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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!