When travelers dream of the perfect stretch of powdery sand, lapped by seas in sublime shades of blue, they’re probably dreaming of the Bahamas. Encompassing 700 islands and more than 2,000 small cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, this tropical paradise lies only 80 kilometers from Florida at its closest point. Once a haven for pirates and Loyalists, the islands are now a playground for the rich and famous and anyone who enjoys world-class fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling, and sailing.
1 Atlantis Paradise Island
In case you’ve chosen the Bahamas as an itinerary for your next trip, Atlantis, Paradise Island is an essential destination of your tour. It is one of the most famous resorts in the Bahamas. Being one of the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, Atlantic Paradise has Aquaventure water park, with the iconic Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith slide; awe-inspiring outdoor sanctuaries, 11 beautiful crystal pools and portable spas; renowned amazing beaches; 18-hole golf course; the largest casino in the Caribbean; over 21 restaurants, 19 bars & lounges and Aura nightclub. There is also a possibility to book a large number of luxury and modern accommodations including the iconic Royal Towers and the stylish Cove Atlantis.
Nassau is the most popular cruise ship port in the West Caribbean. The number of tourists here still increasing every day. But the destination manages to charm visitors despite the crowds of foreign tourists and visitors all over the world. Thousands of guests come here to the Cable Beach to explore different shops and boutiques, cafes and restaurants, destinations and museums, bright multi-colored colonial buildings of downtown and, of course, the famous Bay Street with the multiple souvenirs at the Nassau Straw Market. Take a short catamaran ride away from Nassau, spend a day on the Blue Lagoon Island, visit popular destinations of Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Center.
3. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
The protected area in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas, the site sweeps from Shroud Cay in the north to Bell Cay in the south.
Founded in 1958, Exuma Park is one of 25 National Parks and Protected Areas set up by the Bahamas National Trust. The one and only, the Trust is considered to be non-profit, the non-governmental agency mandated with the management of a nationwide system of parks and protected areas. In 1986, The Bahamas National Trust organized an Exuma Park as a complete NO TAKE ZONE and marine protected area, the first in the wider. Caribbean.
The vegetation contains numerous mangrove communities, with the east sides being clad in low scrub and the western sides with taller scrub. There are also many epiphytic orchids and bromeliads.
If you’re not planning long travel, you should visit a very special and very recognizable Eleuthera, a tiny island in the Bahamas, lying 50 miles (80 km) east of Nassau. It will amaze you with its charming colonial style. Eleuthera Island is one of several within the archipelago surrounded by shallow seas, visible here as light blue. Mosaic patterns of sand waves built by sea drowned flows in the shallows are highly contrasted with the dark blue color of the ocean depths of a thousand feet in the Exuma Sound. Take a calm stroll along the flexuous streets of unbelievable colonial villages, visit unique pineapple plantations or come over to one of the main seafood restaurants scattered along the seaside.
If you’re taking a tour to the Bahamas to escape winter frost, you should come to visit Junkanoo. Here on Boxing Day (December 26) a big celebration takes place.
Few months are spent on considering and preparing costumes for the special parades. After the preparation is over, the most interesting part begins: islands’ street dances commence. All the performance is usually estimated by the selected jury. At the end of the procession, which usually lasts from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m., judges select the best dancers, best costumes and more. According to legend, Junkanoo derives from an African chief, “John Canoe,” who demanded the right to celebrate with his tribe even after being sold into slavery in the West Indies.