One step onto the Bahamian archipelago and you’ll realize the nation’s beauty extends far beyond its extraordinary natural wonders. With smiles on the faces of the Bahamian people, the unique sounds of our rich culture, and the warm hospitality of our heritage and our colorful history, the Bahamas is a world within itself. The Bahamas archipelago is an ecological oasis sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean, starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. It comprises 700 breathtaking islands, over 2,000 rocks 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 fringing barrier reef. With so much nature, culture, and history to explore and experience, it’s time to head to the Bahamas!
For those who enjoy the thrills and spills of a waterpark, you can head to Aquaventure at Atlantis on Paradise Island. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to get yourself a day pass to the waterpark! With slides, a lazy rivers, and pools, there is something for everyone. You can float your worries away or challenge your travel companions to a race down the slide. Either way, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Lovers of animals should plan to spend some time at the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre in Nassau. This small zoo specializes in animal rehabilitation and making sure that these animals can lead healthy, happy lives. Situated within a tropical garden, Ardastra is a little exotic oasis for its visitors. You’ll be able to meet flamingoes, parrots, lemurs, iguanas, and more at this little zoo.
It’s no secret that visitors flock to the Bahamas for its sunny and sandy shores. Junkanoo Beach in Nassau is a fun and lively destination for the day. Not only that, but there are vendors up and down Junkanoo’s shores that rent out kayaks, waterbikes, and paddleboards so you can go exploring the beautiful Caribbean blue.
Food hotspots & music fests
With the number of infections in the Bahamas on the rise, the government has taken steps to protect its citizens and its tourists. So in this spirit, the restaurants, bars and all recreational centers will be on hold till further notice. But once the air is clear, once we can reopen our doors, we will meet again. Dishing out the best of what our islands have to offer. We will still serve you conch fritters. And most of all, we will serve you our welcome.
Our current situation demands decisive action, if we are to avoid being overrun and defeated by this virus.” And this remains the feel of the Prime Minister and the government.
A lot has changed in the Bahamas since the initial reopening in July. More cautious measures have been put in place. In addition to the pre-existing measures, travelers to the beautiful shores will also have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at a government facility or their own accommodation facility which includes private boats. At the end of the quarantine, travelers and returning residents will be tested; out-of-pocket, before they can resume their vacation or their journey back home. A negative COVID-19 test, no older than ten days is also required as part of the Health Visa application.
Curfews are still in place, though extended. New curfew rules are that from 10:00pm – 05:00am, residents and tourists are to remain at home expect in situations of emergency. Business time has also been extended up to 09:00pm, though this is only for essential businesses. The private sector will resume normal operations on 31st August.
The Bahamas’ proximity to Florida means regular, relatively inexpensive flights from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, as well as other East Coast gateways. There are plenty of airline options to choose from, making flying to the Bahamas a breeze. A few airlines fly directly to airports on the larger Out Islands, but the majority of flights arrive in Nassau or Freeport where passengers will connect to another flight before continuing to the Out Islands.
If you’d rather embark on the high seas and journey to the Bahamas via a cruise ship, there are plenty of options available to you for a nautical journey. If you want to explore more of the Bahamas than just one island, you can book yourself a ticket for a ferry excursion to take you to some of the other islands.
Once you arrive at the Bahamas, you are going to want to have a way to get around easily. You can learn more about the different bus services operated on the different islands in the Bahamas at the Bahamas’ tourism site. If you’d rather guide yourself through the streets of the Bahamas, you can rent a car from a local agency.
For those who want to experience something a little unusual, then head to Pig Beach at Major Cay in Exuma. There are several charters that will take you out to the famed swimming pigs. You’ll be able to relax on the beach and meet these friendly animals as they go about their day swimming and enjoying their own private Caribbean island.
If you’re looking for a true Bahamian beach, head to Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. While Cabbage Beach is incredibly popular, because it is slightly off the beaten path, you likely won’t feel like the area is overrun with people. You can enjoy the sugar white sandy and crystal blue waters while you soak up as much of the Caribbean sun as you can.
Sir Sidney Poitier: The famed Bahamian-American actor was born in 1927. He began an acting career in the U.S.A. after serving in World War II. He went on to receive an Academy Award for Best Actor, and became the first black man to win this award. After semi-retiring from acting, Sir Poitier became the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan (2001-2007) and to UNESCO (2002-2007).
Tonique Williams-Darling: The track and field athlete was a sprint runner. She led the Bahamas to the 2004 Olympics in Athens where she won the gold medal for the 400-meter dash.
Art lovers will enjoy some time spent at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. With art made from local artists, both past and present, the museum showcases the beautiful culture of the island. The museum also hosts events and galleries centered around current and emerging artists, so be sure to see if your travel plans line up with those events.
For those who want to learn more about the island and its cultural history, you can spend part of your day at The Heritage Museum of the Bahamas. You can see artifacts from the indigenous populations, from the colonial period, and more recent artifacts that showcase Bahamian culture. The Museum is part of a “Heritage Village” that showcases various cultural elements of the island.
When you think of the Caribbean, chances are you think of the famed green sea turtle. Lucky for you, Bahamas AquaSeas Adventures has a tour designed all around the green sea turtle for those who want to see these magnificent creatures in the wild. With multiple stops in various locations, you’re sure to learn a lot about these unique creatures during your excursion.
For those with nerves of steal, you can embark on the Grand Bahama Shark Dive operated by Reef Oasis Dive Club. You’ll get to come face to face with blacktip reef, lemon, and nurse sharks thanks to the help of a professional shark diver. For those who aren’t quite as keen to jump in the water with a bunch of sharks, they offer plenty of snorkeling tours as well.
The Bahamas was severely impacted by the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian in September of 2019. So, to help aid in the efforts to rebuild the nation, you can donate to the Bahamas Red Cross.