Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Bahamas

Sep 18, 13 Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Bahamas

Situated just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas is an ocean playground consisting of over 700 separate islands, fringed by pristine beaches that lead down into crystal-clear blue waters. Ecotourists, families, couples and sports fanatics will all find something of interest here – whether it is a romantic getaway, lazy days on the beach, fantastic shopping or exhilarating water sports.

The beaches in the Bahamas are blessed with pure white – and sometimes pink – sands, and are universally acknowledged to be some of the best in the world. They range from secluded coves to family-friendly resorts with restaurants, playgrounds and intriguing markets that offer local Bahamian wares. Some of the best ones are located in the Abacos Islands, including Treasure Cay Beach, Tahiti Beach, Guana Cay Beach and Sandy Point Beach – which is a paradise if you are a shell collector.

If you want to see the spectacular local wildlife, then the Abacos islands are home to many species of birds, including the rare Bahama parrot, the olive-capped warbler and the yellow-throat, red-legged thrush. The Bahamas also has six national parks, featuring pine forests and some of the most unique wildlife in the world. If marine ecology is your thing, then Green Turtle Cay is the perfect place to see wild dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat – you can even feed stingrays there in the shallow waters that lap the pristine beaches.

Of course, Nassau, located on the island of New Providence, is the historical center of the Bahamas. Not only does it offer shopping, dining and sightseeing to suit every taste, it also has many famous historical landmarks, including Christ Church Cathedral and Vendue House, home to the Pompey Museum – which chronicles the history of slavery and emancipation in the Bahamas. Nassau makes a superb home base for traveling around the Bahamian archipelago, and offers excellent accommodation such as the Blue Water Resort, located right on Nassau’s famed Cable Beach. You can find information about Bluegreen Resorts, including the Blue Water Resort, online.

If you are looking for water sports such as diving, one of the best places in the Bahamas for this is the Exuma Islands. Here you will find extensive coral reefs that offer perfect opportunities for snorkeling, such as Loaded Barrel Reef, where you will find large beds of staghorn corals. Duck Cay South has vibrantly colored displays of seaweeds and other plants, and Three Sisters, a set of three shallow reefs, is blessed with abundant shoals of tropical fish.

 

Of course, water sports in the Bahamas aren’t limited to diving. Here, you will also find active sports such as jet skiing, parasailing and kite boarding, as well as kayaking and canoeing. On the other hand, if you fancy a bit of time back on land, then the Bahamas has stunning golf courses – including a championship course on Great Exuma that was designed by Greg Norman – as well as tennis and cycling. You can even take to the air with private flights over the beautiful island scenery.