Whether it is from the comfort of the cruise ship or from lying on the beautiful Bahamian beaches, the collection of around 700 islands provide wonderful views and a stunning backdrop to a holiday that allows visitors the chance to escape from the pressures of the modern world. The palm tree-lined sand coasts of the Bahamas are one of the region’s main attractions and also offer visitors the chance to try a number of water sports activities, including snorkelling to discover tropical fish and stingrays, sailing, swimming with dolphins and parasailing. Those looking for active shore excursions can also discover a number of activities to take part in on land, including horseback riding, jeep safaris and tours of national parks. Grand Bahamas Island is home to two national parks. Lucayan National Park is comprised of a number of ecosystems that support a variety of wildlife and also contains a number of natural caves for visitors to explore. Petersons Cay is another national park, with a fantastic reef to discover in closer detail.
Nassau, New Providence is a popular destination for shore excursions from Bahamas cruises. Nassau is home to some great examples of 19th century colonial architecture, painted in a range of attractive pastel colours and offers visitors a host of historical and contemporary attractions. Historical buildings to visit include Fort Fincastle, dating back to the 18th century, and Fort Charlotte. Shoppers are spoilt for choice in Nassau’s Straw Market, with traders selling a wide variety of goods including traditional crafts.
Bahamas cruises also often visit Paradise Island, where guests can spend a day at the Atlantis Resort, home to an exciting waterpark, filled with attractions such as giant exhilarating water slides, to keep children and the young at heart entertained for hours. A marine life exhibit also offers an opportunity to swim with dolphins.
Freeport is another destination with plenty to offer visitors on a day excursion from their Bahamas cruise. As it was designed with tourists in mind, there are a wide variety of attractions to choose from. Lovers of shopping can explore the International Bazaar, selling unique items from around the world, in Downtown Freeport. A large number of restaurants are also available in Freeport, offering food to suit all tastes while a number of theatres and casinos provide a range of entertainment options. Elsewhere, the Pirates of the Bahamas Theme Park offers a fun-filled day while the Garden of the Groves botanical park in Freeport offers a chance to relax and discover the sheer beauty of a Bahamian tropical garden, adding to the range of attractions to keep visitors of all ages amused.