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From its glamorous resorts with their private beaches, to the superyachts dotted around the 700 islands, holidays in The Bahamas really do offer everyone the chance to experience a James Bond style holiday. Whether you want to dive a shipwreck, sip cocktails on the beach, or shop the upmarket boutiques, there’s enough glamour here to make you feel like you’re in luxury holiday heaven! But it’s not all supercars and private yacht charters. The Bahamas is a holiday destination with an array of activities for kids and families too. Plus the super-friendly locals love nothing better than to encourage visitors to join in the party and get into the Caribbean vibe.
The Bahamas’ famous Junkanoo Carnival takes place across the islands on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day each year. It is a unique spectacle for the eyes and ears, and is definitely worth a visit. You’ll see Bahamians young and old preparing the colourful costumes from months ahead. It all starts with a vibrant street parade or ‘rush out’, where you’ll see local dance groups performing energetic routines. This is then followed by a huge party through the streets, to the sound of goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles and horns. The party really gets going in the early hours of the morning, and continues well into the next day.
The Atlantis Paradise Island is a one-of-a-kind resort with its very own waterpark, where the kids can get close to dolphins or try the epic water slide which takes you past two sets of shark tanks! Or perhaps try a snorkelling trip off one of the island’s many great reefs. Divers can even explore one of the many James Bond shipwrecks, intentionally sunk by the Hollywood film makers over the years, but now home to an abundance of colourful marine creatures. For non-swimmers, there’s a great pirate museum where you can try your hand at being a pirate for the day.
The historic capital, Nassau, is the place to be if you like 5-star holidays with great amenities. Nassau’s gorgeous Georgian buildings are all painted in different pastel shades. Nassau’s neighbour, Paradise Island is another great option for a holiday to The Bahamas. It has some of the most stylish resorts, some of which you might recognise from a Bond film or two. Paradise Island is connected to Nassau by two bridges, so you’re never too far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With over 700 islands to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics, there are plenty of quieter options for a Bahamas holiday, and those who want more of a getaway might enjoy the Out Islands of Great Exuma and Eleuthera, both with pristine beaches and plenty of natural attractions.
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