Believe it or not, there is more to do in the Bahamas than snorkel in it’s luminous waters and sunbathe on it’s powdery pink and white sands. If you can prise yourself off that sun bed, get yourself out and about the islands and explore a little!
In no particular order, here are 10 ideas to get you started:
1. Visit a private beach in the Exuma Cays
Visit the Exumas by speedboat, spend the day lazing around on a private beach with a BBQ lunch and plenty of drinks thrown in.
Feed sharks, stingrays and mingle with the famous swimming pigs.
2. Feed iguanas on Leaf Cay
These friendly iguanas are so spoilt, an island all to themselves and grapes from tourists!!
The iguanas are endangered and care should taking when interacting with them – don’t feed them anything other than what your guide advises.
Under good conditions they can live to 40 years old!!
3. Take A Ferry to Eleuthera: Harbour Island
Pink sands await, and Golf buggies are the main mode of transport, the ride can get a bit bumpy, but you don’t need a licence to drive them!
The Bahamas Ferries ride from Paradise Island and back again took around three hours each way with a very early start – but absolutely worth it, and highly recommended.
If you visit as part of an organised excursion, your guide will lead you around the island by golf buggy (you drive your own buggy and follow your guide ) before giving you time time to go off again by yourself.
The contrast between the colour and temperament of the atlantic sea and the caribbean sea around Eleuthera is a sight to behold and is sure to leave you awe struck.
3. Relax on Cable Beach
Probably the most popular beach in Nassau, lined with big all inclusive resorts and a quiet beach strip with thick white sand.
From my hotel on Cable Beach I could see the island owned by Eddie Murphy, just across the way, alright for some!
4. Go shopping around Bay Street, Nassau
Bay Street is the main street running through the shopping hub of Nassau – it’s a short walk from where the cruise ships pull in and surrounded by little ‘off’ streets with small shops and places to eat.
Government buildings are also within easy reach, along with jewellers, souvenir sellers and the well known straw market.
5. Escape to the Adastra Gardens and Zoo, Nassau
Mingle with flamingos, peacocks and parrots in this part garden, part jungle experience. There are all sorts of animals including some of the caribbean’s most endangered species, and Bahamas native animals.
Adastra Gardens is committed to the preservation of the island’s wildlife through breeding programmes and education.
If you don’t mind birds landing on your head – you can also get hands on and feed the Lory parrots at feeding time – it’s a colourful frenzy.
6. Meander around the Atlantis Resort: on Paradise Island
Home to one of the world’s biggest sprawling aquariums, busy casino and more beaches. If you’re not staying on the resort, there are a variety of passes you can buy to give you access to all or certain areas for a whole day or half a day.
7. Book a ‘Majestic Tour’ of Nassau
Majestic Tours offer excursions and trips to please all sorts of interests. The tours point out interesting sights and landmarks, including a drive through Paradise Island and a stop off at Fort Charlotte.
8. Paradise Island Sunset Sail
Take in the sunset around the harbour of Paradise Island; a meal and drinks are usually included. You’ll probably get quite close to some of those ridiculously gigantic cruise ships docked in the area, and end up feeling like a tiny mouse – those ships are insanely huge!
9. Get some retail therapy at The Mall at Marathon
It’s always nice to see where the locals go shopping and hang out – The Mall at Marathon in Nassau is pretty down to earth. Last thing I heard, the mall was going through a multi million dollar revamp with an extension to house more shops and car park spaces.
10. Admire some Bahamas talent at an art gallery
This is something I didn’t get around to doing, but I did bring home a few paintings. The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is one of the more popular places to start.
A future visit to the Bahamas would definitely see art galleries on my list of things to do.
Bored in the Bahamas?
Well you shouldn’t be, not with all the above on offer.
Additionally, as you can imagine, there is no end to the number of sailing, deep sea fishing, diving and dolphin trips on offer, plus plenty of beaches to choose from in the Bahamas.
Alternatively, you could just lose yourself doing nothing but soak up a stunning sea view and recharge with a nice cold Bahama Mama!