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Best Things To Do in Bahamas

From gorgeous beaches to expansive golf courses, most agree the Bahamas are the quintessential relaxing Caribbean vacation. There are historic attractions and bustling marketplaces in Nassau and Freeport. And if you're looking for more active pursuits, strap on some diving gear and explore the coral reefs or hike around The Glass Window Bridge. Kid-friendly attractions like the water park at Atlantis Bahamas on Paradise Island make this a great family destination as well.

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#1 in Bahamas

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The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis Bahamas to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Beaches
The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis Bahamas to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.
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Though you'll find many ways to spend your time on shore, one of the best ways to take advantage of all the Bahamas has to offer is to go on a boat tour. Chartering a boat will give you the chance to try a variety of activities, including diving and snorkeling, spear fishing and swimming with wild pigs. Many excursions also offer access to private islands, where you can lounge on pristine sands after savoring a picnic lunch on the beach.
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Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Boat Tours
Though you'll find many ways to spend your time on shore, one of the best ways to take advantage of all the Bahamas has to offer is to go on a boat tour. Chartering a boat will give you the chance to try a variety of activities, including diving and snorkeling, spear fishing and swimming with wild pigs. Many excursions also offer access to private islands, where you can lounge on pristine sands after savoring a picnic lunch on the beach.
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Beneath the surface of the Bahamas' waters lies a plethora of reefs and underwater caves and sinkholes teeming with aquatic animals, such as stingrays, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and Nassau grouper. It's hardly surprising, then, that visitors flock to the islands to snorkel or dive. Many local beaches, resorts and private islands offer shallow areas that are ideal for snorkeling, while islands like New Providence, Grand Bahama, Andros and The Abacos feature world-renowned dive sites, such as the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean (by Andros) and the James Bond Wrecks (near New Providence Island).
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Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Diving & Snorkeling
Beneath the surface of the Bahamas' waters lies a plethora of reefs and underwater caves and sinkholes teeming with aquatic animals, such as stingrays, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and Nassau grouper. It's hardly surprising, then, that visitors flock to the islands to snorkel or dive. Many local beaches, resorts and private islands offer shallow areas that are ideal for snorkeling, while islands like New Providence, Grand Bahama, Andros and The Abacos feature world-renowned dive sites, such as the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean (by Andros) and the James Bond Wrecks (near New Providence Island).
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Spread across much of Paradise Island, the Atlantis Bahamas resort complex is home to top-notch accommodations, a casino, a golf course and multiple restaurants. But the property's most impressive features are undoubtedly its water-focused amenities. In addition to offering 11 swimming pools and 5 miles of white sand beaches, Atlantis Bahamas touts a 141-acre water park called Aquaventure, where a lazy river, a Mayan-themed water playground and eight waterslides reside. The resort also boasts the world's largest open-air marine habitat filled with sharks, rays, piranha, eels and more.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Atlantis Bahamas (Paradise Island)
Spread across much of Paradise Island, the Atlantis Bahamas resort complex is home to top-notch accommodations, a casino, a golf course and multiple restaurants. But the property's most impressive features are undoubtedly its water-focused amenities. In addition to offering 11 swimming pools and 5 miles of white sand beaches, Atlantis Bahamas touts a 141-acre water park called Aquaventure, where a lazy river, a Mayan-themed water playground and eight waterslides reside. The resort also boasts the world's largest open-air marine habitat filled with sharks, rays, piranha, eels and more.
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There are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island, but this is the definitive favorite. A 40-acre spread of mangrove, palm and pine trees, Lucayan National Park also contains the impressive Gold Rock Beach (which appears in two of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), as well as the Burial Mound Cave (where the remains of four indigenous Lucayans were discovered in 1986) and Ben's Cave (one of the locales featured in the James Bond movie "Never Say Never Again"). Both caves are part of one of the world's longest underwater limestone cave systems.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Lucayan National Park (Grand Bahama Island)
There are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island, but this is the definitive favorite. A 40-acre spread of mangrove, palm and pine trees, Lucayan National Park also contains the impressive Gold Rock Beach (which appears in two of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), as well as the Burial Mound Cave (where the remains of four indigenous Lucayans were discovered in 1986) and Ben's Cave (one of the locales featured in the James Bond movie "Never Say Never Again"). Both caves are part of one of the world's longest underwater limestone cave systems.
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Whether you cruise or fly to the Bahamas, chances are you'll visit at least one private island during your stay. A few feature boutique resorts like Kamalame Cay and Fowl Cay Resort, while others (think: Blue Lagoon Island) offer activities like Segway tours and swimming with dolphins. Meanwhile, those who arrive by cruise ship via Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean International have access to their cruise line's private island. Each offers water sports equipment rentals, eco-tours, cabanas and more (for a fee).
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Private Islands
Whether you cruise or fly to the Bahamas, chances are you'll visit at least one private island during your stay. A few feature boutique resorts like Kamalame Cay and Fowl Cay Resort, while others (think: Blue Lagoon Island) offer activities like Segway tours and swimming with dolphins. Meanwhile, those who arrive by cruise ship via Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean International have access to their cruise line's private island. Each offers water sports equipment rentals, eco-tours, cabanas and more (for a fee).
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Named for Leon Levy, a Bahamian with an interest in Eleuthera's plant life, this lush oasis is filled with native flora, ranging from ferns and orchids to mangroves and cactuses. All can be viewed from the miles of trails that weave throughout the 25-acre national park.
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Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera)
Named for Leon Levy, a Bahamian with an interest in Eleuthera's plant life, this lush oasis is filled with native flora, ranging from ferns and orchids to mangroves and cactuses. All can be viewed from the miles of trails that weave throughout the 25-acre national park.
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Occasionally referred to as the 66 steps (though only 65 are visible), this historic staircase spans 102 feet. It was carved out of limestone by roughly 600 slaves in the late 1700s as a way for the British (who colonized the Bahamas) to connect Bennet Hill's Fort Fincastle to the capital city of Nassau. The staircase took more than 16 years to complete and was named for Queen Victoria, who ruled over the region for 64 years and is responsible for abolishing slavery in the country.
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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Queen's Staircase (New Providence Island)
Occasionally referred to as the 66 steps (though only 65 are visible), this historic staircase spans 102 feet. It was carved out of limestone by roughly 600 slaves in the late 1700s as a way for the British (who colonized the Bahamas) to connect Bennet Hill's Fort Fincastle to the capital city of Nassau. The staircase took more than 16 years to complete and was named for Queen Victoria, who ruled over the region for 64 years and is responsible for abolishing slavery in the country.
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For one of the most unique views in the Bahamas, travel along Queen's Highway to The Glass Window Bridge. This strip of land and road – which connects Eleuthera's Gregory Town and Lower Bogue – measures just 30 feet wide at its narrowest point. On its northern side, you'll find the rough, deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and on the southern side, the calm, turquoise-green waters of the Exuma Sound (in the Caribbean Sea).
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Hiking Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The Glass Window Bridge (Eleuthera)
For one of the most unique views in the Bahamas, travel along Queen's Highway to The Glass Window Bridge. This strip of land and road – which connects Eleuthera's Gregory Town and Lower Bogue – measures just 30 feet wide at its narrowest point. On its northern side, you'll find the rough, deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and on the southern side, the calm, turquoise-green waters of the Exuma Sound (in the Caribbean Sea).
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If you need a break from snorkeling, boating or beach lounging, consider touring New Providence Island's John Watling's Distillery. This distillery is famed for its homemade rum, which you can sample and see being produced during a tour. Other spirits, such as a vodka filtered with pink sand from Eleuthera and a gin infused with plants from Andros, are also made on-site.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
John Watling's Distillery (New Providence Island)
If you need a break from snorkeling, boating or beach lounging, consider touring New Providence Island's John Watling's Distillery. This distillery is famed for its homemade rum, which you can sample and see being produced during a tour. Other spirits, such as a vodka filtered with pink sand from Eleuthera and a gin infused with plants from Andros, are also made on-site.
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