The Bahamas is a number one hotspot for anyone looking to get away from it all and indulge in white sandy beaches and warm azure waters. Composed of an archipelago of over 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas offer a wealth of activities and picture perfect views which combine to create the perfect holiday destination.
Blue Hole National Park – The islands of the Bahamas boast 32 national parks in total, but none quite as unique as the 40,000-acre spread of the blue hole reserve on the island of Andros. Originally established in 2002, the park protects the highest concentration of blue holes in the area, along with the surrounding pineland forests and over 60 species of orchids. Thousands of years of erosion has created a vast underwater cave system in the island’s limestone bedrock, home to many unique types of fish which makes it perfect for snorkeling opportunities. Join a tour guide for an expedition to the Rainbow Blue Hole and learn about the medicinal properties of the flora along the way.
Glass Window Bridge – A breath-taking meeting point between the cool navy waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm azure waves of the Caribbean Sea, the Glass Window Bridge is one of the most unusual destinations on earth. Joining Gregory Town and Lower Bogue at the narrowest point of the island of Eleuthera, the “bridge” was originally a natural stone arch which has naturally eroded over the years, leaving behind a strip of rock no more than 30ft wide. Rogue waves can make this area treacherous, so be sure to take extra care when trying to get the perfect shot!
Diving – With its clear pristine waters and unique underwater wildlife, it is no wonder that there are literally hundreds of places to indulge in a spot of diving in the Bahamas. If it’s adrenaline rush you’re after, join an excursion to feed friendly tiger sharks off the island of Nassau or head to Dean’s Blue Hole for the wild swimming experience of freediving. For a more sedate diving trip, take it easy and snorkel among the shallow water plane wreck off the island of Norman’s Cay.
Armbrister Creek – Also known as The Boiling Hole, the tidal conditions of this clear lake mean that it bubbles and burps. Tall tales of sea monsters dwelling within the waters has solidified the popularity of this particular area, though should you visit it is unlikely that you will see anything other than the rays and baby sharks which call this cavernous system home. Explored by Jaques Cousteau, there was a time when this area was blocked with man-made debris, however, it is now cleared and offers a beautiful spot for viewing the natural geology of the area.
Casinos – A trip to the Bahamas wouldn’t be complete without a spin on the roulette wheel. If you like to dabble with the high rollers from time to time, you will be spoiled for choice at the vast amount of places to be dazzled by the glitz and glamor. Head to the luxurious Atlantis with its acres of lagoons and magnificent sculptures or check out Freeport’s Treasure Bay Casino for a more intimate experience.
Lake Rosa – Also known as Lake Windsor, Lake Rosa is one of the largest flamingo sanctuaries in the world, stretching 12 miles and home to 80,000 West Indian flamingos. Situated in the wetlands of Inagua National Park, this is the largest salt water lake in the Bahamas. Also home to hundreds of other exotic bird species such as the Bahama Parrot, the Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird and Tri-colored herons, Lake Rosa has been classified an Important Bird Area (IBA) which makes it ideal for anyone who loves bird watching
Dance Clubs – With some of the best nightlife in the Bahamas, the island of Nassau is a hotspot for those looking to get their groove on. The Ibiza Bahama Beach Club offers raucous pool parties by day and neon black-lit interiors by night while Club Luna can house up to 5,000 revelers in its open-air dance hall making it a sought after performance venue for many of the region’s artists.