Top 5 things to see and do in The Bahamas

The Islands Of The Bahamas with their famous pink sands and turquoise sea are home to 16 main islands and thousands of cays and islets which offer a wealth of diverse experiences.  Here we pick out ten of the best:

Enjoy Caribbean beauty on Pink Sands Beach

Away from the booming resorts and gaudy casino complexes of Nassau, pretty little Pink Sands Beach offers a more quintessentially Caribbean experience.

It can be found on the less-trodden east coast of Harbour Island, just a short jaunt north of Dunmore Town.

The sea laps the shoreline softly, its rollers broken by walls of coral gardens and sand banks just a little from the shore.

There are small clutches of palm-topped umbrellas and sunbeds to unwind on, along with some of the island’s most enticing boutique hotels, all hidden amidst the dunes and blooms of manchineel that run along the back.

However, it’s the pink-hued sands that take the biscuit here, glowing in a soft rose colour under the Bahamian sun!

Swim with dolphins on Blue Lagoon Island

Once a hideaway for pirate buccaneers and later a diver training ground during the Second World War, Blue Lagoon Island (officially known as Salt Cay) has established itself as one of the top all-round family attractions in The Bahamas.

Draws include the gorgeous stretches of white sand that line the shores, the stony McCutcheon’s Tower that offers sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea, seemingly endless Segway tracks and walking paths through the coastal coconut palm groves, and an inland lagoon that’s packed with wildlife and watersports opportunities.

Bahamian People-to-People afternoon tea

In Nassau have afternoon tea at the historic and imposing Government House, the official residence of The Governor of The Bahamas. On the last Friday of the month the Bahamian People-to-People programme offers complimentary afternoon tea with a fashion show, live music and shuttle transfer to your hotel, providing luxury and colonial history for no charge.

Island Hopping – Harbour Island or Eleuthera

Take a day trip from Nassau to Harbour Island or Eleuthera with Bahamas Ferries and navigate between the islands. Harbour Island is famous for its miles of candy-floss pink sand and celebrity guests, whereas Eleuthera has sweet pineapple farms dotting the landscape and ideal conditions for surfing on the Atlantic side. And if you fancy staying on the island, try glamping at The Other Side, a collection of luxury tents overlooking the ocean.

Meet the Dolphins at Blue Lagoon

Just three miles from Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island, also known as Salt Cay, has water sports including paddle boarding and water bikes, as well as dolphins and sea lions. Visitors can swim with the animals and spend the day relaxing on a tranquil beach. It’s a great family day out.

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