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There are no two ways about it: nowhere quite gives you a James Bond-style holiday like the Bahamas. Rich with exclusive, glamorous resorts, extravagant superyachts and miles of untouched natural beauty, a holiday to the Bahamas is truly like no other.
With more than 700 islands and no such thing as a crowded Bahamian beach, you'll be spoilt for choice. Why not plunge into the depths to investigate the mysterious shipwrecks below? If you'd prefer, you can lose yourself in your latest bestseller, sipping refreshing cocktails on the beach. Or why not pamper yourself with some retail therapy and hit the upmarket boutiques? Whatever you choose, there’s more than enough glamour here to put you in luxury holiday heaven.
If you're looking for a more modest holiday, fear not. Bahamian holidays are not all about supercars and private yacht charters. The Bahamas is a fantastic holiday destination for all the family. Each island has its own individual personality, making a unique experience everywhere you go. You'll find an exciting array of activities for kids and adults alike. All-inclusive resorts are perfect if you love the bustle of thriving city life. Or if you'd prefer to escape it all and relax to the soothing sounds of the ocean in a beach paradise, there's an island for you, too.
Come and meet the super-friendly locals, who'd love nothing more than for you to join in the party. With smiles as warm as the beaches, the welcoming islanders will be sure to make you want to come back for more holidays to the Bahamas.
Perfectly balancing city life with blissful peace and quiet, Nassau and Paradise Island have everything you need for the ultimate break. They say that on Nassau, time stands still. Here you can relax and unwind, taking each day at a slower pace. Between high-end resorts and exclusive boutiques, you can enjoy the blend of culture and modern amenities.
Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, bringing you the hustle and bustle of a vibrant big city. To the north of New Providence Island, you’ll find Paradise Island, which is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s 685 acres of pure heaven. Imagine sugar-coated sand disappearing into the world's most transparent waters. You’ll want to investigate the breathtaking underwater seascapes that surround the stunning beaches. Inside incredible resorts, you'll find an array of restaurants with mouthwatering treats in store for you to try. There are plenty of shops, a golf course, a casino, an aquarium, and a great nightlife waiting for you. What more could you possibly want?
Arguably, the Exumas are by far the best of the archipelagos that make up the Bahamas. They’re made up of 365 islands and cays, one for every day of the year. The largest is Great Exuma, a place of untouched beauty. Its idyllic beaches are peppered with unspoiled flora. And the best bit? There isn't a high-rise building in sight.
The waters in the Bahamas are among the best in the world and fewer are clearer than those at Great Exuma. Dip, dive, and paddle in the sea lapping the island. When it suits you, pop your feet up and watch the world go by.
There isn't any rush, but when you feel like peeling yourself away from the sun lounger, head to the charming Caribbean city of George Town. Immerse yourself in its colourful architecture and its rich past.
As well as being the main city of Grand Bahama, Freeport is also one of the most underrated islands in the area. The beaches in Freeport boast seas in a stunning combination of greens and turquoise, broken up by the soft white sand in between. Thanks to its excellent amenities, Lucaya district is one of the most popular regions on the island. With grand oceanfront hotels, outstanding beaches and plenty of shopping to keep you entertained, Freeport has everything you need.
Bahamas holidays are great for becoming one with nature. For this, you can venture inland from Freeport, away from the bustling city. Here you'll find beautiful national parks, including Rand Nature Centre and Peterson's Cay. Lucayan National Park is the biggest of them with 40 acres to explore. With five ecological zones to investigate, there’s plenty to interest even the most novice eco-warrior. Underneath Lucayan National Park, you’ll find one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Two caves are open to the public and if you get a special permit you can dive into them.
The Bahamas is a destination rich in colour and spirit, and the same goes for its food. Bahamian cuisine is authentic, uniquely flavoured and features the freshest local ingredients. On your Bahamas holiday, you can treat yourself to a delicious selection of food infused with tropical fruit, seafood and spices. The traditional vibe of the restaurants will make you feel welcomed and at home with the relaxed island culture.
If you’re on holiday in Nassau, make sure you head over to The Bearded Clam Sports Bar. Soak up the friendly atmosphere and order some of the mouthwatering Caribbean food. Indulge in reasonably priced, freshly caught, delicious seafood. Like to tantalise your taste buds? Be sure to check out the cracked conch, considered the national dish of the Bahamas, and the deep-fried snacks called conch balls. You'll thank us for the recommendation later.
Relaxing is easy when you’re on holiday in the Bahamas. Simply put your feet up and soak up the sun’s rays. But if you'd like to get more active, it would be a shame not to explore the beautifully clear sea. Fortunately, there’s an array of water sports to enjoy. You can get a real appreciation for your surroundings from your seat in a kayak or on your jet ski. Most hotels have plenty available to hire.
In the Bahamas, bonefishing is a way of life and you will love having a go at this obsession. It’s a thrill to catch the bonefish by flyfishing while standing in shallow water or on the deck of a small skiff.
No matter what your favourite water activity is, whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, kiteboarding, snorkelling, or even swimming with wild dolphins, you’ll find it on your holiday in the Bahamas.
If retail therapy is what you seek on your holiday in the Bahamas, then treat yourself at the International Bazaar and the Port Lucaya Marketplace. Nassau has a fantastic selection of shops including the thriving Straw Market. Here you’ll find unique handmade souvenirs and trinkets to remind you of your holiday to the Bahamas.
Nestled among palm trees and bright buildings, you'll find Festival Place, a shopping centre reflecting the architecture of a Bahamian village. If you're on the hunt for a creative keepsake that captures the colourful Bahamian spirit, look no further.
Nassau’s cultural Craft Cottage is a charming shop that showcases amazing Bahamian-inspired items, ideal for presents for loved ones at home. Here you'll find items from local artists such as glassware, jewellery, artwork, soaps and clothes. These authentic gifts help you give back to the community which has given you such a memorable holiday.
Great Exuma, Bahamas
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Just as balmy in winter (average 21 °C) as in summer (average 26 °C), The Bahamas is another one of those year-round destinations, although the high season is really December to April. There can be humidity and rain from June to November, but rates tend to be lower and the islands are quieter at these times.
Time difference GMT: -5 hours.
Currency: Bahamian Dollar.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 9 hours.
Arrival airport: Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport, Bahamas.
Entry details (for British passport holders): A tourist visa is not required for stays of up to three months. Passports need at least six months validity from your entry date. If you're travelling via the U.S. you must adhere to the Visa Waiver Programme rules. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and direct you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You'll receive a welcome pack containing local information and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel, and should you need advice during your stay, local representatives will make regular visits to your resort.
If you're staying at a Sandals resort, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel by a Sandals representative. All welcome information and details about your stay will be provided by your hotel.
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