7 Day Trip To Bahamas: Experience The Lucayan Marvel
The 700 islands that make up the Bahamas cannot be toured in 7 days, except you know what to do to experience it all. Let's show you how.
Every year millions of tourists take a trip to the 700 islands that make up the Bahamas. They visit, fully aware that these islands located within the Lucayan Archipelago will provide an unforgettable experience. The intriguing feature of this group of Caribbean islands is how each island possesses different features and an incredible number of exciting activities.
Often, many leave the Bahamas thinking they have seen and done it all. Most times, they barely scratch the surface of the endless possibilities that this island possesses. That is why we have provided a guide to help you maximize a 7-day trip to the Bahamas. Here, you will find a detailed listing of things to do and places to visit that will make your trip immensely fulfilling.
That said, shall we begin.
Day 1: Nassau & Paradise Island
You should spend your first day in the Caribbean nation exploring the local boutiques and cuisine. Nassau, one of the most popular cities in the Bahamas, houses an exotic nightlife that can be extremely indulging.
Day 2: Day Tour of Nassau
There is more to Nassau than its nightlife. Exploring downtown will help you absorb all there is to know about Bahamian history, culture, architecture, and cuisine. The latter is of utmost importance.
Days 3 & 4: The Exumas
The Exumas is a district in the Bahamas that is home to over 365 cays or islands. The sapphire blue waters that surround the island possess such brilliant colors visible from space.
Ensure you visit the notorious Norman’s Cay, former headquarters of Carlos Lehder’s drug smuggling operation. Today the island enjoys a much quieter life, providing visitors a chance to bask in its spectacular views, lagoons, white-sand beaches, and bays. Also, stop by Norman’s Cay Beach Point for street food, cocktails, and interesting stories told by locals. Norman’s Cay is majorly isolated, and a yacht trip will give you the chance to experience nature with almost no one else in sight.
Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy angling at the Exuma Sound. Twinkie Beach is the best location for beach lovers. Your days at the Exumas should include a snorkel of Pablo Escobar's sunken airplane, a swim with the Exuma Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay, feeding wild iguanas, and some time with the swimming pigs. Foodies will enjoy the buffet-style lunch served at Black Point.
Day 5 & 6: Eleuthera & Harbour Island
First settled in 1649, the island of Eleuthera is commonly referred to as the ‘pineapple capital of the world.’ The island commenced commercial farming of pineapples in the 18th century, and the Gregory Town pineapples have a reputation for being the sweetest on the planet. The island also houses the Pineapple Fields resort located 15 minutes away from the Governor’s Harbour International Airport.
Pineapples aside, Eleuthera is home to some of the best pink sand beaches worldwide. There you will find beachside shacks, including the renowned Tippy's serving fresh seafood. The wonders of Eleuthera's beaches do not match the phenomenal view the Glass Window Bridge provides. This man-made bridge dubbed "the narrowest place on earth" was constructed to replace a once impressive arch destroyed by the hurricane. It serves as one of nature's true wonders separating the glassy turquoise waters of Eleuthera from the dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean. Next, visit the sun-steamed waters of Queens Bath, a collection of natural pools formed by centuries of waves crashing on rocks.
A trip to Eleuthera will be incomplete without a stopover at the neighboring Harbour Island. There you can enjoy the beauty of New England-style architecture, long pink sand beaches, and marinas. With a decent number of posh resorts and gourmet restaurants, you will find fine dining and luxury restaurants in the Harbour Islands.
Day 7: Freeport for foodies
If you have had your fill of sights and adventures, it’s time to grab some of the best Bahamian delicacies. Visitors to the Caribbean Island will enjoy Freeport, home to great restaurants with diverse options.
Notable spots include Geneva's Place, Flying Fish Gastrobar, Hammerhead's Beach Bar, Churchill's Chop House & Bar, and West Side Grille. While doing so, take the chance to hop on a jeep safari tour to explore the Grand Bahamas historic settlements. Also, visit the Lighthouse House at Pinder's Point and the Perfume Factory.
Planning Your Trip
The lure of white sands and blue sky should not cloud the need for adequate planning. Although there are no serious restrictions on travel to the islands, unvaccinated persons aged 12 and above will need to undergo a PCR test 5 days before the travel date. Visitors who intend on visiting Nassau, Free Port, or Paradise Islands will have no problem reaching their destination.
There is a broad selection of accommodation choices, from small private guesthouses to luxury resorts. It becomes a challenge if you intend to seek out one of the Out Islands and visit. In that case, you will need a reliable means of transportation. Two common choices are by mail boat or, depending on the island, by air.
None of these provide you the freedom to traverse the Bahamas in style as a luxury yacht. Sail through the world’s third-largest barrier reef on the Andros and spend the evening watching the sunset off the coast of Eleuthera. Boatsters has an incredible array of luxury yacht choices to help ensure that every minute of your 7-day trip to the Bahamas is a memorable experience.
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