A Slice of Paradise: Visiting the Bahamas
The island nation is tucked neatly with the southern tip of Florida to the west and Cuba due south. While not technically in the Caribbean Sea, it’s still seen as a member of that desirable club both being infused by and influencing that legendary stretch of archipelagos — something visitors will immediately feel.
Ocean activities are central in the Bahamas, boasting many of the very best in any number of seafaring categories. Anglers are drawn here from around the world to chase after what is considered to be one of the best sport fishing areas on the planet. Beachgoers come to encounter the postcard-perfect shoreline, with sand and surf attracting sun worshipers and wave hoppers alike. Boats are a big deal here, with a plethora of marinas ready to do everything from whale watching to island hopping. Jet skiers can power through while kayakers and paddleboarders skim sleepily through the turquoise waters. Snorkelers will have a lot to see in the crystal-clear shallows while SCUBA divers can explore shipwrecks left on the seabed over the centuries.
Back on land, festive atmospheres offer up infectious music, tasty drinks, incredible food and shopping for all tastes. Fish fries are the go-to staple meal, most often a casual beachside affair, which is not to be missed. Wash that down with a typical rum cocktail — pretty much every eatery and pub is serving them. Colorful neighborhoods such as those found on Harbour Island are perfect for strolling, people watching and shopping. Explore one of the dozens of historic lighthouses dotted across the islands that make up the Bahamas. Or, if you want to get deeper into history, check out the Colonial sites on Nassau. Hikers can climb mountains to be rewarded with outstanding ocean views while horseback riders can trot along the shoreline at dusk. If its darkness you seek, try out one of the many cave systems found here. Nightlife rounds things out with bars and clubs hopping well into the wee hours of the morning. And no matter what time of day it is, check your calendar to see if a local festival is scheduled. That’s when things really get hopping!
Looking for more? Some extra unusual experiences still await you. On one island, you can literally swim with some wild pigs! You can also visit the curious “Bimini Road,” an underwater structure that many speculate is the remnants of a lost civilization. Untouched forests, sea cave diving, dolphin encounters — a visit here can mean so many things to do you just can’t do anywhere else. Will the wonders of the Bahamas ever cease?