Bahamas holiday highlights

Vibrant Nassau is the nation’s gateway, occupying much of the eastern half of the island of New Providence. Most tourists make a beeline for the island’s beaches and upscale resorts, or cross the causeway to neighbouring Paradise Island. This is where the majority of cruise ships dock, which guests heading off on day-long excursions to experience the laid-back vibe of the islands.

Paradise Island is perfect for those looking for absolutely everything whilst on their holiday to the Caribbean. Decadent Atlantis Paradise Island (p100-101) and the neighbouring sister-resort of The Cove Atlantis (p99), play host to enormous lagoon swimming pools, seemingly endless dining and entertainment options and an exciting water park, Aquaventure.

The breathtaking district of Exuma is home to 365 islands and tiny, uninhabited cays which are surrounded by the famed turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Resorts are relatively few and far between which adds to the charm of the islands. Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort (p103), which is located on the coast of the main island of Great Exuma, is a great spot for those looking to truly get away from it all.

Bahamas key facts

Time difference

GMT -5 hours

Capital

Nassau

Currency

Bahamian dollar. US dollars are also accepted.

Flying time to destination

10 hours

Language

English

Bahamas good to know

Etiquette

Religion
Christianity

Dialling code
+1 242

Tipping

If a service charge hasn't been added to the bill tip 15% for most services, including taxis.

Religion

Christianity

Sports

Diving
Scuba dive among sharks, dolphins and rays and explore spectacular coral reefs. You can discover sunken shipwrecks, descend vertically into a ‘blue hole’ cave and encounter vibrant marine life on underwater cliff faces.

Fishing
Celebrities flock to The Bahamas for its excellent fishing – go deep-sea fishing for marlin, tuna, mackerel, sailfish and mahi mahi; battle grouper, snappers and yellow fins along the reef, and get technical with bonefishing.

Golf
Tee off on world-class golf courses in idyllic locations - Grand Bahamas Island, Nassau and The Abacos all have fantastic courses.

Watersports
Hit the sparkling water with waterskiing, sailing, hobie cat sailing and kayaking – or stay dry and view an underwater paradise through a glass-bottom boat.

Outdoors
Catch a game of cricket from March to November, explore the islands by bicycle or on horseback, and challenge your partner to a game of tennis.

Spa and wellness

The Bahamas are home to several luxury spas, many located at Kuoni’s Bahamian resorts. Indulge in blissful treatments by expert therapists.

Shopping in Bahamas

Tour the islands shopping for local handicrafts. You’ll also find fragrant spices, delicious foods and ceramics for sale.

Best Bahamas beaches

Whether you want to indulge in endless watersports or unwind in total seclusion on powdery white sand, there’s a Bahamian beach to suit everyone.

Food & drink

Food
• The Bahamas’ speciality is the conch fish (pronounced conk), which is served in a multitude of ways – from raw and seasoned with spices to ‘cracked’ (deep-fried). Other specialities include grouper, fish stew, rock lobster and ‘peas ’n’ rice.
• Bahamians eat a lot of fish, but international dishes are also available.
• Desserts usually include coconut and fruit such as bananas, mangos, papaya and oranges, all widely available on the island.

Drink
• Stick to bottled water.