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Free Things To Do in Bahamas

If you have extra time, The Glass Window Bridge (Eleuthera) is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Bahamas
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    #1 in Bahamas
    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Natural Wonders, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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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.

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    Queen's Staircase (New Providence Island)
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    #8 in Bahamas
    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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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.

    Whether you plan on stopping here or stumble upon it while exploring Nassau, travelers say this limestone staircase is well worth a visit. To get its complete history, several travelers suggest touring the attraction with the local gentleman that sits by the lower entrance. Many describe his tours as "amazing" and "interesting." Also, if you're not keen on walking up the entire staircase, some recommend starting at the top and working your way down.

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    The Glass Window Bridge (Eleuthera)
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    #9 in Bahamas
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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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).

    According to previous visitors, the stark contrast between The Glass Window Bridge's two sides makes for "beautiful" and "truly amazing" views. You can see both sides without leaving your car, but to make the most of your time at the bridge, many recommend hiking around the area. To do so safely, wear shoes with a good grip, and take your time traversing the sharp rocks. A free public beach is also available on the Caribbean side.

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    John Watling's Distillery (New Providence Island)
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    #10 in Bahamas
    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Wineries/Breweries, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    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.

    Some previous visitors wished their free piña colada samples were swapped for rum tastings, while others said their tours felt rushed, but overall, many recommended visiting if you need a break from the sun and sand. If you like what you sample, consider buying a bottle or two after your tour since the distillery does not export its liquors. Another tip: Linger a little longer to admire the property's architecture. The main building is featured in a scene from the James Bond movie "Casino Royale."

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