The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water on the planet—with a visibility of over 200 feet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef.
We invite you to explore all of our islands. One step and you’ll realize our beauty extends far beyond our extraordinary natural wonders. It’s the smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people. The unique sounds of our rich culture. The warm hospitality of our heritage and our colorful history.
- U.S. travelers:Valid passport needed for entry
- Official language:English
- Official currency:Bahamian dollar (American dollars are widely accepted)
Nassau Paradise Island
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Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is a destination known for its white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, a wide array of water sports and the Caribbean’s best entertainment value. Plus, a wide range of accommodations from ultra-exclusive villas to family-focused resorts and budget-friendly hotels.
Guests can experience activities like swimming with dolphins, diving reefs or deep-sea fishing. Through a range of museums and art galleries, visitors can learn and better understand the Bahamian culture. In addition to its stunning beaches and natural beauty, visitors will find two Vegas-style casinos, celebrity-chef restaurants, duty-free shopping and historical landmarks.
This convenient destination offers an international airport, located just 30 minutes from downtown Nassau, serviced by several non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities. Less than an hour from South Florida and less than three hours from New York City and the East Coast, Nassau Paradise Island, it’s just better in The Bahamas.
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The Abacos are a group of islands and cays that form a 120-mile–long chain stretching over 650 square miles. The coastlines are scalloped with bays, coves and protected harbors that feature full-service marinas and resorts. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland.” Marsh Harbour has a lively downtown area with all city amenities. Treasure Cay boasts miles of pristine beaches, including one of the top 10 beaches in the world. Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay are old English loyalist settlements, where you’ll find beautifully preserved colonial architecture with a touch of Bahamian pastels, of course. And Guana Cay is famous for Sunday barbecues atop the island’s tall sand dune, which overlooks a magnificent 7-mile–long beach.
Bimini consists of two main islands—North Bimini Island and South Bimini Island—and numerous cays. The history of Bimini is as fascinating as the islands themselves. Just 50 miles from the United States, they served as a convenient offshore speakeasy and liquor store during prohibition. Rumrunners used to store their stash on the nearby shores. And speaking of rum, Ernest Hemingway called Bimini his summer home. Jimmy Buffett spent time here while writing his book, and Martin Luther King, Jr. even composed parts of his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech while sailing with local boat builder, Ansil, who still lives on the islands today.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island
From endless pineapple fields to white- and pink-sand beaches to secluded coves and miles of coastlines, Eleuthera & Harbour Island define The Bahamas. Much of the architecture and way of life was influenced by British Loyalists who settled here in the 1700s. This style has since been adopted by the other Bahamian islands, making Eleuthera & Harbour Island the birthplace of the entire country. In addition, the islands continue to charm visitors with tropical flair, as Harbour Island is known as one of the best islands in the Caribbean. If you’re visiting The Bahamas, Eleuthera & Harbour Island are not to be missed.
The Exumas are an archipelago of 365 cays and islands, beginning just 35 miles southeast of Nassau. Once called Yumey and Suma (names of Amer-Indian origin), the islands have gone through many changes over the years. Today, they’re divided into three major areas—Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Exuma Cays. Each offers its own unique Bahamian experience. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are known for their laid-back surroundings, while The Exuma Cays act as a playground for the rich and famous, boasting numerous private homes, luxury resorts and beachside condos. The Exumas are also rich in history, as they were settled by British Loyalists with their slaves following the American Revolution.
Grand Bahama Island
Full of history and charm, Grand Bahama Island is a complete vacation destination. Some of the island’s settlements, such as Pinder’s Point, Russell Town, Smith’s Point and William’s Town, are named after the former families who founded them. Today, these settlements serve as cultural hot spots for visitors. There are three distinct destinations on Grand Bahama Island—East End, Freeport/Lucaya and West End—each offering their own unique experience. And if you’re looking to tour some natural surroundings, feel free to explore the island’s three national parks, two of which are home to a large numbers of native birds. And, of course, no Bahamian island would be complete without miles of beautiful beaches—found on the south side of Grand Bahama Island.
Peterson Cay National Park
Just one mile off the southern shore, this 1½ acre island is one of the smallest National Parks in The Bahamas. Park area includes the cay and the surrounding one-quarter mile of marine environment.
Rand Nature Center
This National Park comprises 100 acres of natural beauty in the heart of Freeport. A 2,000-foot trail winds through coppice and pine forest. The birder’s paradise is home to a variety of species that can be seen year-round, with peak season from October to May.
Vast Underwater Caves
Dive beneath the surface to explore a cavernous world that’s one of the biggest and among the most environmentally distinct. The cave system is accessible from both land and sea, with permission to dive required in some areas.
Of all the 700 islands and cays that make up The Islands Of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island hosts the second-highest number of native bird species. You can see 18 of the 28 species of Bahamian birds that are not seen in the USA, Canada or Europe.
With powder-soft white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise water, a variety of water sports & land activities and world-class dining, it really is Better in The Bahamas. Book your next vacation to the Bahamas with DeTour Travel