Bahamas Travel Guide – Part 1

The Bahamas are more about the beaches, gambling, restaurants & nightclubs, and typically draw crowds that are into beach-party scenes. Nassau is the Bahamian capital. The main attraction to Nassau for most is its colonial charm. Because it is the capital it is rich in Bahamian culture and history alike, and it is the place to shop, Bay Street is a shopping paradise with the row to row shops with a huge straw market. Some of the attractions of New Providence include Botanical Gardens, And Astra Gardens, Cruises, Deep-Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Dolphin Encounter, golfing, tours, horseback riding and beautiful beaches.

Paradise Island & Cable Beach

These two islands right off the coast of Nassau both contain high-rise hotels and glitzy casinos as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas.You will enjoy some of the best food & entertainment that the Bahamas can provide. at Paradise Island is a major attraction destination for many Bahamian travelers with its colorful history and amazing architecture, and home of Atlantis. If you are not into crowds you might look elsewhere to spend your days. A major drawback is that Paradise Island remains one of the most intensely marketed pieces of real estate in the world and can be a bit on the expensive side for the budget conscience travelers.

Grand Bahama’s Freeport/Lucay

Although Freeport has its share of casinos, fine dining and entertainment, Freeport does not seem to be as over the top as Paradise Island or Cable Beach.  The lower price tags make it a much more reasonable family destination. If it is nature that is calling you to the Bahamas, you may enjoy yourself much more in Freeport as it offers the best hiking in The Bahamas and some of the most beautiful beaches and some of the world’s best diving can be found nearby as well.  For the golfer in the family, its golf courses attract players from all over the world and host major tournaments several times a year. Other family friendly things to do include the Botanical Gardens at Garden of the Groves, horseback riding and the Rand Nature Center as well as the Lucayan National Park.