The Caribbean is one of the most popular vacation destinations and with great reason. This region of the world has some of the best water, beaches, weather, fishing, snorkeling and water sports anywhere. There are also many opportunities to do hiking and trekking in several different tropical environments. Every year millions come here looking to put away their hectic and stress-filled home lives and find the perfect island nation to relax and unwind on.
When people come to the Caribbean it is might be to visit a spa on the Dominican Republic, to whale watch of the Turks and Caicos Islands or to have a wonderful stay in one of the majestic Bahamas rental properties.
There are many popular destinations here and some that are not very popular but stunningly beautiful. Some have amazing service and other are simply designed to pamper guests. With many of the countries in the Caribbean you visit, you will find that you have to make some compromises. Perhaps they are difficult to reach, underdeveloped and demanding that you do without the creature comforts that you had hoped, while others are overrun with tourists and offer no real chance for you to getaway.
Although all of the islands are beautiful very few have created the perfect combination of all of the things the majority of what tourists want. Those who visits the Caribbean tend to crave:
- Easy access via airport from their home cities.
- A population that speak English.
- Locals who understand quality service.
- Access to the top hotels chains in the world.
- First class infrastructure with responsive police and hospitals.
- Great shopping, restaurants and spas.
- A family destination that has amenities for the kids.
As mentioned, very few Caribbean countries can meet these desires. One nation however that proves each year to deliver all of these requests and much more is the beautiful Bahamas.
The most popular stops on the Bahamas are Grand Bahama Island, New Providence Island Nassau (where Nassau is located), and Paradise Island. These islands have dozens of the best quality resorts on these islands, visitors can choose their most desirable place to relax and unwind. These islands are also the gateways to the rest of the Bahamas allowing visitors to reach even the most remote easily.
The Bahamas has the widest range of amenities of all the Caribbean countries. No matter what activity you want to enjoy on your vacation, you can find it here. Here are some of the most popular ways that visitors spend teatime in the country:
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Scuba and snorkeling is one of the Bahamas’ top activities. The country has the world’s third largest barrier reef of its coast, and it attracts the top divers from around the world who come to see its unique ecosystem. There are sunken ships to explore and the variety of fish range from the tropical to the rare. You can see many varieties of sharks and rays and choose to participate in under water activities from the shore or charter a boat and go far off the coast for deeper dives.
The Caribbean is world famous for its hundreds of white sand beaches and endless sunshine and this is on full display on the Bahamas. The country has one of the highest amount of sunny days in the region and there is always endless sun for you to enjoy. The Bahamas many options for beaches make it a certainty that you will find the one that fits your needs perfectly. If you want busy beaches like those on Paradise Island or in Nassau or more secluded ones like those at Bimini or Abacos, they will be gorgeous and well maintained.
In terms of crystal clear water, with more than 200 feet of visibility, the Bahamas is the nation with the clearest blue water on Earth. In fact the water pollution level is so low, ou can see underwater almost as clearly as above the water.
Are you a lover of watersports. The Bahamas has every one imaginable from jet skis, to rafting, to canoeing, to waterskiing. You can rent a boat and make your own party and even hire a yacht and go out swimming in deep water and even do some fishing too. In terms of fishing, you can choose between prize fishing with everything marlins to sailfish and large tuna as options, or aim for the smaller fish like groupers and Bass. There are fishing charters and other types of rentals that go out on the water every day. They will also arrange for you to have the fish you catch cooked for you.
In other words, you can decide the level of excitement and enjoyment you want on the water. You can reach the height of entertainment or imply lay out on the water in a raft and get a tan.
The Bahamas might have the largest number of top restaurants in the Caribbean. If you are a foodie, you will find every type of cuisine here from Europe and to Asian and in all price ranges. If you fancy a gourmet type meal, the resorts provide excellent eating at a range of prices. Many top chefs now make the Bahamas home and some restaurants fly in Michelin Star chefs that offer memorable meals. You can also partake in the local cuisine prepared by excellent Bahamian chefs. Whatever meal you choose, there is an emphasis on seafood which is caught locally.
Visiting Outer Islands of the Bahamas
There are 700 islands in the Bahamas and the majority are uninhabited, but many are lovely to visit and spend a bit of time. Some of the best choices outside of the top choices for most visitors and Eleuthera, the Abacos, the Exumas, and Harbour Island. Each has its own character and set of amenities, and all are breathtakingly beautiful.
A Bahamas vacation is often described as a visit to paradise on Earth and the reason is that they seem to have thought of every tiny detail to make you feel like you are in heaven on Earth.