If you have booked a trip to the tropical island paradise of The Bahamas, then you will want to make the most of your vacation. With miles upon miles of stunning white powdery beaches being blissfully licked by the crystal clear waves of the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean Sea, you cannot go wrong.
If you want a little more than all day sun and sea, there are plenty of opportunities for the culturally minded, as you can go to a museum or a historical site. And don’t think you are only limited to one island! The Bahamas itself is, in fact, an archipelago of around 700 unique islands, all ready and waiting for you to explore.
There are plenty of boating trips available. You can go fishing, diving, snorkeling, and more. There is something in The Bahamas for all the family to enjoy. In addition, Florida is only 80 kilometers away from the closest Bahama Island, for those of you who don’t like traveling too far from home. Anyway, here are some of the attractions The Bahamas has to offer.
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
If you love exploring marine life, whether that be by snorkeling, diving, or getting in a kayak, then this is the place for you. It is a protected area of outstanding beauty and home to the second-largest coral reef barrier in the western hemisphere. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park expands over 176 square miles and includes areas of natural beauty such as forests of mangroves to weave about in, the Rocky Dundas Cave system to go down into and explore and a stunning sea aquarium. On good days, the visibility for divers and snorkelers is over 30 meters, where you will see such a vast array of sea life, including the ‘lesser-spotted’ Bahamas swimming pigs.
Dean’s Blue Hole
If you are interested in a bit of an adventure, why not go to Dean’s Blue Hole? It’s located in Long Island, a stunning attraction all of its own. The blue hole is said to be around 663 feet deep and it’s the second-deepest in the world. What tops this off is the fact that a rock formation surrounds it for the most part, with a stunning lagoon covering the rest. Why not go rock climbing and hiking along the adventure trail, and end up looking down into Dean’s Blue Hole? For the divers among you, the Vertical Blue Free Diving Competition is held here every year. There are also plenty of opportunities to go snorkeling here too.
Atlantis on Paradise Island
Paradise Island is home to Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, and this is where Atlantis can be found. It tries to encapsulate the mythical and legendary city of Atlantis, with the extravaganza of a huge entertainment complex with casinos, aquarium, water park, and a stunning luxurious hotel. Aquaventure boasts 141-acres and is something everyone can enjoy with its high-speed slides and more relaxing lazy river and pools. There are also six outdoor lagoons to enjoy.
Port Lucaya Marketplace
If you love grand shopping experiences, this is the place to go. This marketplace is the largest open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment facility The Bahamas has to offer. It has over forty specialist boutiques and shops, eleven restaurants, and several bars and lounges for those of you who want to indulge in a bit of late evening entertainment. It is located on Grand Bahama Island, which is the northernmost island of The Bahamas. There will definitely be something here to entertain everyone in the family.
Nassau Straw Market
If something a little unusual and authentic whets your appetite, then you should visit the Nassau Straw Market. Here is one of the Bahama’s oldest industries on display. You will have the chance to buy specially hand-crafted straw hats, dolls, handbags, or mats, for example. You can also take a look at some of the other hand-crafts on display, such as wood carvings and conch shell jewelry. If that’s not enough, then give your taste buds an adventure by trying out some of the local cuisine on offer at this Nassau market.
However, tourists should be warned that, as of July 16th, 2021, Nassau Straw Market is still not open to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Pink Sands of Harbour Island
If you are interested in natural wonders, you have to see the pink sands. The stunning color of the Harbor Island beach comes from thousands of broken and pumiced pieces of coral, shells, and other calcium carbonate life forms that lived in this area over the millions of years of its existence. When you relax on this beach, you will feel at one with nature, and you can begin to soak in the majesty of its past.
Blue Lagoon Island
This popular attraction is also known by its official name Salt Cay. It is located only 5 kilometers from the capital Nassau, so it’s easy to visit on a one-day excursion if you are staying at or near the capital. The Blue Lagoon Island is rather secluded and generally regarded as the real Bahamas due to its abundance of natural attractions. You can go on a variety of tours, and if you like witnessing dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays in their natural habitat, this is the place to come. You even have the opportunity to swim with these gentle and elegant animals, if you so wish. Land lovers can go bird spotting, as there are plenty of rare tropical birds here to enjoy. The island is also home to some hundred native coconut trees. It also boasts a coral reef. If you want to see something authentic, then this is the place to come.
Built in around 1793 out of cut limestone, Fort Fincastle is strategically placed on top of Bennetts Hill overlooking the city of Nassau. It was constructed by Lord Dunmore, who was the Royal Governor at the time, and he felt that the historic city of Nassau needed a little protection. To access the Fort, you need to climb the Queen’s staircase, which is a mini adventure all of its own. It will remind you of Lord of the Rings, though perhaps nowhere near that dangerous, with its 65 steps. Once up at the Fort, you will be able to enjoy the features such as high brick walls, and cannons and don’t forget the breathtaking views over the water and the city.
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum
If you are someone who is interested in understanding the island’s origins and heritage a little better, then you need to visit the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum located in Hope Town on Hope Island. The Museum is named after a local and town founder. The museum exhibits include many artifacts found from shipwrecks as The Bahamas was a greater spot for Pirates. You will also see old manuscripts, photos, china, etc. To understand more about the history of the Islands, this is a great place to come.
The Pirates of Nassau
No trip to The Bahamas would be complete without learning a little about the pirates who used to frequent the islands. The Pirate of Nassau is a waxwork museum with a replica pirate ship and various other exhibits for you to enjoy. Unfortunately, this venue as well as Wyannie Malone Historical Museum are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.
To be honest, the places listed above are simply a taster of what The Bahamas has to offer. There is no way we can discuss all the beautiful sights in this article. We would be here forever. The truth is that with over 700 islands, you could go somewhere new every day for two years and still not scratch the surface of things to do on the islands. There is just such an abundance of sights, adventures, and relaxation spots available! Let’s face it, The Bahamas is the perfect location for anyone who loves a beach holiday, as well as for those of you into adventure, especially diving and boating.
Just a little side note, for those of you interested, here are a few of the many other places to visit: Andros Island with its fantastic diving and fishing opportunities, then you have the Lucayan National Park, Greek Turtle Cay, and the Garden of the Groves, etc, etc. Let’s face it, after you have visited the sun-baked, crystal clear waters of The Bahamas, you will not want to leave. You will want to come back time and time again to do more exploring and relaxing in these paradise islands.
So, as coming back is clearly something you will want to do after your adventure to The Bahamas, why not think about purchasing a piece of prime real estate? You will be inundated with homes offering stunning coastal views, lush gardens, and all located in the midst of stunning scenery. Some are even on private islands! What could be better than that? If this is an avenue for you, but you don’t intend to be there all the time, you can make financial use of the property when you are not there by renting it out. A real estate agent can help you make the perfect choice suitable for you and your needs, and then you will then have an island getaway fit for a King and Queen.
(Disclaimer: Some of the places mentioned above are currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic)