A Week in the Bahamas: Where to Stay, Eat and Do

The Bahamas, with over 700 islands and cays, is wonderful place to explore. With its perfect beach weather most days of the year, the Bahamas is a popular vacation spot.   Just grab your beach bag and you are all set.  Not every island is open to tourism, but there are several main areas that visitors usually choose when visiting the Bahamas.

Nassau Island

For first-time visitors, Nassau Island is the most popular destination in the Bahamas.  With easy access from Nassau International Airport, it is an easy trip even if you do not have a full week to spend there.    The island is home to hotels, eateries, and nightlife.  Baha Mar is a new, large luxury resort on Cable Beach.  If seclusion is more your style, Ocean West is a 10-room boutique hotel with views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

To experience true Bahamian food and culture, book a food tour.  Bahamian Cookin’ Restaurant and Bar will give you a taste of local flavor. If old Hollywood glam is your thing, don’t miss the GrayCliff Restaurant, with its award-winning wine cellar.  Café Matisse also gets rave reviews for excellent food. 

Paradise Island

Connected to Nassau Island via bridge, Paradise Island is the place for activity.  Paradise Island is home to the infamous Atlantis Resort, and with it, endless activities including several marine habitats, a 141-acre water park, restaurants, and nightlife.   It truly is like a small city itself.  Stay at the Harborside Resort and enjoy all that the area has to offer, including numerous restaurants and live musicians in the plaza every night.

There are plenty of places to eat on the island.  Nobu Bahamas has some of the freshest fish on the island.  Right over the bridge is Luciano’s, which gives a view of the Atlantis from the other side. 

Grand Bahama Island

This island is located in the north of the archipelago of the Bahamas.  Freeport, the second largest city in the Bahamas is located here.  Still, the island is really disconnected from the world making it easy to relax here.  Lucayan National Park is a 40-acre natural habitat that includes Gold Rock Beach, which has made an appearance in two of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. 

The Grand Lucayan hotel is set on 7.5 acres of coastline with all of the amenities of a resort destination.   Close to the hotel is the Flying Fish Gastro Bar, known for its high quality, sustainable food.  Or grab a bite to eat at Port Lucaya Marketplace while shopping for local arts and crafts. 

Exuma Islands

Care to swim with some pigs?  Exuma Island is the place.  Much less crowded than Nassau or Paradise Islands, Exuma is the perfect place for a secluded getaway and some relaxing beach time.   The Sandals Emerald Bay has a long stretch of beautiful white sand.  For a meal with the best view in town, head over to Haulover Bay Bar and Grill, which sits almost on top of the water.  Sit back, relax, and sip on a Bahama Mama. 

There are so many other areas to explore in the Bahamas---you might just have to come back.

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