Top Attractions in the Bahamas
The Bahamas is a popular vacation destination that offers a variety of things to see and do. Here are some of the top attractions that you don't want to miss when visiting this beautiful destination.
Cable Beach is in between Nassau and the airport on New Providence’s North coast. This stretch of beach has beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters. There are plenty of golf courses, casinos, and restaurants nearby and it is recommended that people arrive early to beat the crowds.
The Dolphin Experience
Anyone traveling to the Grand Bahama Island can participate in the Dolphin Experience. People can interact with friendly Atlantic bottle nose dolphins at one of the largest dive programs in the Caribbean.
Marine Habitat at Atlantis
The Marine Habitat at Atlantis is located at the Atlantis Resort and day passes are available for those who are not staying at the resort. This attraction has fourteen lagoons, countless caves, and more than five-thousand marine animals. Visitors can feed and pet stingrays in a shallow pool, interact with sea turtles in the Hibiscus Lagoon, and ride through an underwater tube in the shark habitat. The options that are available seem to be endless, because people can even meet a sea lion or swim with the dolphins when they are there.
Thunderball Grotto is located on Staniel Cay in Exuma. This intricate, underwater maze is enclosed by sky-high cave ceilings that have holes that are only big enough to let the sun shine through to reflect off the water. This is a wonderful destination for snorkeling.
Junkanoo is a nighttime parade that is held on three different days of the year, Boxing Day (Dec. 26th), New Year’s Day, and then one day during the summer. There are festivities all over the islands, but the biggest celebration takes place on Bay Street in Nassau. Bahamians, young and old, spend months creating elaborate, but disposable costumes for the parades and everyone goes out to the island’s streets to dance, blare conch-shell horns, beat goatskin drums, and clank cowbells.
Lucayan National Park
There are three national parks on Grand Bahama, but this is a favorite amongst the locals and visitors. There are forty acres filled with mangroves, palm trees, and pine trees. While there are numerous white sand beaches inside the park, none of them hold a candle to the impressive Gold Rock Beach. Before leaving the park, people need to stop to see one of the longest underwater limestone caves in the world.
Cabbage Beach is on Paradise Island and it is arguably the most popular shore of the Bahamas. The shoreline is flanked with hotels and numerous eateries that serve local delicacies. However, the main attraction is the massive amount of water activities that are available.
Swimming with Pigs
Yes, you can swim with pigs in the Bahamas and everyone needs to spend some time with them when they are on Exuma. Many of these pigs have called Pig Beach home for the past thirty years. Visitors have been able to feed the pigs and have their pictures taken with them in the past, but the government has recently banned the feeding of the pigs until further notice.
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