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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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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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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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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is British-colonial era Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Built in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views of Paradise Island, Nassau, and the harbor. You can also see hidden underground passages, a dry moat, remote dungeons; and even canons, which have never been fired in battle.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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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
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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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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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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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Top activities in Bahamas

Exuma Full-day Experience
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Exuma Full-day Experience

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Pearl Island Escape with Snorkeling Experience and Lunch
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Private Half Day Charter

Private Half Day Charter

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Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

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Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
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Full-Day Small-Group Tour to Pig Beach in the Bahamas by Powerboat
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Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch from Nassau
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Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

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Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bahamas

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Very nice and informative tour.
David_G, Jun 2022
Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure
We didn't feel rushed and were able to see some local tourist sites, rum factory, and have a bite of Bahaman cuisine.
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Best Tour in Bahamas
Recarah_J, Jun 2022
Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour
If you want to see Bahamas and feel safe and welcomed stick with them I promise you’ll never forget them.
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Book This Tour!
Shanetria_B, May 2022
Atv tour with beach stop (Bahamian lunch & drink.Wireless audio equipment)
It was so fun to see all the local shops.
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Pedal Tour
Meghann_G, May 2022
Bahama Life Cultural Scenic Tour
I would highly recommend if you are looking for fun way to see the sights!!!!
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Awesome Experience
K_D, Mar 2022
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with free pickup,drop off)
The tour guide was a great way to see the Bahamas.
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Must Do when in port!
Rose_H, Feb 2022
Private Half Day Charter
Would highly recommend to see Bahamas.
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Marvelous tours made the best of a rained out day!!
Cristy_G, May 2022
Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour from Nassau
Jeremy was So Knowledgeable about all the stops he took us on and I enjoyed all of the information and local shops we got to visit!
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ATVs...my heart belongs to thee!:) AMAZING experience for all ages.
Sonia_B, Mar 2022
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with free pickup,drop off)
Getting the chance to see the island, day-to-day life, coastline and so many other things while soaking in the sun and feeling that island breeze was amazing.
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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 with Snorkeling Experience and 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 with beach stop (Bahamian lunch & drink.Wireless audio equipment)
This tour is perfect if you want to see and experience the real Bahamas and not just the resort!
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Great time!
Catie_S, Mar 2020
Full-Day Small-Group Tour to Pig Beach in the Bahamas by Powerboat
You get to see so much, the waters were so blue and clear.
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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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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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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 part of the trip
Carly_T, Nov 2021
Swimming Pigs & Tour - Morning Excursion
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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All about Bahamas

Time Zone
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Country Code
+1-242
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