Set in impossibly crystal clear seas, the Islands of the Bahamas lie around 200 miles south east of Miami. Made up of 700 islands, some busy and bustling - some isolated and inhabited only by hermit crabs and seagulls, the Bahamas offer an alluring mix of land and sea with some of the best beaches on Earth.
For a first time visitor, this itinerary is a great introduction to the history, culture, cuisine and those powdery white sandy beaches.
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You may have come to the Islands of the Bahamas for the legendary beaches and turquoise water, but there is far more to this island colony. The story of Nassau & Paradise Island is filled with tales of pirates, Spanish invaders, British Colonists and colourful Junkanoo celebrations.
Delve into island history with a walking tour of the capital, Nassau and the architectural gems of its colonial past. Visit museums and learn all about the famous pirates that used to roam the islands during the Golden Age of Piracy from 1690 to 1725 including Blackbeard Edward Teach, one of the fiercest of them all.
Foodies will adore Nassau with choices from world-class gourmet to casual waterfront dining. And, when it comes to seafood there's a bountiful selection. Head to Fish Fry strip on Arawak Cay for conch fritters served from rustic wooden restaurants, a local institution. We've included a Walking Food Tour as part of your holiday which includes six unique food and island beverage tastings.
For a spot of souvenir shopping, buy from the locals at the bustling Straw Market or go designer at Bay Street shopping district. Of course, you're never far from the beach in the Bahama, but go another step further and travel to your own secluded, idyllic island. Sandy Toes Island is a short boat ride from Paradise Island and your own private beach paradise. For further details of day trips on Nassau & Paradise Island click here
Accommodation on Paradise Island: Comfort Suites in a one room junior suite with full breakfast. Located in the centre of Paradise Island with full use of all facilities at the Atlantis Resort..
It's an early morning airport transfer and flight to George Town, Exuma. On arrival, you'll transfer by taxi to your resort.
The Exumas are made up of over 300 islands and cays strung out like stepping stones across 120 miles of shimmering emerald ocean. The anchor of the Exumas archipelago is Great Exuma and the laid back capital George Town, your island home for the next three nights.
Renowned for blissfully isolated beaches and world-class diving. There's Great Exuma and Little Exuma, both spectacularly beautiful, then there's the stunning Exuma Cays. This is a string of mostly uninhabited ocean outposts surrounded by blooming reefs and astonishing ecological bounty. The jewel in that crown is the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, a huge expanse of islands, water and reef founded as the world's first land-and-sea reserve in 1958.Bon Voyage would be delighted to pre-book this tour for you from George Town.
After a day on the beach hang out with the locals at Chat 'n' Chilli on Stocking Island. This nine acre tropical beach retreat is famous for its beach BBQs, conch salad and cold beers!
Something a little different, head to Pig Beach on Big Major Cay and swim with Exuma's famous Swimming Pigs! No one knows for sure how they got here, they are not native to the island. A theory is that they were left by sailors who hoped to return for a BBQ feast!
Combine a visit to Pig Beach with a visit to Thunderball Grotto, an impressive underwater cave system full of exotic marine life, bright colored coral, and hidden entrances which divers go crazy about. Your Bon Voyage consultant will recommend and pre-book these experiences in advance for you.
Accommodation near George Town: Hideaways at Palm Bay Beach Club in self catering studio garden view room set on a private beach with two pools and restaurant on site. Free shuttle to town and ferry to Stocking Island. Small boats and bike rentals also available.
Just time for breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Nassau and connecting flight to Governor's Harbour on the 100-mile-long island of Eleuthera. On arrival, grab a taxi and head to your resort.
Your home for the next four nights is Pineapple Fields Resort set on the most sensational bit of Atlantic beachfront. This resort is a stone's throw from a spectacular pink powdered beach with never more than a handful of people on it. Paradise? We think so!
There's no need to venture far from this idyllic spot as this beach is home to the hottest restaurant on the island -Tippy's, a Governor's Harbour favourite hang out with live music at the weekends and a Fish Fry most Fridays.
If you can bear to drag yourself away from the sand consider an excursion to the Glass Window Bridge, one of nature's true wonders. Dubbed "the narrowest place on earth" the bridge stretches across just a 30-foot sliver of land separating the dark, churning waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the smooth turquoise shallows of the Bight of Eleuthera. Stroll around historic Governor's Harbour, or rent a kayak and go in search of sea turtles and sting rays.
Accommodation in Governor's Harbour: Pineapple Fields Resort in a 1-bedroomed partial ocean view cottage tucked away in tropical grounds.
It's time to leave your sleepy island paradise today. It's a an early morning flight back from Governor's Harbour to Nassau for your connecting flight back to the UK.
Perhaps, you'd like to consider adding a mainland stopover to your travels to the Bahamas? Popular choices are Miami, New York and Las Vegas to name but a few. Bon Voyage would be delighted to discuss your plans and make suggestions for a truly unforgettable holiday!