The Best Things to Do in the Bahamas
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
This archipelago of more than 700 islands, most ringed with pink sand beaches and crystal-clear shallow water, offers diversions above and below the water: diving into shipwrecks, touring rum distilleries, exploring the architectural relics of British colonial rule, dancing at a fish fry, and shopping the boutiques of Harbour Island, among them. Find luxury—and simplicity—in your Bahamas vacation.
P.O. Box N-4882, Nassau, The Bahamas
The only zoo in the Bahamas started as a tropical garden and nature preserve in the 1950s. Over the years, Ardastra evolved, adding a conservation center for Caribbean flamingos and a small zoo containing birds, reptiles, and mammals. The...
Fresh Creek, The Bahamas
Experience the thrill of scuba diving and snorkeling around the Andros Barrier Reef, the third-largest living organism on earth. The 190-mile-long reef starts out along the east coast of Andros, so it's easily accessed. Swim out—the reef is...
Market St, Nassau, The Bahamas
The oldest wooden home still standing in Nassau, Balcony House is named for the long, second-floor balcony that stretched across the front of the home. Historical maps suggest that the house could date as far back as the late 18th century, during...
Nassau, The Bahamas
The waters of the Bahamas offer thrilling sportfishing, with many of the ocean’s biggest and most challenging game fish just offshore. Whether you’re looking to fight a mighty blue marlin, land a yellowfin tuna, or hook a mahi-mahi for...
Treasure Cay Road, Treasure Cay, AB-22134, Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas
Carleton Point is the historic site of the first settlement on Treasure Cay Beach, where 600 Americans loyal to the British migrated in 1783, at the end of the American Revolutionary War, preferring to live in the British-controlled Bahamas rather...
George St, Nassau, The Bahamas
Nassau’s Christ Church Cathedral sits near the site of the first church built in the Bahamas. The original church, built in 1670, was called the Parish of Christ Church, and it was destroyed by the Spanish just 14 years later. After a few...
Studio I Site, W Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas
Junkanoo is one of the Bahamas’ most colorful traditions, a more than 200-year-old street celebration and parade, like Carnival with a Bahamian twist. It takes place during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. But visitors...
W Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas
Fort Charlotte sits a mile west of downtown Nassau, on West Bay Street, where its perch atop a hill offers a strategic vantage point overlooking the harbor. Today, this defensive position affords visitors excellent views of both Nassau and...
Paradise Beach Dr, The Bahamas
A trip to the Bahamas is all about being on the water, and a sailing catamaran is a great way to explore the islands and savor the ocean breeze. Charter the spacious 57-foot Flying Cloud catamaran and take a sailing excursion to secluded...
Elisabeth Ave, Nassau, The Bahamas
One of the smaller forts in the Bahamas sits right at the heart of downtown Nassau. Fort Fincastle was built from cut limestone atop Bennett’s Hill to defend Nassau from pirates. One of the most notable features near the fort...
West & West Hill Sts. W Hill St, Nassau, The Bahamas
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas occupies the historic Villa Doyle, a colonial-era home from 1860, at the corner of Hill and West Hill streets, across from the U.S. Embassy. The gallery offers a unique look at Bahamian history and...
Explore the history and impact of slavery in the Bahamas with a visit to the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation. Located in downtown Nassau, the museum is in the historic Vendue House, which dates from the mid-1700s and was used as a market...
Stuart Cove’s has long been a fixture in Nassau, well known for its long-running shark diving encounters. The Shark Adventure dive is a must for any scuba diver excited to get up close with wild reef sharks. The excursions include two dives....
The longest beach on Little Exuma is a stunning stretch of powder-white sand that is officially called Pelican Beach but more commonly called Tropic of Cancer Beach because it sits directly on the Tropic of Cancer latitude line—the dividing...
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