The Bahamas is one of the most popular destinations within the Caribbean region, with the network of some 700 islands that make up the country attracting visitors from all over the globe.
Dotted along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas are famed for being something of a haven for relaxation, but also offer the opportunity to embrace island life and to get involved in plenty of action-packed activities to suit all ages.
As with many of its sister nations across the Caribbean, the Bahamas benefits from comfortable warm temperatures across the year, although there is a rainy season that occurs during the summer.
Even then however, you can expect to be greeted by temperatures that run into the 30s, with an average of low to mid 20s during the traditional ‘off season’ months.
With so many islands making up the Bahamas, it should come as little surprise to learn that there are plenty of options for those who simply want to relax.
White sandy beaches where you can lie back in the sun and listen to the sound of the clear blue waters gently lapping against the shores are a major draw, with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean being found across the different islands.
It’s not all about relaxation however, with the waters around the Bahamas being well suited to a range of activities for those who prefer to stay active.
Diving and snorkeling are particularly popular thanks to the various reefs that are waiting to be explored, and are teeming with marine life.
The Bahamas aren’t just about the beach though, with a number of towns and villages that are worth a visit, most notably the likes of Freeport and the capital city Nassau.
The latter in particular welcomes plenty of tourists each year, thanks largely to the many top class hotels that are found on New Providence – the island where Nassau is located.
You can also expect to find a wide range of historical sites, plenty of entertainment options and world class dining in some fantastic restaurants.
If a little taste of island paradise is what you are looking for, then the Bahamas remains a dream destination for a HOT Holiday in the sun.
Bimini Island is one of the closest islands to the US mainland and was known to be one of the main escapes for famed writer Ernest Hemingway. As well as being able to explore the natural beauty of the island, the waters around it are famous for finishing – which was one of the main draws for Hemingway. Martin Luther King was also a fan, and a memorial to him can be found in Alice Town.
Pirates of Nassau
The Pirates of Nassau is an interactive museum that is located in the Bahamian capital that allows you to journey back in time to the early 1700s to see what life would have been like for the notorious pirates who once sailed around the Caribbean.
Atlantis Paradise Island
The Atlantis Paradise Island is one of the top hotels in the Bahamas but is open to day visitors from selected other resorts. A huge 141 acre waterpark is a major draw and features a range of slides, a mile-long lazy river and nearly a dozen pools, whilst you can also access Dolphin Cay – a huge man-made marine mammal habitat created to help with the conservation and rehabilitation of a range of species.
Lucayan National Park
The Lucayan National Park is home to one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world, with a number of caves being open to the public to visit. The Park also houses a selection of nature trails and walks for those who simply want to embrace the equally impressive surroundings on the surface.
The Bahamas is a fantastic destination for anyone who enjoys diving, with plenty of world-class sites around the islands simply. As well as coral reefs teeming with all manner of marine life, there are old sunken ships and networks of underwater caves that are simply waiting to be explored.
Blue Lagoon Island
A private island located near to Nassau, Blue Lagoon is a fantastic place to go to relax on private beaches or to watch dolphins and sea lions playing in the water. The trip over to the island also provides plenty of opportunity to take in the scenic view back to the historic harbour in Nassau.
Reached by boat from Elizabeth Harbour, Stocking Island is popular with people who want to escape to some of the quieter beaches in the Bahamas, with impressive white sands that sit alongside the crystal clear waters. There’s also plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities and a blue hole that is worth exploring.
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