Endless sunshine, white-washed shores and various shades of blue – our essential Bahamas destination guide lays out how to enjoy this tropical paradise.
Scattered just off Florida’s eastern coastline, the Bahamas is a remarkable coral-based archipelago that’s made up of more than 700 islands and 2,400 cays, most of which are uninhabited. Representing one of the most traveled destinations in the Caribbean, these subtropical islands allure visitors with some of the most spectacular beaches on the planet.
Whether you’re after a lively atmosphere flanked by beachside bars and open-air restaurants or a secluded slice of paradise with heart-stopping sunsets, the Bahamas has it all. No matter where you find yourself along the archipelago, you’re treated to endless sunshine, soft white-washed shores and various shades of blues – and our Bahamas Destination Guide lays out everything you need to know ahead of your stay.
Where to Stay
Dating back to 1962, The Ocean Club has functioned as a legendary playground for the rich and famous. The property rests along 35 beautifully manicured acres of Paradise Island and boasts the finest stretch of powder-soft sands and warm turquoise seas. Bond lovers will be wooed by the fact that this lavish resort was featured in Casino Royale, but celebrity sightings aside, it’s a dreamy place to hide away in your own plantation-style villa, play world-class golf and wander lush gardens inspired by Versailles.
Both the suites and residences exude a beachfront chic with vaulted ceilings, polished woods and glass doors that give way to warm ocean breezes. Wake up to breakfast on your balcony each morning, then indulge in a restorative treatment in one of the Balinese-style spa villas.
Our Bahamas Destination Guide also includes a comprehensive Luxury Hotel Guide with the top options across the archipelago.
With more than 700 islands and 2,400 cays, the Bahamas archipelago is really the dream yacht charter destination. The CRN 243-foot (73m) motor yacht Cloud 9 is the perfect vessel to evoke the sense of bliss that its name suggests. The yacht’s five spacious decks deliver an extraordinary amount of living space that comfortably accommodates up to 16 guests in 8 cabins, with 22 crew onboard to provide seamless service.
The beach club stretches out through an extension to offer an expanded sun and play area, encouraging exploration of the fully-stocked selection of toys. Waverunners, SeaBobs, ocean kayaks, a full menu of towables, snorkel and fishing equipment, an inflatable dock with jellyfish net and a 114-meter waterslide whisking guests from the sundeck to the sea are just some of the options.
Check out our Bahamas Yacht Charter Guide for a curated itinerary on how to enjoy the islands to the fullest.
Where to Dine
If you haven’t already hit Nobu, then the Bahamas is the place to do it. Taking full advantage of the rich tropical surroundings, Nobu Matsuhisa brings a fresh Bahamian twist to his cutting-edge take on Japanese cuisine. The result is a uniquely sophisticated urban experience with a casual island vibe. Located within the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island, the restaurant offers an intimate ambiance thanks to the spectacular dining space that merges traditional and modern Japanese elements.
The salmon nashi pear with truffle yuzu sauce is as playful and pretty as it sounds, while the conch ceviche captures the island spirit with every mouthful. The large glowing bar is a hotspot to socialize over a glass of wine or a cocktail, whereas the onyx sushi bar offers the opportunity to witness the art of sushi preparation. There’s also a hidden sake cellar for good measure, a wonderful twelve-person dining area lined with backlit sake bottles and breathtaking views of the marina.
Be sure to take a peek through our Restaurant Guide to the Bahamas for a detailed list of the top culinary experiences.
What to Do
While relaxing and lounging on heavenly beaches is the most obvious draw of the Bahamas, it’s the great diversity of land and sea activities that keep visitors coming back. Whether you want to wander 18th-century settlements, sail the islands, explore the remnants of pirates or play golf on a seaside fairway, there’s a Bahamian island out there for you. Harbour Island is renowned for its beautiful Pink Sand Beach, one of the most magnificent sights in the entire archipelago, whereas the 365 cays of Exuma are best explored on kayak.
While the crystal beaches and azure waters are certainly easy on the eye, some of the nation’s most enchanting treasures lie beneath the crystal blue surface. There’s an abundance of dramatic shipwrecks and vibrant reefs that make for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving adventures that the Caribbean has to offer. Paintings and sculptures may not be the first things you associate with the Bahamas, but a visit to the National Art Gallery is a must for art enthusiasts. The gallery is housed in a beautifully restored villa and houses a treasure trove of world-class artwork from both young and established artists.
What to Pack
The Bahamas represent the quintessential Caribbean getaway with a seemingly endless array of land and sea activities to choose from. This matching Tori Praver Mina Top and Mimi Bottom set make for a simple but stylish swimwear option that will take you from a morning in the sand to afternoons by the pool in a breeze. The subtle ruffle detail at the neckline and over the shoulders is a nice touch that will set you apart from the rest.
Elsewhere, we’re looking towards cat-eye sunglasses for a small dose of glamor and luxury. Although different than in year’s past, cat-eye sunglasses are coming in an angular, clean and elegant manner – the perfect look for life under the Caribbean sun. These Alexander McQueen Tortoiseshell Cat-Eye Sunglasses are a versatile option with gradient brown lenses that will have you looking stylish and sophisticated.