Attractions in The Bahamas: What to do and where to go
We know you're anxious to see the sun, the sand and the gorgeous ocean water that surrounds the Bahamas. Don't worry, once you get there you'll be able to take a wonderful stroll along unspoiled beaches, enjoy spectacular ocean views, swim and do all sorts of water sports, along with a whole lot more. There are also many other attractions that will even give you a fantastic insight into the rich culture of the Bahamas. The Bahamas also has plenty of interesting festivals, such as the traditional Junkanoo, which consists of two lively parades, held on December 26th and January 1st. During this festival the participants wear colorful costumes and dance to the rhythm of Bahamian music. The numerous attractions in the Bahamas include parks, street markets, historic landmarks, casinos, and beaches, as well as an array of water sports and many other attractions that make it a popular destination for families, couples, and singles.
Located on Paradise Island, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, as well as its cultural and commercial hub. The island is a popular resort full of large world-class hotels and casinos, golf courses and exclusive shops. Also worth visiting are the historic sites, the botanical gardens, the national parks and, of course, the gorgeous beaches.
Cable Beach is a splendid two and a half mile long stretch of beach, home to a world-class golf course, the hottest nightlife and the largest casino in the Bahamas. Here, you'll find an array of water sports and gorgeous beaches, such as Western Esplanade, Goodman's Bay, Saunders Beach, Orange Hill Beach, Delaporte Beach, Sandyport Beach, Cabbage Beach, and Montague Beach.
Other Attractions in Nassau/Paradise Island:
- Rawson Square
- Balcony House
- Cathedral of the Church Of Christ
- Fort Charlotte
- Fort Fincastle
- Fort Montagu
- Nassau Museum
- Parliament Plaza
- The Queen's Staircase
- Saint Matthew's Anglican Church
- Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation
- The Retreat National Park
- Andrastra Gardens (Botanical Gardens)
- Pirates of Nassau Museum
Surrounded by other towns, villages and islets, this charming island offers a fantastic blend of natural beauty and manmade attractions. Countless ecological wonders await you here, including bird watching, awe-inspiring beaches with endless emerald green waves rolling onto the shore, national parks, golf courses, as well as plenty of snorkeling, fishing, and sailing regattas, but these are just some of the many things you can do here. Grand Bahama features one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world and it is the most popular island in the Bahamas because of its close proximity (roughly 55 miles) to the east coast of Florida.
Grand Bahama boasts beautiful powdery white-sand beaches along with stunning reefs located just offshore. The main beach, called Gold Rock, is perfectly secluded, ideal for relaxing and tanning. You'll also find other beaches where you can do all sorts of fun-filled water activities, such as scuba diving and snorkeling, zipping across the water on a boat or windsurfing. The best beaches for these activities are Lucayan Beach, Smith's Point Beach, Taino Beach, William's Town Beach and Xanadu Beach.
Fortune Beach, Gold Rock Beach, Mather Town Beach, and Paradise Cove Beach all offer a more relaxing experience and have long quiet and secluded stretches of sand.
Other Attractions in Grand Bahama:
- The Heritage Trail
- Lucayo National Park
- Peterson Cay National Park
- Rand Nature Center
The Exumas is a 120-mile long chain of 365 islands. Great Exuma, home to George Town, the capital of the area, is the principal island in the Exuma island chain. The two largest islands and the ones that attract most tourists are Great Exuma and Little Exuma. They are both great for shopping since most of the most exclusive stores and shops are found here. One thing is for sure, the natural beauty of these islands will definitely captivate you. The Exumas are a collection of tiny idyllic islands where the powdery white beaches and the exuberant vegetation stand out against the many hues of blue and green of the ocean water that surrounds them. Exuma features a series of underwater reliefs produced by deep cuts into the rocks and also caves between the cays, as well as countless reefs and sunken ships that have now become spectacular artificial reefs teeming with marine life. This Caribbean paradise is a dream destination for boaters, anglers, sailors and divers alike.
Exuma has several historic sites and nature reserves that you can visit to learn about the local history and culture. Come and enjoy all that this wonderful island has to offer.
Lined with hotels, the beaches of Great Exuma are perfect for relaxation and non-motorized water sports. Some of the more secluded beaches include the Tropic of Cancer Beach, also known as Pelican Beach, Three Sisters Beach, Jolly Hall Beach, Coco Plum Beach, Hamburger Beach (aka Volleyball Beach), Shroud Cay and Staniel Cay.
Other Attractions on Exuma:
- The Hermitage
- Saint Andrew's Anglican Church
- Saint Christopher's Anglican Church
- Elizabeth Harbour
- Salt Beacon
- Exuma Cay Land and Sea Park
- Allan's Cay Iguanas
- Rolle Town
- Mount Thompson Packing House
The Other Islands of The Bahamas
On all the other islands you'll also find plenty of places to relax and lots of fun-filled activities to enjoy. Known as one of the world's top sailing destinations, the Abacos are also famous for deep-sea fishing and scuba diving. On Acklins and Crooked Island, you'll be able to discover gorgeous secluded beaches with incredible coral reefs that are a diver's and snorkeler's dream come true. If you go to Andros, you'll find an abundance of wildlife, like wild boars, endemic birds and giant iguanas. There are also exotic orchids, ancient forests, mangrove-lined wetlands, and an intricate system of caves under the water and on land.
Discover the Berry Islands, another great option for a vacation getaway in this stunning Caribbean paradise. Dive on the coral reef known as Mamma Rhoda Rock, go to Sand Dollar Hill to collect unusual seashells, or explore the caves on Sugar Beach. If fishing is your passion, then Bimini is the right choice for you. With several fishing tournaments and regattas held throughout the year, there's never a dull moment here. Cat Island offers superb fishing and diving, as well as hiking the island's natural trails to explore the historic attractions. Also worth visiting are the Deveaux Mansion and the Hermitage, a small stone monastery located on Mount Alvernia.
If you like history, then San Salvador provides plenty of historic landmarks, ruins, and shipwrecks that each tell the story of these islands. It was here that Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his historic voyage to the New World. Long Island is another quiet island dotted with beautiful secluded beaches. It's the perfect choice for long walks, diving, exploring caves and visiting the old plantation ruins. The island of Eleuthera features several natural attractions, such as Preacher's Cove, a cave that was once lived in by a group of English adventurers who used it as their place of worship.
If you want to get away from it all and really unwind, then the beaches of Mayaguana are ideal for rest and relaxation. You can enjoy eco-touristic activities at the Little Inagua National Park, which covers most of the island and is home to exotic birds, such as flamingos, pelicans, and parrots, as well as other animal species. In the Bahamas, all you have to do is pick out the island of your dreams and have a perfect Caribbean vacation!
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