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Welcome to Bahamas

Just 182 miles (293 kilometers) off the coast of Miami, the coral archipelago of the Bahamas rises out of jewel-toned seas, complete with swaying palms, virgin beaches, and a richly Caribbean culture. Most visitors to the islands find themselves in bustling Nassau or Freeport, where the cruise ships dock. Known for nonstop partying, an intriguing pirate past, and street vendors hawking goods to passersby, both Bahamian cities can be explored in the company of a local guide for off-the-beaten-path experiences. Explore hidden culinary gems in Nassau on a walking and tasting tour; get the inside scoop on local landmarks; or take a shore excursion from Freeport to the less-crowded part of Grand Bahama Island. There, Lucayan National Park is home to one of the world's largest underwater cave systems and visitors can stroll along miles of unspoiled beaches. Those in search of an even more laid-back experience still should head to the Out Islands; thanks to tours that provide aquatic transportation, getting there couldn't be easier. Watch for wildlife—including swimming piglets—on the Exumas, accessible via powerboat tour from Nassau; or cruise over to Rose Island for snorkeling or kayaking. Regardless of your vacation agenda, there's an island or a cay in the Bahamas that's got you covered.

Top 15 attractions in Bahamas

Rose Island

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Rose Island is an idyllic private getaway off the coast of Nassau. Home to a coral reef and a lone beach bar, this tiny, tropical islet offers an exclusive setting for snorkeling and sunbathing on an 11-mile (18-kilometer) stretch of uninhabited, privately owned Bahamian beach.More

Government House

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Built in 1801 on an estate on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House is often considered the best example of Georgian Colonial architecture in all of the West Indies. The mansion is painted a vibrant pink with a bright white trim (a nod to Nassau’s famous conch shells) and is the residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas.More

Fort Fincastle

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Overlooking the city of Nassau from its vantage point atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 to protect the island of New Providence from outside invaders. Much of the imposing building remains intact today. Visitors come to explore the fortifications and enjoy the view from the highest point in Nassau.More

Queen's Staircase

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The Queen’s Staircase, one of Nassau’s most visited attractions, holds an important place in Bahamian cultural history. Around 1793, slaves carved this 102-foot (31-meter) staircase, comprised of 65 steps, out of solid limestone. Later it was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s 65-year reign and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.More

Paradise Island

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Just across the water from the Bahamas’ main island of New Providence, Paradise Island is a fun-filled destination with stylish resort hotels, beautiful beaches, restaurants, casinos, and more. Visitors come to take in a show, try their hand at the blackjack tables, or enjoy some wet-and-wild exhilaration at the world-famous water park.More

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is British-colonial era Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Built in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views of Paradise Island, Nassau, and the harbor. You can also see hidden underground passages, a dry moat, remote dungeons; and even canons, which have never been fired in battle.More

Arawak Cay

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The evening fish fry is a much-loved tradition across many Caribbean islands, and Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas, brings the custom to life. Find colorful huts selling fresh fish dishes, such as conch salad and lobster, along with vendors making tropical cocktails, and there’s often live music, too.More

Port Lucaya Marketplace

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A commercial hub spread across 9.5 acres (3.8 hectares), the Port Lucaya Marketplace is one of Freeport’s most popular attractions. After browsing dozens of handicraft vendors and specialty stores, unwind at one of the restaurants or bars, then head to Count Basie Square—the heart of the market—for live Bahamian music.More

Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

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Just off Paradise Cove on Grand Bahama’s southwest coast, Deadman’s Reef is one of the area’s top snorkeling spots. The shallow waters are teeming with coral, colorful reef fish, turtles, rays, and more, and are ideal for all levels.More

Garden of the Groves

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This 12-acre (5-hectare) park was dedicated in 1973 to the Groves who founded Freeport. Walk the idyllic botanical garden to take in the lush plant life, native animals (including macaws, alligators, and iguanas), and, of course, snap plenty of Edenic photos.More

Cable Beach

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Famous for its golden sands, the Bahamas' Cable Beach is a popular water sports and lolling destination for visitors to New Providence Island. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of idyllic beach is home to several massive resorts—including the Atlantis on nearby Paradise Island—each with their own claim staked in the sand.More

Lucayan National Park

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The 40-acre (16-hectare) Lucayan National Park is home to some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in all of The Bahamas, as well as one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Nature trails and boardwalks lead through mangrove, pine, and palm forests, home to a wealth of animals and vegetation.More

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

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For a real taste of Bahamian culture, head to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) in Nassau. Housed in a classic 19th-century colonial-style building known as Villa Doyle in the center of town, the gallery displays paintings, sculptures, and other pieces by local artists from the 1850s to the present day.More

Atlantis, Paradise Island

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The Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the ultimate resort and water park. Accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to villas and condos to the Bridge Suite (once ranked the world’s most expensive hotel suite). And even if you’re not a hotel guest, you can still enjoy some of the resort’s amenities, such as Dolphin Cay.More

Straw Market

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The traditional craft of straw working is an integral part of Bahamian culture and industry. Each island has its own distinctive braiding style that locals use to create beautiful straw hats, baskets, and other goods. The Straw Market on Nassau is the ultimate place to pick up these traditional Bahamian souvenirs.More

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Top activities in Bahamas

Exuma Full-day Experience
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Exuma Full-day Experience

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Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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Pearl Island Escape with Snorkeling Experience and Lunch
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Sunset Dinner Cruise in Nassau

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Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour

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Private Ocean View Cabana at Pearl Island (from Nassau)
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Recent reviews from experiences in Bahamas

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Scooting!!
Shawn_M, Oct 2022
Scooter Rental (Drop-off & Pick-up Service around New Providence)
We were able to see everything we wanted
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BEST EXCURSION EVER!
Shavon_W, Oct 2022
ATV Island Tour with Jet Ski Bundle (Beach break, Lunch, pick up + drop off)
We cannot wait to visit beautiful Bahamas again!
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Breathtaking views!
Daniel_G, Oct 2022
Single Parasail Over Cabbage Beach, the Bahamas
Getting high above the beach and ocean to see the Bahamas was incredible!
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BOOK WITH THEM!!!
Gabby_G, Jul 2022
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break + Lunch with free pickup + drop off)
The next time we visit the Bahamas we would love to visit your establishment again.
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Very nice and informative tour.
David_G, Jun 2022
Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure
We didn't feel rushed and were able to see some local tourist sites, rum factory, and have a bite of Bahaman cuisine.
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Best Tour in Bahamas
Recarah_J, Jun 2022
Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour
If you want to see Bahamas and feel safe and welcomed stick with them I promise you’ll never forget them.
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5 stars for Captain Ron!
Jessica_L, Nov 2022
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Thank you Captain Ron, and we hope to see you next time we’re in the Bahamas!
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This is what you are looking for
Douglas_L, Aug 2022
Exuma Full-day Experience
If you are in Nassau and want to see some of the real Bahamas, this is exactly what you are looking for.
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Tour guide as well as transportation!
Deborah_O, Aug 2022
Luxury Escalade Cadillac Private Roundtrip Transportation
He Commented as we traveled to the Atlantis Bahamas hotel about all the attractions and best places to eat and visit on our trip.
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Best Local Tour in the Bahamas
Sandy_D, Aug 2022
Mamma Gal East End Native Experience
Charlie is very educated and well informed about the island, He was very patient with us, I was craving grilled conch and he made sure I got my conch, he went above and beyond just make sure we were comfortable on this tour, I was able to see part of the Bahamas.
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Had a blast snorkeling and wandering into caves
Lauren_B, Jul 2022
Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour from Nassau
It was nice to get off the beaten path of town and to see Clifton which is actually a national park in the Bahamas.
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So great we booked twice!!
Estela_C, Jul 2022
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
Not only was this experience educational, he also provided great recommendations for restaurants, local activities, and celebrations.
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Shanetria_B, May 2022
Nassau ATV tour with beach stop and authentic Bahamian lunch & Beverage included
It was so fun to see all the local shops.
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Pedal Tour
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Bahama Life Cultural Scenic Tour
I would highly recommend if you are looking for fun way to see the sights!!!!
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Awesome Experience
K_D, Mar 2022
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break + Lunch with free pickup + drop off)
The tour guide was a great way to see the Bahamas.
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Must Do when in port!
Rose_H, Feb 2022
Private Half Day Charter
Would highly recommend to see Bahamas.
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Best part of our week long stay in the Bahamas
Jeffrey_R, Aug 2021
Exuma Full-day Experience
All the activities were great.
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Excellent trip
Jonathan_A, Aug 2021
Bluefinn Charters Swimming with the turtles
I have snorkled only once previously, but thought this sounded like a great opportunity to see more of the Bahamas.
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Heaven on earth
Melanie_M, Aug 2021
Pearl Island Escape with Snorkeling Experience and Lunch
They have many activities to do on the island plus the lunch served was great!
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Awesome Island Tour
imkingkp, Jul 2021
Nassau ATV tour with beach stop and authentic Bahamian lunch & Beverage included
This tour is perfect if you want to see and experience the real Bahamas and not just the resort!
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All about Bahamas

When to visit

Most travelers visit from mid-December to mid-April, when average highs reach roughly 80°F (26°C) and beaches are bustling. For a slightly quieter vacation, try visiting from May through June, when there are fewer tourists and temperatures are a bit higher, or from August to November, if you can handle some rain (and the possibility of hurricanes). There are festivals and public events all year round, including the Mardi Gras-like Junkanoo, which takes place on December 26th, January 1st, and on Saturdays in June and July.

Getting around

If you’re planning to spend your time on a Bahamian beach, you can probably get everywhere you want by taking occasional cabs and some organized tours. If you’re keen to explore by yourself, flag down cabs or local jitneys (minibuses); both are available in tourist zones like Nassau and Freeport. There are fewer options outside these busy areas and on the more distant Out Islands; consider renting a car, moped, bike, or even a golf cart. Island-hopping is easy, thanks to water taxis, ferries, and domestic flights.

Traveler tips

In the Bahamas (including in Nassau and Freeport,) taxis aren’t equipped with meters. Make sure you agree on a price for the trip—or at least a per hour-rate—with the driver before starting your trip. If you’re staying on one of the remoter Out Islands and plan to leave your hotel at night, be sure to take a flashlight; because traffic is sparse, there’s very little street lighting.

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