SIGN UP FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A £2,000 THOMAS COOK GIFT CARD*
Join over 5 million travellers today for exclusive offers and inspirationSign Up
Bahamas Speak to an expert on 01733 224 828
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.
Nassau and Paradise Island have everything you could possibly need for your holiday to the Caribbean. Located on New Providence Island, Nassau itself is the capital of the Bahamas, so it’s got all the hustle and bustle of a vibrant big city. Here, you can enjoy the perfect blend of both cultural experiences and modern amenities, and it’s the home of the world famous Junkanoo parade. 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, with stunning beaches, luxurious resorts, restaurants, shops, a golf course, a casino, an aquarium and a great nightlife. What more could you possibly want?
The Exumas are a group of breathtaking islands and Great Exuma is no exception to the rule. It’s a place of untouched beauty, with idyllic beaches and not a high-rise building in sight. If you can peel yourself away from the sun lounger, you can visit the charming Caribbean city of Georgetown, with its colourful history and its equally as colourful architecture. Back at the beach, you’ll find so many different nooks and corners to explore, whilst swimming in the crystal clears waters. But there’s something in particular that the Exuma islands are particularly famous for. After all, where else in the world can you see swimming pigs?
Freeport is the main city on the island of Grand Bahama. One of the most popular areas to stay in is the Lucaya district, with its luxurious oceanfront hotels, superb beaches and plenty of shopping nearby, such as the International Bazaar and the Port Lucaya Market Place. Venture out of the bustling city areas and you’ll find a number of beautiful and fascinating national parks to explore. Visit the Rand Nature Centre, Petersons Cay or the Lucayan National Park, which covers 40 acres and includes five ecological zones. There’s an extensive underwater cave system underneath the park, which can be accessed either via the national park or by diving if you’re certified.
The Bahamas is a destination rich in colour and spirit, and the same goes for their food. Bahamian cuisine is authentic, uniquely flavoured and features the freshest, local ingredients. On your Bahamas holiday, you can enjoy 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 a holiday to Nassau, no visit is complete without stopping by The Bearded Clam Sports Bar. At this restaurant, you’ll find a friendly atmosphere and mouth-watering Caribbean food, which specialises in seafood at reasonable prices. Don’t leave without trying the Conch dishes which are delicious; especially the cracked conch and the conch balls.
When you’re on holiday in the Bahamas, it’s easy just to relax by the beach. However, you should take this chance to explore the beautiful blue sea in all its glory. There’s a host of water sports to enjoy across the islands and they give you a real appreciation for your surroundings.
Many hotels will give you the option of hiring jet skis; if that’s something you’d like to do. If you’d like to spend some time in the Caribbean seas the more traditional way, try your hand at bonefishing. In the Bahamas, fishing is a way of life, and the whole family will love having a go. Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, kiteboarding, snorkelling, or even swimming with wild dolphins, you’ll find it in The Bahamas.
If you’re planning to go shopping on your holiday in the Bahamas, Nassau has some great shops and stalls including tourist favourite, Straw Market. Unique souvenirs and handmade trinkets are on offer here, which will remind you of your holiday to the Bahamas. Visit Festival Place, which is nestled among palm trees and colourful buildings. It’s the shop to head to for all things creative and captures the Bahamas colourful spirit perfectly.
Nassau’s cultural Craft Cottage Bahamas is the best place to go if you’re looking for a present with a difference. With a charming shop that showcases some amazing Bahamian-inspired items, you can come home with a touch of island spirit. Local artists sell their pieces there too, meaning it’s authentic and you can give back to the community by supporting them.
Great Exuma, Bahamas
What is included?
What is included?
What is included?
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.
Find more luxury holidays with Thomas Cook Signature
Europe, New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Washington DC, California, USA, Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Middle East, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica, St Lucia. Mexico, Caribbean, International Drive, Miami, Florida, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Africa, Banff, Calgary, Vancouver, Whistler, Toronto, Montreal, Canada, Singapore Cambodia, China, India, Vietnam, Edmonton, Seychelles