What’s sandy and blue, beautiful, and right next door? You guessed it — the Bahamas! With the closest point located only 70 miles away from the United States, it’s a delightful and convenient destination. And while travelers have flocked to Nassau and Freeport for years, the majority of the archipelago of more than 700 islands has remained unknown to the likes of luxury travelers.
Those days are quickly ending, though, with the Bahamas offering all the natural beauty and innocence you could desire while vacationing. Associated with clear waters and an unforgettable island paradise, each island of the Bahamas offers its own special attractions. Whether you are on or off a resort, we are sure you’ll find the Bahamas to have a blend of fascinating cultures and a rich history of traditions and customs.
Unbeknownst to many, Christopher Columbus made his initial landfall into the New World on the Bahamian island of San Salvador in the famous year of 1492. He dubbed the islands “Baja Mar” which gradually transformed into the name we know today — “The Bahamas.” Wim Steenbakkers, the managing director of a resort on the island of Eleuthera says, “the Bahamas is the new Florida.” We couldn’t agree more.
A place that genuinely has something for everyone is a memorable place indeed. For example, the island of Exumas is a dream come true for kayaking and kite-boarding enthusiasts. There’s a 120-mile span of clear blue water with hundreds of cays, coves, and beautiful, wildlife-rich reefs. If you are any level of seaside junkie, this island is a must!
Then, there are the Exumas islands, which are slightly more remote and underdeveloped than some of the country’s other more populated islands. Here you can enjoy a gigantic, luxurious Four Seasons resort, which is just the cherry on top of the already beautiful surroundings. A top notch golf course can also be enjoyed by visitors.
For those interested in scuba diving, perhaps for the first time, Andros Island is an essential stop on your tour of the Bahamas. Also, Harbor Island is another particularly interesting destination. There you’ll find roosters walking among humans, with each not minding the other. Kite-surfers seem to love Harbor Island, and it has been historically adored by supermodels and wall-streeters alike.
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your children! Head over to Paradise Island, where you’ll find the Aquaventure and an array of aquariums to entertain your family for hours. With some of the most unique fish in the ocean, the Bahamian Islands are a fabulous place to cast a rod in the deep sea. Kamalame Cay is an intriguing fishing location, especially for those interested in bone-fishing.
To experience Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, you’ll need to travel to New Providence Island. It’s a one-stop shop destination with everything an island paradise could offer. You can bask on beaches, gamble in casinos, and get an adrenaline rush with water sports. Lyford Cay, the island’s most upscale area, is the second home to many billionaires, and there are many upscale resort communities nearby. If you seek a lavish environment, New Providence Island is for you.
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