The islands composing the Commonwealth of the Bahamas might be all included under the same government, but each island of this massive archipelago has its own individual personality. As a result, traveling the Islands of the Bahamas can yield a completely different experience depending on which island(s) you visit. Being the main cruise ship port and capital island, Nassau gets a lot of attention and so we have devoted a series of articles to it alone. But here I have compiled this guide to assist in picking the best Bahamas Islands other than Nassau, depending on what you hope to take away from your visit to this underrated Caribbean wonderland. Just take your pick among the best hotels and luxury villas for your accommodation needs first, and you’re all set. The only thing left to do is check out this list of the best islands in The Bahamas.
This northernmost island of the archipelago, is home to the major city of Freeport, which has great activities for families such as Ready to Go Powerboat Tours, Calabash Eco Adventures, and shopping at Port Lucaya Marketplace. Grand Bahama Island is also a great destination for families because of its ease of access. Visitors are able to fly directly onto the island into Grand Bahama International Airport instead of having to catch a boat to a more secluded island. In addition, Grand Bahama Island has plenty of family resorts when compared to the more private islands, such as the Pelican Bay Hotel and the Grand Lucayan Resort, both luxury resorts just a 10-minute walk to the Lucaya Marketplace.
Address: Sea Horse Road on Bell Channel Bay, P.O. Box F-43233, Freeport, Bahamas
Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Saturday-Sunday 9am-12am, Thursday & Friday 9am-3am. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +1 2423738446
Website: Port Lucaya Marketplace
Ready to go Powerboat Tours
Address: 1 Royal Palm Way Freeport, Grand Bahama
Price: from 60 USD
Duration: at least 1 and a half hours
Contact: +1 2424433400
Website: Ready to go Powerboat Adventures
Calabash Eco Adventures
Address: Freeport F40365, Grand Bahama Island
Price: varies based on activities, from 69 USD for adults
Opening Hours: Sunday-Saturday 7:30am-5pm. Closed on public holidays.
Duration: depends on activities
Contact: +1 2427271974
Website: Calabash Eco Adventures
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan Resort
Address: 1 Royal Palm Way, 78062 Freeport, Bahamas
Price: from 249 USD
Contact: +1 8557086671
2. Best for couples: Acklins and Crooked Island
Acklins and Crooked Island are two of the more secluded islands the Bahamas have to offer. If you and your partner are looking for privacy, this is where you’ll find it. Being lesser known than the other islands of the Bahamas, Acklins and Crooked Island are not thought of as tourist destinations, therefore there is more natural beauty than tourist attractions. To get here, travelers will need to take a chartered flight from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or another Bahama Island. There are no marinas or dock facilities on the island, but boaters can drop anchor in Major Cay’s Harbor off Crooked Island. Once here, sights such as the Bird Rock and Castle Island lighthouses await you. As well as more natural wonders like Turtle Sound, a mangrove lined creek that makes a great kayaking or fly fishing location. Contacting the Administrator’s Office of Crooked Island is a great idea for those looking to plan a visit here (number below).
Bird Rock Lighthouse
Price: from 100 USD for boat rental
Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm. Closed on public holidays. By appointment only
Access: Boat rental
Contact: +1 2423442197
Website: Bird Rock Lighthouse
Bimini Island is a fantastic island for water sports, and water related activities. Bimini Island is the home base for many scuba diving sites, including the mysterious Bimini Road that is believed by some to be the remains of the Lost City of Atlantis. Bimini Undersea in particular offers kayak rentals, snorkeling on a shipwreck site, snorkeling with sharks, a wild dolphin expedition, and a hammerhead shark encounter. The Bimini Sands Recreation and Activity Center located at the Bimini Sands Resort & Marina in South Bimini, provides activities such as boat tours, a kid’s club, and a nature trail in addition to other water activities. And when you are done exploring the sights of the sea, Bimini is host to some great accommodations including the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, and Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina. Both lodgings are near Alice Town, where you can check out some showrooms and stores for great buys.
Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina
Address: North Bimini, Alice Town, Bahamas
Price: from 220-312 USD
Contact: +1 2423473391
Address: Bimini Bay Hotel Alice Town, Bimini, Bahamas
Price: from 69 USD
Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +1 7862806861
Website: Bimini Undersea
Price: from 286-431 USD
Contact: +1 8885882464
Website: Bimini Sands
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In my opinion, almost nothing is more relaxing than eating good food in front of a beautiful view. You can always try something new and delicious to eat at one of Long Island’s one-of-a-kind restaurants.
The first being, the Beach House at the Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort and Villas on the northern end of Long Island. Guests can add a complete, partial, and kids meal plan to their stay while at the resort, which makes getting meals extra easy and convenient. Making a reservation for dinner is recommended, as well as letting the staff know of any guests dietary restrictions, as the chefs can and will accommodate such requests. Gems at Paradise Resort is a fantastic small resort in Clarence Town, which is more towards the south of Long Island. At this secluded resort you can simply lay back in a hammock and take in the sun’s rays. And when you have had your fill, you can enjoy the fruit of your customized meal plan (rates start at 35 USD). Other great restaurants on Long Island include Chez Pierre, a beachside retreat that serves both continental and Caribbean foods, featuring foods grown on Long Island and freshly caught seafood.
I can’t end this article without mentioning this charming restaurant that has numerous great reviews. Max’s Conch Bar & Grill seems to be a local favorite for its great food, and friendly humble atmosphere. Pull up a bar stool and relax under the roof of this hut while you get a taste of authentic local Bahamian cuisine.
Address: Millers Bay, The Bahamas
Contact: +1 2423388809
Website: Chez Pierre
Gems At Paradise Resort
Address: Clarence Town, Long Island Bahamas
Price: from 154-233 USD
Contact: +1 2423373016
Website: Gems at Paradise Resort
Max's Conch Bar & Grill
Address: Queen’s Highway, Deadman’s Cay, Long Island
Price: from 10-16 USD
Contact: +1 2423370056
Website: Max’s Conch Bar & Gril
Finding the perfect fit
Each island of the Bahamas has something unique to offer its visitors. By knowing what you are looking for, and knowing what the different islands have to offer, you can make the best informed decision on how to plan your vacation. Experience the effortless beauty of the caribbean on these lovely islands that seem like they were made just for you.
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