You know how great beaches are in the Bahamas. Crystal clear waters stretching as far as the eye can see. But did you know you can also find places of great historical importance and adventures the whole family will enjoy outside of the beach?
We’ve got your guide to fun day trips around the islands of the Bahamas for an unforgettable experience in paradise.
1. John Waling’s Distillery
When you’re in the Caribbean, rum is only a few feet away at all times, and the Bahamas is no different. Served at resorts, restaurants, bars, and even street corners around the country, you should visit where all the magic happens.
Located on New Providence Island, located in downtown Nassau and near Paradise Island, this distillery offers tours where you can even sample small batches of rum and plant infused gin. This distillery doesn’t export any of its products, so stock up while you’re there.
You may recognize the outside architecture from scenes in the James Bond movie Casino Royale, enough for any movie lover to visit. Great for your wallet, the tour is completely free and ends with samples of pina coladas infused with rum.
2. The Glass Window Bridge
Explore where the oceans meet at the Glass Window Bridge, located along the Queen’s Highway between Eleuthera’s Gregory Town and Lower Bogue. On the north, behold sites of the Atlantic Ocean, while if you turn around you’ll find equally beautiful waters of the Caribbean.
Visitors can hike around the area and even have access to a free beach on the Caribbean side. You can find drinks and food nearby, but as this is off the beaten path, you may have to search for somewhere to park your car.
3. Queen’s Staircase
The Queen’s Staircase is located in Downtown Nassau and provides a glimpse of important historic moments of the island itself. The 66 stairs were built in the 1700’s by around 600 slaves to connect the city of Nassau to Bennet Hill’s Fort Fincastle. Accessible day and night, this attraction is free to visit, but does have locals offering tours in the area.
The staircase itself is named for Queen Victoria, who ruled the island and abolished slavery in the 1800’s in the region. Checkout nearby restaurants and bars after the long hike up the steps.
4. Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
A 25-acre national park, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve was named after a man famous for his love of natural environments and greenery. Inside the park, you’ll find plenty of native plant species like mangroves, cacti, ferns, and orchards. Walk through the lush paths and learn about plants crucial to the ecosystem of the Bahamas.
Located just south of Governor’s Harbor, this is a great trip for the whole family that won’t break the bank at $10 for adults and $6 for kids. They even have a gift shop and kids’ activities during the week.
5. Lucayan National Park
This national park is the largest in the Bahamas and offers 40 acres of fun for the whole family. Famous for its part in various movies (beach scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean, cave scenes from James Bond), this picturesque park has mangroves, walkways, boardwalks, and more.
Divers will love the numerous cave diving opportunities in the crystal clear waters, while everyone else will love hiking or canoeing through the mangroves and other native plants. At only $5 per person, this is an affordable adventure with beautiful views and fun.
By: Devyn Woolsey
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