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Made up of over 600 islands, 30 of which are inhabited, The Bahamas are instantly recognisable for their crystal clear water, soft sandy beaches and famous swimming pigs. Holidays to The Bahamas can be as relaxed or active as you wish.
You'll likely land in Nassau where many of the bigger and well known resorts are located, but it's certainly worth head out and exploring New Providence Island, or booking onto a day trip to discover some of the other islands here.
Over half of the almost 700 islands are in the southern area of The Exumas, where if you're not staying overnight, you can easily take a day trip by plane. This, and more specifically, Big Major Cay is where you'll find the swimming pigs. A bucket list item for many, the cute pigs started life here in the 1990s and have since seen their families grow.
Getting To, From And Around The Bahamas
When flying internationally from the UK, you'll most likely land in Nassau. Direct flights with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, fly from London into Nassau, where you can pick up a regional flight if staying on one of the other islands. Alternatively, you can fly indirect via the US to Nassau, Freeport on Grand Bahama, George Town on Great Exuma, or a number of other islands.
Once in Nassau, you can pre-book your airport transfers or hire a car. Alternatively a taxi can be just as easy and if you want to explore, day trips and organised excursions will allow you to do so.
Bahamasair offer the regional flights between the islands, so if you're booking a twin centre holiday, or simply want to discover other areas of The Bahamas on a day trip, this can be the quickest and easiest way to do so. Ferries are also an option but will take longer.
For a package holiday to The Bahamas, both BA Holidays and Virgin Holidays offer ABTA and ATOL protected flight and hotel packages, helping you to save and protect your cash when you book.
Things To Do
There's of things to do in The Bahamas, whether you simply want to spend time in the stunning turquoise sea, or try every watersport available. If you love shopping, you'll love it here too, with places like the Port Lucaya Marketplace. International visitors can also take advantage of the duty free shopping on offer here, allowing you a tax refund before you head back to the UK.
The beaches here are certainly one of the biggest attractions. The soft white sand and clear water are an iconic part of the islands. Cable Beach, rated one of the beautiful on New Providence Island is situated on the west of the island and is certainly worth a visit. The other place you must visit is on Harbour Island. Here you'll discover Pink Sand Beach, made famous by the creatures whose pink bodies and shells leave traces on the sands.
Day Trips & Attractions
While you might want to spend most days by the pool or at the beach, you've got to head out and discover more. From day trips around New Providence to find more great beaches, or duty-free shopping, to jumping on a flight to another one of the islands to discover more about the area. There is so much to see and do.
With such clear water, you'll no doubt want to be out on it and there's no better place to enjoy the wide variety of watersports than The Bahamas. One of the biggest attractions here is the scuba diving and snorkelling where the clarity of the sea water makes observing the marine life here some of the best in the world.
Many hotels and resorts will want to you stay in the hotel, however, one of the best things you can do is head out and enjoy some of the local cuisine at one of many restaurants. Seafood is very popular here, and you should certainly try the local delicacy Conch, while you're on holiday.
Where To Stay
While North Andros Island is the largest, it's general not where most people stay when visiting. Most people will fly into Nassau on New Providence Island and spend most of their time here. But with plenty of other islands to enjoy, here's where to stay. Sandals Royal Bahamian
Many of the big resort hotels are in Nassau, being easily accessible to the international airport. Resorts like Sandals Royal Bahamian, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and Breezes Bahamas are located here, are affordable and mean you can also enjoy all the other activities that New Providence has to offer.
Just a short hop across the water is Paradise Island. It's here that you'll find the iconic Atlantis Bahamas and her sister hotels, The Reef at Atlantis and The Cove at Atlantis. While pricier, this iconic resort is also home to the Aquaventure waterpark and Dolphin Cay, as well as stunning beaches just waiting to be enjoyed.
Over half of the islands in The Bahamas are in The Exumas and this is where you'll find the famous swimming pigs. From Nassau, you can take a 14 hour ferry or jump on a 40 minute flight to the largest of the islands, Great Exuma, before heading out to explore Little Exuma and the Exuma Cays. Within the Cays is Big Major Cay where you'll find Pig Beach.