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Five Brilliant Places To Visit In The Bahamas

Updated on December 30, 2010

Lovely Beaches, Sparkling Water

Visiting the Bahamas

When you think of the Bahamas you’re probably picturing the most wonderful beaches in the world and the glorious, clear, sparkling water.

You’re seeing yourself swimming in the sea, floating in the crystal waters and sunbathing, not to mention the infinite variety of water sports to try.

And then there’s plain old relaxing and soaking up that laid back atmosphere.

Nassau Architecture

Nassau, Bahamas Capital

But if you really want to get the most out of your visit and you’re touching down at the International Airport, think about getting out and about in Nassau, the Bahamas historic capital.

Just as they attracted the pirates who ran the show until the seventeen hundreds, the small cays and channels around Nassau can still provide somewhere to hide away, only nowadays not for rum smuggling and treacherous ambushes, but for simple ‘getting away from it all’.

The Bahamas have an abundance of stirring pirate stories and if you can’t resist them then make sure you visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum, conveniently located in downtown Nassau. It’s open every day and does a lively, swashbuckling representation of life on the high seas.

Moluccan Cockatoos

Ardastra Zoo

If you’re an animal lover you’ll enjoy a visit to the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre.

Learn about the animals and birds of the islands and enjoy a stroll that may lead to an encounter with a Bahamian resident such as a raptor, boa constrictor or a fabulously feathered parrot.

The keepers at the Zoo regularly walk the inhabitants and the gardens are also full of beautiful birds, some of which live in the Zoo but wander freely in the Gardens.

If you love plants then this exotic paradise will be such a special place to visit. Bursting with colour all year round, expect to see a forty foot mahogany tree, beautiful varieties of palms, bougainvillea and hibiscus of every color imaginable, rare bromeliads and orchids and of course, many exotic fruit trees.

Emerald Tree Boa

Freeport Lighthouse


While Nassau has a dignified charm, its young upstart rival Freeport, just 110k from Florida on the island of Grand Bahama, is an action packed, buzzing young city with many attractions.

Well organised and modern, this is the place for great shopping at the International Bazaar by downtown Freeport and the Port Lucaya marketplace. The Bazaar is huge, spread over ten acres and each divided section represents a different part of the world. Here, there are opportunities to take home colourful bargains in crafts, jewellery, clothes and textiles.

Freeport is great for activity but don’t worry, you’re never far from a beach.

Tropical Gardens

Around Freeport

At either end of the island there are plenty of secluded places to enjoy the more natural pleasures of life. At the Garden of the Groves back in Freeport, you’ll find an 11 acre oasis of calm and beauty, tropical flowers and plants and fabulous waterfalls. And if that’s the kind of outing for you then you must also visit the Rand Nature Reserve. Here there are 100 acres of wonderful trails through a magical landscape.



Or just 30 minutes from Freeport, on the east coast, discover Bishop’s Bonefish Resort where the shallow tidal flats are home to a great fishing adventure.

A popular local pastime, bonefish fishing is a typical Bahamas activity that you really should try once during your stay. Local guides will help you even if you’ve never fished before.

Fisherman with Bonefish

Bromliad Flower

Lucayan National Park

And one more trip that does involve the water is a visit to discover the natural wonders of Lucayan National Park. By visiting the park you will be contributing to the Bahamas National Trust and visiting an area that really represents the historic and natural heritage of the Bahamas.

More than six miles of caves, caverns and tunnels have been charted and explored and above ground, boardwalks will take you past delightful orchids, bonsai like Ming trees and bromeliads.

You will also visit the Gold Rock Creek Beach boasting one of the highest dunes on the island and from the boardwalk you can see waterfowl and birds amongst the carefully managed mangrove eco-system. You can even explore some of the caves where the Arawak Indians spent their lives well before the unfortunate visit from Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Last but not least, in Freeport you’ll also find a semi-submarine and snorkel tour that takes you under the water without getting in the least bit wet! You observe through a large window while a diver feeds the fish and a guide explains about the eco-system of the reef and the fish and other creatures you are seeing.

Caribbean Flamingos

All This - and Much More..

These are just some of the attractions that the cities of the Bahamas have to offer and they could just make your trip into something a little more than a sun and sea break.

Sightseeing Tour of Nassau


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    • Daisy Mariposa profile image

      Daisy Mariposa 

      6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Great article. We stayed at Cable Beach outside Nassau. Had a great time swimming and jet skiing. There's some sort of old fort to visit near Nassau.

    • stormywriter profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Devon, UK

      Ah! Thank you. I have some in the pipeline. Very kind of you to comment.


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