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Welcome to Bahamas

Just 182 miles (293 kilometers) off the coast of Miami, the coral archipelago of the Bahamas rises out of jewel-toned seas, complete with swaying palms, virgin beaches, and a richly Caribbean culture. Most visitors to the islands find themselves in bustling Nassau or Freeport, where the cruise ships dock. Known for nonstop partying, an intriguing pirate past, and street vendors hawking goods to passersby, both Bahamian cities can be explored in the company of a local guide for off-the-beaten-path experiences. Explore hidden culinary gems in Nassau on a walking and tasting tour; get the inside scoop on local landmarks; or take a shore excursion from Freeport to the less-crowded part of Grand Bahama Island. There, Lucayan National Park is home to one of the world's largest underwater cave systems and visitors can stroll along miles of unspoiled beaches. Those in search of an even more laid-back experience still should head to the Out Islands; thanks to tours that provide aquatic transportation, getting there couldn't be easier. Watch for wildlife—including swimming piglets—on the Exumas, accessible via powerboat tour from Nassau; or cruise over to Rose Island for snorkeling or kayaking. Regardless of your vacation agenda, there's an island or a cay in the Bahamas that's got you covered.

Top 10 attractions in Bahamas

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Rose Island

Rose Island

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Rose Island is an idyllic private getaway off the coast of Nassau. Home to a coral reef and a lone beach bar, this tiny, tropical islet offers an exclusive setting for snorkeling and sunbathing on an 11-mile (18-kilometer) stretch of uninhabited, privately owned Bahamian beach.More
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Queen's Staircase

Queen's Staircase

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The Queen’s Staircase, one of Nassau’s most visited attractions, holds an important place in Bahamian cultural history. Around 1793, slaves carved this 102-foot (31-meter) staircase, comprised of 65 steps, out of solid limestone. Later it was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s 65-year reign and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.More
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Government House

Government House

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Built in 1801 on an estate on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House is often considered the best example of Georgian Colonial architecture in all of the West Indies. The mansion is painted a vibrant pink with a bright white trim (a nod to Nassau’s famous conch shells) and is the residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas.More
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Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle

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Overlooking the city of Nassau from its vantage point atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 to protect the island of New Providence from outside invaders. Much of the imposing building remains intact today. Visitors come to explore the fortifications and enjoy the view from the highest point in Nassau.More
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Arawak Cay

Arawak Cay

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The evening fish fry is a much-loved tradition across many Caribbean islands, and Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas, brings the custom to life. Find colorful huts selling fresh fish dishes, such as conch salad and lobster, along with vendors making tropical cocktails, and there’s often live music, too.More
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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is the British-colonial Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Constructed in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views, hidden underground passages, a waterless mote, remote dungeons and even authentic canons. Guides are available to help travelers navigate through subterranean halls far below the fort, but well-place signage and plenty of light means visitors can just as easily explore the grounds on their own.More
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Port Lucaya Marketplace

Port Lucaya Marketplace

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A commercial hub spread across 9.5 acres (3.8 hectares), the Port Lucaya Marketplace is one of Freeport’s most popular attractions. After browsing dozens of handicraft vendors and specialty stores, unwind at one of the restaurants or bars, then head to Count Basie Square—the heart of the market—for live Bahamian music.More
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Cable Beach

Cable Beach

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Famous for its golden sands, the Bahamas' Cable Beach is a popular water sports and lolling destination for visitors to New Providence Island. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of idyllic beach is home to several massive resorts—including the Atlantis on nearby Paradise Island—each with their own claim staked in the sand.More
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Lucayan National Park

Lucayan National Park

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The 40-acre (16-hectare) Lucayan National Park is home to some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in all of The Bahamas, as well as one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Nature trails and boardwalks lead through mangrove, pine, and palm forests, home to a wealth of animals and vegetation.More
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Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

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Just off Paradise Cove on Grand Bahama’s southwest coast, Deadman’s Reef is one of the area’s top snorkeling spots. The shallow waters are teeming with coral, colorful reef fish, turtles, rays, and more, and are ideal for all levels.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Nassau

How to Spend 2 Days in Nassau

Island Hopping Tours from Nassau

Island Hopping Tours from Nassau

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How to Spend 1 Day in Nassau

Recent reviews from experiences in Bahamas

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A MUST DO!!
Richard_R, Aug 2021
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with Free pickup & drop off
A nice way to see parts of the Bahamas, our tour guides were awesome!!
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Best part of our week long stay in the Bahamas
Jeffrey_R, Aug 2021
Exuma Full-day Experience
All the activities were great.
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Excellent trip
Jonathan_A, Aug 2021
Bluefinn Charters Swimming with the turtles
I have snorkled only once previously, but thought this sounded like a great opportunity to see more of the Bahamas.
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Heaven on earth
Melanie_M, Aug 2021
Pearl Island Escape incl. Snorkeling Experience with Lunch
They have many activities to do on the island plus the lunch served was great!
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Awesome Island Tour
imkingkp, Jul 2021
Atv tour of Nassau
This tour is perfect if you want to see and experience the real Bahamas and not just the resort!
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Highly recommend!
Rachel_M, Nov 2021
Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour
The tour is all walking so wear comfortable shoes but we really got to see the streets of Nassau that aren’t completely marketed for tourists by walking.
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Best transportation to the Atlantis
Nina_M, Nov 2021
Transportation
He gave us a little tour of the island on our way to the hotel and chatted with us about various things to do while we stayed in the Bahamas.
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Best part of the trip
Carly_T, Nov 2021
3 Hours Excursion Swimming with Pigs in Nassau with Free pickup & drop off
We even got to see a islander making fresh conch salad on the beach.
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Trip Highlight!!!
Ashante_J, Oct 2021
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
As a Jamaican, I was shocked to see how similar the islands are but different.
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Amazing experience
Natalia_F, Sep 2021
Nassau Airport Round-trip Shared Transfers
We felt safe and comfortable in his air conditioned car, shared stories and received some awesome tips about the Bahamas and the places to visit for delicious food.
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Spectacular experience Amazing staff
Chris_M, Aug 2021
Pearl Island Escape incl. Snorkeling Experience with Lunch
The snorkeling was amazing and we even got to see a sting ray!
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Excellent trip
Jonathan_A, Aug 2021
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
I thought this sounded like a great opportunity to see more of the Bahamas and the swimming pigs look so cute.
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Excellent trip
Jonathan_A, Aug 2021
Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour
We were staying in Paradise Island and I thought this sounded like a great opportunity to see more of the Bahamas.
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Memorable tour
Kayli_F, Jul 2021
Flight & Small Group Tour to Swimming Pigs with 7 Stops Including Sunken Plane
Then we went to see the iguanas and they came rushing onto the beach for a snack!
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The best tour
Rickena_J, Jul 2021
Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour
Overall, it was a great way to see the island, in a less touristy way.
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Punctual and great conversation
Ferne_N, Jul 2021
Shared Airport Roundtrip Shuttle
Both drivers gave me insight into things to do in the Bahamas before leaving the island.
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Great time!
Catie_S, Mar 2020
Full-Day Small-Group Tour to Pig Beach by Powerboat
You get to see so much, the waters were so blue and clear.
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ATV tour of Nassau
Tara_T, Nov 2018
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with Free pickup & drop off
Would recommend this business for anyone wanting to see a lot of the Bahamas via ATV...
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The National park is small and not...
Angela M, Jun 2017
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
The National park is small and not much to see but Gold Rock beach is stunningly beautiful.
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i was on my first ever "solo...
jodi w, Sep 2013
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see a more local side of nassau!
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