The Bahamas Was Recognized With 18 Awards across Nine Categories, Winning Overall Best Caribbean Beach, Best Caribbean Island for Romance and Best Caribbean Restaurant

The Islands of The Bahamas was recognized with 18 awards across nine categories in this year’s USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the Caribbean. The Bahamas claimed three number one spots for Best Caribbean Beach (Gold Rock Beach in Freeport), Best Caribbean Island for Romance (Green Turtle Cay in The Abacos) and Best Caribbean Restaurant (Graycliff in Nassau). 

Among many winning features, The Bahamas was celebrated across categories for its white and pink sand beaches, translucent waters, authentic culture, delicious cuisines and distinct attractions.

“We are thrilled to have several of our islands and cays, from Freeport to the Family Islands, recognized by USA Today’s 10Best Awards,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu. “These awards highlight the natural beauty and authentic experiences that travelers can expect when they visit The Bahamas, whether diving, enjoying our pristine beaches or taking a romantic getaway.”

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the world’s best in food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, things to do and more. Nominees are selected by USA Today and 10Best.com editors and winners are determined by popular vote. 

The Bahamian destinations, establishments and attractions that rank in the top ten are as follows:

BEST CARIBBEAN BEACH

The Best Caribbean Beachcategory highlights the world's most spectacular stretches of sand on the islands of the Caribbean.

  1. Gold Rock Beach (Freeport)

 3.  Stocking Island Beach (The Exumas)

 9.  Tahiti Beach (The Abacos)

BEST CARIBBEAN ISLAND FOR ROMANCE

TheBest Caribbean Island for Romancecategory highlights the best of the Caribbean’s romantic getaways. 

  1. Green Turtle Cay (The Abacos)
  2. Cat Island (Cat Island)
  3. Elbow Cay (The Abacos)

BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT

TheBest Caribbean Restaurantcategory highlights culinary gems ranging from fine dining to beachside seafood shacks serving up dishes to make the most discerning foodie swoon. 

  1. Graycliff Restaurant (Nassau)

 6.  Sapodilla (Nassau)

BEST CARIBBEAN BEACH BAR

TheBest Caribbean Beach Barcategory highlights the best places for travelers to sip a tropical cocktail while digging their toes in the sand. 

  1. Staniel Cay Yacht Club (The Exumas)
  2. Pete’s Pub & Gallery (The Abacos)
  3. Chat ‘N’ Chill (The Exumas)
  4. Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill (The Abacos)

10. Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience (Freeport)

BEST CARIBBEAN RESORT

The Best Caribbean Resort category highlights the region’s leading tropical escapes offering powder soft sands, crystal clear waters, sumptuous accommodations and exquisite service.

  1. Grand Isle Resort & Spa (The Exumas)

BEST CARIBBEAN ATTRACTION

TheBest Caribbean Attractioncategory highlights the things to see and do beyond the beach, from waterfalls and caves to ziplines and historic plantations.

4. Clifton Heritage National Park (Nassau)

BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT

TheBest Caribbean Golf Coursecategory highlights the best courses on which to tee off in the tropical sun.

  1. The Abaco Club (The Abacos)

BEST CARIBBEAN DIVE SITE

TheBest Caribbean Dive Sitecategory highlights the leading scuba diving destinations on the planet, from wreck dives to plummeting walls.

  1. The Andros Wall (Andros)

BEST CARIBBEAN RUM

TheBest Caribbean Rumcategory highlights the Caribbean rum producers who have spent centuries perfecting the process of distillation, aging and blending the spirit.

  1. John Watling’s Distillery (Nassau)

ABOUT USA TODAY’S 10BEST READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

A panel of experts including Travel Journalist Melanie Reffes and Local Caribbean Expert Chelle Walton, as well as the 10Best editors, select the initial 20 nominees for every category. Popular vote by readers then determines the top 10 winners. 

PRESS INQUIRIES

Anita Johnson-Patty | General Manager, Global Communications | Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation | ajohnson@bahamas.com

Weber Shandwick | Public Relations | Bahamas@webershandwick.com