Itinerary: Port Canaveral, Florida, Great Stirrup Cay, Nassau, 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.
You’ll be beguiled by the blend of colonial, traditional and high-tech architecture which ranges from pastel-coloured clapboard cottages to masterpiece hotel modernity for a marvellous mix. There’s modern day glamour and lively nightlife in the elegant capital, Nassau, with its world class hotels and restaurants attracting travellers from across the globe. Dive with dolphins during a stop at Freeport, Grand Bahama, swim with sharks or just wonder at the tropical beauty of the islands’ exotic marine life on a fun snorkelling session. Or take an exciting day excursion which starts with a water-ferry ride through Nassau harbour to Paradise Island where you’ll find Atlantis – home of the world’s largest open air marine aquarium, teeming with more than 200 species.
Many cruise lines own their own small islands, exclusive to their guests, giving you a real taste of idyllic, Robinson Crusoe ‘get away from it all’ solitude, like CocoCay where you can take a nature trail, have a go and parasailing or just swing in a hammock sipping a cocktail. With seafood as its staple, Bahamian cuisine is a treat for the senses, either served in a beach-side shack or at a luxury restaurant. And to wash it down? Well you could try the bar’s own speciality rum punch or ask them to pick a lime, blend it with coconut water and make you a refreshing ‘Switcher’. Take your choice – and most importantly, take your time. That’s what the Bahamas is all about!
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 40 of those are populated.