Glorious weather, great beaches and fantastic water sports make the Bahamas a destination that’s topped many a must-visit list. Stunning beach locations, with white sand edged by crystal-clear waters are what the Bahamas are most famous for. Where better to pick a sun lounger, grab a cocktail, lie back and enjoy doing nothing?
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.
The name Bahamas is Spanish for shallow sea, and that’s definitely the case in these parts. In an area with 700 islands and some 2,400 cays, there are so many land masses to negotiate, that the waters are often shallow and always deliciously inviting at the shore. Go deeper and you’ll find an array of intriguing caves, cenotes and reefs teeming with fish, which explains why diving, snorkelling and fishing are so popular. Book a boat tour or stick to the shore, whatever you love to do there’s a way to see the Bahamas that’s perfect.
Capital days and nights
Relaxation is one thing, but to really mix things up, the capital city of Nassau on the island of Grand Providence adds a slice of urban sophistication. Here you’ll find a range of modern bars, world-class restaurants and visitor attractions, from opportunities to roll cigars and taste rum to museums about pirates.
Spend the day soaking up the local colour and take in an authentic rake and scrape band as you knock back a Sky Juice or two: that’s a local drink made of coconut water and gin. And in the evening, eat, drink and dance till dawn in the Bahamas’ most colourful city.
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 has that just-caught taste and the Gully Wash is thirst quenching after a long, hot day.
Children will adore the still waters, and as it’s so clear, there’s a good chance they’ll spot sea life too. Book onto a whale-watching tour or charter a boat to explore the Exumas, and your little ones might spot the swimming pigs and sun-basking iguanas these beaches are so famous for. The sights of the Bahamas are something else, and there’s nowhere like it for making memories.