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  • 24/7 daily

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  • Beaches, Natural Wonders, Swimming/Pools Type
  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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    3.5
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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, Paradise Island 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.

Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.

Most Bahamian beaches are free to visit 24 hours a day, but Gold Rock Beach can only be accessed after paying Lucayan National Park's entrance fee of $5, and many private island beaches only welcome cruise ship passengers. Others, like those found on Stocking Island, require hiring a water taxi to reach. Food and beverage options vary by beach; public beaches in tourist areas are often within walking distance of multiple bars and restaurants, while secluded sands generally lack dining facilities. Learn more about the Bahamas' beaches by visiting The Islands of the Bahamas' Beaches page.

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#1 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 ... Read more » zxvisual / Getty Images

#2 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 ... Read more » Glowimages / Getty Images

#3 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 ... Read more » Danita Delimont / Getty Images

#4 Atlantis, Paradise Island (Paradise Island) Spread across much of Paradise Island, the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort complex is home to top-notch accommodations, a casino, a golf course and multiple restaurants. But the property's most ... Read more » Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

#5 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 ... Read more » Denis Tangney Jr / Getty Images

#6 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 ... Read more » André Mellagi / Flickr

#7 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 ... Read more » Courtesy of Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

#8 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 ... Read more » dnaveh / Getty Images

#9 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 ... Read more » mfrascella / Getty Images

#10 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 ... Read more » Danielle Bauer / Flickr

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The Bahamas' white sand beaches are popular havens for water sports and sunbathing, but its most photogenic are undoubtedly its pink sand beaches on Harbour Island and Eleuthera. zxvisual / Getty Images

Whether you want to lounge on a beach or snorkel in the Caribbean Sea, going on a boat tour is a great way to see all there is to see above and below the water's surface. Glowimages / Getty Images

Underwater caves are lit up by sunlight at this favorite snorkeling haven on Staniel Cay. A trip to this marine life respite means you'll swim where the stars have –Thunderball appears in two James Bond movies. Danita Delimont / Getty Images

It's hard to miss the towering pink buildings that make up Paradise Island's Atlantis, Paradise Island. Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

Travel through mangroves along this boardwalk and you'll eventually reach Lucayan National Park's most popular attraction: Gold Rock Beach. Denis Tangney Jr / Getty Images

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Plant lovers can't miss the chance to stroll through Eleuthera's 25-acre Leon Levy Plant Native Preserve. Courtesy of Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

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