The Best Places to Vacation in the Bahamas
The Bahamas are a popular tourist destination for many reasons -- white sands, blue waters, relaxed and luxurious accommodations -- but for many Americans, they are also the closest islands around and the easiest to get to. If you are planning a trip to the Bahamas, consider what these top vacation spots have to offer.
The beautiful beaches of Bimini are just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.
Bimini Island is a favorite Bahamas destination for American tourists. Located off the tip of Florida, it is the easiest island to travel to and has plenty of affordable accommodations available. It is best known for its big-game fishing, and the crystal clear waters surrounding the island offer smooth sailing for yachtsmen. There are plenty of bars and restaurants and nightclubs to visit and during the day, you can park yourself on the soft, white sand or go snorkeling in the reefs, scuba diving or swimming.
Popular places to stay include the Bimini Sands resort and Marina, Sea Crest Hotel and Marina and Weech's Bimini Dock and Bay View Rooms.
Bimini Sands Resort and Marina
Sea Crest Hotel
PO Box 654
Weech's Bimini Dock 7 Bayview
PO Box 613,
Nassau/Paradise Island are rated as the top tourist destination in the Bahamas.
Known as "the jewel" of the Bahama Islands, this top-rated vacation spot offers pink sand beaches, fancy resorts, casinos, luxury shopping, historical tours and tons of water activities and sports that will thrill your family. The Nassau/Paradise Island area is actually made up of two islands separated by bridges. It is the most populated area of the Bahamas and for good reason. From restaurants, to shops, swimming holes and pristine beaches, there is something for everyone to do on Nassau/Paradise Islands.
Paradise Island hosts the world-celebrated Atlantis Hotel and Casino. In nearby Cable beach, on Nassau Island, you can stay at luxury hotels like the Nassau Wyndham Resort or relax at the less formal Nettie's Place, a beachfront hotel.
Atlantis Hotel and Casino
Nassau Bahamas West Bay St.
P.O. Box SS-19055
Nassau Wyndham Resort
W Bay St
Nassau, 33312, Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-13225
For those who can afford it, Kamalane Cay is a private paradise.
This island boasts the oldest known dive resort in the world and the second largest coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the largest island in The Bahamas and has 2,300 square miles of land and sea to explore. It is about 80 degrees for most of the year, and it has many rare species of flowers and animals living in its pine forests and diverse bodies of waterways. If you love snorkeling or bonefishing, this is the place to do it. Many of the islanders are craftsmen and artists who sell their works and make their livings on the tourist trade. Famed "blue holes" dot the landscape of this paradise, making it a favorite destination for swimmers and amateur marine archaeologists.
Some lodging choices include The Andros Beach Club, which offers all-inclusive packages with king-sized or twin beds, ocean views, shaded beach huts, hammocks, beach games, 4 miles of white and pink sand beaches and much more.
Andros Beach Club
Andros Island, Bahamas
Kamalame Cay offers elegance and privacy in a secluded section of the Northeast coast of Andros Island. Many of the rooms are open-air and facing the sparkling blue waters where you can spend your days swimming, snorkeling or diving. Only 20 minutes from the airport, you can even rent a seaplane to bring you right to the dock of the resort.
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Tammy Quinn McKillip has written extensively in print and online publications about pets, parenting, theater, design, health and environmentalism since 1999. She is the editor of the Macaroni Kid National Family Safety newsletter and publisher and editor of "Macaroni Kid," a local family-friendly weekly events newsletter. She is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at City College of New York.