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Romance in the Bahamas

Spots for Sunseekers
Romance in the Bahamas
These beautiful islands are the place for romance, whether it's a sunset stroll on the beach, a candlelit dinner at an exclusive restaurant, or the pleasure of a secluded cove. Finding your heart's desire is easy in the Bahamas.
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
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    Spots for Sunseekers
    Spots for Sunseekers
    Whether you’re an early bird or a sundowner, the Bahamian sun will call you and your loved one. If you’re after sunset scenes, look no further than Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay in the Abacos. Accessible only by walking or riding a bike from Hope Town, the white sands here are not highly visited, which means they’re all yours come evening. Stocking Island in the Exumas is a wonderful place to take in the rising sun. It’s also one of the best places in the Bahamas to snorkel and dive, so pack your underwater camera for a sunrise dip unlike any you’ve experienced. You can sunbathe right on the Tropic of Cancer latitude line with a visit to Tropic of Cancer Beach on Little Exuma.
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    Couples-Only Spas
    Couples-Only Spas
    A number of Bahamian resorts offer couples-only spa packages designed to wash away your worries. The Sandals Royal Bahamian resort will arrange a ferry ride to a private island where a palapa with ocean views and a world-class masseuse is waiting for you. The Mandara Spa at Atlantis is one of the most over-the-top spas in the world, and the spa suite for couples offers a number of blissful treatments. You'll never regret indulging yourselves.
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    Sunset Champagne Cruises
    Sunset Champagne Cruises
    A sunset cruise on a private yacht with a secluded cay at your back and a bottle of bubbly between you and your partner may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it's not nearly as out of reach as you may think. The Barefoot Sailing sunset champagne cruise can make your romantic fantasy a reality, while Seahorse Sailing Adventures' sunset dinner cruise takes fine dining offshore. The Bahama Mama sunset dinner cruise is geared toward the convivial couple who want to meet other lovebirds bent on experiencing the best of the open ocean. Barefoot Sailing and Seahorse Sailing Adventures cruises depart from Nassau, and Bahama Mama sets sail from Freeport.
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    Celebrate Your Love in the Bahamas
    Celebrate Your Love in the Bahamas
    The Bahamian wedding scene isn’t quite as full-on as that of Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, which means that your marriage can often be a more intimate, relaxed affair. Sandals Royal Bahamian resort offers all-inclusive wedding packages for lovebirds and their families and friends for a stay at one of the most gorgeous resorts on the islands. If you’re not quite ready to tie the knot, you should at least consider popping the question when you visit the Versailles Gardens, a collection of blissfully quiet landscaped gardens on Paradise Island.
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    Dance Date Night
    Dance Date Night
    Dance clases at the Breezes Resort & Spa are high-energy and low-pressure, and will prime you for a night out at Bambu, one of Nassau's most popular clubs, where the house music is loud and the energy is electric. Hammerheads Bar & Grill features fun, local bands every Friday night, and the extensive cocktail menu doesn't hurt either. And nothing tops an evening at the legendary Jeffrey Beers–designed Aura Nightclub at Atlantis, the port of call for some of the best DJs in the world.
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    Couples' Horseback Riding
    Couples' Horseback Riding
    Windsor Equestrian Centre (known locally as Happy Trails Stables) offers horseback-riding excursions for novices and experienced riders on Nassau. You can enjoy a two-hour trail ride and explore the picturesque Coral Harbour beach and woods. Each trip is limited to six riders, ensuring an intimate adventure with your loved one.
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    Fine Bahamian Fare
    Fine Bahamian Fare
    The Bahamas is home to a number of fine-dining establishments that make fabulous use of the abundant island seafood. The exquisitely upscale Graycliff Restaurant at the historic Graycliff Hotel earned the first five-star certification in the Caribbean. Chef Madelene Pedican at the Landing Hotel on Harbour Island dazzles visitors with such Bahamian-inspired dishes as lobster with lemongrass risotto and coconut chicken curry. The courtyard at Café Matisse is shaded by mature trees and is perhaps the most romantic venue in Nassau. Have a fun day exploring the history of Bahamian cuisine on a walking tour with Tru Bahamian Food Tours.
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    Rum Memories
    Rum Memories
    Bahamian rum is a potent tropical elixir, and there are plenty of blends for you to sample from island to island. A tour of the John Watling’s Distillery in Nassau is as much about the views as it is about the booze; the facility is housed in the beautiful Buena Vista Estate, which overlooks the harbor. The historic Graycliff Hotel is worth a wander in its own right; don’t forget to sample the gourmet chocolates and truffles from Graycliff Chocolatier and rum and cigars at Graycliff Cigar Company. You can arrange a number of private rum and wine tours from Nassau.
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