Nassau is the largest city and capital of the Bahamas. This is the lively alter-ego of the country’s lighthearted personality. Nassau is full of cruise tourists. The city has miles of spectacular, soft sandy beaches and endless coral reefs. Filled with colorful colonial buildings, this vibrant capital has funky charm. Tourists come here to see the well-preserved colonial mansions, forts and cathedrals. In addition to all these attractions, the city also has an unbridled pirate past. Tourists from all over the world come to sunbathe on the beach and relax in the warm tropical climate.
With so many options to choose from, this list of the 15 best day trips from Nassau has broken down the top destinations for the best of this beautiful Bahamian city.
1. Blue Lagoon Island
This private island is five kilometers from Nassau. Originally, the island’s lagoon was a salt marsh, officially known as a salt reef.
The three-acre marine mammal facility attracts local and international visitors. Blue Lagoon Island offers visitors everything they desire when imagining a private tropical island – pristine white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, hundreds of coconut trees, coral reefs and beautiful natural vegetation.
In the 19th century, the island became a popular stop for pirates, who used salt from the lagoon to preserve food.
Here you will find some of the best beaches in the Bahamas. Visitors come to this incredibly beautiful island to swim in the lagoons and relax in hammocks on the palm-lined beach.
2. Gambier Village
This is one of the oldest villages in the New Providence region of the Bahamas. The village dates back to the early 1800s and is located 10 miles west of Nassau.
Gambier Village was established by emancipated Americans after the abolition of the slave trade in 1806. Some liberated Africans, such as Elijah Morris, left an indelible mark on the village’s history. In 1841, he led the largest slave revolt in America.
Highlights of the Gambier day trip include thatched-roof cottages, rock ovens, community wells, Descendants of Elijah Morris and St. Peter the Baptist Church built in 1856.
3. Paradise Island
This 685-acre island in the Bahamas was originally called Pig Island. Paradise Island is located in the northern part of New Providence Island. This tourist center is connected to New Providence Island by two huge bridges spanning Nassau Harbor. The first bridge was built in 1966 and the second in the late 1990s.
Paradise Island is known for its sprawling Atlantis resort, which boasts expansive beaches, swimming pools and water rides. Tourists love the island for its silty-soft beaches and crystal-clear waters.
The seaside village found here is a great place for a scenic stroll. Other major attractions include Aquaventure and the tranquil Gardens of Versailles.
At the western end of Paradise Island is the Isle of Pigs Lighthouse, built in 1817.
Recommended Itinerary: Nassau: Nassau and Paradise Island Sightseeing Bus Tour
4. Cable Beach
This beach is popular for its sand, crystal clear waters, and multiple resorts along the way. Cable Beach is located 5.6 kilometers west of Nassau.
The iconic coastline boasts white sand beaches, calm breezes, crystal clear waters and lively beachside amenities.
Cable Beach is the perfect escape from Nassau; it’s the beach of choice for travelers looking to relax by the ocean and stretch out on the white sand. The waters are always warm, making Cable Beach an ideal place for year-round swimming.
5. Wells, Spain
This small town on St. George Island is one of the regions of the Bahamas. The island is 48 miles from Nassau. Spanish Wells are so petite that most people use golf carts to get around instead of full-size cars.
In 1992 and 1999, the island suffered heavy losses following Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Floyd, respectively. These caused a lot of damage to the island.
There is a 5.8 km bridge connecting Wells, Spain with the neighboring island of Russell.
In the past, the island was used as the last stop for Spanish ships returning from Europe. Here they stopped to replenish water from a well dug for this specific purpose; hence the name of the island.
The waters here are vital to the pillars of the island; the way they gleam in the bright sun attracts visitors.
6. Russell Island
This secluded island in the Bahamas was once home to a tropical fruit farm. Today, the island is full of dwellings. Russell Island is considered one of the cleanest and safest neighborhoods in the Bahamas. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful and slow island life.
On your day trip to Russell Island, you’ll pass the island’s abundance of mango, avocado, guava, coconut, banana and various citrus trees.
Tourists come here for diving, snorkeling, reef fishing and other activities.
This long, skinny, sparsely populated island is 60 miles from Nassau. The island’s name is pronounced “E-Loo-Thra”. Eleuthera is about 1 mile wide and 110 miles long. Its length allows it to accommodate miles of spectacular beaches just out there just waiting to be explored.
Most of the settlements on this island are small, wide communities filled with colorful buildings.
If you’re looking for serene beauty and simplicity on a day trip from Nassau, Eleuthera is an absolute paradise for this experience, thanks to its lush tropical foliage and magical pink and white sand beaches.
The people on this quiet, sleepy island are warm, hospitable, generous and friendly.
8. Harbour Island
Harbour Island – known to residents as Briland – is a borough in the Bahamas. It is known for its pink sandy beaches all over the eastern coastline. The pink color is due to the presence of foraminifera—microscopic creatures with reddish-pink shells.
The streets of Hong Kong Island are lined with colorful flowers, and the buildings in British colonial style. The island’s rich history dates back to the 1700s.
The weather on this tropical island is neither too hot nor too cold. For individuals looking for a laid-back destination, a day trip is the ultimate getaway that provides a quiet refuge from the chaos of everyday life.
9. Town of Dunmore
The town of Dunmore in the Bahamas has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The town is named after John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, Governor of the Bahamas from 1786 to 1798.
This picturesque seaside town is an ideal getaway for those who want to get away from the crowded tourist attractions. There aren’t many shops, it’s colorful and pretty in this town that features wood-panelled cottages.
Located 87 kilometers northeast of Nassau, this lovely Bahamian town is a fun town to explore.
This is the westernmost region of the Bahamas. Bimini is about 210 kilometers from Nassau and consists of a series of islands. The three main islands in the chain are North Bimini, South Island and East Bimini.
The Bimini District is located at the western end of the Bank of the Bahamas and is surrounded by shallow reefs off the coast. Hundreds of species of marine animals are found off the coast where the Gulf Stream meets the Bank of the Bahamas. Fishermen come to these shores to fish; the most common fish here are tuna and snapper.
11. Marsh Harbour
Marsh Harbour is a town in the Abacos Islands of the Bahamas. Marsh Harbor is located on a peninsula off the Great Abacos Highway. The town is famous for its marina and beaches. Visitors can dock their boats at any of the full-service marinas.
The Abacos Islands have a growing number of shops, cafes, hotels, resorts and other services. The lively downtown maintains a small-town feel while offering all of the city’s amenities, including a post office, bookstore, laundry, specialty and grocery stores.
12. Andros Island
Andros is an archipelago within the Bahamas. It is the largest of all the Bahamas and its land area consists of hundreds of islets and coral reefs.
The island is rich in natural landscapes. Andros has a unique natural environment, including the mesmerizing Blue Hole, rumored to be home to Luska (a mythical creature), the world’s third largest fringing barrier reef and numerous species of flora and fauna.
Andros is a great day trip option for kayakers, bird watchers, eco-tourists, hikers and divers.
13. Grand Bahama
This is the northernmost island in the Bahamas and the fourth largest. Grand Bahama Island is approximately 153 kilometers long and 24 kilometers at its widest point. The island is divided into two main administrative regions – East Grand Bahama and West Grand Bahama.
The island is surrounded by sun-drenched beaches and miles of crystal-clear turquoise waters. This makes Grand Bahama a great place for a variety of water sports such as scuba diving, paragliding and snorkeling.
The city is located in the Free Trade Zone, a region of the Bahamas.
In August 1955, the government of the Bahamas agreed that businesses in the Freeport area would not be taxed. The Tortoise Creek Agreement stipulated that businesses in Freeport should not be taxed until 1980. The timeline was later moved to 2054.
Freeport is served by Grand Bahamas International Airport and Bahamas Domestic Ferries. The airport receives domestic and international flights from the Bahamas as well as Canada and the United States.
15. Lucaya National Park
This 40-acre national park was established in 1977.
Lucaya National Park has one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world. This one-of-a-kind cave system stretches for six miles. The national park also has stunning beaches.
National parks are rich in wildlife and once-in-a-lifetime ecosystems. This park is ideal for a day trip from Nassau. There are nature trails and boardwalks everywhere.
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