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The best of Bahamas
Of the 700 islands that comprise the Bahamas, roughly 30 are inhabited. Still, there are countless cays and sandbars beyond that, all ripe for exploration. This is a “choose your own adventure” destination where the island you land on will inform the type of experience you have. Of course, the life aquatic is always on the horizon with the unbelievably crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea swirling to and fro across the shallow basin. The Abacos and Out Islands are a boater’s dream where you can spend an entire day island hopping. Go flats fishing in Andros, swim with pigs in Exuma, delight in conch plucked freshly from the sea in Bimini, sunset gaze with a craft cocktail in hand in Eleuthera. Wherever you are, it won’t take long before you realize you’ve arrived in paradise. Read on for the very best things to do in the Bahamas. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
There are so many things to do in the Bahamas—and what you discover all depends on which island and hotel you check into. From nature preserves with unbelievably crystal clear water and sandbar beaches to megaresorts with every amenity under the sun, there’s a Bahamian experience calling your name. For peaceful tranquility without another soul in sight, look to the Abacos and Eleuthera in the Out Islands where offshore pleasures mean days spent sailing, fishing, snorkeling and island hopping. For lavish resorts, check into the new Baha Mar on Nassau or the classic Atlantis on Paradise Island, where you’ll find everything from a nightclub designed by Lenny Kravitz to a five story waterslide submerged in a shark tank (no joke!). Ancient fishing yarns await in Bimini, swimming pigs and pink sand beaches in the Exumas and a private island with an oversea spa in Andros. No matter what you choose, chances are the gentle sea breeze, big, beautiful sky and pale blue waters swishing this way and that will lull you into a deep state of sublime relaxation… and you won’t want to leave, because it really is better in the Bahamas. Here are the top hotels across every island.