There is something for everyone in the Bahamas. You can go snorkeling, take a boat trip, hit up the casinos, lie on the beach, and enjoy local music and food. It can be easy to be overwhelmed by all the options. Whether you’re a frequent visitor or this is your first trip, you will surely find something that will make this a dream vacation. Below are a few ways you can make the most out of your trip to the Bahamas.
Where to Stay
With more than 700 individual islands in the Bahamas, it might initially feel hard to narrow down where to stay. But only 30 of those islands are actually inhabited, and nearly 70 percent of the country’s population lives in or near Nassau. There are hotels in and around Nassau to fit every lifestyle and budget. You can find everything from hotels that cater to backpackers to all-inclusive resorts. There are also budget-friendly and mid-price hotels, along with those that cater to luxury interests.
Explore Local Culture
The Bahamas have a rich local culture that includes great music and exceptional food. Take part in one of these local tours and get a real feel for what it’s like to live on the island. A food and drink walking tour will take you through the streets of downtown Nassau. As you are sampling the delicious local cuisine, you will also learn about the history and culture of the islands. If your interests are more musical, there is a fun reggae and rhythms tour that will even take you past Bob Marley’s former home.
Swim with the Pigs
If you’ve already snorkeled with sting-rays, nurse sharks, and sea turtles, try swimming with the pigs. You can take a guided tour or rent your own boat to get to Pig Beach, close to the Exuma Cays. The pigs are surprisingly friendly, they will swim up to you in shallow water. You can feed them from the boat or jump into the warm water with them. It is a fun experience that you won’t get anywhere else.
Walk on a Pink Sandy Beach
You can find white sandy beaches around the world, but what about pink ones? The Bahamas has both. The one most people come to see is on Harbor Island. Aptly named Pink Sands Beach, it is a three-mile stretch of perfect pink sand. The sight is stunning where the sand meets the crystalline blue water. But why is it pink? Micro-organisms and tiny bits of coral and seashells combine to make that incredible pink shade.
Ride in an Underwater Sub
There is no better way to explore the fragile coral reefs around the islands than in your own underwater sub. The sub closely resembles a moped with an underwater helmet. It is just as easy to operate as a moped too. You can explore some of the 2,400 coral reefs, see the varied and colorful marine life, take pictures, and even spend a few minutes feeding the fish. It is an experience that should not be missed. With the sub, you have the freedom to explore this fascinating underwater world.
Visit Lucayan National Park
There is more to the Bahamas than sandy beaches and clear blue water. There is an entire ecosystem on dry land. Lucayan National Park is a 40-acre forest located between Freeport and Freetown. As you wander through the forest, you will get to see the local bird and wildlife populations. There are mangrove swamps, pine forests, boardwalks, and beaches to explore, too. The park is also home to some of the world’s longest underwater cave systems.
These are only a few of the activities the Bahamas has to offer. You can create your own list or take advantage of some of these suggestions. Whatever you decide to do in the Bahamas, your trip is sure to be one that you never forget — Just make sure you’ve got packing covered and you’re all set!