Not sure where you should go for your next vacation? Why not consider the Bahamas? Just a short flight from Miami, the Bahamas is a great option if you’re looking for a tropical destination that’s not too far from home.
Although the nation is made up of more than 700 islands and 2,000 cays, only 30 of those islands are inhabited. The majority of the nation’s population resides in or near Nassau on New Providence. While Nassau certainly has plenty to do and see, tourists should also pay a visit to the Bahamas’ famous Out Islands in order to add more excitement and adventure to the trip.
Where to Stay in the Bahamas
There are plenty of options when you are looking for a place to stay during your vacation to the Bahamas. There is something for everyone. Whether you want to “rough it” or spend a few days in luxury, it will be easy to find a hotel that will be perfectly suited to you.
1. The Graycliff Hotel
Located in the center of Nassau, this hotel boasts plenty of character. All of the rooms are decorated with antiques, some dating back to the age of pirates in the 17th century. There are stunning gardens for guests to wander through, along with two pools and a sunny terrace. When you are finished enjoying the stunning city views and gardens, there is a Bahamian restaurant on the property. To add to its reputation for indulgence, the hotel also has a wine cellar and a cigar factory.
2. Pink Sands
Are you looking for a beachfront resort that also has modern conveniences? This resort on Eleuthera has 25 rooms and cottages that come with private decks. You can watch the sun rise in the morning with a cup of coffee, or watch it set in the evening with a tropical drink from the hotel bar. Along with the bar there is also a library, a beach with private access, and a 26 acre garden where you can relax.
What to Do in the Bahamas
You don’t have to do anything in the Bahamas if you don’t want to. You can spend the days soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach. But for some more entertainment, almost every hotel offers something to keep their guests entertained. However if you are looking for something more to do or a little adventure, you can also find that in the Bahamas.
1. A Boat Tour
You can charter your own boat and live like a star, all while seeing the different islands that make up the Bahamas. The best part is you get to choose what type of boat tour you want. You can snorkel, fish, swim with wild pigs or just enjoy the scenic views. The choice is up to you. There are boat tours to fit everyone’s wish list.
2. Visit Paradise Island
The Atlantis Hotel and Resort is on Paradise Island, but you do not need to be a guest to take advantage of some of their attractions. One of these is their casino. Hotel guests do get certain perks, but outside guests can also participate in the fun.
3. The Glass Window Bridge
Located in Eleuthera, the Glass Window Bridge is something that everyone should see and experience. Hikers and naturalists from around the world come to marvel at the stunning views. The bridge is free, which adds to its appeal, and it connects Gregory Town with the Lower Brogue. Measuring 30 feet wide at its narrowest point, it can be a scary drive for some drivers. However, the view from both points of the bridge (and while you are crossing) is well worth the occasional moments of terror. This usually only happens when the sea is churned up.
4. John Watling’s Distillery
Tired of snorkeling and laying on the beach? Visit this distillery on New Providence Island. It is famous for its’ rum, but this is not the only spirit distilled here. Sample vodka that has been filtered with the pink sand found on Eleuthera. You can even try gin infused with plants from Andros. In between sampling native island liquors, relax and enjoy a tour and tasting session.
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