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Friday Feature: Bahamas

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The Bahamas are made up of 16 major islands spanning across 100,000 square miles of the world’s clearest ocean. Here not only can you find irresistibly blue waters, but you will also find secret sandbars and secluded pink-sand beaches. This tropical hot spot is known for the countless experiences waiting for be discovered. Travelers quickly learn that no two islands are alike, each one has its own vibe and its own unique stories. If you are looking for an incredible getaway this is one of the world’s most idyllic settings to do so.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the Bahamas is between November and April. During these months you will have lots of sunshine, warm temperatures, and less rainfall. These months are ideal for relaxing on the beach and soaking up the incredible sunshine. Avoid traveling in the other months, as your chances of running into a tropical storm increase.

Things to Do:

Explore Nassau: When it comes to things to do in Nassau, you’ll find plenty of options. Bask on the white sands of Cable Beach; explore the shops, restaurants, museums, and candy-colored colonial buildings of downtown and Bay Street; and shop for souvenirs at the Nassau Straw Market. A short catamaran ride away from Nassau, animal lovers can come face to face with dolphins on a day trip to Blue Lagoon Island, and Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Center is a fun place to visit for families, with endangered and threatened species amid four acres of tropical gardens. Paradise Island, home to the perennially popular Atlantis resort, shimmers on the horizon about five kilometers offshore from Nassau.

Visit Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park: Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park has some of the most striking seascapes in the Bahamas. Luminous water in shades of electric blue merges with bone-white sand, creating a dazzling backdrop for a range of water sports. Located in the remote eastern edge of the Bahamas, the park is a no-take-zone and marine protected area, the first of its kind in the Caribbean. The area is popular with divers and boaters, who come here for the quality anchorages, abundant marine life, and crystal-clear waters. Don’t miss Staniel Cay’s famous swimming pigs and Thunderball Cave, featured in the namesake James Bond film.

Take a Day Trip to Harbour Island: Pretty Harbour Island sits northeast of its big sister, Eleuthera and has long been a hideaway for the rich and famous. It’s picturesque pink-sand beaches, are among the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, and its chic resorts lure discerning travelers from around the world. Popular things to do include diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sunbathing along the rosy-hued shores. Harbour Island is a fun day trip out of Nassau on the Bahamas Fast Ferries Catamaran.

Explore Underwater Caves in Grand Bahama Island: The northernmost of the Bahamian islands, Grand Bahama Island is a popular destination for package tourists and cruise ships. Despite the island’s large all-inclusive resorts and hotels, it’s still possible to escape the crowds. Grand Bahama is home to one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems. You can also wander the lush plantings of Garden of the Groves, and nature lovers can spot many native bird species in the three national parks or book a dolphin close encounter.

Go Diving and Fishing on Andros Island: The Bahama’s largest landmass, Andros is a haven for anglers and divers. The island is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world, as well as many freshwater blue holes and underwater caves, creating an underwater wonderland for those who love to explore under the sea. Fly fishing is also big here – Andros is often called the bonefishing capital of the world, thanks to its ideal habitats for this prized catch. The island’s vast wetlands create channels that are prime fishing and boating areas.

Go Big-Game Fishing in the Biminis: Bimini is known as the “Big Game Fishing Capital of The Bahamas,” and for good reason. The island hosts popular deep-sea fishing tournaments from March to September, and its proximity to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream lure a dazzling diversity of marine life, including everything from marlin to mahi-mahi and manta rays. Bimini’s fish-rich waters also offer excellent opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Besides the popular shark and dolphin dives, highlights include Rainbow Reef, Sapona Wreck, and Victory Reef.

Explore Blue Lagoon Island: Dolphin encounters, sea lions, inflatable fun parks, a beautiful white-sand beach – you’ll find all this and more on Blue Lagoon Island. A visit to this attraction-packed private island, also known as Salt Cay, is one of the most popular things to do in the Bahamas on a cruise. It’s only about five kilometers by boat from Nassau. This is a great spot to hang out with the entire family. Kids will love swimming in the turquoise water, playing on the inflatable water park, and kayaking in the lagoon.

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