Holidays to the Bahamas in 2014

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Bahamas holidays

Dip your toes in crystal clear waters, explore hundreds of palm fringed islands and enjoy vibrant Caribbean culture on your holidays to Bahamas. With over 700 islands and thousands of idyllic beaches, the Bahamas in the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

Recline in a hammock as you sip fresh papaya juice, wander through the quaint colonial towns or take to the seas for a spot of snorkelling; Bahamas holidays are a great way to relax and revive. With a year round tropical climate and its beautiful landscape, it’s a great place for families, honeymoons or a sun-soaked trip away with friends.

Revel in relaxation

With miles of unspoilt beaches and lots of tourist friendly resorts, this island group is ideal for those looking for the ultimate beach getaway. The beaches on the Abaco Islands are particularly stunning and have recently been voted among the best in the Caribbean.

Try Tahiti beach for family-friendly white sand and gently lapping waters, or Guana Cay for spectacular sand dunes. Alternatively head to Long Island, home to stunning cliffs and accessible coral reefs. If you’re staying near the capital Nassau, you’ll find 52 beaches nearby, ranging from busy tourist resorts to secluded sandy spots; a popular choice is the gorgeous Cable beach.

Caribbean style

Bahamas holidays are all about unwinding and you’ll find the famous Caribbean hospitality, delicious freshly cooked food and thriving island towns a great way to immerse yourself in Bahamian life. From flamingo spotting on Inagua Island to snorkelling in the sapphire blue waters of the Exumas Islands, there is plenty to see and do.

To experience the true spirit of the Bahamas, head to the quirky capital Nassau on Paradise Island], where you’ll find colonial architecture and bustling Straw Market. Here, you can stroll, buy or perhaps barter for local food and crafts. There are plenty of nightclubs and restaurants on offer too, especially around the Bay Street area. Be sure to sample local delicacies; there’s plenty of mouth-watering freshly caught fish and seafood for sale.

If you’re a water baby at heart then another fantastic way to explore the Bahamas is by boat. Thi area is often called ‘the sailing capital of the world’ and with plenty of charter companies plus day rental options available, you can island hop at leisure or even dolphin watch from the deck.

Things to do in Bahamas

If you’re near Nassau then make sure you visit the Pirate Museum. With animatronic pirates and a 130ft sailing ship it will definitely be a hit with the little ones. Alternatively head to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, where you can take in a range of contemporary and folk Bahamian paintings and sculptures. Nearby is Marine Habitat at Atlantis, which is one of the world’s largest marine parks and home to over 45,000 different species.

For nature fans, a trip to Cat island is a must; a walk up Mount Alvernia will lead you to The Hermitage, an old abbey with spectacular views over the island. Back nearer the capital, the Versailles Gardens and Cloister on Paradise Island is a beautiful garden complete with 12th century monastery. For those that need to cool down, head to the outrageously fun Atlantis water park, a hugely popular favourite with families and groups that is great for making a splash on Bahamas holidays.

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: English
Currency: Bahamian dollar
Local time: GMT -4 hours
Local airport: Grand Bahama International airport
Flight time: 10 hours 30 mins

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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.