Activities in the Bahamas

Vacationers in the Bahamas have plenty of activities to explore

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In the Bahamas it's easy to find something to do. From land to sea, there are plenty of activities to delight island visitors, no matter which islands they choose to see during their stay. Some of the most popular activities are snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and golfing.

Events and Festivals

The Bahamas celebrates dozens of events throughout the year, so chances are there will be something going on during your stay. Junkanoo is the celebration that draws the largest crowd, as locals and visitors alike take to the streets in the early morning hours of December 26th to celebrate the islands' African roots. Click here to read more about events and festivals in the Bahamas.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are intrigued by the idea of enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, there are multiple different businesses that can help make it happen. Anyone who needs to get more information about this topic can do so here.

Diving

The Bahamas Diving

Underwater beauty abounds at any of the islands' incredible offshore locations for snorkeling and diving. Learn about some of the top spots for snorkelers and divers as you plan your island vacation, and plan take a trip offshore with one of the many dive and snorkel tour operators you'll find throughout the islands.

You'll find 32 dive operators and at least 115 good dive sites to choose from. Take advantage of this page concerning diving in this area if you're seeking additional information.

Fishing

Local Boy Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing is another popular activity for the nautically inclined. Charter boats are often available with a captain to take anglers out to popular fishing spots. And with so many fishing destinations available, there's plenty to do. If you love a challenge and have a bit of patience, you might choose to take on the bonefish in shallow flats, or spend some time reef fishing. Those looking to hook something bigger can try deep see fishing not far from shore.

If there are some fishing fanatics traveling with you, they'll be pleased to know they can go fishing with one of the 52 charter operators in this area. To find out about other deep sea fishing in this area, go to this page.

Golf

Albany Golf Course

On land, sports fans can try their hand at a game of golf. With plenty of courses, especially on Paradise Island and Grand Bahama, vacationers are never far from a great game of golf. In fact, with PGA pro tour stops in the Bahamas, travelers are assured of some of the world's best golf courses. Golfers who aren't so experienced can also get help with their game, as some locations offer pro lessons.

If there are some experienced golfers in your group, they'll be pleased to know 14 golf courses are located in this area. Some of the area courses include Albany Golf Course, Paradise Island Golf Course, and Treasure Cay Golf Course. Just click on the name of the course to get additional information concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more. To read about other golf courses throughout Caribbean, go to this article.

Sailing and Boating

Flying Cloud

You can look through this table for more information about area firms that can help you get out on the water.

Boating Opportunities In the Bahamas
Name Phone Location Island
Barefoot Sailing Cruises (242) 393-0820 0.8 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Dive Abaco Snorkeling (800) 247-5338 0.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Dive Guana Snorkeling (242) 365-5178 Central the Bahamas Great Guana Cay
Eleuthera Tours Sailing (242) 225-4408 Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
Exotic Adventures (242) 374-2278 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Flying Cloud (242) 394-5067 1.3 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Island Time (888) 733-3607 The Bahamas
Ocean Fox -- Waterford, Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
Out Island Explorers (265) 365-5686 George Town, Central the Bahamas Great Exuma
Party Cat Cruises (954) 727-5339 1.9 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Pat & Diane Tours (888) 439-3959 2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Powerboat Adventures -- Paradise Island New Providence
Reef Tours (242) 373-5880 2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Sandy Toes (242) 363-8637 8.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central Nassau Rose Island
Sea Island Adventures (242) 325-3910 2.0 mi. West-Southwest of Central Olde Town Sandyport New Providence
Seahorse Sailing Adventures 322-4827 Paradise Island New Providence
Seaworld Explorer (242) 356-2548 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas (800) 879-9832 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Sunn Odyssey (242) 373-4014 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Sunshine Cruises (242) 327-5122 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Superior Watersports Sailing (242) 373-7863 2.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Valentines (242) 333-2080 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island

If you'd like to read about marinas and charter operators go to this page.

Shopping

Calico Trading Co

The shopping in the Bahamas is as varied as the islands themselves. Whether you are looking for a deal on designer duds or a hand crafted souvenir, you'll find it in the Bahamas. Nassau on New Providence is great for shopping for high end products, but it is also home to a well-known straw market. Atlantis on Paradise Island is where you will likely find the best deals on brand names, and Freeport on Grand Bahama is home to the International Bazaar. The Out Islands are not usually frequented for shopping purposes alone, but you may be able to find some shops with locally made products worth your while.

If you're vacationing with some people who enjoy exploring new shops they can "discover" a few of the area's 90 retail shops. Navigate to this article if you want to know more about shopping in the Bahamas.

Sightseeing

National Art Galley of The Bahamas

Another good way to spend some of your vacation is to enjoy the area's sights and natural environment. The area has 15 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Assuming you like the open air will frequently enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. For more about available sightseeing attractions, read this page.

Information concerning a firm that will provide a guided tour of some of the most enjoyable sites can be found below.

Sightseeing Services In the Bahamas
Name Type Phone Location Island
Aarow Travel & Tours Travel and Tour Operators 393-1981 Nassau New Providence
Abaco Eco Kayak Tours and Rentals Nature Tourism Service (242) 366-0398 0.0 mi. West of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Abaco Outback Eco Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 367-5358 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Bahamas Outdoors Nature Tours (242) 457-0329 Nassau New Providence
Bahamas Segway Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 376-9016 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Bahamas Sightseeing & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service 323-4323 The Bahamas
Dan Knowles Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service 393-2220 The Bahamas
Eleuthera Tours Travel and Tour Operators (242) 225-4408 Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
Executive Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 352-8858 Port Lucaya, Western part of the Bahamas Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Nature Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 373-2485 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
H Forbes Charter & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service 352-9311 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Harrison Bus Service Charter & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service 364-0103 Nassau New Providence
Island Fun & Sun Tours Ltd Excursions and Sightseeing Service 351-4000 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Island Routes Caribbean Tours at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort Excursions and Sightseeing Service -- 0.1 mi. East of Central Cable Beach New Providence
Island World Adventures Nature Tourism Service (242) 363-3333 Paradise Island New Providence
Lagoon Tours Nature Tourism Service (242) 331-2459 0.3 mi. East of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island
Laing's Private Bus Charter Excursions and Sightseeing Service 353-5300 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Lincoln Jones Island Adventure Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (242) 365-4223 6.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay
Lucaya Watersports Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (242) 373-6375 2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Paradise Watersports Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 373-4001 1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Park Place Travel & Tour Travel and Tour Operators (242) 356-5063 Nassau New Providence
Tropical Travel Tours Travel and Tour Operators 322-4091 Nassau New Providence

Snorkeling

Lagoon Tours

If exploring a watery world sounds fun there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so during your vacation in the Bahamas. For more information on snorkeling opportunities, go to this page.

Spas

Hair International Salon & Spa

Relaxing in a spa might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 30 spas in this area. Make your way to this extended discussion concerning spas in the area if you want to discover additional facts.

Tennis

Atlantis Royal Towers

Tennis pros will delight in the over 100 courses that are available throughout the islands. Many exist on hotel properties, and are free of charge for guests, while other are on public courts and even in tennis clubs. If you are new to the sport, you can hire a tennis pro to show you the ropes; some resorts even offer an hour with their tennis staff for free.

If you like to play tennis you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 23 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis In the Bahamas
Property Location Island Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Atlantis Royal Towers 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau New Providence 2 check check
Grand Lucaya Bahamas Beach 2.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island 4
Meliá Nassau Beach 0.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cable Beach New Providence 4 check
Breezes Bahamas 4.0 mi. Northwest of Central Nassau New Providence 3 check
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa 0.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Cable Beach New Providence 2 check
Grand Lucayan 2.3 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island 4 check check
Sandals Emerald Bay Central the Bahamas Great Exuma 6
Atlantis Coral Towers 1.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau New Providence 6
One & Only Ocean Club 2.0 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence 6 check
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach 1.7 mi. South West of Central Garden of the Groves Grand Bahama Island 2 check

For example, Atlantis Royal Towers offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Glance through this table for a list of other activities.

Other Activities In the Bahamas
Name Type Phone Location Island
Albany Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 2.0 mi. South of Central Old Fort Bay New Providence
Aquadventure Amusement/Theme Park (242) 363-3000 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Potters Cay New Providence
Aquamarine Water Sports Watersports Operator 702-5800Ex860432 Cable Beach New Providence
Better Bodies Gym Gymnasium 394-5900 Nassau New Providence
Body Mind & Spirit Massage Massage Therapist 327-0476 Nassau New Providence
Body Zone Fitness Gymnasium -- Nassau New Providence
Club One Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (242) 327-2685 1.4 mi. West of Central Cable Beach New Providence
Dolphin Encounter Dolphin Encounter Service (242) 363-1003 3.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Potters Cay New Providence
Freeport Rugby & Football Club Spectator Teams and Clubs 352-2952 Seahorse Village Grand Bahama Island
Galleria Cinemas Movie Theater (242) 393-9405 1.6 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau New Providence
Globe Princess Theater Movie Theater -- 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Eleuthera Eleuthera
Grand Bahama Amusement Arcade Amusement Arcade 352-5443 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahamas Sports Complex Sporting Event Venue -- Freeport, Western part of the Bahamas Grand Bahama Island
Happy Trails Stables Horseback Riding Site (242) 362-1820 4.2 mi. South West of Central Cable Beach New Providence
Healing Hands (Massage Therapy) Massage Therapist (242) 324-6516 Nassau New Providence
Hope Town Community Pool Swimming Pools -- 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Iron Man Gym No 1 Gymnasium 356-4766 The Bahamas
Kayak Nature Tours Jet Ski Rental Service 373-2485 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Lucaya Watersports Seahorse Road Watersports Operator (242) 373-6375 2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Lucaya Watersports Taino Beach Resort Watersports Operator (242) 727-0968 2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Mario's Bowling & Family Bowling Center 326-8010 2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Nassau New Providence
Mayfield Beach & Tennis Club Tennis Club 352-9776 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Mind Body & Soul Fitness Center Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Downtown Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Muscletune Fitness And Nutrition Center Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Downtown Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Mystical Fitness & Health Spa Fitness Centers and Instructors 325-4111 Nassau New Providence
Nails & Massages By Ingrid Massage Therapist 324-2942 Nassau New Providence
New Era Game Club Amusement Arcade 225-9178 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Paradise Watersports Watersports Operator (242) 373-4001 1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Pine Tree Stables Horseback Riding Site (242) 373-3600 1.3 mi. South of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre Fitness Centers and Instructors -- Nassau, Western part of the Bahamas New Providence
Surrey Tours Horse and Carriage Service -- Downtown Nassau New Providence
The Dolphin Experience Dolphin Encounter Service 373-9332 Port Lucaya Grand Bahama Island
The Ultimate Zone Amusement Arcade (242) 374-7529 2.2 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Trade Wind Tour & Parasail boats Parasailing Service (242) 357-2584 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Great Harbour Cay Great Harbour Cay
Women's Intuition Gymnasium 322-2847 Nassau New Providence

Sports

You may find that you are more interested in being a spectator than actually participating in island sports. The Bahamas have several national teams for sports such as cricket, football, baseball, and basketball. If you are in the country during the teams regular seasons, plan to go support local sports by attending a game.

Note also that track and field is an important event in the Bahamas. In fact, in the 2012 Summer Olympics, local track and field star Kershorn Wallcott brought home the gold in javelin.

Whether you want to play on the land or beneath the water, you'll find plenty to do for every day of your journey in the Bahamas.

 

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