If you're considering spending a vacation relaxing and lounging around in a palm-fringed island with sun-drenched beaches mingling with warm inviting waters, then Bahamas is certainly one of the archipelagos that first comes to mind. This stunning paradisical expanse is made up of around 2,000 isles including the cays which are tiny islands formed on coral reefs. What makes the Bahamas so breathtaking and picturesque is the hues of sand and sea spanning the colour spectrum from shimmering turquoise to rosy pink.
Those who are wealthy and can afford to splurge can stay at the luxurious hotel that attempts to replicate the legend of Atlantis. This snazzy, salmon-pink resort is also home to an entertainment complex, aquarium and water park. Have splash-about fun at the famous 141-acre aquaventure, a waterscape packed with high-speed slides, over 200 pools and a mile-long Lazy River Ride. In the marine habitat, one can find hammerhead sharks and swordfish swimming through glistening open-air pools.
Renowned for being a famous tourist haunt for package tourists and cruise ships, take a trip to Grand Bahamas, northernmost of the Bahamian islands. Port Lucaya is a major central point for shopping, dining and entertainment. One can procure jewellery, straw goods and other souvenirs from the marketplace in Port Lucaya and the marina is well-known for hosting tourists and boaters. Grand Bahama is home to to the globe's biggest underwater cave system and nature enthusiasts can catch a glimpse of several native bird species in the three national parks.
Bimini Island is popular for being the 'Big Game Fishing Capital of the Bahamas'. It lies closest to the islands in the mainland US and is just 45 miles east of Miami, Florida. From March to September, one can participate in deep-sea fishing tournaments. Similarly diving and snorkelling opportunities are plenty in the island. Some of the highlights of the isle are Rainbow Reef, Sapona, Wreck and Victory Reef apart from the shark and dolphin dives. Take a trip to Andros Island and engage in fly fishing. It is not surprising that this island is frequently referred to as the 'bone-fishing capital of the world'. It has five national parks with a rich bird life that thrives well in the jungles. Tourists can also visit the Androsia Batik Factory which is known to keep colorful fabrics featuring bold Bahamian motifs.
Take a day trip to Harbour Island and lounge around on the pink sand beaches and stunning resorts. It has been a classic holiday retreat for the rich and the famous for several decades now. One would feel they have re-visited past as they cruise past the cute, pastel-colored cottages perched on the streets of Dunmore Town. The first of its kind in the Caribbean, be sure to drop by at the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park which is a 'no take zone' and marine protected area. Home to some of the most eye-catching seascapes in the Bahamas, it is famous for quality anchorages, rich marine life and translucent waters.
Treasure Cay Beach is often voted and seen as one of the most stunning beaches in the globe. Prepare to be enthralled in the long stretch of white sand meshing wonderfully with the sparkling turquoise waters. It is known to host one of the most famous fishing tournaments in the Bahamas. Renowned to be one of the most picturesque islands in the Bahamas, access to Long Island is mainly possible by air or ferry service from Nassau. It also houses Dean's Blue Hole, the deepest in the planet.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for perfumes, crystal, leather, jewellery, linens,ceramics, clothing, seashell jewellery, painting, woodcarvings and so forth. As for cuisine, try the popular Johnny Cake - pan-cooked, bread made with butter and milk or Land crabs - usually boiled or baked. If we are talking about alcoholic drinks, then try the local liqueur - Nassau Royal, a rum served neat or in coffee or Kalik - beer of the Bahamas.
The stay options in Bahamas are plenty with the best luxury hotels, swanky private apartments or cheap accommodations available for tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their tastes and budget.
The weather in Bahamas remains more or less remains consistent. To avoid crowds, tourists can visit the islands between May and November as it is the off-season.