Pack a suitcase, grab the kids and hop over to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful destinations to discover why it’s truly better in The Bahamas – family style
With 16 unique Bahamian islands to visit, there is no doubt you’ll find an island that fits your family’s vacation desires. Adventure your way throughout the exotic Out Islands (also known as The Family Islands), go off-the-beaten path in Grand Bahama or experience the vibrant culture and deep-rooted history of Nassau and Paradise Island.
Nassau and Paradise Island: For the History Buffs & Sightseers
Nassau and Paradise Island is known as the tourism hub of The Bahamas considering it has the highest density of development. Restaurants, shopping, museums, casinos and thrilling water slides can all be found here. You’ll also find scenic and historic tours informative of Nassau’s rich history dating all the way back to the rum-running pirates. Grab your walking shoes and experience the lively shopping districts of Downtown Nassau or soak up the sun at one of the many beautiful beaches throughout the island.
Where to Stay
Nassau and Paradise Island is home to some of the most top-line mega resorts like Atlantis Paradise Island and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, which boasts fine and casual dining, incredible pools and beaches, and plenty of family-filled experiences. But if you’re looking for something a little more cozy and low-key, check out the truly historic Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant, the bohemian beachfront hotel Compass Point Beach Resort or Nassau’s boutique hideaway, A Stone’s Throw Away. The possibilities are endless!
- Queen’s Staircase – This awe-inspiring stairway is a major landmark prominent for its historic significance and captivating beauty.
- Pirates of Nassau Museum – Relive the Golden Age of Piracy and experience just how the Pirates of Nassau made a name for themselves in The Islands Of The Bahamas.
- Arawak Cay – Home to a variety of authentic Bahamian restaurants that specialize in seafood delicacies including the famous conch salad.
- Fort Montagu, Fort Charlotte and Fort Fincastle – Family-friendly tours are conducted throughout the day for these three forts that sit seaside with spectacular views.
The Out Islands: For the Family Who Seeks Adventure
The Out Islands are appealing to families who seek a low-key vacation – think smaller and quieter – yet yearn for adventure. With the best boating, fishing, dive sites and the many beaches throughout these exotic islands and cays, it’s no wonder The Out Islands are considered “The Family Islands” – there’s something for everyone.
Best of Both Worlds
Seeking islands that fit a laid-back, off-the beaten-path charm? Need direct flight access from Florida? Keep those eyes on The Exumas, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bimini or The Abacos. Here’s where you’ll find pristine white sandy beaches (and pink), deep blue holes, famous swimming pigs, and some of the best fishing, boating, scuba diving and golfing around.
Curious For More
Take the adventure level up a notch with Andros, Cat Island, Long Island or San Salvador. Don’t worry you can keep the quiet nature of The Out Islands, because these destinations are the epitome of untainted. Here’s where you’ll find the deepest blue hole in the world, historical landmarks, natural Bahamian beauty, secluded beaches and the best fishing around.
Where to Stay
The Out Islands boasts the finest and unique hotels, resorts and villas in the Caribbean. From the tropical Grand Isle Resort in Great Exuma and the all-inclusive Small Hope Bay Lodge in Andros to Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort in Abaco– there’s plenty of family-friendly stays in The Bahamas. Check out which Out Island hotel could be a fit for your family here.
- Allen’s Cay Iguanas (The Exumas) – Drift over to Allen Cay to discover one of the few places where you can still find and feed these fearsome looking, yet gentle lizards.
- Man-O-War Cay (The Abacos) – This boat-building island has a sailing heritage that’s woven into everyday life. The local boat-building shops, including Joe Albury’s Studio, are a must for a glimpse into seafaring history – even a souvenir.
- Bimini Road (Bimini) – Believed to be the road to the Lost City of Atlantis, this scuba diving site is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bimini.
- Sip Sip (Harbour Island) – This well-known restaurant serves mouthwatering Bahamian cuisine, such as conch curry, coconut cakes and grilled shrimp, as well as an eclectic mix of world cuisine.
- Dean’s Blue Hole (Long Island) – This world wonder is believed to be the deepest blue hole in the world, dipping 663 feet deep into the ocean.
- Dixon Hill Light House (San Salvador) – It is one of the few remaining manually-operated lighthouses in the world and one of only three of its type in The Bahamas.
Grand Bahama: Going Off the Beaten Path
Don’t let Grand Bahama Island’s unique small town charm fool you. This rustic island is home to three national parks, one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, and miles of beautiful beaches – perfect for the family looking for an untraditional Caribbean vacation.
Where to Stay
- Gold Rock Beach – Located within Lucayan National Park, this beautiful secluded beach is often referred to as The Welcome Mat of Grand Bahama Island.
- Fish Fry at Smith’s Point – Every Wednesday night you'll experience the most iconic event that happens on Grand Bahama Island and get a peek into the island’s close-knit community.
- Lucayan National Park – This stunning 40-acre national park has one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Slip away to the Gold Rock Beach for a secluded, low-tide experience.
- UNEXSO Dive Center – Scope out the beautiful coral reefs and wild sealife before heading out to The Dolphin Experience to swim with the dolphins.
Now that you have some basics for choosing the right island for your family, head over to www.bahamas.com/explore/kids-families to learn more about how to plan the perfect family vacation in The Islands Of The Bahamas.