Things You Must Do in the Bahamas
Beaches, sunshine, a laid-back culture: the Bahamas really is the perfect vacation spot. There’s something for everyone, but it’s also a must-visit destination for a solo traveler or group of friends, too.
The Bahamas is an ideal vacation spot for those seeking a picture-perfect tropical setting, friendly locals, and incredible nightlife. No matter what you’re looking for in a vacation, the country has so much to offer every type of traveler. Below are some of the things any visitor to the Bahamas can’t miss.
- Food and Drink
You’re on vacation, so there’s no better time than right now to splurge on some excellent cuisine! While you’re here, dig into some of the local favorites. Start your day off right with a delicious, fruit-filled breakfast. Bahamians love seafood and are known for their well-prepared and well-seasoned dishes. Don’t miss the cracked conch or conch salad, which come served in an excellent, flavorful sauce. Other local specialties include johnnycakes, similar to cornbread; baked crab, or crab mixed with crumbs and egg and baked in its own shell; and souse, a juicy, savory stew.
Once you’re stuffed, wash it all down with some of the best local drinks like the Bahama Mama, a sweet cocktail with rum, coffee liquor, and pineapple juice, or the Goombay Smash, a tropical, rum-based drink made according to a secret recipe.
Looking for a thrill? Start (or end) your night off right by visiting one of the Bahamas’ many casinos. You can either book a hotel casino to stay in, or just swing by one as you’re hitting the town. For the ultimate getaway, book an all-inclusive resort that includes a casino, like the Atlantis.
With its many different casinos on Nassau and Grand Bahama, the Bahamas is a must-see destination for gambling enthusiasts and casual gamblers looking for a fun night alike.
- Beaches and Oceans
No visit to the Caribbean would be complete without ample time soaking up the sun and waves. When it comes to beaches, you have endless options. Take a stroll along the white sands of Pig Beach (yes, featuring actual pigs!) or Cabbage Beach. For a beach that’s easily accessible and has tons of options for a quick lunch or dinner, check out Cable Beach in Nassau.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, book a snorkeling trip in the Andros Barrier Reef or Thunderball Grotto, or even go scuba diving. Other beaches allow interactive experiences like swimming with the dolphins or meeting stingrays on Half Moon Cay. To get away from some of the more popular sites, take a trip to Pink Sands Beach, which is a gorgeous pink color just as the name suggests.
The Bahamas has no shortage of options for adrenaline junkies. Visit the Atlantis Resort to spend a day at the Paradise Island Water Park. If you’re looking to be more in touch with nature, travel out to Lucayan National Park, which is filled with mangrove swamps and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Better yet, visit the park’s underground caves to see this entirely unique ecosystem home to bats and other island critters.
The Bahamian island of Eleuthera also has plenty to offer for those looking to get in touch with nature, from a long, rugged strip of land known as the Glass Window Bridge, to the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.
If you’re looking for new clothes, jewelry, arts and crafts, souvenirs, or just a bite to eat, look no further than the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The marketplace itself is as beautiful as its home, and it’s painted in pink, turquoise, and green to reflect the sunny Caribbean spirit. Better yet, the market comes alive after dark with DJs and a vibrant nightlife scene.
No matter your preference, there’s something for you in the Bahamas. Whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or a month-long sabbatical, the islands are sure to entertain, delight, and amaze you.