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Welcome to Bahamas

Just 182 miles (293 kilometers) off the coast of Miami, the coral archipelago of the Bahamas rises out of jewel-toned seas, complete with swaying palms, virgin beaches, and a richly Caribbean culture. Most visitors to the islands find themselves in bustling Nassau or Freeport, where the cruise ships dock. Known for nonstop partying, an intriguing pirate past, and street vendors hawking goods to passersby, both Bahamian cities can be explored in the company of a local guide for off-the-beaten-path experiences. Explore hidden culinary gems in Nassau on a walking and tasting tour; get the inside scoop on local landmarks; or take a shore excursion from Freeport to the less-crowded part of Grand Bahama Island. There, Lucayan National Park is home to one of the world's largest underwater cave systems and visitors can stroll along miles of unspoiled beaches. Those in search of an even more laid-back experience still should head to the Out Islands; thanks to tours that provide aquatic transportation, getting there couldn't be easier. Watch for wildlife—including swimming piglets—on the Exumas, accessible via powerboat tour from Nassau; or cruise over to Rose Island for snorkeling or kayaking. Regardless of your vacation agenda, there's an island or a cay in the Bahamas that's got you covered.

Top 10 attractions in Bahamas

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Rose Island

Rose Island

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Rose Island is an idyllic private getaway off the coast of Nassau. Home to a coral reef and a lone beach bar, this tiny, tropical islet offers an exclusive setting for snorkeling and sunbathing on an 11-mile (18-kilometer) stretch of uninhabited, privately owned Bahamian beach.More
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Queen's Staircase

Queen's Staircase

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The Queen’s Staircase, one of Nassau’s most visited attractions, holds an important place in Bahamian cultural history. Around 1793, slaves carved this 102-foot (31-meter) staircase, comprised of 65 steps, out of solid limestone. Later it was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s 65-year reign and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.More
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Lucayan National Park

Lucayan National Park

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The 40-acre (16-hectare) Lucayan National Park is home to some of the most spectacular secluded beaches in all of The Bahamas, as well as one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world. Nature trails and boardwalks lead through mangrove, pine, and palm forests, home to a wealth of animals and vegetation.More
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Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

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Just off Paradise Cove on Grand Bahama’s southwest coast, Deadman’s Reef is one of the area’s top snorkeling spots. The shallow waters are teeming with coral, colorful reef fish, turtles, rays, and more, and are ideal for all levels.More
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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is the British-colonial Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Constructed in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views, hidden underground passages, a waterless mote, remote dungeons and even authentic canons. Guides are available to help travelers navigate through subterranean halls far below the fort, but well-place signage and plenty of light means visitors can just as easily explore the grounds on their own.More
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Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle

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Overlooking the city of Nassau from its vantage point atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 to protect the island of New Providence from outside invaders. Much of the imposing building remains intact today. Visitors come to explore the fortifications and enjoy the view from the highest point in Nassau.More
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Government House

Government House

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Built in 1801 on an estate on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House is often considered the best example of Georgian Colonial architecture in all of the West Indies. The mansion is painted a vibrant pink with a bright white trim (a nod to Nassau’s famous conch shells) and is the residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas.More
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Garden of the Groves

Garden of the Groves

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This 12-acre (5-hectare) park was dedicated in 1973 to the Groves who founded Freeport. Walk the idyllic botanical garden to take in the lush plant life, native animals (including macaws, alligators, and iguanas), and, of course, snap plenty of Edenic photos.More
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Arawak Cay

Arawak Cay

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The evening fish fry is a much-loved tradition across many Caribbean islands, and Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas, brings the custom to life. Find colorful huts selling fresh fish dishes, such as conch salad and lobster, along with vendors making tropical cocktails, and there’s often live music, too.More
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Port Lucaya Marketplace

Port Lucaya Marketplace

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A commercial hub spread across 9.5 acres (3.8 hectares), the Port Lucaya Marketplace is one of Freeport’s most popular attractions. After browsing dozens of handicraft vendors and specialty stores, unwind at one of the restaurants or bars, then head to Count Basie Square—the heart of the market—for live Bahamian music.More

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Top activities in Bahamas

Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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Exuma Full-day Experience

Exuma Full-day Experience

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Full-Day Small-Group Tour to Pig Beach by Powerboat

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Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

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4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

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Atv tour of Nassau

Atv tour of Nassau

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Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
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Private Half Day Charter

Private Half Day Charter

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Pearl Island Escape incl. Snorkeling Experience with Lunch
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Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

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Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bahamas

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Awesome Island Tour
imkingkp, Jul 2021
Atv tour of Nassau
This tour is perfect if you want to see and experience the real Bahamas and not just the resort!
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Memorable tour
Kayli, Jul 2021
Flight & Small Group Tour to Swimming Pigs with 7 Stops Including Sunken Plane
Then we went to see the iguanas and they came rushing onto the beach for a snack!
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Punctual and great conversation
Ferne_Nunez, Jul 2021
Shared Airport Roundtrip Shuttle
Both drivers gave me insight into things to do in the Bahamas before leaving the island.
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The best tour
Rickena_J, Jul 2021
Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour
Overall, it was a great way to see the island, in a less touristy way.
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Bowcar is worth every penny.
Jasmine_L, May 2021
Atv tour of Nassau
I took this tour on my final day in the Bahamas and I really got to see the beauty & authentic culture of the island.
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Fantastic Tour!
KimL, Apr 2021
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
Tyrone made the tour both educational and entertaining, and I’m so glad that the kids were able to see and learn more about the city.
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Great time!
Catie_S, Mar 2020
Full-Day Small-Group Tour to Pig Beach by Powerboat
You get to see so much, the waters were so blue and clear.
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ATV tour of Nassau
Sightseer50111450577, Nov 2018
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Tropical Drink & Free Rum Cake Souvenir)
Would recommend this business for anyone wanting to see a lot of the Bahamas via ATV...
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The National park is small and not...
Angela M, Jun 2017
Bahamas East End and Lucayan National Park Tour
The National park is small and not much to see but Gold Rock beach is stunningly beautiful.
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i was on my first ever "solo...
jodi w, Sep 2013
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see a more local side of nassau!
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The most perfect way to see Nassau!!
shikamurthy, Jan 2020
Clifton National Park Tour on ATV or Buggy (Beach Break, Lunch, Tropical Drinks)
Now for the actual tour, this was such a fun way to see Nassau!!!
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Such a great tour!
CaptMal, Nov 2019
Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour
These are places that I didn't even know existed in Nassau and I'm so happy I was able to see them.
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The best day of our trip!
rar62686, Aug 2019
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Tropical Drink & Free Rum Cake Souvenir)
We really wanted to see the pigs and do that excursion while in the Bahamas, but unfortunately due to weather were unable to.
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Fantastic Walking Tour with Frederick
lsu96tiger, Jun 2018
Nassau Historical Walking Tour
We also had the opportunity to visit Tasty Teas and the John Watling Distillery before ending our tour back where we started.
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We had a very good time on this...
Anita H, Feb 2018
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
It was a great way to see a bit of the island especially when we didn't have a car.
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Laura T, May 2017
Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour
We ended at the John Watling's Distillery to see how the rum is made.
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carey_goad, Sep 2016
Nassau Shore Excursion: Cultural Heritage Sightseeing Tour
Highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see and learn more about the wonderful islands of the Bahamas.
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There was three cruise ships in port...
bogie, May 2017
Single Parasail Over Cabbage Beach
It was obvious that the young kid was learning what to do.
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Excellent, excellent, excellent...
jajchez2, Nov 2015
A Taste of Bahamas Cultural Food Tour
If you're looking for fancy this is not it - but if you're looking to see what lays behind the tourist spots - it's a must go.
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The tour was good, but it needs to...
Lisa S, Dec 2015
Nassau Shore Excursion: Half-Day Historical Sightseeing Tour
I was really bummed that we didn't get to see a beach, being that we were in the Bahamas for the first time ever.
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