For those traveling for the first time to Bahamas, the discovery of not one but hundreds of islands can be a bit overwhelming. Out of the 700 islands which make up the archipelago, 23 are inhabited. The choices for accommodation and activities are endless.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida (US), the Bahamas is a self-governing English-speaking country.
The majority of resorts prefer to sell all-inclusive packages but with a bit of research you can find some hotels and choose only what you want to do. However, sometimes it’s better to choose the all-inclusive package since they also include the fees for different activities (like the gear for water sports).
Golf packages, diving packages, wedding and honeymoon packages are just few of the all-inclusive offers you can choose among.
Most of the resorts are children-friendly so they are perfect if you are planning a family vacation.
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Packages and discounted deals are available mostly during the shoulder season and low season, so don’t forget to check those out when planning your vacation.
No matter what package you choose please note that the taxes and service fees are not included in the room price.
Things to do
In short, the activities which tourist can engage into once they get to Bahamas comprise: sightseeing, sun bathing, bird watching, sailing, boating, diving, ecotours, festivals, fishing, gaming, golfing, parasailing, shopping, snorkeling, tennis and water sports.
Some of the best beaches in Bahamas include:
- Abaco Beach and Treasure Cay on The Abacos
- Alice Town Beach, Radio Beach and Spook Hill Beach on Bimini
- Lighthouse Beach, Pink Sand Beach, Surfer’s Beach and Ten Bay Beach on Eleuthera/Harbour Island
- Great Exuma, Little Exuma and Shroud Cay on The Exumas
- Fortune Beach, Gold Rock Beach, Lucayan Beach, Mather Town Beach, Paradise Cove Beach, Smith’s Point Beach, Taino Beach, William’s Town Beach and Xanadu Beach on Grand Bahama Island
- Cape Santa Maria Bay and Beach, Columbus Harbour, Deal’s Beach, Love Beaches and Millerton’s School Beach on Long Island
- Cable Beach and South Ocean on Nassau/Paradise Island
Bahamas is home to some of the best diving spots in the world. The types of diving include: blue holes, caves, night dives, reefs, sharks/stingray, walls and wrecks.
The biggest event in the festivals calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1). Incredible costumes and distinctive Junkanoo music represent the highlights of the festival.