The Bahamas is an idyllic tropical paradise located just off the southeast coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s made up of more than 700 islands and 2,400 cays, many of which are uninhabited. Although the Bahamas was once a British colony, it became an Independent Commonwealth in 1973, and still considers Queen Elizabeth II its monarch.
Due to its close proximity to the U.S., the Bahamas is a very convenient destination to visit. Some of the most popular and most visited locations in the chain include Nassau, Paradise Island, and Great Exuma.
Nassau is located on New Providence Island, and is the official capital of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It’s serviced by several non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities and has a modern international airport located less than 30 minutes from downtown. It’s known for its white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, and the Caribbean’s best entertainment. Guests can experience a wide variety of water activities like swimming with dolphins, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. In addition to its stunning beaches and natural beauty, Nassau offers Vegas-style casinos, celebrity-chef restaurants, duty-free shopping, museums, art galleries and historical landmarks. No visit is complete without trying some delicious conch, an island favorite, or a stroll down Bay Street, famous for its straw market, world class shopping and horse-drawn carriages.
Paradise Island is connected to Nassau via two bridges over the harbor, and is best known for the expansive Atlantis Resort, with its Aquaventure Water Park, lively casinos, and delightful marine habitat. Visitors will find there is something for everyone here. Popular activities include relaxing by the beach or pool, gambling, and golfing on championship courses.
The exclusive archipelago of the Exumas is a chain of 365 cays spread over more than 100 miles. It’s located southeast of Nassau and is renowned for spectacular white-sand beaches, sapphire-blue seas, long sunny days, celebrity clientele, posh resorts, and endless options for adventure. The Exumas’ crystal-clear waters are ideal for water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, kite boarding, sailing, and fishing. Travelers in search of a secluded slice of paradise may want to explore Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. This stretch of small, uninhabited isles is an ecological preserve and wildlife refuge famous for its breath-taking marine environment. Adventure lovers can drive an ATV and discover the wild side of the Exuma, or even go swimming with the friendly pigs. End the perfect day in Exuma with a plate of fresh-caught seafood and a cocktail by the beach.