There’s More to the Bahamas Than the Beaches
Like many Caribbean islands, the first thing you think of when someone says “Bahamas” is probably the beaches. Of course, there are some beautiful beaches you can enjoy if you choose to visit the Bahamas. But spending time lounging on the sand is definitely not all there is to do. There’s plenty you can see and do without stepping foot on a beach or just by finding new ways to experience the beach and the ocean. If you’re planning a trip to the beautiful islands or looking for your next destination, try these fun things to do when you arrive.
Try the Local Food and Drink
You can’t leave the Bahamas without making sure you learn about the local cuisine. As you might expect of an island nation, there’s plenty of seafood, as well as tropical fruits and vegetables, rice, peas, potatoes and pork. There’s always plenty of flavor packed into the food, with chillies, garlic, and coconut just a few of the things commonly used to enhance dishes. You can explore local eateries or even learn how to make some Bahamian food yourself. And when it comes to drink, you can’t leave without checking out the rum and how it’s made.
Get In (Or On) The Water
You can’t help but be drawn to the beach, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your time sunbathing. Try getting out on the water or even in the water. When you stay at the Courtyard Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach, you’ll be close to a small beach where you can rent snorkeling equipment, as well as paddle boards. You can also spend your time kayaking or canoeing, or perhaps taking a cruise between islands. Scuba diving is a popular pursuit too, and there are some stunning spots to do it.
Learn About Bahamian History and Culture
Explore the fascinating and often tragic history or the Bahamas, as well as how it came to be the country it is today. In Nassau, you can take a historical tour of the city to see some notable buildings, walk around Straw Market and visit a rum cake factory. There are also opportunities to learn how to roll cigars and understand their history at Graycliff Cigar Company. Graycliff Chocolatiers also offer the chance to learn how to make chocolates. Leaving the Bahamas with a new skill would certainly ensure your vacation was worth it.
See the Local Wildlife and Marine Life
You’ll find some fascinating natural areas and parks if you want to learn about the local wildlife. Lucayan National Park is a good place to start, and you can take a tour if you like. Dolphin Cay is a special place that provides a home for dolphins stranded by Hurricane Katrina in an open-air habitat that gives them plenty of space. There’s also the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center, where you can find flamingos, snakes, and some Madagascan lemurs too.
You can find a lot to do in the Bahamas, whether you enjoy history or getting active. Don’t waste all your time on the beach.