When you think of the amazing Caribbean nation of the Bahamas, a paradise island with white sand and crystal blue beaches come first to mind. However, these are not the only attractions of the Bahamas. The fabulous weather, its 700 beautiful and unique islands, the geographical location of the archipelago, and overall its entertainment and cultural facilities make the Bahamas the ideal destination for your honeymoon, next vacation, or a family trip. Here are 10 most convincing reasons to book your tickets to the Bahamas right now.
1) Enjoy the sun
Unlike other vacation destinations, the Bahamas has no bad weather. There’s always the perfect time to visit it. The weather is fabulous all year long and it stays comparatively consistent, even during the fall and winter months. The temperatures almost never drop below 60 degrees. While there’s a mild rainy season starting in May and sometimes ending in June, those rains aren’t persistent. The Bahamas still stays warm and thus it’s the ideal destination to relax and enjoy the sun regardless of the season.
2) Enjoy the food
The brilliant combination of Caribbean (like spicy seafood) and southern American (like rice, peas, and cornbread) styles, Bahamian food will definitely surprise you. A plentiful shellfish, conch, is the national food of the island, and a lot of Bahamians have learned how to make tons of various conch dishes, including conch pizza, conch fritters, and even conch soup. Each inhabited island of the Bahamas boasts a wide selection of top-notch cafes, eateries, and restaurants. You can also find restaurants that offer European cuisine and some cafes might even allow you to cook your food yourself.
3) Go scuba diving and snorkeling
With an astonishingly varied marine life, crystal-clear slightly blue water, mysterious shipwrecks, and fantastic reefs, the Bahamas is one of the best destinations for snorkeling and scuba diving around the world. Each scuba company is monitored and approved by the Bahamas Diving Association, providing a high level of security and safety. This way, you might not worry about dealing with unfair or dangerous scuba dive boat companies while going scuba diving and snorkeling and discovering beautiful Bahamian waters and marine life.
4) Take part in Junkanoo Carnival
One of the most popular annual carnivals on the Bahamas, the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is the center of the island’s culture. Annually, both tourists and locals come from Grand Bahama to the capital Nassau to take part in cultural occasions, party until you faint and enjoy live entertainment from the most famous musicians on the island.
Starting at the end of April each year, The Junkanoo Carnival consists of gatherings and parties in Grand Bahamas and comes to an end with the final event, Road Fever, at the beginning of May. More than 50,000 people head to Road Fever in Nassau annually. There are many other things to enjoy in Nassau. You can find more information in this blog.
5) Explore the history of the Bahamas
The Bahamas is internationally renowned for its rich history and it boasts a plethora of places of interest for tourists to explore. The Adderly Plantation, Columbus Monument, Dean’s Blue Hole and Long Island Museum are some of the most popular monuments worth visiting when you’re traveling to the Bahamas. You can either talk to the locals about the island’s history or hire a guide. Whichever way you choose, be sure there are multiple opportunities to find out new historical facts about the Bahamas.
6) Stay at the luxurious hotel and experience the true world-class service
Famous for its fabulously luxurious beach hotels, the Bahamas has something to offer to every traveler with different budgets. Even if you choose the cheapest hotel, you might be surprised by the top-notch service you’d receive.
The Beach Tower at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Breezes Resort, and Grand Hyatt are just several of the most popular hotels in the Bahamas. The hotels on the island know how to provide the best service without breaking the bank and make tourists feel at home. A variety of hotel activities, excellent facilities, and the accommodation standard are the reasons why hotels in the Bahamas are perfectly luxurious.
7) Visit pink sand beaches
The Bahamas is packed with extraordinary natural beauty and pink sand beaches are among it. The sand isn’t artificially colored, despite all the beliefs. Scientists claim that the light pink color of the sand comes from thousands of broken shells, coral pieces, and numerous calcium carbonate materials, which are left behind by tiny marine creatures with pink and red shells called foraminifera. The coral reefs that surround beaches are a habitat of those little creatures. One of the 700 islands of the Bahamas, Harbour Island, has one of the most vivid pink sand beaches on earth.
8) Go island-hopping
30 islands of existing 700 in the Bahamas are inhabited, making it a great destination for island-hopping. From Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, tourists travel to the small islands by taking a ferry or boat. These means of transportation are cheap, albeit you can splurge on the flights from the capital to other islands as well.
9) Watch the swimming pigs
Chances are, you have already seen those cute swimming pigs on Facebook, but what about seeing them in a real life? The world-renowned swimming pigs are an international sensation and a popular tourist attraction in Exuma, the Bahamas. The great news is, you can swim with those cute animals as well since they’re highly friendly.
10) Go shopping
Although the biggest reason why people visit the Bahamas is enjoying beaches, many tourists enjoy shopping, too. There are tons of craft centers, markets, and shops that feature a wide selection of products and clothes that you can buy at good bargain prices. You can also find many unique souvenirs.
There are many reasons to include the Bahamas in your annual travel bucket list and these ten are just proof that you won’t regret visiting this island. Enjoy your trip!