Itinerary: Port Canaveral, Florida, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, Port Canaveral, Florida
With powder-white beaches lining sun-drenched shores or shopping streets emanating sophisticated cosmopolitan chic, the gloriously laid-back islands of the Bahamas offer a holiday cocktail that’s best enjoyed ever-so-slowly stirred.
Looking for paradise? You’ll likely find it on the clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches of the Bahamas.
From the pirates, traders and rum smugglers of her past, right back to Christopher Columbus’ fateful journey in 1492, the many islands of the Bahamas have been enticing people to their sunny shores for centuries. Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, a tiny island teeming with Bahamian and British, is the perfect place to begin your adventure, offering plenty of opportunities to laze on the beach, snorkel the bright coral reefs, wander Fort Charlotte’s imposing walls and shop till you drop at the island’s numerous boutiques, markets and malls.
A mixture of colonial and modern, the history of these islands is as breath-taking as their beaches and many offerings will pleasantly surprise you, there are even colonial ball gowns to view at the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas! That’s not to mention all cultural delights to sample. Enjoy the cuisine at a rambling beachside shack, or sample some fresh seafood at one of the many world-class restaurants. Plus, there’s the chance to sample modern day glamour, a dynamic nightlife, and the sophistication of a bygone era at the British Colonial Resort, one of James Bond’s haunts. Perhaps you’ll enjoy a coastal golf game, the world’s largest open air marine aquarium, or just lie back with a famous ‘Switcher’, a mixture of lime and fresh coconut water, on the beach. No matter what you get up to in this paradise on earth, you’re sure to return home refreshed, renewed and Bahamian dreaming for many years to come.
Things to do in the Bahamas
- Swim in the clear waters of Nassau
- Snorkel the coral reefs of CocoCay
- Lounge on unspoilt beaches
- Visit the Pirates of Nassau museum
- Browse the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Did you know?
The Bahamas is an archipelago encompassing around 700 islands – only about 30 of those are populated.