The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands and 2,400 cays, reaching from the deep North Atlantic up to Florida’s east coast. Across this stretch you’ll find coral reefs, ocean trenches and a seascape as full of life as the islands above.
If it’s a sense of seclusion you’re searching for, we think the Bahamas is hard to better. There are countless isolated beaches and coves, postcard-perfect palm-fringed stretches of white where the only person leaving footprints in the sand will be you.
After a few days’ relaxation, you might be ready to turn explorer, or twitcher. We recommend heading to Inagua National Park. It’s home to the world’s largest breeding colony of West Indian flamingos, and nothing quite prepares you for your first glimpse. Crimson-pink, sometimes up to five feet tall, seeing these majestic creatures up close is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
If you’re a diver, try the blue holes of Andros or the wrecks off the coast of San Salvador. And if you like paddling, take a kayak around the 365 Exuma Cays – the coral reefs here make for brilliant diving and snorkelling. For a more sedate way to relax and unwind, there’s the golf. The Bahamas has PGA courses designed by Greg Norman as well as the world’s first tropical Scottish-style links.
When to go
The best months are November to May, as they are the least humid.