4 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Bahamas

Jul 22, 2021

Bahamas: "The" resorts: a stopover on the way to, or a vacation after the rest of your travels.

But if all you know is that there are 788 islands in the Bahamas, where you've been sailing through the Caribbean for weeks, you'll be lost. So start with the main island.

The Bahamas, sitting strategically at the crossroads between North America, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, makes a fascinating stopover for those traveling between the US and Canada, and the western and eastern seaboards of the United States.

The crystal clear, deep blue sea teems with vibrant marine life, and the lush land teems with wild tropical beauty.

Many major attractions are still inaccessible to tourists in the Bahamas, and treasures like the old Williams town, Royal Towers, the historic Cockspur Island Lighthouse and the magnificent Grand Bahama cruise ship are almost always deserted, but when they're not, you can see them for yourself, making the Bahamas one of the best island destinations in the world.

A trip to the Bahamas will test your planning skills to the limit. Add the third dimension, the intensity of the sun and the stark contrast between the ocean and the islands to your list. The Bahama Islands, while smaller than Italy, will nonetheless test the nerves and muscles of even the most seasoned traveler.

Get the best out of your vacation in the Bahamas with our list of the top attractions in the Bahamas.

Paradise Island

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Take the opportunity to enjoy a slice of beach living with a vacation to the Bahamas' pristine southern islands. Paradise Island has pretty little villages, clear blue waters, and a host of beautiful beaches; there are also lots of nightlife options and plenty to do and see. If you're looking to relax and spend time in a less crowded environment, consider the island's protected cays, islands that are permanently inhabited. These are havens of peace and plenty, accessible only by boat, where you can snorkel, fish, and just relax.

Freeport

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Freeport is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas' Grand Bahama Island, home to more than 130,000 people, thanks to the Bahamian government's decision to build it from scratch. Although the city was at first named New London, this name is thought to have derived from the Dutch tradition of naming major settlements after a town in their home country. The centerpiece of Freeport is the deepwater Freeport Lagoon, which is lined with yacht clubs, shops, and restaurants. Here visitors can rent kayaks, powerboats, scuba diving equipment, and enjoy water sports. Near the shoreline are the natural salt ponds, which contain an array of unique flora and fauna and are a good place to observe birds. Freeport also has numerous museums and attractions. There are the Bahamas Museum of Art and History, which is home to about 7,000 antiquities; the Bahama Village Shops, which has art galleries and gift shops; the National Transport Museum, which includes a collection of small passenger and boat boats; the Merv Griffin Bahama Island Museum, with a life-size re-creation of Merv Griffin's famous pool; and the Shark Museum, which is home to more than 400 rare sharks and is located on a rocky islet in the lagoon. Travel to Freeport is by direct flights from the United States.

Nassau

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Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is a lively port city with a long, colorful history and a legacy that spans many types of entertainment: music, gaming, sports, shopping, nightlife and dancing. For nightlife, Nassau is known as the Capital of the Caribbean, because it's the place where old-time street music and dance are reinvented for a new generation. Tourist attractions in Nassau include the world-famous, million-dollar Atlantis resort and Mall of the World; the imposing Foster's building, with its iconic blue dome; the towering, British colonial Fort Cornwallis; the W Bahamian Air Museum; and the glittering Exchange and Seaboard buildings. Beaches dot the coast of the island. The best beaches are located at Lynden Pindling International Airport (4 miles east of Nassau), the Seven Mile Beach and South Hill, which faces Nassau Harbor. Cabbage Tree Bay is an upscale residential neighborhood that overlooks East Hill.

Coral Castle

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Coral Castle is an amazing World Heritage site that is second only to the Pyramids of Giza as a work of creative genius and engineering. While some critics believe that the enigmatic Arthur “The King” Howard built the entire site, the facts point to his great-grandson, Albert “The Magician” Seward, as the true creator. This amazing structure is still a mystery and does not have any electricity. It is approximately 40-50 feet across the diameter and includes a driveway leading up to the site through a series of caverns. A number of different opinions surround the name Coral Castle, which was once also called “America's Eighth Wonder.” There are a number of peculiar items, including over 50,000 seashells and coral, as well as a smaller building with glass windows. Since the 1980s a large fence with a gate has been put up in order to keep people from going into the site. While it can be seen through a small hole in the fence, you need to get special permission to get into the restricted area, as well as get a local guide and take a small boat.