Take a trip to the Bahamas to discover one of the most beautiful places on the planet! If you think that the beaches there look stunning in pictures, wait till you get there. You will set foot on the golden sand and feel the breeze on your cheeks and you will fall in love with the Bahamian beaches forever. There are many other things that you can do during your vacation, so get ready to have an amazing time! Take a look at our list of things to do in the Bahamas to get inspired!
1. Go to the beach!
This is clearly the first thing you need to do when you get there. Check into your Bahamas hotel room, change into your beachwear, and then put away your luggage. Getting to any of the beaches shouldn’t take long as the vast majority of Bahamas resorts are located close by.
There’s nothing like that first cocktail you have by the water. Look at the spectacular scenery and take it all in because this is something you will want to remember for a long time. Unlike other travel destinations, this is actually one that does not disappoint, so prepare to be impressed!
The Bahamas have too many great beaches to choose from. For starters, there’s Harbour Island which has become popular for its pink sands beach that stretches along its eastern shores. You can also go scuba diving in the popular diving spots around Harbour Island like the Split Reef, High Head, and Fairyland.
Then, there’s Blue Lagoon Island. It is dubbed as the “real” Bahamas because of all the islands in the country, it offers the most authentic Bahamas experience. Here, you can simply spend a day at the beach or go see the dolphins and sea lions in their natural habitat.
Did we mention that the infamous Swimming Pigs are in the Bahamas? If you don’t want another typical day at any of the white sand Bahamas beaches, then tour around Exuma Cays. You’ll get the chance to feed rock iguanas, eat lunch at Staniel Cay, and meet the adorable Exuma Swimming Pigs at Big Major Cay. This unique adventure has got to be one of your top things to do in the Bahamas.
2. Explore Nassau Bahamas
Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and it is also the largest city in the entire country. You can stick to the main tourist destinations on the first night, but this is a place that you should really take the time to explore.
Try talking to the locals to find which are the most interesting places there. Ask about good places to eat, as well as the best bars in town. Nassau’s nightlife is something that you should really experience during your trip.
If this method doesn’t provide satisfying results, you can just take a trip to the city center and then discover the town on foot. You will be surprised by the calming atmosphere of the city, which is completely different from what you are used to.
3. Admire the Architecture of Nassau Bahamas
Start with the Government House in Nassau and then make your way to Parliament Square. Admire the exotic architecture and the relaxing colors. The pink and white buildings are by far the most charming of all as they actively contribute to the soothing atmosphere of the city.
The Government House features the statue of Christopher Columbus who landed in one of the Bahamas’ islands, San Salvador, in 1492. The Parliament Square, on the other hand, showcases a statue of Queen Victoria right at the center of the square. Another statue you could visit is that of Woodes Rogers who was the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas. His statue is located in front of the British Colonial Hilton.
There is also the Gregory’s Arch which is a stone arch that serves as the entrance to a community called “Over The Hill.” Fort Montagu is another popular attraction in the city. It is the oldest standing fort in Nassau, built in 1741.
These architectural landmarks will give you a glimpse of Nassau’s history and culture in the most fascinating way. So, if you’re a historian by heart or someone who finds enjoyment in learning different cultures, Nassau will certainly meet your expectations.
4. Visit the Queen’s Staircase
This is yet another stunning place in downtown Nassau that you simply must visit because the story of the staircase is fascinating. It is 102 feet high and it has a total of 65 steps. While this might not be particularly special, the fact that it was hand-carved by 600 slaves into solid limestone is incredibly impressive. It took 16 long years for the staircase to be completed.
Decades later it was named to honor the 65-year reign of Queen Victoria. Also, since she had signed a declaration to prohibit slavery upon her accession to the throne, the staircase remains a symbol of cultural evolution and peace.
The Queen’s Staircase remains in use up to date and you can use it as a shortcut to Bennet’s Hill and a passage towards Fort Fincastle. Bennet’s Hill is the highest point in Nassau while the Fort Fincastle is known as the Fort that never fired.
5. Visit John Watling’s Distillery
John Watling’s Rum is the true “spirit of the Bahamas” because it is handcrafted by the Bahamian people with passion and love. The distillery is located on the 1789 Buena Vista Estate, in Nassau Bahamas.
You will get a complimentary tour of the house at first and then you can explore the distillery and get to know the production process of one of the best rums in the world.
At the end of your tour, after the cultural buildup, you will get to taste John Watling’s Rum. All that we can tell you is that this is well worth the wait.
6. Visit Ardastra Gardens & Zoo
The Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Center is an excellent place to visit on a sunny afternoon during your Bahamas vacation. It is the first zoo in the Bahamas that houses more than 200 tropical animals. During your visit, you will get to see the impressive Bahamian Boa constrictor, countless species of parrots and last, but not the least, the marching pink flamingos.
If an encounter with the famous and graceful pink flamingos is not enough, you can also get the chance to enter the zoo’s lory exhibit during their special feeding times. The best part of this experience is that you can interact with the birds and feed them apples yourself.
7. Go to Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island is home to the most luxurious Bahamas all-inclusive resorts and the most exciting entertainment spots. Swim with the dolphins and stingrays at Dolphin Cay, have fun at the Aquaventure Water Park or try out snorkeling in the ruins of Atlantis in the Ruins Lagoon. If you want a more thrilling experience, you can go down the Shark Exhibit at the Mayan Temple Slides and walk with the sharks.
If you want an off-island adventure, Atlantis can take you to some of the best scuba diving sites in the country like the famous Lost Blue Hole. For those willing to spend a little more, guests can also charter a fishing boat or a private yacht and go on a sea adventure in a more private and luxurious way. Discover islands, beaches, and marine life during your journey.
Once the waters in Atlantis go dark, the fun is only beginning. The Atlantis nightlife is electrifying and you will have the time of your life in its amazing bars, clubs, and lounges. There is the Aura Nightclub, a 9,000 sq. ft. club, where guests can mingle, dance, and share some drinks. The Atlantis Theater is also available for a quick movie night complete with snacks and drinks.
8. Visit Freeport Bahamas
If you’re on a cruise to the Bahamas, Freeport will definitely be on your itinerary. It is the main city in the Grand Bahama Island and home to some of the most outstandingly beautiful beaches in the area. Freeport is your ideal destination if you are looking to have a relaxing Bahamas vacation.
One of the major attractions in the city is UNEXSO’s Dolphin Encounter wherein you can swim and interact with the dolphins. From Freeport, you can travel by boat to the Shallow Sea located off the Lucayan Shores. Go snorkeling and marvel at the coral reefs and marine life of the Bahamian waters.
You can also take a ferry boat ride to the island of Water Cay which is located just off the coast of Grand Bahama Island. Learn about the island’s history, local wildlife, and abundant marine life.
9. Enjoy the local food
Tasting the traditional food from the places you visit is an extremely efficient way to connect with them. Bahamian cuisine is extremely impressive. The exotic assortments of ingredients will provide you with a particularly satisfying sensory experience. Take a look at the most important dishes you need to try out:
Cracked Conch – You’ve put conches next to your ear to hear the ocean dozens of times, but we’re pretty sure you’ve never eaten conch meat. Well, it is actually extremely delicious and we guarantee that it is worth trying at least once.
Johnnycakes – These cornbread-like cakes are eaten as bread in the Bahamas and you are surely going to love them!
Bahamian Stew Fish – Bahamians are experts at cooking fish and this magnificent stew is probably their most delicious dish.
Pigeon Peas and Rice – You have to try this savory side dish at least once during your stay because it is absolutely scrumptious.
If you are not sure where to start your food-tasting escapade, we’ve got you covered. Check out the list of restaurants below:
Sip-Sip – The restaurant’s name is derived from the same Bahamian slang that means “gossip’ which many believe is a moniker for the place’s laid-back atmosphere where locals would hang-out and chat. They serve classic Bahamian dishes and seafood that are worth trying. Don’t forget to try their famous carrot cake too.
Bahamian Cookin’ – This restaurant has been proudly serving authentic and delicious Bahamian dishes since 1986 and is now considered as Nassau’s oldest Bahamian restaurant. Now, nothing can get any more traditional than that.
Lukka Kairi – If you don’t mind a little contemporary twist on your Bahamian dish, then Lukka Kairi is the place to be. Majority of their ingredients are sourced locally and on top of that, they provide their guests with a complete Bahamian dining experience through their live bands.
Tru Bahamian Food Tours – As you can tell, this is more of a tour than an actual restaurant. We’ve included this in the list for the simple reason that this excursion will give you the culinary experience you’re looking for in the most convenient way.
10. Visit the Straw Market
The Straw Market, located in downtown Nassau, is the ideal place to get your souvenirs from because they will represent the spirit of the country. Prepare to be surprised because this is unlike any other market you have ever seen before.
You can find anything there, from traditional jewelry and clothes to stunning local art. But what makes it truly special is connecting with the locals. So, save a few hours for the Straw Market because you will have an amazing time.
The Bahamas has a lot to offer to its visitors–from its stunning islands to the beautiful Bahamas beaches, the colorful marine life and delicious food, the rich culture and notable history; a total package that anyone would be willing to take.
There are so many things to do in the Bahamas and so many places to go to. A few days may not even be enough to experience everything that the country has in store for its visitors. And for that reason, you should start planning your Bahamas trip soon. Come and live that ultimate Caribbean experience you have always dreamed of.