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Find Your Rhythm in the Bahamas: 5 Must-Visit Vacation Spots

2018-09-26T08:24:50-04:00 en-US Sep 26, 2018

With 700 islands, the hardest part of taking a Bahamas vacation is deciding where to go. While only 30 of the islands are inhabited, each and every one of them has its own unique rhythm and flair. From luxury resorts and cave diving to bonefishing and swimming with dolphins, there is something in the Bahamas for everyone. Not sure where to start? Here are five must-visit locations to help get your feet wet:  

1. Pink Sand Beaches on Harbour Island

Harbour Island is a great place to kick off a Bahamas vacation. Located just east of Nassau, this picturesque island is home to only 2,000 locals. But don’t let its small size fool you—it’s packed with pastel-colored cottages, boutique hotels, and renowned restaurants to explore. Still the main attraction of Harbour Island is, of course, its beaches. Just beyond Dunmore Town, you’ll find Pink Sands Beach, where crushed coral and shells give the sand (and your stay) a rose-tinted hue.

Get there: Start by flying into North Eleuthera, either directly or from Nassau. Then take a taxi to the dock and a motor boat to Harbour Island. 

2. Andros Island’s Barrier Reef

If you prefer to be in the sea rather than on the sand, take your Bahamas vacation to Andros Island. Made up of three connected land masses, Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. And while most of the island has gone unexplored, it attracts visitors from all over the world. Its draw? Just off the coast lies the world’s third-largest barrier reef, stretching for 190 miles on the surface and almost 6,000 feet below.

Credit: Islands of The Bahamas

Get there: Fly into one of four airports on the island–San Andros International Airport (SAQ), Andros Town Airport (ASD), Clarence A. Bain Airport, Mangrove Cay (MAY), or Congo Town Airport (TZN)–or go by sea and board a ferry or a mailboat boat from Nassau.

3. Hermitage Monastery on Cat Island

One of the lesser known Bahamas vacation spots, Cat Island lies to the south of Eleuthera. It’s perfect for visitors who want to trade the crowds for a different perspective. In addition to deserted beaches, Cat Island is also home to the impressive Mount Alvernia, the highest point in the Bahamas at 200 feet. And situated among breathtaking views of the Caribbean is a little piece of history: the Hermitage Monastery. Built by Father Jerome in 1939, a set of hand-carved stairs will lead you to the landmark.

Cat Island, Bahamas 

Get there: Fly into New Bight Airport (TBI) or take a sailboat from Nassau to one of the southern towns and then take a taxi to the Hermitage.

4. Long Island’s Deep Blue Hole

Once you’ve ticked off the highest point in the Bahamas, head to the lowest with a visit to the Deep Blue Hole. Long Island, just South of Cat Island, is a long and narrow landmass known for having distinctly different coast lines on either side. Nestled among the island’s eastern cliffs, near Clarence Town, is Dean’s Blue Hole. Arguably the deepest sinkhole in the world, divers here find themselves in a pool that plunges from 60 to 6,000 feet.

Credit: Islands of The Bahamas 

Get there: From Nassau, take a flight to Deadman's Cay Airport (DMC) via Bahamasair or Southern Air. Then grab a taxi to your hotel and make arrangements with the concierge. If you drive yourself, go to the Turtle Cove development. Find a blue stone wall, turn right on a dirt road, and walk to the beach. 

5. Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama

Like Nassau, Grand Bahama is one of the more popular islands for a Bahamas vacation. Known for its shallow reefs and sandbars, Grand Bahama also houses modern casinos and golf courses. But for more natural adventures, visitors can hike around the 40-acre plot of land that makes up Lucayan National Park. Here you’ll find mangrove swamps, pine forests, and one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world. Wildlife enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of birds, bats, and other jungle creatures that call the caverns home.

Credit: Islands of The Bahamas

Get there: Take a flight into the Grand Bahama International Airport or take a ferry into Freeport. From there, hire a taxi or a tour guide to take you to the park. And remember that there is an admission fee to enter.

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