10 things you must try out when you spend your vacation in the Bahamas
The Bahamas, the land of pink sands, warm sun, colonial heritage, seafood and water joyride, provides a plethora of options to the tourists to spend their vacation in a quality tone with no boredom. The country welcomes the tourists worldwide with its heavenly beaches, turquoise water, mouth-watering cuisines and numerous duty-free shops where you can indulge your ‘consumer’ persona with no frown from your wallet. During your visit, you can choose your stay from budget hotels to extremely luxurious rental houses in the Bahamas. But before you book your ticket to the Bahamas for your next vacation, let’s check out the top 10 must-do things while you spend your holidays in this beautiful destination.
1. Visit the Beaches
Needless to say, in a destination mostly comprised of islands and cays, the beaches occupy most of the vacation. And when in the Bahamas, tourists find hundreds of different ways to relish the vacation on the pink or bone-white sand. From the country’s capital Nassau to Harbour Island or Exuma or Eleuthera, most of the beaches in the Bahamas are open to all for 24 hours a day. There are some private beaches that can be accessed by luxury private cruises provided by those particular enterprises. Generally, water taxies or ferries are available to the public. Just go and enjoy the sun over your skin, or just embrace the turquoise ocean.
2. Snorkelling and Diving
Already bored laying down on the beach? No worry, you don’t need to leave the beach because still, it has a lot more to offer. Water joy rides like snorkelling or scuba diving have become a part and parcel of modern-day tourism. And, here in the Bahamas, you will get world class provision for all those sports. Under the water, this land has innumerable beautiful reefs, sinkholes, aquatic animals like stingrays, turtles, dolphins, sharks, Nassau grouper and underwater caves. So the islands like Nassau, Grand Bahama, New Providence, Andros or the Abacos provide the perfect space for snorkelling and scuba-diving, which should never be missed.
3. Dive into the Blue Hole
World’s second deepest blue hole is situated in the Bahamas. The 633 feet deep Dean’s Blue Hole, in the Long Island, is the precious of the country that ends at world’s eighth largest underwater cavern. Diving into the Blue Hole will surely be a memorable experience for you.
4. Let the Dolphins Guide You
The Blue Lagoon Island is a half an hour away from Lassau. Here, if you want to swim at the sea, contact the Dolphin Encounter programme to get the dolphins by you when you are swimming! What a chance, eh? Apart from this, there is the McCutcheon’s Tower, from where you can ponder over the blue, transparent water of the Caribbean Sea.
5. The Glass Window Bridge
This is probably one of the most unique natural constructions in this planet. The Glass Window Bridge is on the Queen’s Highway which is the connection between Eleuthera’s Gregory Town and Lower Bogue. It is only 30 feet wide where it is the narrowest. On the northern side, it is the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and on the southern side, the serene, turquoise-green waters of the Exuma Sound in the Caribbean Sea. Such a beauty, isn’t it?
6. Queen’s Staircase
We have already taken the path of Queen’s Highway, so now lead to the Queen’s Staircase. Situated in Nassau, this 66 steps (102 feet high) was carved out of limestone by less than 600 slaves to connect the Bennet Hill’s Fort Fincastle with the downtown Nassau in the late 18th century. Later it was given this name after Queen Victoria who ruled over this region for more than six decades and abolished slavery in this country.
7. Take Part in Junkanoo
Enough of oceans, eh? Now time to get back ashore. Junkanoo is the festival of colours and vibrancy predominantly. This was started as a recreation of the slaves who used to get a three day off in the time of Christmas Eve. Nowadays, it is held between the Boxing Day and the New Year’s Day. Junkanoo is mainly a parade of people wearing indigenous masks and warm coloured clothes that definitely create a high visual grandeur. If you ever get the chance to travel the Bahamas during this time, never miss the most colourful facade of the country.
8. Enjoy the Lip-smacking Seafood
So you have travelled a lot. No doubt, you are hungry! Now it is time to look for the available foods in this country. Needless to say, you will get a variety of seafood here. So, leave all the other kind of delicious foods served here and let’s concentrate on seafood. The fish fry is a very popular item here from the mediaeval age. You will get many preparations of fried fish in most of the places here. Apart from that, broiled lobsters and shrimps are very popular too. People often have these items with rice n’ peas and rum or local Kalik beer. Lastly, which should never be missed, is the conch. Preparations from conch are pretty popular in this region but Bahamas’ placed it to a new height. Never even think of missing the conch fritter if you ever get to this country.
The Graycliff Hotel and the John Watling’s Distillery give the tourist a chance to taste and sample the wines and rum respectively. In the former one, you can blend your own wine with the guidance of a Californian winemaker while no other pace is better to know about rum-making than the John Watling’s Distillery. It’s been running for more than two centuries and providing some of the best quality rums in the world.
10. Duty-free Shopping
Last but not the least. Shopping. One can never imagine a vacation tour without capping it off with a great shopping. But alas, we often get disapproved by our wallets. So what could be better than shopping in duty-free stores? Yeah, here in the Bahamas, there are many like these to provide you with the best goods but they don’t charge any taxes. Be in Lassau, or in Lucaya, you always find these duty-free stores to spend your money in.
*This post was contributed by a guest travel writer.