Best islands to stay in the Bahamas
New Providence Island
The island of New Providence is a cosmopolitan jet-set playground located between Andros Island and Eleuthera Island. This island boasts the distinction of having hosted several significant celebrities from all over the world. Here, you will find Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas. New Providence is home to two-thirds of all Bahamians and provides fast-paced living, high-end shopping, exhilarating adventure rides and sizzling nightlife that often goes all the way until dawn. New Providence is the country's culinary capital. Here, you can find celebrity-chef restaurant and settle down with the best gourmet meals to be found on the Bahamas.
A getaway for the wealthy and royal, this island boasts some of Bahamas’s most exquisite accommodation options. Today as many as ten cruise ships a day dock at New Providence or Nassau (as most people call the entire island) seeking the action packed and fast paced life of a tropical city. Visitors flock the beaches during the day for a lively surfside scene and then hit the famed Bay Street at night for the hopping nightlife and glitzy casinos. Yet the calm, easy going visitors stroll among the city's pastel colonial buildings rich with historical significance, and perhaps play a round of golf at one of the inland’s major courses. While the island is quite upbeat, it’s still possible to find quiet stretches of sandy white beach to relax along the coast.
Grand Bahama Island
With a diverse mix of historic appeal, modern attractions and ecological wonders, Grand Bahama Island is a complete vacation destination. This little island boasts one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, three national parks, endless beaches and crisp blue water. As far as luxury accommodation is concerned, Grand Bahama is where dreams come true. For the sophisticated traveler, you will find this island extremely alluring. From enjoying the benefits of intimate hotels overlooking the ocean to having your every wish taken care of at an all-inclusive resort, there’s something for everyone on Grand Bahama Island.
Full of historical charm, Grand Bahama is a great option for history buffs as its settlements serve as cultural hot spots for discovering the true Bahamas. With its three national parks, it’s also a great option for the adventurous including hikers and persons simply looking to explore the natural surroundings. For instance, the Peterson Cay National Park boasts one-quarter mile of marine environment, excellent for snorkelers. There are also several underwater cavernous here, some of the world largest. For land exploration, the Rand Nature Centre is home to a variety of native species that can be seen year-round.
The Bahamians also call the Out Islands the “Family Islands.” In contrast to the big city and faced paced life in New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport), Out Islands offer a family oriented and relaxing setting. These quiet islands are ideal for relaxing and reconnecting, for dream weddings and honeymoons, for deep sea fishing, diving and eco-travel vacations. For instance, touring the Bimini nature trail to exploring the island’s flora and fauna can be a rather a relaxing experience.
The Out Islands are particularly popular for fishing, particularly Andros Island. Here, visitors can enjoy the thrill of catching bonefish in the clear, shallow waters or deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic where you’ll find big game such as sailfish, tuna and wahoo. Sailings, kayaking and beach-combing are also major part pastime escapes here.
Exuma is a district of the Bahamas consisting of over 360 islands. The largest of the cays is Great Exuma. Each island offers its own unique Bahamian experience, but all in laid-back surroundings. On Exuma, you are likely to run into some of the world’s most famous stars who enjoy several of these islands all year round.
The islands of Exuma also boast some amounts of historical and mystical appeal. Tours and excursions are popular methods of exploring the islands’ mystical past, for example, the island of Bimini is spoken in legend to be a remnant of the lost city of Atlantis. As such, exploring the surrounding waters is a popular pastime here. Simply rent a sea kayak or small sailboat, get some snorkel gear and explore. An interesting point for snorkeler is Thunderball Grotto where you may catch a glimpse of rare sponges and tropical fish. Particularly great for divers, the Exuma Islands are considered to be among the greatest dive sites in the world with its wrecks, reefs and blue holes. The Exumas also hosts many boating competitions, making the islands a perfect destination for devoted boaters. Of particular interest is the Moria Harbour Cay National Park, a massive natural ecosystem between Great and Little Exuma which features beaches, mangroves and sand dunes. The park is also home to nesting seabirds and a large nursery for marine life.