Glorious weather, great beaches and fantastic water sports make the Bahamas a destination that’s topped many a must-visit list. Close to the USA and part of the Caribbean (although technically in the Atlantic), you’ll find the Bahamas’ north-west point to be 760 miles off the Florida coast, with the island chain stretching towards Haiti in the south east.
Things to do
Blush pink sand, azure shallows and inky blue depths - the coasts surrounding these incredibly beautiful islands have to be seen to be believed. Busy and bustling resorts sit alongside hidden coves and undisturbed sandy strips, making for a sunbathing, rock-pooling, wild swimming, snorkelling paradise. Grab a conch at one of the Bahamas’ many beachside food shacks, or a main meal in an open-air cabana overlooking the water. Wherever you go, you’ll find the seafood always has that just-caught taste and the Gully Wash always quenches that thirst after a long, hot day.
The Bahamas are named after and famous for the shallow waters that surround it. Teenagers will love exploring the nearby caves, cenotes and reefs, while younger tots can splash about in the still waters. Take a whale-watching tour or charter a boat to explore the Exumas, and you might spot the swimming pigs and the sun-basking iguanas these beaches are famous for.
The capital city of Nassau on the island of Grand Providence is the Bahamas’ most colourful city. Here you’ll find a range of modern bars, world-class restaurants and visitor attractions. Older folks can learn how to roll cigars, go on a rum-tasting tour or knock back a Sky Juice or two - a local drink made of coconut water and gin - while listening to an authentic rake and scrape band. As for PG activities, Aquaventure caters to big kids and toddlers with 141 acres of fun including rapid waterslides and shallow splash pools.