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Plan Your Trip to Bahamas: Best of Bahamas Tourism

Explore Bahamas

With 700 islands spread out over 500 miles in the Atlantic Ocean, the Bahamas is truly a place where you can choose your own adventure. Atlantis is the most famous resort, with five hotels and a 141-acre Aquaventure water park. The waterslides are world-class—one of them goes through a clear tube in a lagoon teeming with marine life. Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island really is pink thanks to sand made from seashells. Looking for more? Kayak through mangrove trees in Lucayan National Park. Sample the seafood on the beach at the Anchor Bay Friday Fish Fry. Or get a little fancier with five-star dining at Grayscale, set in an 18th-century Nassau mansion. And check out countless more adventures and experiences in our recs below.

How to do Nassau in 3 days

Secret beaches, an underwater sculpture garden, an all-inclusive resort, and more
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A family-friendly guide to Nassau

The tricky thing about family holidays is that it's hard to find a destination with something for everyone. We travelled to the Bahamas when my three children were toddlers, tweens, and teens, and it delivers for every age group. We've arrived by plane (there are so many direct flights into Nassau that you can avoid massive layover meltdowns) and by ship, and every time, the islands gave each of us the holiday we desperately needed.
Cheryl M, Boston, MA
  • The Coral At Atlantis
    Our favourite place to stay in the Bahamas for a week is the one you've probably heard of over and over again. Atlantis has become a household name for a reason. It’s one of those properties you can spend ten days at and still not have enough time to do everything. The pools and beaches are great for all ages. No one minds your noisy, messy baby. Slightly older children will be exhausted by the water park and the incredible marine habitats, and parents will appreciate the numerous dining options and bars scattered throughout the property.
  • Marina Village
    No matter how old my three children are, they always enjoy meandering around the Marina Village on Paradise Island, next to Atlantis. Live music often accompanies your stroll through craft shops and a top-notch ice cream parlour. On select nights, we watched the Junkanoo parade featuring performances by local Bahamians. If you're visiting from the cruise port or another resort, you can take a water taxi for about $4 per person.
  • Carmine's
    Anytime we are in the Bahamas, we dine at the Italian family-style restaurant Carmine's, located in the Marina Village. The portions are large and meant to be shared. The best thing about Carmine's, besides the ravioli, is that the dishes are reasonably priced, which is only sometimes the case in the Bahamas. Since this restaurant is popular, be sure to book a booking to avoid waiting.
  • Baha Bay Water Park
    We arrived on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on our most recent trip to the islands. Since we had already been to Atlantis, we decided to try the Baha Bay Water Park in the Baha Mar resort. You can purchase day passes directly through the resort or the cruise ship. The best part of this water park is that there are cabanas that you can rent with access to a pool and Cable Beach. My husband and I lounged by the pool while our three teens relished the rides.
  • Cable Beach
    When your family wants to hit the beach, Cable Beach is one of the most accessible options. The crystal-clear blue-green ocean views and the soft sand provide that Caribbean vibe you think of when daydreaming of the Bahamas. We took public transportation there from the cruise port, and the best part is that access to the beach is free. If you hop on the #10 bus, it's only $1.25 per person each way and about a 20-minute ride.
  • Junkanoo Beach
    This beach is much smaller and more crowded compared to Cable Beach. But it's also only about a fifteen-minute walk from the cruise port. Junkanoo is a free public beach with an option to rent chairs or umbrellas. IIf you are short on time, this is a great option; otherwise, Cable Beach is worth the trip.
  • Straw Market
    Located within walking distance of the cruise port is the infamous Straw Market. My daughters are artsy and crafty, so they appreciate the handmade Bahamian souvenirs you can find here. It's similar to a flea market with a variety of vendors, most of them local. Be sure to bring your negotiation skills to get the best price for your souvenir and have some cash (American dollars) on hand.