Best places to visit in the BAHAMAS
Planning a trip to the Bahamas and wondering what are the best places to visit in Bahamas?
The Bahamas is an archipelago consisting of about 700 islands, cays and islets.
The Bahamas is home to diverse ecosystems and gorgeous beaches which are often considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world. Thanks to the sub-tropical climate with fairly high temperatures, the archipelago is a very popular beach destination that attracts sun-seekers from all around the world.
There’s so much you can experience in the Bahamas! And it’s highly likely that you’ll fall in love with it! But where to start? What to do in the Bahamas?
Start with our list of some of the best things to do and some of the best places to visit in the Bahamas. Here it is.
7 best places to visit in the Bahamas
Pig Beach, Big Major Cay
Pig Beach is a world-famous beach in Exuma, one of the most popular districts in the Bahamas.
You’ve probably seen photos of a beautiful beach with crystal clear waters which is enjoyed by… pigs! Pig Beach is a beach on an uninhabited island populated by a colony of feral pigs which are fed by tourists and residents from neighbouring islands.
Local tour operators offer group tours from Staniel Cay, Great Exuma and other nearby islands.
Compass Cay is an island located in the Exuma district.
It is a great place to swim with nurse sharks. These sharks are harmless to humans. In fact, they are friendly and curious. When you jump in the water, these curious animals surround you and bump into you. It’s a wonderful and heart-warming experience.
Swimming with nurse sharks undoubtedly is one of the best things to do in the Bahamas.
Bitter Guana Cay (Iguana Island)
Another popular tourist attraction is visiting Bitter Guana Cay (also known as the Iguana Island).
Bitter Guana Cay is a small uninhabited island in the Exumas. It has an unspoilt white sand beach which is home to the Bahamian Rock Iguanas. People flock to the beach to meet and feed these majestic reptiles.
Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island
Dean’s Blue Hole is a large marine cavern located on Long Island.
With a depth of 202 meters, it is the world’s second deepest blue hole. The water is clear, and the visibility can reach approximately 35 metres. Dean’s Blue Hole is a popular spot for diving and snorkelling, as well as for freediving.
If you are visiting Dean’s Blue Hole, do not miss the beaches of Long Island. The beaches on this island are extremely beautiful — tranquil, with white sands and clear waters.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island
Pink Sands Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Bahamas.
Located on Harbour Island, Pink Sands Beach is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the Bahamas. It’s an extremely beautiful beach with rose coloured sand and crystal clear water. The sand gets its pink hue from finely pulverised coral and crushed shells.
Pink Sands Beach is often called “one of the most beautiful beaches in the world”.
In the high season, the beach gets crowded, so come early.
Andros Barrier Reef
The Andros Barrier Reef is one of the largest barrier reefs in the world.
Located just off the coast of Andros Island, Andros Barrier Reef is one of the best places to visit in the Bahamas. With a length of about 200 km, it is one of the largest living organisms on the planet and is home to more than 150 species of fish and coral.
Andros Barrier Reef is one of the most popular locations in the Bahamas for snorkelers and divers.
Paradise Island is an island just off the shore of the city of Nassau.
The island is home to Atlantis Resort, an ocean-themed resort with an extensive water park, walk-in aquarium, pools, beaches, restaurants and casinos.
The main feature of the resort is Aquaventure, a 141-acre water-park with high-speed water slides, a river ride with wave surges, a kids water-play fort and several swimming areas and swimming pools. One of the highlights of the water park is the Mayan Temple. With a height of over six stories, the Mayan Temple features a series of water rides, including the 18-m near-vertical water slide where guests go through an enclosed, clear tunnel submerged in a shark-filled aquarium.
There are several other amazing things to do on Atlantis Paradise Island, and one of them is to wander around its Marine Habitat, a series of tunnels showcasing various marine animals. The Marine Habitat boasts 14 lagoons with over 50 000 animals.
Do not miss Dolphin Cay which was the first rehabilitation centre in the Bahamas. It is the home to rescued bottlenose dolphins, sea lions and manta rays.
Due to the abundance of family-friendly attractions, Atlantis Paradise Island is one of the best places to visit in the Bahamas for families with children.
Bahamas travel tips
- Nationals of many countries can visit the Bahamas for 3 months without a visa.
- Flights between the islands are not cheap. So, if you are on a budget, stick to one or two islands.
- You can travel between the islands using ferries. But it’s not cheap either. Plus, it’s more time consuming than flights.
- Most restaurants in the Bahamas charge a 15% service charge on your bill. This means you don’t have to tip, as the tip has already been added to your bill. If there’s no 15% service charge, feel free to tip 15 — 20%.
- The high season is between December and April, and it’s also the most popular time to visit the islands. Expect crowds and high prices. If you are travelling to the Bahamas in the peak season, book your accommodation well in advance.
- To save money (on accommodation and excursions), you can travel during the low season (June-November) which also is the hurricane season. Even though it’s the hurricane season, you still can experience good weather. We recommend you buy travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip because of extreme weather. Take into account the fact that hurricane season peaks in August and September.
- If you want to avoid large crowds, avoid spring break which runs throughout March and into mid-April.