4 Places to Visit in the Bahamas for a Wonderful Winter Getaway

With more than 700 hundred islands and cays, coral reefs, underwater caves, unspoiled coves, luxurious resorts, and picture-perfect beaches, there are plenty of places to visit and things to see in the Bahamas. This incredible Caribbean destination has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing, adventurous, romantic, and just simply magnificent vacation.

 

Here are a few enclaves that I think you shouldn’t miss during your trip to this dazzling, infinitely blue, heavenly Caribbean spot. This is the best time to go to the Bahamas.

 

Places to visit in the Bahamas

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Places to Visit in the Bahamas

 

Do you remember Sean Connery in the role of James Bond during an underwater fight following a mythical scene with Domino on a pristine beach? That was The Bahamas and Thunderball Grotto and the film was — of course — Thunderball.

 

This magnificent spot is unique to go snorkeling throughout and its crystal clear warm waters make it a cozy and unforgettable experience. Add to the experience thousands of small colorful fish as you swim your way into the cave, before popping out into the mildly illuminated grotto, and there’s an image that you’ll probably never let go of.

 

If snorkeling isn’t your thing, this mysterious hidden area full of marine life and bright coral is also excellent for diving and wading. Make this stunning area one of your places to visit in the Bahamas.

 

Places to visit in the Bahamas

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Thunderball Grotto

 

The Thunderball Grotto is located in the Exuma Islands, which are also among the places you can’t miss during your stay in The Bahamas. Its pristine beaches and picture-perfect tropical scenarios make them a favorite among celebrities, but there’s no need to be an A-lister to enjoy the laid-back experience of visiting this gorgeous corner of the globe.

 

Places to visit in the Bahamas

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Cabbage Beach

 

Another experience that you must have while visiting the Bahamas is to watch the sunset at Cabbage Beach. This enclave, found in the northwestern part of Paradise Island, is also home to two of the most famous resorts in the area: the luxurious One & Only Ocean Club and the amazing Atlantis Resort, which recreates the mythical oceanic kingdom.

 

If you love watersports, this is your place, and lessons are offered. Fly parasails or ride jet skis and have hours of fun. 

 

If you head to the easternmost part of the beach, which is surrounded by rocks, you can enjoy a quiet and romantic moment staring at the crystal clear waters and pure white sand, watch the sun go down, and then stay to see the magic moon come out. 

 

This is one of the places to visit in the Bahamas that has the best of both worlds, seclusion on one end and lively activities and crowds at the other to fit any mood.

 

Places to visit in the Bahamas

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Lucayan National Park

 

If you feel like living an adventure while you’re in the Bahamas, then you should spend a day at the Lucayan National Park. Walk across its elevated walkways to see a spectacular mangrove forest, visit its hidden caves and discover their secrets while becoming acquainted with the fauna found on the island, which is also home to the tallest sand dunes in the area.

 

Lucayan National Park has one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world, although a special permit is required for diving, and swimming in the caves is prohibited. Two caves are open to the public.

 

There are picnic tables on the beach, boardwalks, and nature trails for your enjoyment. The best time to go to the Bahamas is after you’ve dreamed up your perfect plan and are ready to go on your adventure.

 

Places to visit in the Bahamas

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Great Inagua Island

 

Imagine a single place in which you can see over 60,000 flamingos, back from near extinction — home to the world’s largest colony of West Indian varietals — flying or just sitting still right in front of you. That is what the Inagua National Reserve offers visitors, who come looking for an extraordinary experience at this wildlife sanctuary located on the second-largest island of the Bahamas.

 

Green sea turtles are studied at the Union Creek National Reserve, a critically important site for the research of these sea turtles that may remain here for decades. In order to protect the turtle’s eggs, it is not open to the public.

 

The flamingo is not the only wonder that lives here, there are burrowing owls that roost and nest in burrows and would rather run or flatten themselves on the ground rather than fly. There are cute American kestrels or sparrow hawks, the smallest falcon in North America.

 

See the stripe-headed tanagers and Bahama Woodstar hummingbirds that are only found in the islands of the Caribbean. Roseate spoonbills are also here, an odd sight, this bird has a spoon-shaped bill, partly bald head, red eyes, and bright pink feathers.

 

Majestic cormorants, Reddish and Snowy egrets, Brown pelicans, tri-colored herons, Bahama pintails, and more are plentiful inside the park and are overwhelmingly beautiful. Don’t dare miss the opportunity to see such a special natural spectacle and take back home the memory of a lifetime. 

 

best time to go to the bahamas

 

The Bahamas offer so much more than this, but I’ve chosen to talk about some enchanting highlights these islands hold. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, The Bahamas are one of the most fascinating places in the world you’ll ever see.

 

From the diversity of wildlife, breathtaking scenery, clear water, and pure white sand, this is a beautiful adventure you will never forget. Now is the best time to go to the Bahamas, so plan your trip.

 

Feature photo Norm Lanier CCL

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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