Bahamas holidays 2016

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The beautiful Bahamas

Crystal clear waters, white sands and a huge array of attractions, Bahamas holidays are an adventurer’s dream, whether you’re Christopher Columbus or a budding holidaymaker looking to soak up the Caribbean sunshine and fun. Palm trees, sand-covered cays, relaxation and partying till dawn all await those who wish to make the most of the time in the Caribbean.

Pretty much every holiday activity is on the cards when heading off for holidays in Bahamas; from reclining in a hammock to snorkelling among rock pools. Whether you choose to rejuvenate or explore, those wishing to be more active will be just as well catered for as those who prefer to relax, so what are you waiting for? The Bahamas is calling.

Surrender to the sunshine

When it comes to choosing your holidays to Bahamas, you’ll have a large number of resorts and hotels to choose from, depending on what you’re after. Family fun is best experienced on Paradise Island, the massive resort of Atlantis offering a range of activities and water park shenanigans to tempt the kids for a day or two, although if you’re more privy to partying, then the capital Nassau will be your preferred choice.

That’s not to say Nassau is only good for partying however, the island has a range of beaches such as Cable Beach that are more than suitable for families and couples, as well as groups of mates looking for a good time. Boat tours and historical monuments are also present throughout the island, so if you are interested in finding out more about the Bahamas, you’ll be more than well-situated to do so – the Queen’s Staircase and Christ Church Cathedrals must-sees.

Experience something beautiful

Although tourism has taken over much of the Bahamas, there’s still a sense of wonderment as the sun sets over the horizon, as the breeze gently sways the leaves of palm trees and as crystal clear waters sparkle over white sands. The beaches in particular will be the hub of many excursions during your Bahamas holidays, the best of which are perhaps Jaws Beach, Cable Beach and Saddle Cay, the latter of which helps in making up the 365 Cays of Exuma.

With everything from swimming with dolphins to climbing The Hermitage on Cat Island, you’ll certainly find something to suit the whole group. Gaze over an incredible array of marine life with a scuba diving trip, find out more about the island’s rum heritage when paying a visit to John Watling’s Distillery or head on over to the Glass Window in Eleuthera – an awe-inspiring sight of the Bahamas’ rich coastal scenery.

Elsewhere on your Bahamas holidays you can venture to Long Island. Here you will find an inimitable expanse of what is considered to be the most scenic views of the archipelago, as well as providing numerous activities for you to get involved with. Largely untouched by tourism, Long Island is certainly worth the visit.

Bahamas Culture

Museums

You can catch a culture fix in any one of the Bahamas’ museums, such as the Balcony House Museum, which is thought to be the oldest building in Nassau. The Albert Lowe Museum is found in a Victorian period home, and showcases historical artefacts, photos, model ships and paintings. The Bimini Museum was formed to help preserve the island’s rich history, and is where you can delve into an historical world of ancient photographs, stories, relics and artefacts.

Eating and Drinking

The islands are filled with dreamy restaurants that make the most of their phenomenal settings, with many establishments boasting views across the ocean as you dine. Fresh seafood is, of course, on many menus and is often deliciously cooked, and you can try some non fuss fare at the local Fish Fry open air restaurants. Night time brings with it a collection of cosy cocktail bars, beachside drinking shacks and lively parties and clubs, with some upmarket casinos to visit if you’re feeling lucky.

Carnivals and Festivals

Carnivals bring a festive charm to the islands, seeing locals and visitors come together in merriment and celebration. Junkanoo is a twilight festival held on Boxing Day, with thousands of revellers dancing through Nassau’s Bay Street in colourful costumes and atop impressive floats. The McClean Town Conch Cracking Competition lets competitors fight for the crown of ‘Best Conch Cracker’, with music, food, races and events held in between.

Bahamas Hotels

Sandals Emerald Bay

Boasting luxury at every turn, the Sandals Emerald Bay is the ultimate destination for a dreamy island break. Found on a beautiful peninsula just footsteps from the azure blue ocean, the hotel offers its spa for the chance to unwind, in addition to a number of sports and activities to try, such as golf and tennis.

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort

Grand and majestic, the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort really is the place of desert island dreams. Enclosed by phenomenal desert island beaches, exotic gardens and luxurious buildings, it is the perfect place to spend a secluded beach break. This resort gives guests the chance to be pampered at the spa, indulge in a choice of superb restaurants and soak up the sun by the seven stunning swimming pools.

Grand Lucayan Bahamas

Family friendly and conveniently located, the Grand Lucayan Bahamas sits at the centre of the Grand Bahama Island. Set amongst the white sandy beaches and tropical landscape of the island, the resort boasts a great choice of activities, which will please every member of the family. Relaxation can also be found in its luxurious on site spa.

Best Western Bay View Suites

Found near the bustling Nassau Harbour, the Best Western Bay View Suites are sat nestled amongst a tropical landscape and offer a family friendly place to stay. Boasting three swimming pools, a pretty sunbathing terrace and a poolside bar, there is plenty of excuse to spend your days soaking up the sun and relaxing into holiday mode here.

Bahamas Things to do

Land Activities

The islands are home to some striking natural landscapes, none more so than the Abaco National Park. Stretching across over 20 thousand acres, the park is filled with lush leafy pine trees and is home to thousands of endangered parrots. Shoppers will feel at home in Bay Street, where you can find some duty-free treasures, souvenirs and jewellery. Otherwise, you can spend your time soaking up the hot sun on the beautiful sandy beaches.

Water Activities

The Bahamas stretch across beautiful crystal clear ocean waters, so they are the ideal place to enjoy some water sports and activities. Diving is particularly popular, with some stunning underwater sights ranging from vibrant marine life to the eerie and captivating Ben’s Cave. If you would rather stay closer to the surface you can still see some phenomenal sights whilst snorkelling, or you can try sports such as sailing, fishing and kayaking.

Must Visit

There are some remarkable protected areas you can visit whilst staying in the Bahamas, including the Luncayan National Park, which boasts one of the longest underwater cave networks in the world. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is a marine fishery reserve, and was the first sea and land park in the world. If you’re looking for the ultimate desert island, the pristine Cat Island and its picture postcard beaches will answer any beach holiday prayer.

Useful information

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English
Currency
Bahamian dollar
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