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  • Nicole Connolly | May 10, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    Top 5 Can't Miss Islands in the Bahamas

    Top 5 Can't Miss Islands in the Bahamas

    The Bahamas are undisputedly one of the top-rated travel destinations in the world. There are gorgeous sandy beaches, beautiful blue and emerald waters, and amazing resorts that enthrall thousands of tourists and other vacation seekers each year. Yet, the question of the day is always, which island to visit?

    The Bahamas actually encompass about 700 islands, although only a handful of these are actually habitable and used for tourism or commerce. Yet even with those few, where should you park your beach umbrella? Well friends, we have the answer to that question. Here are the top five Bahamas islands you must visit during your stay. Miss one of these and you might fly home a bit disappointed.

    Grand Bahama

    This island is closest to the United States, and as such, is quite popular with cruise ships who incorporate this island into their tourist packages. The capital city of Freeport is the second largest city in the Bahamas. However, the port of Lucaya is the hotspot for shopping, entertainment, and great food. The marketplace there sells jewelry and other sorts of souvenirs to tourists. This is a great way to take a bit of island charm home with you.

    The local marina is quite the social hub for boaters and travelers alike. This is also a great place to escape large crowds, even though the island is dotted with massive resorts. In addition, Grand Bahama is home to one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world, and boasts three beautiful national parks.

    Paradise Island

    Okay so there is only one reason most people come here, and it is actually a very good one. That reason is the resort known as Atlantis. More than just a luxury hotel, this place features a great aquarium, massive entertainment venue, and a water park. The property itself sprawls across 141 acres dotted with waterslides, swimming pools, and the most epic Lazy River Float Ride (it winds around the entire complex). Get up close with sharks or swordfish, and swim through their amazing open air-style pools. Also, you can find your share of gambling, eating, and shopping on site as well. Paradise Island described in one word: amazing.


    If you're looking for big game fishing then you need to come to Bimini. It is known in the Bahamas as the “big game fishing capital,” and for good reason. All of its islands cluster to form some pretty spectacular places for fish to dwell. Deep-sea fishing is so popular that tournaments are hosted annually from early March to late September.

    Also, if you like diving or snorkeling, there are plenty of places to explore. Highlights for undersea adventures include the Sapona Wreck, Victory Reef, and of course, the beautiful Rainbow Reef. This is where Ernest Hemingway spent several of his summers, and found inspiration for “The Old Man and The Sea” as well as “Islands in the Stream.” The museum on the island actually has an exhibit that sheds more light on the subject.


    This Island has a couple of distinctions. For starters, it is the island that boasts the largest landmass in the Bahamas. Second, it has the third largest barrier reef in the entire world. In addition, there are numerous blue holes, as well as a fair amount of underwater caves. Obviously, if you are a diver, this is your dream destination.

    Topside, the island has numerous wetlands that create great boating and fishing channels. If you like fly-fishing then you would be in good company here on the island of Andros. Many of the resorts on the island are eco-resorts. They tie in to the natural landscape and ecology. If you are a nature lover then you will love this place for sure.

    Harbour Island

    A harbor for English loyalist during the 1700s, the island still has many of the same characteristics architecturally. The place is known for its sand, which is pink in color, as well as the posh resorts. This Island is where the rich and famous go when they want to play. Stay here and you might run into a celebrity or two.

    All of the cottages in Dunmore town are decked out in beautiful pastel colors, and the island is very quiet and laid back. Take the ferry from Nassau to see this oldest Bahamian settlement.

    Whatever You Choose, You Can't Go Wrong

    Rich with culture, a storied history, and a thriving tropical tourism industry makes the Bahamas a vacation destination for travelers the world over. Pick from any of our top five and you are sure to find your share of tourist attractions, rugged outdoor adventures, diving adventures, or quiet afternoons relaxing on the beach. You can never go wrong with the Bahamas anyway, these islands just make your trip that much more spectacular.

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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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