5 Stunning Island Garden Wedding Locations in The Bahamas

Naturally, when thinking of a destination wedding in The Bahamas, you definitely wouldn’t be wrong to imagine exchanging vows on powdery white sand with a shimmering backdrop of turquoise waters. While the beaches are of course world renowned, garden weddings in The Bahamas are just as magical. If getting married surrounded by gorgeous varying shades of local flora and lush, swaying palm trees sounds like heaven to you, you’ll love the gardens on this list.

If you can’t do without that ocean view, look out for the few on this list that feature that must-have blue backdrop. 

The Cloisters and Versailles Gardens, Paradise Island, New Providence 

The Cloisters and Versailles Gardens
Garden with a view
Photo Credit: Martina Micko Photography

The Cloisters is a pure architectural fantasy with heavy French influences surrounded by a beautiful sloping garden dotted with mauve bougainvilleas, white oleander and a variety of shrubbery. Originally built as a monastery in France between the 12th-13th century and rebuilt in The Bahamas in 1968.

Now it stands almost a quarter mile of garden ending with a gazebo overlooking the sparkling Nassau Harbour. One visit to this stunning spot and it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular wedding location for local and guest brides alike, looking for something more than a beach wedding. 

The Retreat, The Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, New Providence

The Retreat
Photo Credit: Lyndah Wells Photography​

One of the most famous tropical splendors on New Providence, The Retreat is a decades old garden haven of eleven (yes 11!) acres overflowing with palms and rare tropical plants. Nature lovers will be delighted to find the gardens home to many migratory and residential native birds. There is no shortage of hidden, shaded areas to host your ceremony or reception and of course, those gorgeous wedding photos. ​

Garden of The Groves, Freeport, Grand Bahama

Garden of the Groves
Photo Credit: Heather Anne Carey Photography

A literal garden wedding paradise, this certified wildlife habitat and nature reserve is littered with waterfalls, flowing fountains and pure vegetation. The Garden boasts a chapel, a hibiscus garden, and a unique hand-painted labyrinth that couples can choose from to host their wedding, among other spots.

The real beauty of the Garden of The Groves is the garden cafe with a terrace, perfect for hosting a wedding cocktail or reception. This place has it all! A literal garden wedding paradise, this certified wildlife habitat and nature reserve is littered with waterfalls, flowing fountains and pure vegetation. The Garden boasts a chapel, a hibiscus garden, and a unique hand-painted labyrinth that couples can choose from to host their wedding, among other spots.

The real beauty of the Garden of The Groves is the garden cafe with a terrace, perfect for hosting a wedding cocktail or reception. This place has it all! ​

European Wedding Garden, Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma

European Wedding Garden
Garden with a view
Photo Credit: Sandals Resorts

Elegant and serene with old,warm charm, the wedding gardens at Sandals Exuma will steal any bride’s breath away. Another entry on this list with a heavy Euro influence in design, this wedding hot spot features a quiet reflection pool and abundant florals in a private oasis, just a few steps away from a mile-long stretch of Exuma beachfront.
While this garden is one of the smaller ones on the list, the intimate grounds suit a small wedding ceremony or outdoor cocktail party. For brides and grooms staying at Sandals Emerald Bay, the wedding garden is an included location option, free of charge!

Bonus Location: Greg Norman Golf Course, Emerald Bay, Exuma

Greg Norman Golf Course

Garden with a view
Photo Credit: Sandals Resorts

Not quite a garden but with no shortage of gorgeous greens, the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course is known for being one of the most scenic courses in The Caribbean. The sweet is the sixth holes that overlooks the sea-glass waters of the Exuma coastline, with a flat and wide enough stretch for an amazing wedding set-up.

The view alone is enough to make any bride and groom fall in love!

Get started with a Bahamas wedding planner to make any one of the gorgeous gardens your destination wedding dream spot: https://www.bahamas.com/things-do/wedding-professionals