Bahamas Holidays

Take a dip in the world's clearest water

Comprising 29 islands and thousands of cays and islets, the Bahamas is a coastal kingdom of true beauty. Sunbathe on the pink-sand beaches, before exploring the marine life of the subacquatic; snorkelling here is an absolute must. Not your thing? Enjoy a round of golf on Paradise Island, or swim with dolphins on Blue Lagoon Beach.

Holidays to The Bahamas

Bahamas holidays are among the best that the Caribbean has to offer if you’re looking for variety in this colourful region. Stretching alongside the east coast of Florida down towards the large islands of Cuba and the Domincan Republic, the tropical beauty of The Bahamas are a commonwealth nation of 29 islands and several thousand cays and islets. The Bahamas are perhaps the archetypal Caribbean holiday destination; named after the shallow waters of the chain, it is a paradise dotted with desert islands and long stretches of reef-encircled, pink-sanded beach.

For many, the Caribbean begins with a holiday to the Bahamas. After all, we know that Christopher Columbus’s first landfall in the "new world" was on the island of San Salvador (though historians aren’t in agreement whether this is the modern day island of this name, or one of its neighbours). Though Columbus left without making a permanent mark on these islands, the rest of history ensures that there is plenty to see and do. The Bahamas were the haven of Blackbeard and subsequently, the British; both piracy and colonial history inspire modern day attractions including monuments and museums.

Luxury Bahamas Holidays

First and foremost however, luxury Bahamas holidays are about exploring overwhelming natural beauty. The beaches are precisely what travellers expect of the region and the coral reefs ideal for divers of all proficiencies. Activity above the water is also world class: kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and fishing are all popular among locals and tourists alike. Grand Bahama is the ideal island for those who want to see this side of the Caribbean, with nature centres and national parks on land.

The islands of the Bahamas each have an individual character worthy of discovery. The capital islands are New Providence and Paradise Island, and it’s here that you’ll find many of the casinos and duty-free shopping malls. The Aquaventure water park is an essential for families and thrillseekers of all ages. If you want to experience luxury at affordable rates, try an all-inclusive hotel in Bahamas. And don’t miss the special-offer prices and direct savings our experts have arranged with our preferred hotel partners in Bahamas, such as our popular Sandals Resorts.

5 Great Reasons to Take a Holiday to the Bahamas

  • Incredible Climate
  • Superb sand-soaked beaches
  • Excellent Nightlife
  • Friendly people
  • Fabulous watersports

Things to Do on a Bahamas Holiday

With simmering sun-drenched beaches, serene cerulean waters and a stunning tropical climate it should come as no surprise that many of The Bahamas’ finest activities revolve around outdoor pursuits. Kite boarding, scuba diving and snorkelling are just a few of a huge variety of diving locations that guests can enjoy on a Bahamas holiday, while the less energetic visitor can simply soak up the sunshine on one of the islands' fantastic beaches.

As the saying goes, when the sun goes down, things heat up in The Bahamas. With so many bars and live music clubs, as well as two of the largest casinos in the Caribbean, no wonder The Bahamas are also known as Las Vegas on the beach.

Away from the coastline, visitors can learn a little more about the history and culture of the tropical destination on a tour of Nassau City or check out the huge variety of local wildlife housed in the Ardasta Gardens Zoo and Conservation Park. For an excellent view of the island, head to the top of Blackbeard's Tower; legend has it that it was built by the pirate himself. Historians (aka party poopers) may doubt the authenticity of this juicy little anecdote, but don't let that put you off enjoying the view of one of the Caribbean's finest destinations.

Interesting Facts About The Bahamas

  • Area – 5,358 sq miles
  • Population – 330,000
  • Capital – Nassau
  • Official Languages – English
  • Currency – Bahamian Dollar (BSD)

Weather

The temperature in the Bahamas fluctuates between 24°C and 29°C all year round. It can get a bit chilly in the early morning and at night, but that's about it: the rest of the day you'll enjoy warm weather. Winter in the Bahamas is just like spring and summer tends to be, quite hot and humid. There's also a much greater probability of rain during this season, but generally holidays to the Bahamas are a pretty safe bet all year round. 

Bahamas Holidays 2021 / 2022

Many of the outlying islands offer a change of pace from the glittering resorts, mixing local charm with landmarks of outstanding and often mystical beauty. There’s something for everyone on holidays to The Bahamas 2021, so why not book today?

Top Picks

Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Beach Resort

5* out of 5 stars

If you are looking for a luxury getaway in the Bahamas then Sandals Emerald Bay, just a short hop from Nassau, is the place for you. The resort features a championship 18-hole course designed by the legendary Greg Norman.

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

5* out of 5 stars

The Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island, located off of Nassau's Cable Beach, is the perfect combination of intimacy and entertainment as guests can enjoy their own private offshore island.

The Royal at Atlantis

4.5* out of 5 stars

The iconic Royal at Atlantis provides opulence and luxury alongside all the benefits Paradise Island has to offer, including Aquaventure Waterpark.

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Useful information

  • Local time GMT (+5 hours)
  • Currency Bahamian Dollar
  • Language English
  • Location South-east of the Coast of Florida
  • Telephone code +1
  • Flying time 9 hours & 30 minutes

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Things to do

Fish Fry on Arawak Cay

Fish Fry on Arawak Cay

If you’re keen to discover an authentic piece of Caribbean culture in the Bahamas, be sure to make a beeline for the small but perfectly formed Arawak Cay, just a stone’s throw from the Western Esplanade of Nassau. Here you’ll find a string of barbecue spots and street food stalls which together make the Bahamian Fish Fry.

Sunday is the best evening to attend as this is when you’ll also be able to enjoy local bands, poetry readings, and other performances. Tuck into a hearty plate of fresh conch salad or shrimp with a rum punch cocktail before the dancing begins.

 

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Retail lovers rejoice! Port Lucaya in Grand Bahama is the ideal destination for shopping, and perusing stores and stalls. The marketplace is spread over 9.5 acres next to the picturesque waterside with access to a nearby taxi service and casino. So come prepared to let your hair down and part with a little spending money.

Whether you’re on the lookout for a new outfit, handcrafted souvenirs, duty-free bargains, or perhaps you just want to soak up the atmosphere - regardless, Port Lucaya has it all. To top off a busy day to perfection, seek out some live music and refreshments at one of the local watering holes.

Swim with pigs

Swim with pigs

If the picture-perfect, powder-soft sands of the Exumas islands weren’t enough to tempt you for a day trip, the wildlife certainly will! It’s not just fish, colourful birdlife and iguanas that roam free here, but at Big Major Cay, you’ll also be greeted by the boisterous bevy of pigs that have taken up residency on the island.

What began as five piglets in the 90s, is now a huge draw for visitors to the Bahamas. Swim with and pet these feral but friendly creatures in the beautiful Bahamian waters. Certainly a photo opportunity not to be missed.