bahamas also has other attractions that will allow you to know its culture and history. And if what you want when embarking on this great trip is to enjoy every second, I assure you that you will not get bored, there is a wide variety of activities to do and beaches to visit.

So, if you visit the Bahamas on your next vacation, I recommend visiting the following  12 Top Things to Do in the Bahamas that I enjoyed during my 20 days visit to this country. Read on!

Things to Do in the Bahamas

1. atlantis paradise island.

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

There are those who love and who hate it, but it is impossible not to notice the majestic construction of the Atlantis hotel in Nassau. I have nicknamed it “Barbie Castle.”

Atlantis is a gigantic luxury hotel complex with many swimming pools, restaurants, etc. I didn’t go into the hotel and just stayed in the small area of ​​shops and malls next to the marina, which is free. Anyone who wants to get into Atlantis can spend the day by buying a day pass to some of the hotel’s attractions. I believe it’s a really cool program for kids.

You can reach Paradise Island on foot via the Poitier Bridge, by taxi, or by ferry from downtown Nassau (behind Straw Market). I went on foot and returned to the center by boat!

You know that after seeing it from afar, I felt like staying at Atlantis, even though I’m not a fan of huge hotels! But definitely, this is one of the best things to do in the Bahamas.

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

Actually, this is where my journey of knowing the Bahamas started. Therefore, it can’t miss this list of the best tourist attractions in the Bahamas.

I visited the Retreat Garden National Park , where I saw one of the largest collections of exotic palms in the world. It is also home to native orchids or red ginger. In addition, I toured  Fort Charlotte , which was built in 1788. I toured its corridors and saw the dungeons, which allowed me to learn more about the military history of the Bahamas.

On the other hand,  I cannot forget its fabulous beaches, such as Long Wharf.  A perfect place to take a bath and rest, but also to carry out numerous activities. That is, it is suitable for any visitor regardless of what you are looking for.

3. Dean’s Blue Hole

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

The marine universe hides secrets and mysteries that man can never fully understand. And in the Bahamas, there is one of them:  The deepest blue hole in the world . Located in a bay west of Clarence Town on the Long Island of the Bahamas, this  202-meter-deep natural wonder  captures the interest of divers from all over the world.

Dean’s Blue Hole stands out among the options of Bahamian tourist attractions.  It is estimated that it has been there for 15,000 years . Its circular surface has a diameter of 35 meters.  About 20 meters from the surface, the hole widens, creating a large cavern about 100 meters in diameter.  Various diving competitions have taken place in this hole. It was even here, in 2007, that  diver William Trubidge broke the world record for freediving , reaching a depth of 84 meters. This magical place has mysteries and ways of life that any lover of the sea would conquer.

4. Harbor Island

Although when I talk about the beaches of the Caribbean, many people imagine white sands. But in the Bahamas, I found an island that surpasses even that idea. Harbor Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas, as its sand is neither brown nor white.  It is pink !  Seven kilometers of stunning pink sand beaches open before your eyes. 

Its warm waters are ideal for  swimming, diving, and fishing.  During sunset, I was amazed by the pink coast, which shines in pale orange. And I recommend that’s why I recommend short walks before the evening n this beach.

The only city I found on Harbor Island is called Dunmore , and I enjoyed getting to know it, as it highlights its colorful local architecture and the Caribbean atmosphere that is perceived in the music and the people. I love this town because it has numerous traditional British villas.  In addition, it’s also a hotspot for local restaurants that specialize in Bahamian dishes such as cracked conch, souse, and baked crabs.

5. Castaway Cay

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. This island has four kilometers beach for people with a family beach and another for people over eighteen, water parks for children, and ultra-dynamic slides for adrenaline lovers.  Disney characters such as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean welcome visitors,  who can only be those who have boarded one of the Disney cruises. An exclusive plan, but absolutely fantastic for travelers who have the opportunity to experience it.

So why is it a seaside Disneyland? Castaway Cay is a beach that Walt Disney temporarily owns. According to sources, Walt Disney has the right to do business on this island until 2096. Before becoming a tourist location, Castaway Cay was once a hot spot for drug smugglers. This is due to the old airstrip within it.

Though it looks very lively now with all the huts, pools, restaurants, and other recreational amenities present, there’s still a lot for Walt Disney to do in the future.  Castaway Cay area measures 1,000 acres in total . However, the company only managed to develop 55 acres.

Aside from swimming and sunbathing, other activities in Castaway cay are banana boat riding, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, open-air dining, recreational swimming ( Walt Disney divided Castaway cay into nine swimming areas), shopping, massage sessions, and kiddie dance parties. Vising this place is probably one of the best things to do in the Bahamas.

6. Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Center

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

Another place that interested me and I recommend for families is the Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Center. It is a reservoir of exotic animals located in Nassau . It was the work of the Jamaican horticulturist Hedley Vivian Edward , who managed to open its doors in 1937.

It was in the 1950s, and thanks to the intervention of the Bahamian government, that the zoo received what is today its main attraction:  beautiful and tall flamingos . Visitors can feed them, and at certain times of the day, in the company of their caregivers, they make a nice show.

7. Pirates of Nassau Museum

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

Tales of pirates are part of the culture in the Bahamas. Hidden treasures, bloody raids, and astounding naval battles are some of the topics that l commonly heard.

And to see lots of pirate artifacts in one go, I was advised to visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum.  This museum looks like a theme park.  It resembles a shady pirate town where a pirate ship is waiting at the dock.

Though it doesn’t look like an authentic museum, the exhibits are impressive.  Items that I saw in this museum are flintlock pistols, cutlasses, swords, flags, astrolabes, etc.  All of these date back to the Golden Era of Pirates. Aside from the main gallery, there are also dedicated sections that feature education exhibits about Black Beard, Woods Rogers, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read.

But the fun doesn’t end at Pirates of Nassau Museum with viewing the exhibits only.  There’s also the built-in restaurant and club. The built-in restaurant serves you pirate-themed dishes.  On the other hand, the clubs provide parties for small crowds.

8. Dolphin Cay Atlantis

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

I confess that when I was choosing the tour options before the trip, I was tempted to remove this option. Imagine being in deep icy water and crashing waves. But obviously, it was bullshit of mine, and it’s in a tank with controlled water and no waves.

Dolphin Cay is a marine reservation area in Paradise Island . It’s owned by the same company that manages the Atlantis resort and hotel.

Before swimming with Dolphins, we were given neoprene clothes and had to go through the informational class. There they give us clothes, a snorkel kit, and fins and a key to a locker, where you can leave your backpack and belongings.  They don’t let you take anything with you when swimming: not even cell phones, GoPro, anything like that , so you have to leave everything there.

Then, in a group of about 20 people, we went to a classroom with a big screen, where an instructor gave some basic information about dolphins and focused a lot on what we CANNOT do: which parts of the dolphins you can’t touch, or which don’t touch too hard and so on.

We were instructed to float on our stomachs and breathe through the snorkel to see the dolphin up close passing our side. The instructors also encouraged us to reach out to touch the dolphins as they passed.

It was a super cool warm-up to get familiarized with the animals and get used to the mask and snorkel goggles. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had much contact with these diving things, and I struggled a bit with it. The mask kept fogging up, and water got into the tube where I was supposed to be breathing. I spent a lot of trouble in those first minutes, but then I got used to the scheme.

The whole experience lasted around 30-40 minutes , and soon the instructor was already giving signs that it was time to say goodbye and start coming out of the water. Everything went by very quickly, I really wanted to take another dolphin ride there in the swimming pool, but they also deserved to rest after playing with us.

9. National Art Gallery of Bahamas

To see the artistic heritage of the Bahamas, I headed to the National Art Gallery, another of the popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas. I didn’t have trouble finding this. I just went to the city of Nassau and look for that classic British villa with a beautiful balcony and a well-tended front garden.

Here, most of the exhibits in the gallery consist of photos, paintings, portraits, and drawings.  Subjects that they tackle pertain to the political, cultural, and social issues in the Bahamas.

Understanding the exhibits wasn’t hard because I was accompanied by a tour guide and all information.  Guided tours are available from 10 a.m – 5 p.m Monday- Saturday.

If you want to buy souvenirs, the National Art Gallery is the place to go because it sells unique items ranging from printed t-shirts, bags, ball-pen cases, figurines, portraits, and many more.

10. Lucayan National Park

Another popular place that provided a holistic exploration and swimming at the beach was the Lucayan National Park.

Lucayan National Park spans 16 acres. Within it are beaches, picnic locations, and caves . Overseeing the development and maintenance of this national park is the Bahamas National Trust. The best location for swimming and picnicking is at  Gold Rock beach . It impressed me with its fine white sand where trees grow that cast shade.

You can explore the underwater  cave system of the Lucayan National Park that extends up to 9.7 kilometers.  With a tour guide, take a look at its rock formations and bizarre aquatic animals.

Lucayan National Park is also home to thick beaked vireos, Bahama swallows, and olive-capped warblers.  To see these, prioritize following the trails that lead to the Gold Rock Creek that’s north of Gold Rock Beach.

11. Elbow Cay

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

The legendary Elbow Cay is among the most beautiful and most popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas.  It was originally populated by British people fleeing from the newly independent United States of America in 1785.

Today this island is an indispensable point for tourists looking for unforgettable beaches and towns with a Caribbean flavor . The largest urban settlement on the Cay is HopeTown, a small town featuring a beautiful lighthouse with red and white stripes and 37 meters high. The narrow and colorful streets lead to one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

12. Taino Beach

Best & Fun Things To Do In the Bahamas

For watersports, Taino Beach didn’t disappoint me . Its signature characteristic is its very tranquil water condition. On this beach, it seems that waves are nonexistent.  For this reason, activities such as swimming, parasailing, boating, kayaking, and jet skiing are very safe. 

The wide and flat surface of Taino beach serves well for beach volleyball. Moreover, the fine dunes cast picturesque shadows in the afternoon.   Taino Beach is also home to cheap hotels that offer what feels like 5-star accommodation to guests.  Hotels near this beach have their own swimming pools that host simple gatherings. Truly, I enjoyed the best of Bahamas attractions on this beach.

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Bahamas Landmarks: 15+ Famous Historic Landmarks in the Bahamas

Discover the top Bahamas landmarks and famous attractions in Nassau and Paradise Island. Explore historical sites, monuments, and museums across the islands of the Bahamas with our collection of stunning stock photos. Plan your journey to these iconic landmarks in the Bahamas for an unforgettable experience.

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Have you ever wondered what secrets lie within the historical landmarks of the Bahamas? Prepare to be captivated as we take you on a journey through time and unveil the hidden treasures of this breathtaking archipelago.

From the majestic Cloisters, transported brick by brick from France, to the enchanting Pig Beach where friendly pigs frolic in crystal-clear waters, these landmarks are sure to leave you awe-inspired.

Let’s embark on an adventure and discover the wonders that await in the Bahamas.

1. The Cloisters, Nassau

The Cloisters, located in Nassau, is one of the most intriguing Bahamas landmarks with its old European ruins and tropical gardens. Dating back to the 14th Century, this architectural gem was originally created in France and was then imported brick by brick to the Bahamas in the 1960s.

Nestled on high ground in the heart of Paradise Island, The Cloisters offer a captivating blend of history and natural beauty.

As you step into this enchanting site, you’ll be transported to another world. The old European ruins stand proud against a backdrop of lush tropical gardens, creating a mesmerizing contrast that is truly breathtaking. Explore the intricate details of the stone structures and marvel at their timeless elegance.

From every angle, The Cloisters offers picturesque views that are sure to leave you awe-inspired. Take a moment to soak in the serenity as you gaze out at the sparkling blue waters beyond. Feel your worries melt away as you wander through this tranquil oasis, surrounded by vibrant flowers and towering palm trees.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful escape from reality, The Cloisters is an absolute must-visit when exploring Nassau. Immerse yourself in its rich past and let its beauty transport you to another time and place. Don’t miss out on experiencing one of the most captivating landmarks in the Bahamas.

2. Cloisters

Dating back to the 14th Century, this is one of the most intriguing Bahamas landmarks you’ll find. Originally created in France, the buildings of the Cloisters were imported to the Bahamas, brick by brick, in the 1960s, by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. The Cloisters then found their new home on high ground in the heart of Paradise Island, and they remain there to this day.

Located on high ground in the heart of Paradise Island, the Cloisters are a fascinating architectural site dating back to the 14th Century. These Bahamas landmarks have a rich history and were originally created in France. Brick by brick, they were imported to the Bahamas in the 1960s by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst.

As you explore the Cloisters, you’ll be captivated by their elegance and beauty. The intricate stonework and breathtaking views make it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and architecture lovers alike. Walking through these ancient ruins surrounded by tropical gardens, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

The Cloisters offer more than just historical significance. They also serve as a popular spot for Bahamian destination weddings due to their romantic atmosphere and stunning backdrop of the sea. Imagine saying your vows amidst this enchanting setting, with centuries of history surrounding you.

Visiting these impressive monuments on Paradise Island is like stepping into another world. You can wander through the ruins, taking in the grandeur of medieval architecture while enjoying sweeping views of the island’s natural beauty.

Don’t miss out on experiencing one of the most intriguing Bahamas landmarks – visit the Cloisters on Paradise Island and immerse yourself in centuries-old history and timeless beauty.

3. Pig Beach, Great Exuma

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in The Bahamas, you can’t miss out on swimming with the adorable pigs at Pig Beach in Great Exuma. This famous beach, located on Big Major Cay, is home to a colony of feral pigs that have captured the hearts of visitors from around the world.

The origins of these swimming pigs are shrouded in mystery and folklore. Some say they were dropped off by sailors who planned to return and cook them, while others believe they survived a shipwreck and swam to shore. Regardless of how they got here, these friendly and photogenic creatures have become local celebrities.

Tourists flock to Pig Beach to get up close and personal with these incredible animals. You can swim alongside them in the crystal-clear waters or simply relax on the white sandy beach as they roam freely around you. It’s an experience unlike any other – sharing the ocean with playful pigs!

To make the most of your visit, consider taking one of the many guided tours available. These tours will not only take you to Pig Beach but also provide valuable information about the history and ecology of Great Exuma.

Remember, while interacting with these amazing creatures, it’s important to treat them with respect and care. They are wild animals after all! So grab your swimsuit, pack your camera, and prepare for an unforgettable adventure at Pig Beach in Great Exuma!

4. Fort Montagu, New Providence Island

When exploring New Providence Island, don’t miss out on visiting Fort Montagu! You can delve into the rich history of this oldest fort in the Bahamas and learn about its significance during The Battle of Nassau. Built from limestone by the British in 1741, Fort Montagu stands as a testament to the island’s past.

As you approach Fort Montagu, you’ll be greeted by its sturdy walls and four cannons that were used to defend against Spanish invaders. Stepping inside, you’ll feel transported back in time as you explore the various rooms and corridors. Imagine what it was like for soldiers stationed here, standing guard over the island.

Take your time to soak in the historical significance of this landmark. Learn about The Battle of Nassau and how these cannons played a crucial role in defending British interests. As you walk through each room, imagine what life was like for those who called this fort home.

Visiting Fort Montagu is not only an opportunity to learn about Bahamian history but also a chance to appreciate the beautiful surroundings of New Providence Island. So make sure to add this historical landmark to your itinerary when exploring the Bahamas!

5. Dunmore Town, Harbour Island

While exploring Harbour Island, you must make time to visit the charming town of Dunmore Town, where you can immerse yourself in the authentic Bahamian culture and stroll through its picturesque streets. This small settlement is not only the only town on Harbour Island but also one of the most scenic and impressive Bahamas attractions.

As you wander through Dunmore Town, you’ll be captivated by its quaint charm and vibrant atmosphere.

One of the highlights of Dunmore Town is the Princess Street Gallery, a must-visit destination for art enthusiasts. Here, you can browse through charming boutiques and admire local artwork that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Bahamas. Whether you’re looking for unique souvenirs or beautiful pieces to add to your collection, this gallery offers a delightful shopping experience.

In addition to shopping, Dunmore Town also offers opportunities to explore historical landmarks and architectural gems. You can visit the Haunted House for a spooky photo opportunity or marvel at Loyalist Cottage, an excellent example of English Colonial architecture. And when it comes to dining options, Dunmore Town does not disappoint. From delicious seafood dishes to traditional Bahamian cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

So take your time as you meander through Dunmore Town’s streets lined with colorful buildings and soak up the vibrant energy that permeates this enchanting place. It’s no wonder that this authentic Bahamian town stands out among all other vacation hotspots in the Bahamas.

6. Wyannie Malone Historical Museum

Explore the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum in Hope Town, where you can discover manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, pottery, and china that showcase the rich history of this Bahamian community. Step into this captivating museum and immerse yourself in the fascinating stories of Hope Town’s past.

As you walk through the museum, you will be captivated by the extensive collection of historical items on display. Manuscripts provide a glimpse into the lives and experiences of those who lived in this vibrant community. Photographs offer a visual journey through time, allowing you to witness firsthand the transformations that have occurred over the years.

The artifacts found within the museum tell stories of ancient trade routes and interactions with neighboring islands. From pottery fragments to delicate china pieces, each item holds a significant place in Bahamian history. These treasures give insight into daily life and cultural practices that have shaped Hope Town over the centuries.

This hidden gem is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those eager to learn more about Bahamian heritage. The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into the past of this charming community.

So take some time out of your Bahamas adventure to explore this incredible landmark in Nassau Bahamas and discover all that it has to offer.

7. Blackbeard’s Tower, Nassau

Located in Nassau, Blackbeard’s Tower is a must-see historic landmark that offers insights into the lives of pirates. This intriguing attraction showcases the role of pirates in the Bahamas and provides visitors with a glimpse into their battles and living quarters. As you explore this iconic tower, you’ll be transported back to a time when piracy reigned supreme in these waters.

Situated in the heart of Nassau, Blackbeard’s Tower stands as a testament to the rich pirate history that shaped the Bahamas. The towering structure features captivating exhibits that detail the exploits of infamous pirates who once roamed these shores. From interactive displays to historical artifacts, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of piracy.

As you climb to the top of Blackbeard’s Tower, prepare to be rewarded with breathtaking views of Nassau and its surrounding turquoise waters. The panoramic vista offers a picturesque backdrop for capturing memorable photos and soaking up the beauty of your surroundings.

Don’t miss out on this unique Bahamian experience. Make sure to add Blackbeard’s Tower to your list of must-visit landmarks when exploring Nassau. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply curious about pirate lore, this historic site promises an unforgettable adventure into the intriguing past of the Bahamas.

8. Christ Church Cathedral, Nassau

If you’re interested in religious history, don’t miss the chance to visit Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau. This ancient landmark is the first church ever built in the Bahamas and holds a significant place in the country’s religious ancestry. The cathedral has a rich history, having been built and rebuilt four times since 1670. It has endured wars and destruction, making it a testament to resilience.

As you wander through the cathedral, you’ll be captivated by its stunning stained-glass windows that depict biblical stories and add an ethereal beauty to the space. The locals are welcoming and may even invite you to participate in an admission-free Sunday morning service, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spiritual experience.

Located in Nassau, Christ Church Cathedral stands as a symbol of faith and history within the community. Its grand architecture and intricate details make it a must-visit attraction for anyone seeking to explore religious landmarks.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to delve into Bahamian religious history at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau. Whether you have a deep appreciation for ecclesiastical architecture or simply want to witness the centuries-old heritage of this remarkable church, your visit will be both enlightening and awe-inspiring.

9. Sapona, Bimini

Scuba diving enthusiasts can explore the SS Sapona shipwreck in Bimini, a spooky sight that remains visible above water after running aground during a storm in 1926. Located just off the coast of Bimini, this underwater attraction offers a unique experience for adventurous divers.

As you approach the wreck, you’ll be captivated by its eerie presence rising from the crystal-clear waters.

The SS Sapona was originally used as a floating casino before meeting its fate on that fateful day. Today, it serves as a haunting reminder of the power of nature and the perils faced by seafarers. Diving around this historic monument allows you to witness firsthand the impact of time and weather on maritime history.

As you descend into the depths, you’ll discover an underwater world teeming with marine life that has made this shipwreck their home. Schools of colorful fish dart in and out of crevices while vibrant coral formations decorate the vessel’s decaying structure. It’s truly a mesmerizing spectacle.

Whether you’re an experienced diver or new to exploring underwater wonders, the SS Sapona is sure to leave a lasting impression. So grab your gear and embark on an unforgettable adventure at one of Bahamas’ most fascinating landmarks in Bimini.

10. Queen’s Staircase

Now that you’ve explored the intriguing underwater shipwreck attraction of Sapona in Bimini, let’s take a step back in history and discover another fascinating landmark in the Bahamas.

Welcome to the Queen’s Staircase, one of the most iconic landmarks in this beautiful archipelago.

Located at the bottom of Fort Fincastle in Nassau, the Queen’s Staircase is an architectural masterpiece that holds a significant place in Bahamian history. Carved from limestone by enslaved people between 1793 and 1794, these 66 steps were originally named in honor of Queen Victoria, who played a crucial role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.

As you ascend each step, imagine the labor and craftsmanship that went into creating this breathtaking staircase. Feel a sense of awe as you reach its summit and marvel at the stunning view it offers over Nassau’s picturesque surroundings.

For any history buff or admirer of architectural wonders, visiting the Queen’s Staircase is an absolute must. It stands as a testament to both human resilience and triumph over adversity.

So, whether you’re simply captivated by historical landmarks or seeking to immerse yourself in Bahamian culture, make sure to add this remarkable site to your list of must-visit attractions during your time exploring the Bahamas’ rich heritage.

11. Columbus Point, Long Island

Located on the coast of Long Island, Columbus Point offers visitors breathtaking views of the crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches. As you make your way to this stunning monument, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty that the Bahamas is renowned for. The journey may require a bit of a walk, but trust us when we say that it’s worth every step.

Once you arrive at Columbus Point, prepare to be captivated by the panoramic vistas that stretch out before you. The sparkling turquoise waters merge seamlessly with the powdery white sand, creating a picture-perfect scene that seems straight out of a postcard. It’s no wonder why this place has become such an iconic landmark in the Bahamas.

Take your time to soak in the beauty around you as you stand atop Columbus Point. Feel the warm breeze gently brush against your skin and listen to the soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore. This is nature at its finest, and it’s a sight that will leave you in awe.

Whether you’re an avid photographer or simply someone who appreciates Mother Nature’s wonders, Columbus Point is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to witness one of the most spectacular views in all of Bahamas.

12. Statue of Woodes Rogers, Nassau

If you’re interested in the Great Pirate Era of the Bahamas, you’ll love seeing the statue of Woodes Rogers, the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas, standing proudly in Nassau. This magnificent statue is a tribute to an influential figure who played a significant role in eliminating pirates from the region. As you approach this captivating landmark, take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship that brings Woodes Rogers to life.

Located in Nassau, the statue of Woodes Rogers stands tall amidst other prominent landmarks. It serves as a reminder of both the vibrant history and present-day significance of this beautiful island nation. Just a short distance away lies Fort Fincastle, another historical site worth exploring. You can also visit Parliament Square nearby and immerse yourself in the rich heritage and culture of the Bahamas.

As you stand before this impressive statue, surrounded by its grandeur, imagine what it must have been like during Woodes Rogers’ time. Reflect on his efforts to rid these waters of pirates and restore order to the Bahamian islands. Allow yourself to be transported back in time as you soak up the atmosphere and admire this iconic symbol.

The statue of Woodes Rogers stands as one of many remarkable landmarks scattered throughout the Bahamas. From historic forts to natural wonders and cultural treasures, these landmarks offer glimpses into an extraordinary past while celebrating the beauty and resilience of this enchanting archipelago.

13. Port Lucaya Marketplace, Freeport

When you visit Freeport, make sure to head over to Port Lucaya Marketplace. Here, you’ll find a beautiful shopping village filled with luxurious brands and local boutiques. This pastel-colored paradise is the perfect destination for all shopaholics looking for a unique and memorable shopping experience in the Bahamas.

As soon as you step foot into Port Lucaya Marketplace, you’ll be captivated by its vibrant atmosphere and stunning architecture.

The marketplace boasts an impressive selection of world-renowned luxury brands, allowing you to indulge in some high-end retail therapy. From designer clothing and accessories to exquisite jewelry and cosmetics, there’s something here for everyone with discerning taste.

But that’s not all – Port Lucaya Marketplace also showcases a variety of local boutiques where you can discover one-of-a-kind treasures created by talented Bahamian artisans.

Don’t forget to explore the fabulous market within the village, offering an array of souvenirs that will serve as lasting reminders of your time in the Bahamas. Whether it’s handcrafted artwork, traditional crafts, or locally-made clothing, these authentic items are perfect for bringing back a piece of Bahamian culture with you.

So why wait? Embark on a delightful shopping adventure at Port Lucaya Marketplace in Freeport and immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, scents, and sounds of this enchanting destination.

14. Pirates Of Nassau

Explore the fascinating world of pirates at Pirates of Nassau Museum. Immerse yourself in their lives and learn about their battles and living quarters. Step into this unique wax museum and be transported back to the era of swashbuckling adventures on the high seas.

As you wander through the exhibits, you’ll discover the rich history of piracy in the Bahamas. Learn about famous pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonny, who once roamed these waters. Marvel at the detailed replicas of pirate ships and cannons that were used to plunder unsuspecting vessels.

The museum also showcases interactive displays that allow you to experience what life was like for a pirate. Test your sword-fighting skills or try your hand at navigating a ship through treacherous waters. You can even explore a replica pirate hideout, complete with hidden treasure chests and secret passageways.

Don’t forget to visit the gift shop, where you can pick up souvenirs inspired by Pirates of Nassau, such as trinkets, books, and t-shirts to commemorate your adventure.

After exploring Pirates of Nassau Museum, continue your journey through Bahamian history by visiting other landmarks such as Pig Beach in Exuma or climbing to the top of a lighthouse like Columbus Point. The Bahamas is filled with stories waiting to be discovered, so set sail on an unforgettable adventure today!

15. Wyannie Malone Historical Museum, Great Abaco Island

Now that you’ve explored the thrilling world of pirates in Nassau, it’s time to delve into the rich history of Great Abaco Island.

Make your way to the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum, a hidden gem nestled on this stunning island. Whether it’s a gloomy day or you simply have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, this affordable and authentic museum is the perfect destination.

Step inside and be captivated by a treasure trove of Bahamian history. Engage with passionate volunteers who share your love for the past as they guide you through fascinating exhibits. Discover intricate china and pottery, delve into letters and manuscripts that offer glimpses into bygone eras, and immerse yourself in captivating photographs and artifacts.

The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum offers a unique opportunity to dive deep into the heart of Great Abaco Island’s heritage. Learn about its origins, traditions, and pivotal moments that have shaped this charming community. As you explore this intimate museum, don’t forget to engage with locals who can provide firsthand accounts of their island’s captivating history.

So why not take a break from basking in the sun and embark on a journey through time at the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum? It’s an experience that will leave you enriched with knowledge and appreciation for Great Abaco Island’s vibrant past.

16. Parliament Street, Nassau

Located in Nassau, Parliament Street is a popular tourist attraction with its historic buildings and offers visitors the opportunity to explore the area on foot or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. As you step onto Parliament Street, you are instantly transported back in time. The street is lined with fabulous old buildings that showcase the rich history of the Bahamas.

Strolling along Parliament Street, you can’t help but be captivated by the architectural beauty that surrounds you. The buildings exude charm and character, each one telling its own story. From vibrant pastel-colored facades to intricate details adorning balconies and windows, every corner reveals a new surprise.

If you want to delve deeper into the history of this enchanting street, hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage. The friendly local drivers are eager to share their knowledge and passion for the area. As they guide you through Parliament Street, they regale fascinating tales of days gone by.

Whether you choose to explore on foot or by carriage, Parliament Street promises an interesting day out for all who visit. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander past these landmarks of Nassau’s past. Immerse yourself in history as you marvel at the grandeur and elegance that still remains intact today on Parliament Street in Nassau.

17. Statue Of Woodes Rogers

As you approach the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, prepare to be intrigued by the statue of Woodes Rogers, the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas. This magnificent statue stands tall and proud, symbolizing an important era in Bahamian history. Looking at it, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe and appreciation for this influential figure.

Woodes Rogers played a crucial role in transforming the Bahamas from a pirate-infested region into a prosperous center of commerce. His efforts during the Great Pirate Era, which spanned from 1690 to 1720, were instrumental in expelling pirates and restoring commerce to these beautiful islands. It is no wonder that his slogan, ‘Piracy Expelled, Commerce Restored,’ still resonates today.

This famous landmark serves as a reminder of both military history and societal progress. The statue captures Rogers’ determined expression and commanding presence, showcasing his leadership qualities as Governor General of the Bahamas. It is truly remarkable how one man’s actions could shape an entire nation’s destiny.

When visiting this iconic site, don’t forget your camera! You’ll want to capture every angle and detail of this impressive sculpture. Whether you’re looking for stunning stock photos or simply interested in immersing yourself in Bahamian history, this statue promises to provide an unforgettable experience.

So make sure to stop by and pay homage to Woodes Rogers – a true hero who left an indelible mark on the Bahamas’ past and present.

18. Shipwreck, Bimini

If you’re interested in the spookier side of Bimini’s history, be sure to check out the Sapona Shipwreck. This iconic ship, once used to transport U.S. troops during World War I, now rests just a few miles from Bennet’s Harbour in South Bimini. It met its fate during a dangerous hurricane in 1926 and has since become one of the many underwater shipwrecks that dot the Bahamas’ coastline.

As you approach this eerie sight, whether by boat or on a snorkeling adventure, the Sapona Shipwreck offers a unique vantage point into history. The contrast between the harrowing remains of the cruise ship and the vibrant tropical fish swimming among them is truly spectacular. It’s as if nature itself has reclaimed this famous landmark.

While exploring this underwater marvel, it’s important to exercise caution. Sharp and rusty pieces of wreckage may catch your eye, but remember not to touch them for your own safety. Instead, take in the beauty from a distance and marvel at how time has transformed this once majestic vessel into an underwater wonderland.

The Sapona Shipwreck is just one example of the many landmarks in the Bahamas that showcase its rich history and natural beauty. So dive into Bimini’s past and discover these hidden treasures beneath its crystal-clear waters.

So there you have it, a glimpse into the beautiful landmarks of the Bahamas!

You’ve explored Parliament Street in Nassau, where vibrant colors and quaint shops create a lively atmosphere.

The Statue of Woodes Rogers stands tall, reminding us of the island’s rich history and connection to piracy.

And don’t forget about the shipwreck in Bimini, a haunting reminder of the mysteries that lie beneath these crystal-clear waters.

So pack your bags and set sail for an adventure through time and beauty – let these anachronistic treasures transport you to another era!

Al Amin Sagor

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Your First Time Guide to 3 Days in the Bahamas (Nassau, New Providence)

Your First Time Guide to 3 Days in the Bahamas (Nassau, New Providence)

The Bahamas is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the Caribbean, especially those coming from the United States. Just a hop, skip and a jump from Florida, its no wonder so many people come to this island nation every year. Pristine beaches, exciting resorts and a whole ton of unforgettable experiences await guests. I visited The Bahamas after having spent some time on other islands in the Caribbean. I definitely noticed just how touristy this nation was by comparison. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. I had an amazing time in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. I experienced luxury, culture and stunning serenity all in a brief stay. While you could easily just stick to one of the amazing resorts during your Bahamas vacation, in this itinerary for 3 days in The Bahamas, I’m going to show you why you should also venture out!

This photo is taken in the Exumas, an isolated region of The Bahamas. Standing on a sandbar in the Exuma Cays, boats on the horizon sail through crystal clear waters under a blue sky. An absolute must-visit location with 3 days in The Bahamas.

An Introduction to the Bahamas

The Bahamas is a chain of 700 islands and cays just north of the Caribbean Sea. Only around 30 of those islands are actually inhabited. Technically part of their own archipelago, for all purposes The Bahamas is considered a Caribbean nation. At some points, the archipelago is as close as 50 miles to the US state of Florida. The various islands are made of limestone and are surrounded by the clearest waters in the world.

Christopher Columbus landed on San Salvador in The Bahamas on 12 October 1942. He claimed the islands for Spain, and this marked the very first landing of Europeans in the New World. At the time of Columbus’ arrival, The Bahamas were inhabited by the Lucayan people. When the Spanish left, disappointed by the lack of gold on the islands, they forced the natives into slave labour. This left The Bahamas devoid of any human population until settlers arrived from the British colonies of Bermuda and New England.

Over time, the Bahamas would bounce between the British and Spanish, with raids between the two powers commonplace. When European conflict calmed down in the region, the Bahamas were neglected and became a haven for pirates by the late 1600s. By 1713, estimates indicate at least 1,000 swashbucklers were based at Nassau. It wasn’t until 1718 that the British, under Woodes Rogers, took control of the ‘Pirate’s Republic’, turning it into a Crown colony.

Following the American Civil War, the Bahamas became home to many wealthy British loyalists. During Prohibition, the islands became involved in the illicit liquor trade. Tourism also boomed, particularly as the US embargo against Cuba in 1961 forced travellers to look for a new holiday hot spot. The economy subsequently prospered. On 10 July 1973, The Bahamas was granted independence, ending British rule. To this day, it remains an extremely popular destination for travellers.

In this photo, an important public building in Nassau is draped with yellow and blue canvases, the national colours of the flag of The Bahamas. In front of the building is a statue of Queen Victoria.

When Should I Visit The Bahamas?

When deciding what time of year to visit The Bahamas, you should think about the weather. As with many countries in the Caribbean region, The Bahamas is impacted by hurricane season every year. Peak hurricane season runs from August to October, with September being the worst month. They can occur any time from June to November however. I visited The Bahamas in July. Unlike other islands I visited in the region, I got a fair bit of rain during my stay. It wasn’t the end of the world, and prices were good, but if you want the best of The Bahamas, you might want to avoid the storm season.

High season in The Bahamas runs pretty much all the way from late November until early May, with especially large numbers of American tourists flocking to the islands during the holidays and spring break. You’ll pay more at this time of year, and you’ll definitely want to book your hotels well in advance.

This photo taken on the streets of Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas shows traffic along the main road and the colourful houses lining each side of the street.

How to Get to the Bahamas

Most arrivals by plane (myself included) come to The Bahamas through its capital, Nassau. Located on New Providence Island, it is serviced by Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) , which is easily the largest airport in the country. I flew to Nassau from Miami in the United States, and it was a very quick (and scenic) flight – we would have only been in the air for about half an hour. The airport receives flights from a ton of major cities in the US, and there’s also direct connections from Toronto and London. I was surprised by the limited number of Caribbean flights to The Bahamas, though there were connections to a few countries such as Jamaica, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Panama in Latin America.

Most travellers from Western nations won’t need a visa when visiting The Bahamas, though as always you should check official requirements before travelling. You’ll need at least 6 months validity on your passport as with most nations.

The airport terminal is fairly easy to navigate and customs doesn’t take long to clear in my experience. Once you’ve got your bags, you’ll need to get a taxi or rent a car to get to your hotel or resort. The airport is in the western part of New Providence, and there’s no public transport connecting it to Nassau. Uber also hasn’t yet arrived in The Bahamas. A taxi will cost about $45 USD into Nassau (20 minutes) or $55 USD to Paradise Island (30 minutes). In the case of the latter, expect to pay a $1.00 toll (in cash) to cross the bridge.

This photo taken at the Nassau Airport looks back on the American Airlines plane I took to spend my 3 days in The Bahamas.

Where to Stay for 3 Days in the Bahamas

While you can stay on the various groups of islands that make up The Bahamas, as a first time visitor, you want to stay near Nassau. There’s definitely more serene and isolated beaches and cays elsewhere in the country (we’ll see some, don’t worry), but Nassau is the tourist hub, offering the most things to do. On a first time visit, I feel like you have to stay at one of the Atlantis resorts on Paradise Island, connected to New Providence by causeway bridges. They’re massively touristy, but are packed to the brims with restaurants, pools, activities and more. You could spend your whole time in The Bahamas on Paradise Island, though I definitely don’t advocate it.

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The Bahamas is an expensive country. In high season, you can expect to pay the following prices per night:

  • Budget: less than $150.00 USD.
  • Mid-Range: $150.00 USD to $400.00 USD.
  • Luxury: more than $400.00 USD.

If you’re planning on staying at the Atlantis Resort complex, expect to pay a pretty penny. I actually stayed nearby at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island . This mid-range option is significantly cheaper than staying in the Atlantis towers. Breakfast is included with your stay and the rooms are spacious. Best of all though (and the reason I stayed here), you get complimentary access to all of the Atlantis Resort, including its Aquaventure Water Park.

This is a photo taken in one of the main lobbies of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, the best place to stay for 3 days in The Bahamas. Behind the seating in the foreground, you can see the entrance to The Dig and its aquarium tanks, while a window looks out into the grounds of the resort above.

Other Things to Know About the Bahamas

The official currency of The Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar ($BSD), though US Dollars are used interchangeably. You will find that you get a combination of both in your change, as the currencies are set at a 1:1 exchange rate. This makes travelling in The Bahamas extremely easy as you don’t need to worry about currency conversions. ATMs are readily available and credit cards are accepted in the major tourist areas of Nassau and Paradise Island, however if you’re travelling further to the Out Islands, you’ll want to have some cash available.

As a a former British colony, the official language of The Bahamas is English.

The Bahamas is an extremely safe destination for tourists. I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. When leaving the resorts, you’ll want to use normal common sense when exploring Nassau, though with so many tourists around, you shouldn’t be worried while wandering around the main areas. As with anywhere in the world, some parts of Nassau can be dicey, and you’re advised to avoid the quieter areas of Nassau (south of Shirley Street) at night (though most crime tends to be directed at other locals).

Just exercise normal precautions and you’ll be fine, whether you’re spending 3 days in The Bahamas or more.

How to Spend 3 Days in The Bahamas

In this itinerary for 3 days in The Bahamas, you’re going to see multiple aspects of the country. Naturally, you’ll enjoy the facilities of the big resorts of Paradise Island. You’ll also get a sense of the nation’s culture and history by crossing over to Nassau. Then you’ll go further afield by discovering some of the more isolated cays in the country, getting a whole new perspective of life in The Bahamas (along with its natural beauty). Unless you’re doing more travel in the Caribbean region, chances are you’ll want to spend than 3 days in The Bahamas. That’s fine – the first day of this itinerary can easily be repeated as often as you like, particularly if you’re staying in Paradise Island!

Day 1 in the Bahamas: Relaxing on Paradise Island

If you’re staying in Paradise Island, you’re going to want to see everything this mega-resort island has to offer. Paradise Island is dominated by the Atlantis Resort, and while its everything but authentically Bahamian, you can’t deny that its home to a whole lot of fun. With dining options, beach activities, shopping, casinos and more, there’s tons to do. For your first of 3 days in The Bahamas, I’m not even going to try to make you leave this slice of commercial paradise.

If you’re staying at Atlantis (or the Comfort Suites), chances are breakfast will be included in your hotel package. Have a leisurely morning as you load up on food to sustain you for the action packed day ahead.

Aquaventure Water Park

  • Where? One Casino Drive, Paradise Island.
  • When? 10.00am – 7.00pm daily.
  • Admission: Free for Atlantis Resort guests (and those staying at the Comfort Suites. Prices for day-passes vary by season but are generally $250.00 USD for adults and $125.00 USD for children 12 and under (kids 3 and under are free).
  • Website: https://www.atlantisbahamas.com/things-to-do/aquaventure-water-park

Once the park opens for the day, you’re off to Aquaventure. Chances are, you’ll be spending the better part of your first day in The Bahamas here. This massive water park is part of the Atlantis Resort complex, and is one of the reasons many tourists come to Paradise Island. Covering 141 acres, I can see why – its everything you would want a water park to be. Artificial Mayan temples and shrines are covered in water slides, with thrills aplenty.

The most intense slide is arguably the Leap of Faith – a free fall that shoots right through a shark aquarium! In addition to the slides, Aquaventure contains 11 swimming pools and lagoons to splash around in, and even a private beach to relax on. In my view though, the best part of the park is the Rapid River – spanning over a mile, its one of the longest types of these raft rides that I’ve been on. Definitely ride it from one end to other at least once during your stay.

If you’re staying at any of the resorts that make up Atlantis, admission to Aquaventure Water Park is free. You’ll be given a wristband on check in, so just wear it and you’ll be waved right through the entrance seamlessly. Normally the same applies to the Comfort Suites, though they were out of wrist bands when I checked in. In that case, all I had to do was show my room keycard (which is water proof). Considering a day pass to Aquaventure is extremely expensive, this is one of the main reasons I recommend staying at an Atlantis Resort for your 3 days in The Bahamas.

  • Aquaventure is so much fun. I’ve written a guide to the water park’s slides, which you can read HERE .

This is a photo of one of the major waterslides at the Aquaventure Water Park. A man slides down the Leap of Faith free fall which passes through a shark tank after descending the recreated Mayan temple.

Enjoy the Rest of Atlantis

When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, its time to explore everything else that Atlantis has to offer. I’ll write about the resort in more detail in a future blog post (there’s too much to cover here), but there’s tons to do away from the water park. One of my favourite things about Atlantis was the way the resort weaves aquatic animal exhibits throughout the property. Wander around and you’ll come across pools containing turtles, stingrays, sawfish and so much more. It really is like an open air aquarium. Speaking of aquariums, The Dig is an actual aquarium (again free to resort guests) that you can spend a bit of time checking out fish, eels and so much more. While I’ve been to better aquariums, for what it is (a free walk-through diversion), The Dig definitely warrants a stop.

  • I loved checking out the marine habitats throughout Atlantis Resort. I’ve written about them in more detail HERE .

In this photo, turtles are shown swimming around in their habitat at the Atlantis Resort.

Another spot to spend time in Atlantis is the Marina Village . This artificial shopping and dining precinct (think a smaller scale Disney Springs on an island) is filled with places to eat. While its not the most authentic place in the world (we’ll have some real Bahamian food later), Frankie’s Gone Bananas is the Caribbean themed restaurant, and they do a great jerk chicken. There’s restaurants to suit all palates and budgets though – from take away pizza to fine dining.

Atlantis also brings the Vegas vibes with a massive casino inside the main resort complex (complete with surrounding retail outlets). I’m not a big gambler, so I didn’t spend much time here, but if its your thing, go for it. As the night wound down, I actually spent most of my time outside – the towers of Atlantis Resort are beautiful at night!

This photo shows the Atlantis Royal Towers lit up at night.

Day 2 in the Bahamas: Exploring the Capital

On your second of 3 days in The Bahamas, you’re leaving the splendour of the resort behind you as you experience a more authentic side of the country. After a lazy start and feed, you’ll need to make your way across the bridge back to New Providence. While you could get a taxi into Nassau, I actually enjoyed the walk – the bridge is well set up for pedestrians (and you don’t have to pay the toll if you’re walking either). Once you’re across, its a brief stroll west to get into the heart of the capital.

Queen’s Staircase

  • Where? Elisabeth Avenue, Nassau
  • When? Any time.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website: https://queensstaircase.com/

Your tour of Nassau begins at the iconic Queen’s Staircase. Quite literally a set of 66 steps, this stunning landmark was carved out of limestone by slaves in the late 16th century. Surrounded by palm trees and other foliage, the bottom of the staircase is a tranquil alcove off the busy streets of Nassau. The Queen’s Staircase’s significance goes back to the days of British colonisation. The staircase formed a direct passage to the fort above, and therefore provided an important route in the event of an attack.

The Queen’s Staircase is a 10 to 15 minute walk south from the heart of downtown Nassau. You won’t spend a huge amount of time there, but its an important landmark in Nassau. It also provides ready access to the next stop of your itinerary, the aforementioned fort. While admission to the Staircase is free, there’s a strong chance you’ll run into a local guide that will be willing to tell you about the history of The Bahamas and the Staircase. They’ll ask for a small tip afterwards, so keep that in mind.

  • I’ve written a brief post about my experience at the Queen’s Staircase. You can read it HERE .

This is a photo looking up the Queen's Staircase, a historic attraction in downtown Nassau.

Fort Fincastle

  • Where? Bennet’s Hill, Prison Lane, Nassau.
  • When? 8.00am – 5.00pm daily.
  • Admission: $5.00 BSD.

At the top of the Queen’s Staircase, its a short walk to Fort Fincastle, which dates back to 1793. Built under Lord Dunmore to protect Nassau harbour from naval attack, the fort never saw combat, unlike many others throughout the Caribbean. Its the youngest of the three major forts standing in Nassau today (the others being Fort Montagu and Fort Charlotte), but sitting atop Bennet’s Hill, it offers sweeping views across the island.

The exhibition inside is nothing mind-blowing, but I still recommend paying the small admission fee to access the interior. There’s a number of displays that chronicle the fort’s history, along with a brief film inside. I found the most fascinating part of touring the fort to be the vents that let wind blow inside, cooling down the otherwise warm stone interior. Good thing too – I got caught at Fort Fincastle during a tropical downpour so spent a fair bit of time getting acquainted with the inside of the fort!

  • You can read more about my rainy trip to Fort Fincastle HERE .

This is a photo of a red cannon inside the grounds of Fort Fincastle, on an overcast day in The Bahamas.

Pirates of Nassau

  • Where? King Street and George Street, Nassau
  • When? 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 2.00pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Admission: General admission for adults costs $13.50 BSD.
  • Website: http://www.piratesofnassau.com/

With the age of piracy playing such a key role in Bahamian history, it makes sense that there’s a museum dedicated to the swashbucklers that called Nassau their home centuries ago. What I didn’t expect is just how mind-blowing this museum’s displays would be. Its a really immersive experience from the moment you enter the first hall. You’re instantly transported to a recreation of a Nassau dock, with a pirate ship in port. Your path takes you aboard the ship, where you can see how pirates would have lived at sea. From there you step into a series of halls filled with dioramas and other displays that take you through pirate history. At one point, you’ll even be subject to a pirate ambush!

I was really impressed by the Pirates of Nassau museum. If you go through and read everything, it won’t eat up more than an hour of your time, but I walked away with far more knowledge about the likes of Blackbeard, Anne Bonney and Mary Read, just to name a few of the captains that once plundered the waters around Nassau. The museum is an easy walk from Fort Fincastle. Getting there will only take around 15 minutes, as the museum is in the heart of town.

  • You can read about all you’ll see in the Pirates of Nassau museum HERE .

This photo shows the first exhibit in the incredibly immersive Pirates of Nassau Museum, with a recreated pirate ship docked at a historic shanty town dock.

Explore the Rest of Nassau

You’ll probably be hungry by the time you’re done with the Pirates Museum, so grab lunch somewhere in town before spending the rest of the day exploring the rest of Nassau. As the capital of The Bahamas, there’s a few more museums and other attractions that you can check out in the area, depending on what you’re interested in. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas ($10 BSD; closed Mondays) has an excellent collection of Bahamian art housed inside the historic Villa Doyle, just a few blocks further west. Another popular spot is the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre ($18 BSD), home to the largest population of West Indian pink flamingos in the world. The area is also filled with heritage buildings, such as Government House , notable for a statue of Christopher Columbus out front (though it had actually been desecrated at the time of my visit).

This is a photo of Government House in Nassau, with the Christopher Columbus statue out front wrapped up to prevent further vandalism.

If you end up visiting all the places I’ve just listed, you’ll easily eat up your second of 3 days in The Bahamas, and that’s not even spending time checking out the various souvenir stalls and tourist shops along the main road. When you’re ready for dinner, go local. In The Bahamas, that means fish fry. While the most famous fish fry in Nassau is out at Arawak Cay, I didn’t get there during my stay. Instead, I stopped by a local restaurant called McKenzies Fish Fry in Potter’s Cay. Being just underneath the bridge to Paradise Island, it makes for a great option when winding up a day in Nassau. The fish and conch fritters are a must-try, and go down particularly well with the local Kalik beer. Watch the sunset over dinner as you wind down your second day in The Bahamas.

This is a photo of McKenzies Fish Fry, a local restaurant under the bridge to Paradise Island, the ideal spot for some Bahamian cuisine on your 3 days in The Bahamas.

Day 3 in the Bahamas: Venturing to the Out-Islands

I’ve left the best part of your 3 days in The Bahamas for last. Today you’re headed to the fabled Out Islands, specifically the Exumas. The Exumas are a string of 365 islands stretching across tranquil blue waters. They’re a fair way out from Nassau, so that means an early start today. You’ll definitely want to pre-book your tour in advance and set that alarm for a day you won’t soon forget!

Day Trip – Staniel Cay and the Exuma Cays

  • When? Tours run daily. Confirm pick-up times when booking.
  • How much? A one day tour of the Exumas from Nassau with Staniel Air costs $675.00 BSD per person.
  • Website: https://www.bahamasairtours.com/tour/nassau-to-exuma-day-trip-swimming-pigs/

While there’s a number of operators that run Powerboat tours to the Exumas, if you can afford it, I highly recommend booking a tour with Staniel Air. Operating out of the Jet Aviation Airport (a short drive from the international airport), this company runs day trips out into the Exumas. You’ll fly in a very small plane (think around 10 people aboard with no aisle). I was picked up from my hotel at 7.20am and was in the air by 9.00am. The flight to Staniel Cay, a small village in the heart of the Exumas is only about 40 minutes (as opposed to the hours you’ll spend over rough seas getting out there by boat).

This photo is taken just off a sandbar in the Exuma Cays, with the bright blue waters in the foreground. Within the water, you can see a few boats docked, letting guests out to explore.

Upon arriving, we boarded a small boat and were whisked around the most famous sights in this isolated island chain. Most famous of all are the Swimming Pigs, but you’ll also see Iguanas, swim with sharks, and snorkel among colourful fish in the Thunderball Grotto. Your tour will also include a stop on a sandbar, a brief pass by a plane wreck, and a lunch break at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Its definitely an experience that I’ll write about in more detail in the future, as it was the most memorable experience I had during my stay in The Bahamas.

A trip to the Exumas by plane is expensive, but I can’t recommend it enough. If you can afford to splurge, this is an essential experience in this beautiful part of the world. Its the perfect cap on 3 days in The Bahamas!

  • I’ve written about the amazing day I spent in the Exuma Cays. You can read more HERE .

This is a photo of one of the famous swimming pigs at Pig Beach in the Exuma Cays. Getting in the water with these pigs is one of the best things to do in The Bahamas!

I absolutely LOVED my time in The Bahamas. While its always hard to compare destinations, I think it may be my favourite place that I’ve been to in the Caribbean. There’s just so much to do, and this itinerary for 3 days in The Bahamas has only just hit the tip of the iceberg. With so many islands to explore, so many beaches to bask on, and so many resort activities to enjoy, the possibilities for a vacation in The Bahamas are endless. If you’re a first time visitor, now you have a plan. Have you got an upcoming trip to The Bahamas in the works? Already been? What are your favourite things to do in the country?

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The Ultimate Nassau Bahamas Travel Guide (From A Local’s Point of View)

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If you’re thinking of traveling to Nassau in The Bahamas, here’s a local’s guide to Nassau, Bahamas. Whether it’s crystal clear waters, relaxation, culture, authentic Bahamian food; here’s everything you need to know to start planning your trip.

What To Know Before Traveling To Nassau Bahamas

First off, Nassau is ONE island in an archipelago of over 700 islands, rocks and cays and if your discovery of The Bahamas starts there, that definitely shouldn’t be the end all be all. When flying to Nassau, the best airport is LPIA (Lynden Pindling International Airport) which offers both international and inter island transportation. The best time to travel would depend on the traveler but peak season usually starts around the winter months until the end of Spring break and off season starts during the spring/summer months more particularly around hurricane season.

The ideal length of stay can vary but I recommend a long weekend into a week (4-7 days) OR  you can definitely consider including Nassau as a stop if you’re on a Caribbean cruise.

Other things to note, currency used is 1:1 with the USD dollar (not a US territory) and you should also budget for VAT (value added tax) which is around 10% or greater.  I would recommend budgeting spending $50-100 dollars a day depending on your itinerary.

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Where To Stay in Nassau, Bahamas

If you’re looking for a more luxury stay, check out the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar or SLS Baha Mar, The Island House and Ocean’s Club, Four Seasons. Budget friendly choices are Comfort Suites Paradise Island which offers a day pass per guest to Atlantis. Other budget friendly options are CourtYard By Marriott, Holiday Inn and more. For all inclusive resorts, check out the newly reopened Sandals Royal Bahamian, Breezes Resort & Spa, Warwick Paradise Island and Hotel RIU Paradise Island.

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List of Hotels in Nassau, Bahamas (click names for links)

  • Comfort Suites Paradise Island
  • CourtYard By Marriott
  • Graycliff Hotel
  • Goldwynn Resort & Residences
  • Breezes Resort & Spa (all inclusive)
  • Colony Club Inn & Suites
  • SandyPort Beach Resort
  • The Island House
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
  • SLS Baha Mar
  • Ocean Club, Four Seasons
  • Sandals Royal Bahamian (all inclusive)
  • Harbourside at Atlantis
  • The Cove at Atlantis
  • The Reef at Atlantis
  • The Coral at Atlantis
  • The Royal at Atlantis
  • MargaritaVille Resort
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites 
  • Compass Point Resorts
  • RIU Palace Paradise Island
  • Warwick Paradise Island (all inclusive)
  • A Stone’s ThrowAway
  • Orange Hill Beach Inn Hotel

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If you opt for AirBnB’s, a few locations that are close to the beach and in reasonable distance to downtown Nassau are:

  • Downtown Nassau
  • Baha Mar Blvd
  • Cable Beach
  • Orange Hill Beach
  • Nirvana Beach
  • Saunders Beach
  • Paradise Island

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Transportation

Getting around Nassau is as easy as renting a car, scooter or hailing a taxi. Public transport is available in the form of jitneys/buses that run from about sunrise to sunset; bus fare is under $2 USD.  You can find updated taxi fares HERE . 

Where To Eat in Nassau, Bahamas

So in the sense of authentic Bahamian food, you most often have to leave the resort but there are some resorts that have Bahamian restaurants attached to them (i.e. Comfort Suites and Crusoe’s Restaurant). The most popular Bahamian delicacy is CONCH that’s prepared in many different ways . One of the most central, tourist friendly areas to find Bahamian food is Arawak Cay/Fish Fry area . Some of my favorite stalls/restaurants to eat at are:

  • Deep Creek Restaurant

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For authentic Bahamian breakfast, The Cricket Club (across the street from Arawak Cay) is a popular spot for locals (try different types of souse, boiled fish, stewed fish) and there’s always Nesbitts which serves my favorite hangover remedy/breakfast food:  sheep tongue souse with a side of Johnny cake. For conch salad, Arawak Cay is a popular spot but another one of my favorites is Dino’s Gourmet Conch Stand which is a little further down West Bay Street. For lunch, dinner; one of my favorites is Crusoe’s Restaurant over Paradise Island.

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Nightlife & Things To Do 

In terms of bars and nightlife, Covid restrictions are easing according to local news outlets to allow for more outdoor events but nightlife is definitely buzzing over Paradise Island and in the hotels. Some recommended spots are:

  • Sky Bar Baha Mar
  • Bond Night Club
  • Monkey Bar (Baha Mar)
  • Jazz Bar (Baha Mar)
  • The Pub (Downtown Nassau)
  • Senor Frogs

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Cultural Events, Festivals In The Bahamas

Important dates to remember would include both national Junkanoo parades held on Boxing Day (December 26th) and New Years Day. There’s also Bahamas Carnival as well.

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My favorite beaches involve very little to no people and usually that can mean a beach further away from the resorts and bustling downtown Nassau, Bahamas. My top 3 are definitely Nirvana Beach, Orange Hill Beach and Love Beach but here’s a list of a few others.

  • Goodman’s Bay
  • Cabbage Beach (over Paradise Island)
  • Saunder’s Beach
  • South Beach (when tide is low)

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Things To Do and See in Nassau, Bahamas

From tours to cultural sights and attractions , there’s a good amount of things to do in Nassau. Some of my favorites include going to see the famous swimming pigs in Exuma , boat trips to Rose Island or Pearl Island , food tours.

Historical Sites

  • Pompey & Parliament Square
  • Nassau Public Library
  • Straw Market
  • The Queen’s Staircase
  • Fort Charlotte, Fort Montague, Fort Fincastle
  • The Cloisters (Paradise Island)

Also check out this list of free and inexpensive things to do in Nassau Bahamas. 

What To Pack // Packing Essentials

When packing, it really depends on the time of year you’re going to visit Nassau. During the winter months, it’s advisable to travel with a sweater or two, long denim because the weather can often mimic South Florida weather and that means when there’s a cold front it’s sometimes dipping into the low 60s. However during Spring, summer months, its definitely hotter (upwards to the 90’s Fahrenheit). You definitely need sunscreen, a good pair of shades, a hat, durable shoes/sandals ( my favorite are Teva’s ) and  a fun waterproof electronic is necessary for underwater and beach pics like the Insta360 OneX2.

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For any other tips regarding traveling to Nassau, Bahamas or for assistance with itineraries, check out my planning service below.

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Top Tourist Attractions of the Bahamas 2023

Top Tourist Attractions of the Bahamas 2023

The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 700 islands located in the Caribbean Sea. It is a popular tourist destination known for its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and tropical climate. The Bahamas has a rich history, culture, and natural beauty that attracts millions of tourists every year. In this article, we will explore the top tourist attractions of the Bahamas.

  • 1 Geography and Climate of the Bahamas
  • 2 History and Culture of the Bahamas
  • 3.2 Paradise Island
  • 3.3 Grand Bahama Island
  • 3.4 Andros Island
  • 3.6 Abaco Islands
  • 3.7 Eleuthera
  • 3.8 Cat Island
  • 3.9 The Swimming Pigs of Exuma
  • 3.10 Junkanoo Festival
  • 3.11 The Glass Window Bridge
  • 3.12 Dean’s Blue Hole
  • 3.13 The Queen’s Staircase
  • 3.14 The Conch Festival
  • 3.15 The Pirates of Nassau Museum
  • 3.16 The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
  • 3.17 The Garden of the Groves
  • 4.1 Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
  • 4.2 Fishing
  • 4.3 Sailing and Boating
  • 4.4 Golfing
  • 5 Where to Stay in the Bahamas
  • 6 How to Get to the Bahamas
  • 7 Essential Travel Tips for Visiting the Bahamas
  • 8 Best Time to Visit the Bahamas
  • 9 Food and Drink in the Bahamas
  • 10 Shopping in the Bahamas
  • 11 Safety and Security in the Bahamas
  • 12 Health and Medical Services in the Bahamas
  • 13 Conclusion
  • 14.1 Which tourist attraction is found in the Bahamas?
  • 14.2 Why is the Bahamas a tourist attraction?
  • 14.3 What are three reasons why tourists visit the Bahamas?
  • 14.4 Is The Bahamas a romantic place?
  • 14.5 What are 10 interesting facts about The Bahamas?
  • 14.6 What is unique about The Bahamas?
  • 14.7 Where is Pig Beach?
  • 14.8 Is Bahamas a good destination?
  • 14.9 Why do people love the Bahamas?
  • 14.10 Does the Bahamas have a nightlife?

Geography and Climate of the Bahamas

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The Bahamas is an archipelago of islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Cuba. It is comprised of over 700 islands and islets, with the largest islands being Andros Island, Grand Bahama, and New Providence Island, where the capital city, Nassau, is located. The Bahamas has a tropical climate, with temperatures averaging around 27°C (80°F) throughout the year. The rainy season in the Bahamas is from May to October, with the hurricane season running from June to November.

See –  Map of Bahamas

History and Culture of the Bahamas

The Bahamas has a rich and diverse history that spans over 1000 years. The indigenous people of the Bahamas were the Lucayans, who were believed to have settled there in the 9th century. The Bahamas was later colonized by the Spanish in the 15th century, who were then followed by the British in the 17th century. The Bahamas gained independence from Britain in 1973 and is now a sovereign state with a population of over 400,000.

The culture of the Bahamas is a mix of African, European, and indigenous influences. Music and dance are an integral part of Bahamian culture, with Junkanoo, a colorful and lively parade, being one of the most popular cultural events in the country. Bahamian cuisine is also a reflection of its diverse cultural heritage, with seafood, rice, and peas being staple foods.

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Popular Tourist Attractions in the Bahamas

The Bahamas is home to numerous tourist attractions that offer something for everyone. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas include:

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Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and is located on the island of New Providence. It is a vibrant city with a mix of modern and colonial architecture. Nassau is known for its world-class resorts, casinos, shopping, and dining experiences. Some of the top attractions in Nassau include the Atlantis Resort, Fort Charlotte, and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

Paradise Island

Paradise Island is located just off the coast of Nassau and is connected by a bridge. It is known for its luxurious resorts, crystal clear waters, and white sandy beaches. Paradise Island is home to some of the most beautiful and exclusive resorts in the world, such as The Cove Atlantis and The Ocean Club.

Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island is the fourth largest island in the Bahamas and is located 55 miles east of Florida. It is known for its gorgeous beaches, shopping, dining, and water sports. The island is home to Lucayan National Park, which features one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world.

Andros Island

Andros Island is the largest island in the Bahamas and is known for its natural beauty and wildlife. It is home to the Andros Barrier Reef, which is the third-largest barrier reef in the world. Andros Island is also known for its blue holes, which are underwater sinkholes that attract divers from all over the world.

Bimini is a small island located in the westernmost part of the Bahamas. It is known for its clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, and marine life. Bimini is also known for its connection to writer Ernest Hemingway, who spent a lot of time on the island.

Abaco Islands

The Abaco Islands are a group of islands located in the northern part of the Bahamas. They are known for their clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, and coral reefs. The Abaco Islands are a popular destination for boaters, as they offer some of the best sailing and fishing experiences in the world.

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Eleuthera is a long, narrow island located in the eastern part of the Bahamas. It is known for its pink sand beaches, turquoise waters, and charming towns. Eleuthera is also home to some of the best surfing spots in the Caribbean.

Cat Island is a small, quiet island located in the central part of the Bahamas. It is known for its natural beauty, including its pristine beaches, lush forests, and blue holes. Cat Island is also home to the highest point in the Bahamas, Mount Alvernia, which offers stunning panoramic views of the island.

The Swimming Pigs of Exuma

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One of the most unique attractions in the Bahamas is the swimming pigs of Exuma . These friendly pigs live on a small island in Exuma called Big Major Cay, also known as Pig Island. Visitors can take a boat tour to Pig Island and swim with the pigs in the crystal clear waters. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you cannot miss!

Junkanoo Festival

Junkanoo is a traditional Bahamian festival that takes place every year on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day. The festival is a colorful celebration of Bahamian culture and heritage, featuring music, dance, and costumes. The Junkanoo parade is a must-see event, with performers dressed in elaborate costumes dancing to the rhythm of the drums.

The Glass Window Bridge

Top Tourist Attractions of the Bahamas 2023

The Glass Window Bridge is a unique attraction located on Eleuthera Island. It is a narrow bridge that separates the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The view from the bridge is stunning, with the stark contrast of the two bodies of water.

Dean’s Blue Hole

Top Tourist Attractions of the Bahamas 2023

Dean’s Blue Hole is a natural wonder located on Long Island. It is the deepest blue hole in the world, with a depth of over 600 feet. The crystal clear waters of the blue hole attract divers from all over the world, and it is also a popular spot for cliff jumping.

The Queen’s Staircase

The Queen’s Staircase is a historic attraction located in Nassau. It is a set of 66 steps carved out of limestone by slaves in the late 18th century. The staircase was named after Queen Victoria, who reigned over the Bahamas during the abolition of slavery.

The Conch Festival

The Conch Festival is a celebration of Bahamian cuisine held every year in November on Grand Bahama Island. The festival features a variety of dishes made with conch, a shellfish that is a staple of Bahamian cuisine. Visitors can sample conch chowder, conch fritters, and other delicious conch dishes.

The Pirates of Nassau Museum

The Pirates of Nassau Museum is a fun and interactive museum located in Nassau. It tells the story of the golden age of piracy in the Bahamas and features exhibits on famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack. Visitors can dress up as pirates and learn about life on a pirate ship.

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a protected area located in the Exuma Cays. It is home to a diverse range of marine life and is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Visitors can explore the park’s pristine beaches, coral reefs, and mangrove swamps.

The Garden of the Groves

The Garden of the Groves is a beautiful botanical garden located in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. It features a variety of tropical plants, waterfalls, and wildlife. Visitors can take a guided tour of the garden or explore on their own.

Activities to do in the Bahamas

Aside from its beautiful beaches and tourist attractions, the Bahamas offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Some of the most popular activities in the Bahamas include:

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

The crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas offer some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving experiences in the world. Visitors can explore colorful coral reefs, shipwrecks, and a variety of marine life.

The Bahamas is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. Visitors can participate in deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, and fly fishing.

Sailing and Boating

The Bahamas is a paradise for sailing and boating enthusiasts. Visitors can charter boats or join guided tours to explore the many islands and cays of the Bahamas.

The Bahamas has several world-class golf courses that offer stunning views of the ocean and the islands.

Where to Stay in the Bahamas

The Bahamas has a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget and preference. Visitors can choose from luxurious resorts, boutique hotels, vacation rentals, and guesthouses. Some of the most popular places to stay in the Bahamas include Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, and the Out Islands.

How to Get to the Bahamas

The Bahamas is easily accessible by air and sea. The country has several international airports, with the largest being Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. Visitors can also arrive by cruise ship, with several major cruise lines offering regular service to the Bahamas.

Essential Travel Tips for Visiting the Bahamas

  • Always carry a valid passport and travel documents.
  • Respect local customs and traditions.
  • Use insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes and other biting insects.
  • Use sunscreen to protect against sunburn and skin damage.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Use caution when swimming or participating in water activities, as strong currents and tides can be dangerous.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid carrying large sums of cash or valuables.

Best Time to Visit the Bahamas

The best time to visit the Bahamas is between December and April, when the weather is dry and temperatures are cooler. However, this is also the peak tourist season, and prices can be higher during this time. The months of May to November are the rainy season in the Bahamas, but temperatures are warmer and prices may be lower.

Food and Drink in the Bahamas

Bahamian cuisine is a reflection of its diverse cultural heritage. Seafood is a staple of the Bahamian diet, with conch being a popular ingredient in many dishes. Other popular dishes include peas and rice, boiled fish, and Johnny cake. The Bahamas is also known for its rum, with several local brands available.

Shopping in the Bahamas

The Bahamas offers a wide range of shopping opportunities, from luxury boutiques to local markets. Visitors can purchase souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry, and other items at the Straw Market in Nassau or the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama.

Safety and Security in the Bahamas

While the Bahamas is generally a safe destination, visitors should take precautions to ensure their safety. Petty crime, such as theft and pickpocketing, can occur, particularly in tourist areas. Visitors should also be aware of their surroundings and avoid walking alone at night.

Health and Medical Services in the Bahamas

The Bahamas has a modern healthcare system, with several hospitals and clinics located throughout the country. Visitors should ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover any medical expenses.

The Bahamas is a beautiful and diverse destination that offers something for everyone. From the luxurious resorts of Nassau and Paradise Island to the natural wonders of Exuma and Long Island, there is no shortage of tourist attractions to explore. Whether you are looking to relax on a white sandy beach, explore the underwater world, or immerse yourself in Bahamian culture, the Bahamas is the perfect destination.

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Which tourist attraction is found in the Bahamas?

One popular tourist attraction in the Bahamas is the stunning Atlantis Paradise Island. This luxurious resort features beautiful beaches, an incredible water park called Aquaventure, marine habitats with exotic sea creatures, and a vibrant casino. Visitors can indulge in relaxation, water sports, and entertainment all in one spectacular location.

Why is the Bahamas a tourist attraction?

The Bahamas is a sought-after tourist attraction due to its breathtaking natural beauty, featuring crystal-clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and vibrant coral reefs. The archipelago offers a tropical paradise perfect for activities like swimming, snorkeling, diving, and sailing. Its welcoming culture, friendly locals, and luxurious resorts further enhance the appeal to visitors.

What are three reasons why tourists visit the Bahamas?

Pristine Beaches: Tourists flock to the Bahamas for its world-class beaches. The archipelago boasts breathtaking stretches of powdery white sand and turquoise waters, providing a picturesque setting for sunbathing, swimming, and beachside relaxation. Water Activities: The Bahamas offers an array of water activities that attract tourists, including snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and boating. Its vibrant coral reefs, shipwrecks, and marine life make it a haven for water enthusiasts seeking thrilling adventures and underwater exploration. Paradise for Nature Lovers: Nature lovers are drawn to the Bahamas for its rich biodiversity. From the stunning Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park to the Andros Barrier Reef, the country showcases diverse ecosystems, allowing tourists to engage in wildlife encounters, birdwatching, hiking, and eco-tours amidst a captivating natural environment.

Is The Bahamas a romantic place?

Yes, the Bahamas is considered a romantic place. With its idyllic beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and luxurious resorts, it provides the perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic getaway. Whether strolling hand-in-hand on the beach or enjoying a candlelit dinner overlooking the ocean, the Bahamas offers an enchanting atmosphere for romance.

What are 10 interesting facts about The Bahamas?

The Bahamas is an archipelago comprising 700 islands and over 2,000 small cays. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Cuba and south of Florida. The country has the third-largest barrier reef system in the world, known as the Andros Barrier Reef. The Bahamas is famous for its swimming pigs on Big Major Cay, where pigs roam freely and swim in the crystal-clear waters. It is home to the world’s largest underwater cave system, known as the Blue Holes. The Bahamas is one of the wealthiest countries in the Caribbean, thanks to its tourism and offshore finance sectors. Independence from the United Kingdom was achieved on July 10, 1973. Junkanoo, a vibrant street parade with colorful costumes, music, and dance, is a significant cultural event celebrated in the Bahamas. The national dish of the Bahamas is conch, a large sea snail, often prepared in fritters, salads, or soups. The Bahamian dollar (BSD) is the official currency, and English is the official language spoken in the Bahamas.

What is unique about The Bahamas?

The Bahamas is unique for its stunning natural beauty and diverse marine life. With its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs, it offers an unparalleled tropical paradise. The presence of swimming pigs, the world’s largest underwater cave system, and the renowned Andros Barrier Reef further adds to its distinctiveness.

Where is Pig Beach?

Pig Beach, also known as Pig Island or Big Major Cay, is located in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas. It is a small uninhabited island where a population of friendly swimming pigs resides, attracting visitors from around the world who come to interact with these unique and adorable creatures.

Is Bahamas a good destination?

Yes, the Bahamas is a fantastic destination. With its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, vibrant marine life, and luxurious resorts, it offers a perfect getaway for relaxation, adventure, and romance. Whether you seek natural beauty, water activities, or a tropical escape, the Bahamas has something to offer for every traveler.

Why do people love the Bahamas?

People love the Bahamas for its captivating beauty, including breathtaking beaches and clear turquoise waters. The friendly locals, vibrant culture, and diverse marine life add to the allure. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or a romantic escape, the Bahamas offers a perfect blend of natural wonders and warm hospitality that leaves visitors enchanted.

Does the Bahamas have a nightlife?

Yes, the Bahamas has a vibrant nightlife scene. Particularly in Nassau and Freeport, visitors can find a range of bars, clubs, and casinos that offer entertainment well into the night. From live music performances to themed parties, the Bahamas offers options for those seeking a lively and enjoyable nightlife experience.

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