Travel Guide: Bahamas
The Bahamas is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The hot weather, sandy beaches and beautiful blue water make this country a paradise. With 700 islands—30 of them inhabited—there are endless options of where to go and what to do. Some of the most well-known islands include: Harbour Island, Exumas, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos, Long Island, Cat Island, New Providence (where their capital city Nassau is located) and Paradise Island. Incredible highlights of the Bahamas include: Exuma boat tours and visiting Pig Beach; Atlantis resort on Paradise Island with a water slide that goes through a shark tank; relaxing on the beach at Chat n' Chill Conch Shack on Stocking Island; and snorkelling and scuba diving with sharks, sea turtles, sting rays and other aquatic life.
Food & Drink
- Ocean Club (Paradise Island) • The most relaxing and luxurious restaurant experience! The restaurant is perched right on the beach with views of the clear blue waters that the Bahamas is famous for. Although we were not guests at the hotel, we ate at the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner! The ambiance, dining and staff create a first class experience for all visitors.
- Graycliff (Nassau) • Graycliff was a great dining experience in the heart of Nassau! Housed in a historic mansion, the restaurant had old-world charm, island ambiance and excellent service. The after-dinner cigars and live music were a great touch. Make sure you ask to see the wine cellar, which has one of the largest private wine collections in the world!
- Chat n' Chill Conch Shack (Exuma) • Conch salad is a Bahamian tradition. Conch is taken straight from the sea, cracked, and broken out of its natural shell right before your eyes. We watched the conch man skin the conch, wash it, chop it and prepare it with onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and Bahamian sea salt. Topped off with a squeeze of fresh lime and this may have been the best conch salad we had while in the Bahamas!
- Ocean Club Martini Bar (Paradise Island) • The Ocean Club Martini Bar is the most famous James Bond bar in the world, showcased in the 2006 film Casino Royale. It is the perfect spot to post up for a classic Vesper, shaken not stirred. We spent several evenings lounging at the Martini Bar, listening to live piano and sipping martinis. The Bar has a great ambiance and the drink prices are also great value.
- Da Pink Chicken (Cat Island) • Da Pink Chicken is Cat Island's not-so-secret drink spot and the best place to unwind after a day of activities! The owners of this bar are hands on, Dean will greet you at the door and serve you an ice cold rum punch or beer. Patti will fish Conch right out of the water and chop or cook it up to you liking. Da Pink Chicken will literally have you leave your worries behind!
- Bon Vivants (Nassau) • "The first true cocktail bar in the Bahamas dedicated solely to the art and history of the craft cocktail." Tropical meets classy, Bon Vivants is the exactly the type of bar you would find us at in the Bahamas! House creations, cocktail classics, negronis or tiki's, there is a cocktail for everyone on the menu.
Other Food & Drink
Other Food • Exuma Fish Fry, Nassau Fish Fry, Sapodilla Estate (Nassau)
Coffee Shops • Surprisingly, they don't really have "cafe culture" in the Bahamas—this means no place to get your morning flat white or gourmet latte. They do have Dunkin Donuts and most hotels will serve you quality coffee.
Activities & Attractions
- AquaQuest Escapes (Exuma) • We did the Ultimate Day Away tour to iguana island, swimming with the pigs & nurse sharks, sandbars, and James Bond's Thunderball Grotto. Boating through the Exuma Keys was exhilarating, and it might have been one of the most beautiful places we have ever seen. The crew was very friendly and gave us a true local tour of Exuma. This adventure cannot be missed!
- Greenwood Beach Resort (Cat Island) • The Greenwood's untouched landscape is perfect for scuba diving, kiteboarding, and meandering along miles of pink sand beach. We went diving with Oceanic Whitetip Sharks, and it was our highlight of 2021!
- Atlantis Aquaventure Park (Paradise Island) • Giant water slides, lazy river tubes, swimming pools, beach bars, and crystal blue waters—Atlantis Aquaventure Park is one of the best day activities in Nassau. The day pass is on the pricier side, but it is well worth it! We got to the Aquaventure Park around 10am, stayed all day, and took advantage on the hotel's amenities in the evening.
Harbour Island, Exumas, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, Abacos, Long Island, Cat Island, New Providence (where their capital city Nassau is located) and Paradise Island