From pretty much anywhere in the U.S. you can easily hop on a plane to the Bahamas. It won’t cost you a fortune or much time either. What awaits is 700 islands, 30 of which are inhabited. No matter where you are in the Bahamas, it’s going to be beautiful, the water turquoise, the sand pink or white. So how do you decide which island to visit? Truth is, there’s no wrong choice. You’ll love wherever you go. Here’s a look at some of the special spots in the Bahamas.

Paradise Island/Nassau

Everybody’s talking about Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which opened last year and set new standards in luxury. It is home to the first and only luxury ESPA spa, and at 30,000 square-feet, that’s a whole lot of room for pampering. Another boast—the largest casino in the Bahamas as well as the Caribbean. And there are direct beach views from the casino through massive windows and 20-plus food and beverage outlets. That’s not the only place where the eating is good. Any day of the week you can feast at the Arawak Cay fish fry, a stretch alongside the sea with colorful stalls, restaurants and food trucks. The down-home cooking includes conch fritters, conch salad, grouper, snapper, sides such as peas and rice, plantains, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and other island fare. Drink a Goombay Smash, consisting of pineapple, orange, apricot and rum, or Sky Juice, made with fresh coconut water, gin and condensed milk topped with cinnamon or nutmeg. For another authentic sampling, do stop by Bahamian Cookin’ Restaurant and Bar. Treat yourself to a five-star dining experience you’ll never forget. Eat at Graycliff Restaurant in a historic colonial mansion.

There’s plenty of action at Atlantis, the mega resort with a 141-acre waterscape, 11 pools, 4 miles of beach and an 18-hole oceanfront golf course, shops, restaurants, comedy club, casino and more.


Bet you’ve never heard of Eleuthera. Well, once you go, you’ll keep talking about it. Surely, it’s not going to be one of the Bahamas’s best kept secrets much longer. If you want to avoid the crowds, Eleuthera is ideal. There are fewer than 15,000 people on the island. Eleuthera means “freedom” in Greek and the name fits. The towns are charming, for example, the bustling, historic, capital city, Governor’s Harbour, with its colorful New England-style architecture. It is the birthplace of the Bahamas. Dine at 1648 Bar & Grill for grouper, jerk chicken wraps and conch, and on pizza and tacos at the French Leave Resort. Make sure you’re in Governor’s Harbour Friday, when the low-key fish fry at Anchor Bay is the spot for locals and visitors to feast on the catch of the day, down drinks such as Sky Juice and enjoy much music and dancing. Hike trails and waterfalls in the Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve. Fishbone Tours can set you up for snorkeling, deep sea fishing, bone fishing or reef fishing for a half or full day of adventure.


There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Bimini either. It’s 7 miles long and the place to go for all sorts of watersports at Paradise Beach, fishing charters, once-in-a-lifetime snorkeling excursions such as the S.S. Sapona shipwreck and diving with wild dolphins, sharks and sting rays. Known as the shark capital of the world, the Bahamas are home to 40-plus shark species in its crystal-clear waters. On Bimini, thrill seekers can get up close and personal for their shark fetish with a guided dive among hammerheads by on-site tour operator Bimini Undersea. At Honeymoon Harbour, guides will help you feed string rays in their natural habitat. There’s nothing like getting your adrenaline pumping to prime you for a great meal. Visit one of the infamous conch shacks, such as Stuart’s or Joe’s. Situated right on Bimini Bay, these local eateries serve up the freshest conch salad. Wash it down with Bahamian-brewed Kalik beer or a Bahama Mama.

Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama, approximately 50 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., is a must-see with its historic appeal, one of the world’s largest underwater caves systems, three national parks and attractions such as UNEXSO, where you can experience dolphins up close on their property or in the sea. You can also shark dive. Take the Lucayan National Park Kayak and Cave Tour. Eat lunch overlooking Gold Rock Beach. Take a dip if you choose. There’s a guided nature walk on which you’ll see an array of Bahamian birds. Finish the trip by exploring the caves. For another side of Grand Bahama, check out the Port Lucaya Marketplace, a 9½-acre waterside facility loaded with shops, dining, bars, straw vendors and artisans, and catch a Junkanoo show. Flying Fish GastroBar is the place to eat at the Marketplace. It’s the first restaurant in Grand Bahama to be awarded a Four Diamond rating by AAA.