Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Bahamas Vacation – When beach lovers dream about the perfect stretch of powdery sand, lapped by seas in sublime shades of blue, they’re probably dreaming about the Bahamas.
Encompassing 700 islands and more than 2000 small cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, this tropical paradise lies only 50 miles from Florida at its closest point. Once a haven for pirates and Loyalists, the islands are now a playground for the rich and famous, and anyone who enjoys world-class fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling, and sailing.
The Bahamas lie scattered across more than 100,000 square miles of the western Atlantic Ocean. From a point roughly 70 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida, the great archipelago extends some 750 miles southward toward the northern Caribbean, almost to the island of Hispaniola.
Top 9 Attractions in Bahamas
1. Grand Bahama
The northernmost of the Bahamian islands, Grand Bahama is the closest major island to the United States and a popular destination for package tourists and cruise ships. The capital, Freeport, is the second biggest city in the Bahamas, though Port Lucaya has now replaced it as the tourist hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Port Lucaya Marketplace sells jewelry and straw goods as well as other souvenirs, and the marina is a social hotspot for tourists and boaters. Despite the island’s large all-inclusive resorts and hotels, it’s still possible to escape the crowds. Grand Bahama boasts the world’s largest underwater cave system and nature-lovers can spot many native bird species in the three national parks.
Tourists staying in the Grand Bahama Islands will have golfing, dolphin swims, boating, diving, eco-tours and more to choose from when planning their vacation. The Grand Bahamas are the second most popular tourist destination in the Bahamas (after Nassau), and thanks to its growing popularity looks to retain that popularity.
Grand Bahama Island can keep you entertained from dusk to dawn.
A diverse mixture of beach bars, nightclubs, pubs, sunset cruises, and the Las Vegas-style casino at Grand Lucayan Resort will keep you occupied well into the night. Visit Count Basie Square in Port Lucaya Marketplace for unforgettable native entertainment; on particular nights there is karaoke, fire and limbo dancing, live folk music, Rake & Scrape and gospel music by the island’s top bands.
2. Nassau – Atlantis Paradise Island
Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is a bustling metropolis full of restaurants, nightlife and casinos if you’re looking for a lively honeymoon.
Paradise Island, it’s sister island, is located nearby and is home to the world-famous Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, where you can sink your toes into pure white beaches and sip on some Bahamian rum.
There are a number of must-see landmarks in Nassau. At Rawson Square you’ll find historic government buildings, a public library and museum, the Queen’s Staircase, Water Tower, historical forts, Gregory Arch and The Caves.
Nightspots in Nassau & Paradise Island are centrally located, either in walking distance from the cruise port or a short drive from any of the major hotels. The harbor front has a number of open-air bars and clubs for live music and dancing to the latest sounds spun by local and international deejays. Plus, there are two world-class casinos here. Hollywood celebrities and film buffs converge in paradise for the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) every December. At Christmas time, you can enjoy the Festival of Lights float parade in the moonlit Nassau Harbour.
3. Harbour Island
Pretty Harbour Island, northeast of its big sister, Eleuthera, is the oldest settlement in the Bahamas, as well as the site of the first Bahamian parliament. English Loyalists settled here in the 1700s.
Famous for its pink sand beaches and chic resorts, the island has long been a hideaway for the rich and famous.
Golf carts rule the streets here, and visitors will feel as though they’ve stepped back in time as they cruise past the cute, pastel-colored Loyalist cottages lining the streets of Dunmore Town. Harbour Island is a quiet day trip out of Nassau on the Bahamas Fast Ferries Catamaran.
Romantic or family beach picnics can be arranged through your hotel’s front desk or the tourist office. Picnics are done by chartered boats that take you to private beaches off Harbour Island. Soft white sand and no beach traffic make snorkeling great on the private islands. Lunch can be included and prices are negotiable.
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