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.
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.
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.
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.
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.