Best Islands in the Bahamas 

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Abacos is a Paradise for Solitude Seekers

Idyllic white sand beaches, azure waters and a relaxed way of life mean that a visit to the Bahamas is high on most people’s bucket lists. However, the Bahamas is a vast archipelago made up of more than 2,000 islands and cays, some of which aren’t even inhabited. With so many stunning islands on offer, how do you choose which one to visit?  Whether you’re looking for the best beach in the Bahamas, or you would prefer your holiday to have an exciting nightlife, there is an island in the Bahamas to suit every type of vacation. 

Bimini Island

Located just 50 miles from the Florida coast, Bimini has a fascinating history and culture due to its close proximity to the United States. Rumored to be a part of the legendary lost city of Atlantis, Bimini is made up of the north and south Bimini islands, which are renowned for the warm hospitality of their residents.
Author, Ernest Hemingway had a summer home here and Jimmy Buffet was said to live here while he wrote his book.

Abacos Islands

The Abacos Islands, Little Abaco and Great Abaco, are two of the best-kept secrets in the Bahamas. Home to the famous Hope Town Lighthouse, as well as a multitude of stunning cays, coral reefs, exotic wildlife and white sand beaches, the Abacos Islands are beautiful examples of the Bahamas at their very best. Join an island-hopping tour to visit the famous Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Great Guana Cay, where you can see the green turtles, stingrays, and sharks that make this part of the world so diverse. 

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Coco Cay is Paradise on Earth
New Providence

Home to the bustling metropolitan capital city of Nassau, New Providence lures visitors with its hotels, restaurants, shops and laid-back lifestyle. The island is the birthplace of Deandre Ayton, the Bahamanian basketball player who plays for the Western Conference underdogs, Phoenix Suns. Although now a professional basketballer, Ayton hasn’t forgot about his roots. He recently launched a new shoe with Puma to help raise funds for the Bahamas after it was struck by Hurricane Dorian.

The nightlife in the Bahamas is particularly lively in Nassau, so if you’re looking for all-night parties and live music then this is where you will want to be. From dance hall clubs to open-air music venues, there is a night out here to suit everyone.

But it’s not just about the nightlife, the beaches here are also worth visiting and the island’s proximity to the ultimate holiday destination, Paradise Island, is another hugely appealing factor for many tourists. 

Cat Island

An enchanting remote island steeped in Bahamian culture and history, Cat Island is located southeast of Nassau and is known as the largest of the Out Islands. Due to its remoteness, Cat Island is relatively untouched, which means its 388 square km of tropical forests and white sand beaches are perfect for roaming in solitude.

Home to just 1,500 residents, the island is named after the notorious pirate, Arthur Cat and is one of the few Bahamian islands to feature pink sand on its long beaches.

Andros

The largest of all of the Bahamian islands, Andros proudly boasts an abundant array of spectacular natural attractions. From the mesmerizing mile-deep blue holes and vibrant marine life, to the vast collection of colorful flora and fauna, Andros is ideal for snorkelers, kayakers, bird waters, eco-travelers and much more. The vast wetlands also create the ideal conditions for bonefishing, while the quiet settlements are renowned for their laid-back charm and relaxed lifestyle. 

Coco Cay

Reserved primarily for Royal Caribbean, CocoCay island is an exclusive island only accessible by cruise ship. Offering a number of beautiful beaches, well-stocked bars, snorkeling, nature trails, kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing, there is something for everyone on this beautiful island.

Take a short boat ride over to Stingray City to swim with these enormous fishes before heading down to the Straw Market to pick up a few Bahamian souvenirs.

As you can see, there are many beautiful places to visit in the Bahamas. In fact, there are so many that you could spend a lifetime exploring each and every one. The only problem is working out which one to visit first!

28 Comments

  1. Lane Onson

    Hi Leahrae,

    Thanks for this post. I haven’t been back to the Bahamas since my honeymoon which was in 1995. At that time, I visited Freeport. I was curious about Nassau, but I didn’t get to go there. We couldn’t do much because we were so broke.

    Anyhoo, I’d like to visit New Providence and mosey on over to see what Paradise Island is about.

    Additionally, Coco Cay would probably be better for me. Since I wanna take a cruise AND NOT go far from the boat, I’d definitely want to stroll on the beautiful beaches and go on the nature trails, kayaking. I’m a little too afraid of snorkeling at this moment.

    However, thanks for this article.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Lane. Sounds like you need to plan another Bahamas vacation! Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  2. C

    Thanks for all these great travel locations in the Bahamas. The pictures are really nice, with the blue water and nice sand and palm trees. It would be nice to go there. It’s been a while since I traveled. Recently I started learning how to make an income from my laptop so maybe one day I’ll be able to travel around to nice places like the Bahamas and visit. Maybe even live there for a little while. Thanks for the inspiration to travel. Have a great day.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  Oh yes, to live in the Bahamas…now that would be nice!   Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  3. Donny

    I enjoyed the pictures in this article they are breathtaking and one thing I want to make sure I do when I get there is that I want to take as many photos, I’ve just realised my passion for photography and being a Pisces guy its understandable that I love watery places. I can’t imagine going a place as far away as bahama to see trees and mountains. Looking forward to visit Abacosa.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh yes, I like to take LOTS of pictures too. I’m not a Pisces, but I am a water girl for sure.  It calls my name LOL

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  4. Bex Arnold

    I had no idea the breadth of opportunities one has to explore when it comes to the Bahamas! Wowzas! Seemed I only scratched the surface when I pooped by on a cruise ship. I will aim to go back with the famjam to explore all these wonderful places. The manner in which you have delineated all there is to see is captivating and proves super inspirational. Thanks for the continued stellar posts Leahrae!

    -Bex

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Bex. Thanks, as always for your continued support. I am glad you enjoyed…and now it is time for another vacation!

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  5. nox

    My wife and I are both a person who likes the sea. The islands of the Bahamas look as beautiful as the Maldives. Although I live in China, I still hope to live with my wife and daughter for a while. Turn off your phone, forget the troubles, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery here.thank you for your sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Nox.  What is not to like right?  Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Ray

    I love the Caribbean and have been to almost every island. Some I have returned to many times. St. Thomas six times as it’s the main duty-free shopping port for the American Virgin Islands. I visited Aruba four times and it’s one of my favorites. Still, I have never made it to the Bahamas and your post reminds me that perhaps it’s time.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is definitely time Ray!  I think you would really love it in the Bahamas, given all the travel you have done in the Caribbean.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  7. Bella

    Hello there, such nice beaches you have listed here. I use to live in Cuba and it’s been a dream to visit these islands in the Bahamas. I once had a chance to visit Abacos, but things didn’t go as planned and I couldn’t. Seeing these lists again just makes me really ecstatic. I hope to someday visit them for vacation. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I hope you can too Bella!  Please let me know if you need any more information on the wonderful Bahamas!

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  8. Benson

    The feeling of staying in a cold environment with enough breeze blowing around cane to me while I was reading through this post. So many islands in the Bahamas, I must admit having a great love for that place, but work and everyday stress haven’t given me time to take a trip down. These islands are really cool and the Abacos island is one I have in mind right now. I’ll add it to my bucket list for the start of new year trips. Best regards.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Benson and great choice!  You will love the Abacos.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  9. Daniella

    Wow, I always dreamed of traveling to the Bahamas, such a beautiful place to be. I am sure I won’t want to leave if I go there:) I’ve heard that we can feed pig in the Bahamas. Do you where exactly? I am going to show this article to my husband so we can already plan our trip for next year. What would be the best to travel to the Bahamas? Thank you for this excellent post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would have to agree Daniella. The Bahamas is always a great beach vacation destination! You will want to go to Pig’s Beach, which is it’s own island in the Bahamas. It is located in Exuma, the Bahamas. The best time to travel to the Bahamas is going to be mid-December thru mid-April. I do have a Bahamas Travel Guide which will also give you additional information.

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  10. Effie

    Wow! I really enjoyed reading your article!
    I was surprised to know that there is an island called Andros in the Bahamas! There is one called Andros in Greece, too!! I have never been to either of them and I am intrigued! Next destination Florida to meet you. How about popping Andros island? Then you could come to Greece and we could visit the Greek Andros island. Is it a deal?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like a deal to me Effie! I do believe we would have a great time!

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  11. Shelley

    Bahamas should be on anyone’s plan for the next summer if one wants to enjoy the true nature of being on a beach. Wow! Simply ecstatic to behold are the various beaches that makes this place very beautiful. I like the
    Andro the most. I just googled more information about it. Simply beyond words description and I love places like that. I will surely make enquiries more about it but then, this is awesome.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Bahamas are wonderful, no two words about it.  Please let me know if you need any additional information Shelley.  And thanks for visiting!

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  12. Rodarrick

    Bahamas is truly a home of wonders. Beauty beyond words description and an abode of serenity. The list here of the best islands that nature has blessed this place with are just awesome and truly wonderful. Each of them has a greatness attached and I love the outlook of this place. If I can, I would love to explore here.  Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Thumbs up to you

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Rodarrick, I am glad you enjoyed.  And thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  13. Wildecoll

    So many islands here, I have the feeling that it is going to be a great experience and adventure in one of them. I’ve heard a lot about Bahamas and I’ve always wanted to be there to witness and appreciate the natural endowments there. I’ll make sure I plan my next holiday to be at one of these islands and I know my wife will so much love it. Thanks for sharing this helpful information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about the best islands in the Bahamas.

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  14. DreaJay

    Wow, this is really interesting, a visit to Bahamas. I really love to be around water bodies and I enjoy the solemnity in the voice of nature that Surrounds it. Thanks for this information,it’s really useful, I’ve always wanted to experience what it feels like on the deep side of an island like that of the Bahamas compared to some local islands around. There are many options to pick from, I’ll definitely add the Bahamas to my bucket list.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree 100% that the Bahamas are worth the experience.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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