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The Bahamas: Adventures on Land and in the Sea

Posted by Deanna Destito on 07/11/2017
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The Bahamas: Adventures on Land and in the Sea

Warm, sandy beaches, clear water, and a ton of island adventures await you in The Bahamas. With its many islands and cays (coral reefs), your tropical vacation options are endless.

All of the islands in the country are low and flat, with the highest point being Mount Alvernia on Cat Island. The closest island to the United States is Bimini, the “gateway to The Bahamas.” The largest island is Andros Island while the country’s bustling capital city, Nassau, can be found on New Providence. With 30 inhabited islands and miles of cays, explore the area on land and in the sea by way of cruises, tours, and day trips to historic landmarks and local attractions.

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Sports & Adventure

Hiking, swimming, diving, and more—these are only a few of the activities to enjoy during your Bahamian vacation. On land, visit Lucayan National Park, Freeport’s 40-acre treasure of mangroves, palms, and pine trees. Vacationers can ride horses around the park to explore the different vegetation. The park also boasts serene beaches, particularly Gold Rock Beach, a spot known for having the longest underwater limestone caves on the planet.

If water is more your taste, explore the vast coral reefs or scuba dive in Thunderball Grotto, the top location for snorkeling and scuba diving in the area. The grotto offers an underwater maze located in Staniel Cay where divers can experience an array of sea life on the ocean floor.

Family Fun

The Dolphin Experience on Grand Bahama Island is a kid friendly attraction that will please the whole family. Visitors are treated to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and a professional staff ready to share knowledge and an interactive experience with their guests.

For more marine life, check out the Marine Habitat at Atlantis. Visitors experience stingrays, sea turtles, and many more species up close. The complex offers visitors 14 lagoons and many caves to enjoy more than 50,000 sea creatures. Guests can feed eels and manta rays, swim with dolphins, and even ride an underwater tube to a shark habitat!

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Stop by Atlantis Resorts to enjoy the sprawling water park, Aquaventure, that features three tube slides or, for braver riders, the famous vertical drop known as The Abyss. The resort also provides fun for the whole family, with lagoons, golf courses, casinos, and movie theaters. After a day of fun, retreat to your private villa for relaxation after a full day of action.

Shopper’s Delight

Port Lucaya Marketplace of Grand Bahama Island is a must-see for avid shoppers, with top purchases being perfume and jewelry. Browse local crafts and take home a special item to remember your Bahamian adventure. There are also more than 30 restaurants to try while taking a break from exploring the shops as well as live entertainment in Count Basie Square.

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History Buffs

Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau is a beautiful building to visit to take in some history and culture. Built in 1670, the church recently underwent a restoration where much of its original splendor was revitalized. With gorgeous architecture and breathtaking stained glass windows, the church offers visitors a glimpse into the past and demonstrates how the culture remains intact today.

In downtown Nassau, check out John Watling’s Distillery. Tours offer a look into how locals have been creating their spirits for centuries. The distillery even has a tasting room and is connected to the Red Turtle Tavern.

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Don’t Forget the Beaches

For travelers looking for lots to do around their beach experience, visit Cable Beach. Located between Nassau and New Providence’s north coast, the beach is surrounded by golf courses, water parks, restaurants, casinos, and beach-front vacation rentals. Always active, the area has an exciting nightlife and plenty of options after a relaxing day on the white sandy beach.

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The most famous beach to visit is Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. With silky white sand and bright blue water, the beach is known for both its beauty and its accessibility to shops, hotels, and a ton of water activities. Tourists can even parasail over the island and see the gorgeous view from above.

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For a less active beach experience, head to Pink Sands Beach on the east coast of Harbour Island. Just like the name implies, the sand appears pink in the hot sun as calm waters lap gently along the shoreline.

Whether with family or with friends, The Bahamas offers visitors a little of everything. Choose your adventure and enjoy!

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Jay William

Vacation Rental Marketer, Blogger, Entrepreneur & Advocate at BreakawayVR & CEO @ Villa Marketers
I'm the creator of BreakAwayVR & CEO of Villa Marketers. I left my position as the exclusive vacation rental marketer for TripAdvisor to work side by side with owners and managers to create solutions to the problems they're facing in their vacation rental business. I love vacation rentals! I've worked in the VR field for 14 years.
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