Freedom to revel in the diversity
You’d be forgiven for not knowing that The Bahamas is blessed, incredibly, with 700 islands. Also, we would let you off for being unaware of a similarly awesome diversity of holiday experiences you can have around the islands themselves, and when coming from Florida. Bahamas residents will tell you, every island has its own character, its own atmosphere and subtle differences in culture. So, how do you add wonderful variety to your trip to The Bahamas? Why, you island hop of course!
The phrase ‘island hopping’ is a fabulous one – conjuring up everything that’s great about a carefree holiday, and even for those based in Florida, Bahamas’ islands are extremely accessible. There are few archipelagos in the world where you can immerse yourself in so many exquisitely different paradises at the drop of an anchor. You’re the boss… The Bahamas are your playground.
Why not dip into the vibrant Nassau and Paradise Island, for some boutique shopping (every bit as good as Florida), and Bahamas-style cool bars, clubs, casinos and water sports. Then perhaps hop to somewhere quieter. Within two and a half hours – and countless incredible vistas - on a fast ferry, you’ll be transported magically to the small, quaint, relaxed Harbour Island where the residents welcome you as one of their own - and your watch needs resetting to ‘island time’. It’s not the same as the fast pace of places like Florida – Bahamas visitors are often amazed to find time does seem to move more slowly! From here it’s a tiny boat hop of a few minutes over to Eleuthera, with its fascinating history of settlers and pink sand beaches - not to mention caves to explore.
Feel you’ve done enough lazing for a while? Then it’s time for a bit of action. Luckily for you, the world-renowned game fishing destination of Bimini is just a short ferry ride away. Experience the hunt for blue marlin and follow in Hemingway’s (watch a video on Hemingway's day on the island) footsteps as you hold out for ‘The Big One!’
And surely it would be rude not to take a boat over to The Exumas, to sample their myriad dreamy idyllic cays and wander inland to spot exotic wildlife such as the pre-historic-looking Bahamian Iguana. It’s a sight you can’t see in Florida; Bahamas islands are known for their wildlife along with their spectacular scenery.
…What’s that? You’ve just heard that there’s a Junkanoo party on San Salvador at the weekend? Let’s get on the ferry and go! In The Bahamas, once you start to hop, you won’t want to stop.
Feeling inspired to explore The Bahamas?
Well start by taking a look at these pages, here on our website, to see what’s available at the moment: