Been burning the candle at both ends lately? If you are starting to run out of gas, perhaps its time you to finally take a vacation. As destinations go, the Bahamas is an ideal place to recharge your batteries, as there are countless islands in this archipelago which possess sugar white sand, swaying palms, powder blue water, and no shortage of friendly locals.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the best places in this country to relax and unwind. Before we get started, though, it’s important to think about accommodation before finalizing an itinerary for any trip.
If you have stayed in hotels long enough and tired of their downsides, perhaps it’s time to think about staying in a villa. On just about every island, there are rental homes in the Bahamas that will give you a far better holiday experience.
Why are they superior? Because they provide a homelike atmosphere with luxury furnishings, amenities like infinity pools and outdoor showers, and seclusion from otherwise group noises, who at times ruins the idea of peaceful vacation
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the islands you’ll want to build your Bahamas vacation around.
As the closest island in the Bahamas to the continental United States (roughly 50 miles separate Bimini from South Florida), some boat owners elect to visit this isle by sailing across the Straits of Florida and tying up their rigs here.
We probably don’t need to tell you this, but if you choose to do the same, don’t forget your passport at home, and be prepared to fly a yellow quarantine flag and deal with customs procedures as captain of your vessel.
Once you have cleared your boat for entry and have gone through immigration at Bimini Public Dock, head to your accommodation and get settled. Once you have done that, hook up with a fishing charter and head out into waters which are considered to be among the best in the world for the size and variety of big game fish which can be caught.
After a productive day out, enjoy a long night of Bahamian-style nightlife. The scene here is spiced up by the fact that wealthy Floridians often come across the Straits of Florida in their yachts simply to party, so soak it in and enjoy the revelry that results.
Does your idea of a Caribbean vacation include island hopping from one perfect gem to another? If so, making the Abacos the focus of your Bahamian holiday will give you a memorable vacation that will be hard to top.
Home to the descendants of United Empire Loyalists who fled the 13 Colonies after the British lost the Revolutionary War, there is a unique culture here that all but the most cynical will find charming. From cute clapboard houses to photogenic lighthouses, the main islands of Great and Little Abaco have enough attractions to keep you busy when you aren’t soaking up the sun.
When the time comes to go exploring, there are plenty of tour companies that will take you out to cays which are home to beaches that some publications have proclaimed to be among the best in the world.
With lunch and rum handled by your guides, all you’ll need is sunscreen, a good hat, and a willingness to enjoy some of the best uninhabited islands you’ll find on this planet.
Grand Bahama Island
Does your dream Bahamian experience require access to every conceivable service? If so, staying on Grand Bahama Island will provide you with the amenities required to meet your needs.
The cities of Freeport and Lucaya contain all the restaurants, pubs, boutiques, and tour agencies needed to plan the perfect holiday for you, your friends, and/or your family.
On days when you’re game to explore somewhere a bit less urbanized, there are plenty of spots on Grand Bahama where you can hit a secluded beach, explore a mangrove forest, or snorkel a colourful reef.
If this sounds like you, this island is an ideal base for your Bahamian holiday.
Looking for a Bahamian island with Instagram appeal? While all of them are Instagrammable to varying degrees, few have the ridiculously blue waters that the Exumas have.
A chain of 365 islands in the Bahamas (one of every day of the year), the beaches here are photogenic on a level that even the normally stunning beaches elsewhere in the country cannot match. With sapphire waters, bleach white sand, and lush greenery, you’ll have a hard time leaving when your holiday is over.
Home to the famous feral pig beach (where you can swim with the adorable creatures) and Thunderball Grotto, where the James Bond film of the same name was filmed, this place has just enough activities to keep you interested when you aren’t busy working on your tan.
Despite this, it remains quiet enough to remain the paradise it always has been – here’s hoping it stays that way indefinitely.
Want to stay on an island with understated brilliance? If so, put Eleuthera on your shortlist. While places like Nassau, Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama hog the spotlight, this place keeps slipping under the radar despite previously being the capital of the Bahamas.
It is also home to plenty of attractive beaches, some of which have been cited by prominent travel publications as being among the best in the world.
It likely won’t be long before this place gets the attention it richly deserves, so be sure to include this isle in your itinerary before it gets swamped with visitors.
Want to get away from it all? Short of camping out on an uninhabited island, it’s hard to get further off-the-beaten-path than by making your way to Mayaguana. Coming here takes preparation – there are no ATMs here, and items in the few stores here are limited and expensive.
Putting up with these annoyances will be well worth the steps you’ll have to take to overcome them, though, as this place’s authentic culture, deserted beaches perfect for a morning yoga routine, and slow pace of life will make you want to become one of this isle’s 300 permanent residents.
Note: All pictures have been sourced from upslash.com and not clicked my me.