Bahamas Boat Tours#2 in Best Things To Do in Bahamas
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.
Recent travelers raved about the sailing excursions offered in the Bahamas, describing their experiences as "incredible," "fantastic" and "awesome." However, a few cautioned that charter prices are steep, so plan your budget accordingly. Boat operators recommended by previous visitors include Island Time Charters and Bahama Boat Tours (for New Providence Island) and Exuma Water Sports (for The Exumas).
Expect to pay at least $150 per person for a half-day boat tour. Many companies also offer full-day tours that cost up to $2,600 per charter and require a minimum of six people. Half- and full-day tour rates cover the use of water sports equipment, but additional charges generally apply for food and drinks enjoyed on your boat or on land during your tour. Most operators are based in Nassau on New Providence Island, but sailing excursions are also available on other islands like Bimini, San Salvador, The Abacos and Eleuthera. For more information about boat tours in the Bahamas, visit The Islands of the Bahamas' Sailing Excursions page.
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#1 Bahamas 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, 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.
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