Island hopping is a marvellous way to discover The Bahamas at a relaxed pace and easy to arrange. One of the best-loved island combinations is twinning a stay in Nassau, the capital of the islands, with pink-sand fringed Harbour Island.
The capital city of Nassau is linked by two bridges to neighbouring Paradise Island and the two destinations work together to give the finest array of resorts and beaches, activities and shopping, eateries and entertainment to be found anywhere in the region. Contemporary glamour, old world colonial charm and chilled-out tropical style offer a winning combination and a warm local welcome to visitors from all over the world. A few days in Nassau is a lively introduction to all things Bahamian, its history, culture and attractions. Tickle the taste buds with a Tru Bahamian Food & Culture walking tour tasting many of the local specialities while exploring Nassau and its pirate history.
From Nassau take a plane, ferry or boat to one of the Out Islands, or Family Islands as they are also known, each offering a total contrast to Nassau, The first contrast when visiting Harbour Island, for example, is the journey. A short flight to North Eleuthera, then a brief taxi and water taxi over to Harbour Island, (or a direct ferry service from Nassau to Harbour Island) where a waiting taxi or golf cart will trundle to your hotel … and every step of the journey seems relaxed, an informal introduction to the much, much slower pace of island life.
Stress-free Harbour Island fans out from the pretty colonial settlement to a seemingly endless beach of pink sand, secluded coves, and luxury resorts with a family-friendly vibe or chic style exude an atmosphere which has many visitors returning year after year. While the air of casual sophistication and privacy has made the islands a favourite haunt of rock stars, actors and celebrities, it is the magnificent beaches that draw photographers and filmmakers.
Naturally, the islands with the clearest water in the world offer a myriad of excellent watersports – from paddle-boarding to scuba diving, snorkelling to sailing and limitless underwater experiences. Land based activities include jeep safaris and eco-tours, in Nassau create chocolates and blend your own wine. Powerboat to The Exumas to see the iguanas, paddle with the famous swimming pigs, or even get in the water with some docile nurse sharks.