As visitors to the Bahamas know, there is far more to the archipelago than gorgeous sandy beaches, clear aquamarine waters and sunny skies. If you are planning to stay in a luxury vacation home in the Bahamas and are worried about whether you will be bored – relax! Here are ten exciting places to visit in the Bahamas – one for every day of your Bahamas vacation, perhaps!
#1: STROMATOLITES ON STOCKING ISLAND
There are very few places in the world where you can see stromatolites, the oldest known macro-fossils on earth. Take a trip to the Atlantic side of Stocking Island, located in Exuma, and you will see them clearly on the seabed. This island paradise is a great place to stop for lunch at one of the beach shacks followed by a snooze, snorkeling or walking the trails.
#2: SURFING AND SEA LIONS
A day trip to Blue Lagoon Island, just three miles off Nassau, will have a few surprises in store. Have fun in the rolling surf along with some of the local inhabitants. There are plenty of supervised encounters with dolphins and sea lions.
#3: BIG GAME CLUB BIMINI
The island of Bimini attracts many visitors following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, who wrote at least one of his masterpieces on the island. The Big Game Club’s bar features plenty of old photographs of the famous writer. You can also try your hand at some deep-sea fishing, which was a popular pastime for Hemmingway and a source of his inspiration.
#4: EXUMA CAYS LAND AND SEA PARK
This vast, protected area in Exuma was established in 1958, making it the first marine fishery reserve in the Caribbean. It is only accessible by boat. The site is a very popular anchorage site among boaters. It also offered nature trails. The trail leading to Boo Boo Hill offers a view of the surrounding area.
#5: GOODFELLOW FARM, NEW PROVIDENCE
If you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten track, take a drive along West Bay Street and explore this less populated part of the island. Nassau is typically a very busy place, but the western side is far more syndic and open. One little known spot is Goodfellow Farm, where you can walk through their organic gardens, meet some of the animals and have a beautiful breakfast or lunch. There is also a small grocery and sundries store filled with items you won’t see anywhere else on the island.
#6: ATLANTIS, PARADISE ISLAND
One of the most popular places to visit in the Bahamas is Atlantis on Paradise Island. You can purchase a day pass to enjoy the amazing water adventure park where you can swim with dolphins, meet sea lions, visit the aquarium or enjoy water slides, chutes, pools and rides in the Adventure Waterpark. The resort dining and casino are pretty exceptional too!
#7: SWIMMING PIGS
Did they escape off a shipwreck? Or were they brought to these islands hundreds of years ago by explorers? Who knows, but the swimming pigs have definitely become a major attraction in Exuma. Check out the official movie “When Pigs Swim”.
#8: FORT CHARLOTTE
Also in Nassau, Fort Charlotte is a popular place to visit in the Bahamas for families with children. There’s plenty of space for them to run off their energy as they explore the old fort site. Visitors can see the moat, dungeons, cannons and secret underground passages with one of the local tour guides who work for tips.
#9: DEAN’S BLUE HOLE
This massive, natural phenomenon is the world’s deepest known blue hole with an entrance below sea level, with a depth of 202 meters, or 663 feet. The area is beautiful, filled with wildlife and it’s perfect for swimming. Tours are also available.
#10: FLAMINGOS OF INAGUA
Home to over 80,000 flamingos, this island is an absolutely paradise for bird watchers. There are also three national parks and preserves on Inagua, making it an absolutely must if you are interested in eco-tourism.
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