The Bahamas actually consists of 700 individual islands and 2,000 separate cays. In total, they cover 90,000 square miles stretching from Grand Bahama Island to Great Inagua. The islands of the Bahamas are unique in that they lay in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Nearly 60 percent of the population lives on New Providence Island. The capital city of Nassau is located on New Providence. Nassau is the most visited destination in the Bahamas, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Filled with beaches, casinos, historic landmarks, land and water activities, resorts, and duty-free shopping, it's the cultural, political, social, and economic center of the Bahamas.
The city of Freeport is located on Grand Bahama Island, the fourth-largest island in the Bahamas. It's best known for its beaches, golfing, and watersports. Nearby Lucaya, a popular cruise destination, features golf courses, luxurious resorts, and duty-free shopping.
Bahamas Activities & Attractions
Bahamas Activities & Attractions: Home to Hope Town, where you can see one of the world's only hand-wound, kerosene-burning lighthouses. Also home to Green Turtle Cay, where you can feed friendly stingrays.
Arawak Cay: A man-made island, located across from Fort Charlotte, featuring seafood vendors and a beautiful beach.
Ardastra Gardens: Pink flamingos, honey bears, peacocks, and more. Located in Nassau.
Atlantis Resort: This scenic resort, located on Paradise Island, includes a beach, pools, waterslides, marine life, and "The Dig."
Balcony House: Nassau's oldest wooden structure. A great photo opportunity.
Bimini: Home of the Bimini Wall, where you can dive 70 feet into the Gulf Stream.
Blue Lagoon Island: Beautiful beaches and plenty of water sports. Located off the coast of New Providence Island.
Cabbage Beach: Located on the north shore of Paradise Island.
Cable Beach: Located on New Providence Island.
Eleuthera Island: Accessible via a 10-minute water taxi ride, this island is home to Pink Sands Beach, the Old Anglican Church, 200-year-old architecture in Dunmore Town, Goombay Squash drinks, and gorgeous sunset views.
Festival Place: Located within walking distance of the port, this government-sponsored, open-air pavilion features shops and stalls that sell arts and crafts, t-shirts, hot sauces, and other popular items. Get your hair braided at the Hairbraider's Centre, where expert Bahamians braid for roughly one U.S. dollar per strand.
Fort Charlotte: Home to dungeons, waterless moats, and underground passageways. Located in Nassau.
Gold Rock Beach: A secluded beach located on Grand Bahama Island.
Harbor Cruise: This 2.5-hour boat ride allows you to tour scenic areas – including Atlantis Resort and Predator Lagoon, home to sharks, barracuda, and more – with the help of a local guide.
Helicopter Tour: See Nassau from a bird's-eye perspective. Departs from Paradise Island.
Isle of Capri Casino: Located in Freeport.
Junkanoo Festival Museum: Dedicated to the Mardi Gras-like Junkanoo Festival. Located in Prince George Wharf.
Love Beach: Located near Gambier Village. A great spot for snorkeling.
Lucayan National Park: One of the oldest underwater cave systems in the world. Located on Grand Bahama Island.
Parrot Jungle's Garden of the Grove: Home to over 10,000 varieties of fauna from international origins. Located on Grand Bahama Island.
Pirates of Nassau: A children's pirate museum. Full of interactive adventures.
Port Lucaya Marketplace: A must-see. Located on Grand Bahama Island, Port Lucaya Marketplace houses approximately 70 vendors and restaurateurs.
Potters Cay: Located beneath Paradise Island Bridge, where you'll find vendors selling local goods and fresh fruit.
Seaworld Explorer: This 90-minute submarine tour departs from Nassau.
Smiths Point: A scenic area located southwest of Freeport.
Straw Markets: The largest markets in the Caribbean can be found in Nassau.
The Cloister: An historical monument located near Nassau.
Thriller Powerboat Tour: A one-hour, high-speed/high-thrills boating excursion in and around Nassau.
Underwater Explorers Society: Learn to scuba dive or simply sharpen your existing skills. Additional options include night dives, shark excursions, and "The Dolphin Experience," where you can swim amongst friendly dolphins. Located in Freeport.
Bahamas Ports Of Call
When visiting Grand Bahama Island, your cruise ship will dock at Lucaya Harbor, located just ten minutes from Freeport and 25 minutes from Lucaya. You'll need to take a taxi or bus to reach any Grand Bahaman attraction, as they're not within walking distance of Lucaya Harbor.
When visiting Nassau, your cruise ship will dock at Prince George Wharf. The wharf area is fully-developed and bustling with activity. Many attractions are located within walking distance of the wharf. Taxis, buses, and rental cars are also available.
Some cruise lines own private islands in the Bahamas, and their ships will stop at these islands during many Bahamas cruise vacations.
When To Visit The Bahamas
The average year-round temperature in the Bahamas is 80 degrees. It's almost always sunny, so the temperature remains close to this average unless there happens to be a storm. The region's rainy season occurs between May and October.