Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk in the office daydreaming of all the great places to visit in Bahamas? Well, guess what — that trip you have always dreamed of is right around the corner. Soon, you will be sitting in out on the turquoise sea with all of the best things to do in the Bahamas in front of you. Whether it is exploring the secluded Out Islands where nature is about as untouched as it comes or hustling around Nassau’s downtown exploring a truly authentic culture; you are in for the adventure of a lifetime. So, buckle-up and get ready to jump around all the favorite places to visit in Bahamas.

One thing you must know before you go is that the Bahamas is a country shaped by over 700 islands, islets, and cays. You have the northern half which comprises New Providence, Bimini, and a few more places often visited which we will dive into in the article. Then, you also have the southern islands — the Out Islands — the Exuma Cays. Consisting of more than half the country’s islands (365 of them, to be exact), the southern islands are the quiet and unexplored side of the Bahamas. People go here for a more relaxed atmosphere when compared to the northern islands.

Each region of the Bahamas has a lot to offer and there are amazing things to visit in Bahamas in both the north and the south. So, let’s take a look at some specific places and focus on what to do in the Bahamas on your vacation getaway!

Sail through breath-taking landscapes while island hopping through the Exumas. Many of the best things to do in the Bahamas require extra over-water exploration on your Bahamas day trip.
Sail through breath-taking landscapes while island hopping through the Exumas.

What places to visit in Bahamas are worth your time?

There are plenty of attractions in all parts of the country — after all, if all else fails, just head to the beaches where you are all-but-guaranteed to witness a movie scene played out in front of your eyes. Here is what you need to know:

Places to visit in Bahamas northern islands

There’s more than just things to do in Nassau Bahamas. The north is filled with adventures and luxury beyond your wildest imagination. Let’s take a look at some favorite places to visit in Bahamas’ north.

Cat Island

Though the southern islands are known as the more extraordinary, Cat Island makes a strong argument for the north. Though, you could argue Cat Island is in the south as it sits right in-between. Every inch of this place is just perfect; the sand, the ocean, the luxury resorts — everything!

Cat Island is among the best places to visit in Bahamas. Find out what other things to do in Bahamas day trip while on your one day cruise to Bahamas.
Cat Island is among the best places to visit in Bahamas.

Eleuthera

There is not much to say which can sum up Eleuthera in a short few sentence summary. Miles of coastlines and quiet coves dot the perimeter. Inside, there are infinite pineapple fields for which it has become known for — but that’s not even that half of it. You have to visit Eleuthera to get the whole picture.

Many of the best things to do in the Bahamas are located on Eleuthera. Sand bars like this are among what to do in the Bahamas. Your Bahamas day trip will be filled with excellent options.
Many of the best things to do in the Bahamas are located on Eleuthera.

Paradise Island

Paradise Island, neighboring Nassau and connected by an over-water bridge, is one of the most popular spots for day-trippers to visit on their mini day trip to Bahamas. It is most famous for being home to the grand Atlantis Casino and Resorts in the Bahamas.

Here, you can do unlimited things with your time such as swim with dolphins, walk underwater along the seafloor with sharks, visit an exotic aquarium, or splashdown at the impressive Aquaventure Waterpark. Not only that but you can gamble at the world-class Atlantis Casino, you can play a round of golf on a championship level course, and you can glue yourself to the spa for one of the more relaxing holidays you have ever spent.

The choice is yours — and that is what makes Atlantis so great and one of the best things to do in Nassau Bahamas.

Nassau

The Queen's Staircase is among the many things to do in Nassau Bahamas. Check out more places to visit in Bahamas in downtown while you stay there.
The Christopher Columbus Statue is among the many things to do in Nassau Bahamas.

And then, of course, there is the country’s capital which we’ve mentioned numerous times already and — if you couldn’t tell by now — it is kind of a big deal around the Bahamas. Without going into a ton of detail (because we assume it will already be on your itinerary), here are some of the best places to visit in Bahamas’ capital city:

Best things to do in Nassau Bahamas
  • The Queen’s Staircase
  • Atlantis Bahamas Hotel
  • Senor Frog
  • Junkanoo Beach
  • Jaws Beach
  • Straw Market
Among its many treasures, downtown holds many of the best things to do in Nassau. For more things to do in Nassau Bahamas check out the guide.
Among its many treasures, downtown holds many of the best things to do in Nassau.

What to do in the Bahamas Exuma Cays

The Exuma Cays are a special place. One you have to see to believe. Many people grow attached to the Exuma Cays, including celebrities — many of whom have bought their own private islands like Nicholas Cage. You can even take a boat around his island! Here are some more islands which should be on your itinerary for places to visit in Bahamas vacation:

Long Island

Long Island is one of the best places to visit in Bahamas. If you have time to visit, there are towering, dramatic cliffs in this paradise for fishing enthusiasts which any nature-lover would also enjoy. With world-class bonefishing and soft pink and white sand beaches scattered about the island, what’s not to love about this place?

Long Island is a crowd favorite for places to visit in Bahamas along with many other islands accessible on a Bahamas day trip from Miami.
Long Island is a crowd favorite of the places to visit in Bahamas.

Staniel Cay

Staniel Cay day trips (or Exuma day trips, for that matter) are filled to the brim with possibilities. First and foremost, you have a unique chance of visiting the historic Staniel Cay Yacht Club. The club is one of the longest-standing structures in the Exumas. Opened in 1956, it has seen visitors from all around the world and has stories to tell. Stop in for a break from the sun and a drink and get acquainted with the place.

Also around Staniel Cay, these are the best things to do in Exuma: you can find Thunderball Grotto, Bitter Guana Cay, the Staniel Cay underwater plane wreck, the Pipe Creek sand bar, and much more thrilling places to check out.

Take a boat out on the turquoise waters of the Exumas. Looking for what to do in the Bahamas? Read this guide for more things to do in the Bahamas.
Take a boat out on the turquoise waters of the Exumas.

Flights to Bahamas’ Exumas from Nassau take only thirty minutes which means you will have plenty of time to explore and go further. A one day cruise to Bahamas’ Exuma Cays is the perfect getaway. You might even wish you could stay longer! A Nassau to Staniel Cay day tour is exactly what your family needs. It has been one of the top places to visit in Bahamas for a long, long time.

Compass Cay

Did you know the Bahamas sharks patrol the waters around Compass Cay? That’s right. They call the Compass Cay Marina their home after the owners originally adopted them as pets. After a growing fascination among tourists, the marina quickly transformed into a rehab center for Nurse and Reef sharks all around the area. And now, you can dive into the water with them!

Don’t fret, though, these are bottom-dwelling creatures and don’t have a taste for tourists.The Compass Cay sharks are one of the best things to do in the Bahamas.

Big Major Cay

Often referred to as Pig Island and home to the Exuma pigs in the Bahamas, Big Major Cay is the heart of the Exumas. It is now the #1 most popular of all places to visit in Bahamas. In 2018, the cay was visited a record-breaking 6 million times!

This, in large part, is because of the swimming pigs Nassau attraction. You can take a Bahamas day trip by plane to Staniel Cay which is just an arm’s reach from the swimming with pigs Bahamas attraction. You don’t want to miss this! Taking swimming pigs tours to Pig Beach is the most fun thing you can do with your family.

There's plenty of what to do in the Bahamas swimming pigs tour listed in this guide. Make the most of your Bahamas day trip.
There’s plenty of what to do in the Bahamas swimming pigs tour listed in this guide.

Book Exuma day trips with Bahamas Air Tours

You can book a day trip to Bahamas from Nassau and experience what all the craze is about — either to the Exuma Cays or any number of the islands mentioned above. There are tour companies competing for your business but our favorite is Bahamas Air Tours. They provide you the luxury of a private Bahamas air charter and the freedom to build your own itinerary. Book a trip today to see all the beautiful places to visit in Bahamas!

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