The Best of the Bahamas

Was your first and only trip to the Bahamas spent in Nassau? No wonder you haven’t returned. The capital’s megaresorts don’t exactly inspire romance or contemplation or serenity. But there are about 2,000 other islands in the archipelago. It’s time to go off the grid in the Atlantic.

Photo: The Islands Of The Bahamas
Photo: The Islands Of The Bahamas

Inagua National Park: See a remote national park, large salt lakes, the largest breeding colony of West Indian flamingos, and the second-largest solar saline operation in North America in the Bahamas’ southernmost district.

Photo: Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
Photo: Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board

Crooked Island: Step back in time on an island where flights only land twice a week, the grocery and mail boat docks once week, bikes and boats greatly outnumber cars, the Bahamas’ first post office was built, and fisherman have found paradise.

Photo: Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board
Photo: Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board

Alice Town: Take a quick, easy, and inexpensive trip to Bimini to shop at the Straw Market, snorkel among the Sapona wreck, swim through underwater caves, and meet new friends for drinks at End of the World at sunset.

Photo: Delphi Bahamas
Photo: Delphi Bahamas

Great Abaco Island: Find a real escape in the “Bahama Out Islands,” where small hotels feel like private homes, crabs outnumber people on the beach, the bonefish make you look like a master fishermen, and dinner is a feast from the sea.

Photo: Pink Sands Resort
Photo: Pink Sands Resort

Harbour Island: Escape to a small island with colonial-style buildings, small hotels, turquoise water, and pink-sand beaches only 50 miles from Nassau.

Photo: Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Photo: Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Staniel Cay: Plan a trip to the Exumas to relax in the sun, eat conch, go fishing, and find an island that’s only inhabited by pigs.

Photo: The Cove, Eleuthera
Photo: The Cove, Eleuthera

Eleuthera: Check out a new boutique beach hotel with minimal rooms, uninterrupted water views, an infinity pool, a pink-sand beach, and an aptly named Sunset Bar.

Photo: Kamalame Cay
Photo: Kamalame Cay

Andros Island: Decide the Bahamas are your favorite islands after staying at a barefoot chic resort, walking along conch-strewn beaches, riding around in sand chariots, and falling asleep in a hammock more times than you can count on Kamalame Cay.

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