Travel Tips, Bahamas
Eleuthera – If you want to escape the mass tourism of Freeport or Nassau, then visit Eleuthera Island. The dozens of beaches here are amazing, and Current Cut is one of the most famous diving spots in the country. Get swept up with schools of stingrays, mako sharks, and reef fish as the current carries you along. In addition to spending time on the phenomenal beaches, take a scenic drive through the island and experience the vibrant expat life. Make sure you go to Tippys for nightly music, great drinks, and some of the most affordable food on the island. Tell them I say hi!
Harbor Island – Just north of Eleuthera, Harbor Island is a tiny spot filled with some really nice resorts and beaches. The island is so small, people drive around in golf carts (who wouldn’t be into that) and while it may be a lot more expensive than other parts of the Bahamas, if you want an upscale place for a holiday, this is it. To save a bit of cash, consider staying on Eleuthera, and coming to visit for a day.
The Tongue of the Ocean — The Tongue of the Ocean is an oceanic trench that runs along the entire length of the Andros Island coast. The wall of the trench leads to an almost 6000 feet drop to the sea bed where divers can get up close and personal with reef sharks as they swarm in to feed.
Pirates of Nassau — Pirates of Nassau is a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of piracy on the island. The building is huge and in it you’ll walk around a pirate ship, visit the dungeon, and experience all the folklore surrounding the pirates’ legacy.
Atlantis – This is one of the most prestigious, luxurious, and expensive hotels in the world. If you can’t afford to stay here, you can use the activities within the resort. The Aquaventure Waterpark has 11 pools, huge water slides (including a Mayan temple themed one which tunnels through a shark pool), river rapids, and rock climbing.
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park – This was the first land and sea park in the world and is still one of the best. You can hire a kayak and have a guide steer you over the coral reefs to get a look at the amazing marine life below you.
Garden of the Groves – Located in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, this 12-acre eco-tourist attraction is home to alligators, exotic birds, 10, 000 different species of plants, four waterfalls, and dozens of lakes. Admission is $15 USD with a guided tour.
Junkanoo – If possible, try to visit the Bahamas in late December or early January—every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, Bahamians celebrate their national festival, Junkanoo. Brass bands, drums, cow bells, and whistles provide the soundtrack for thousands of people dancing in the streets. If you can’t be there for the main festival, there is a mini festival held in June.
Fish Fry – Make sure to visit Arawak Cay or “Fish Fry” as it is known to the locals in Nassau. For around $20 USD, you can have a plate filled with delicious seafood, potato salad, Bahamian macaroni and cheese, and the Caribbean staple, peas and rice.