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 like the idea of seeing the sights at a slower pace, there are a variety of different places that can help make it happen. Navigate here to read our page about bike and scooter rentals.

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.

There are 30 dive operators and at least 115 different dive sites to choose from. For more information about scuba diving in this area visit this page.

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.

Fishing is popular in this area, as indicated by the presence of 51 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Readers can find more details concerning fishing in this area can do so on 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.

Golf is a popular sport in this area, as indicated by the presence of 14 different golf courses. Some of the area courses include Albany Golf Course, Paradise Island Golf Course, and Treasure Cay Golf Course. For detailed information about the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more click on the name of the course. Moreover, you can visit this page if you want to find out additional specifics about golfing throughout Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

Flying Cloud

The chart directly below has some key facts concerning firms that can enable you to get out on the open 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
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 learn about local marinas and charter options navigate 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 there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they might want to know that there are at least 90 retailers in this area. Click here to find our page regarding shopping in the Bahamas.

Sightseeing

National Art Galley of The Bahamas

Sightseeing is also a great activity for anyone visiting the Bahamas. Among other sights, the area has 15 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Assuming you like being outside are likely to enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. Navigate here to read our extended discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

Be sure to look at the table below for a listing of a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights.

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
White Cloud Water Sports Travel and Tour Operators (242) 559-2723 Freeport, Western part of the Bahamas Grand Bahama Island

Snorkeling

Lagoon Tours

If you enjoy underwater beauty there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in the Bahamas. Click here to read our article about local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

Hair International Salon & Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be the highlight of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, considering that there are 30 spas that operate in this area. For more information on the options, use this link.

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 enjoy playing tennis you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 23 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on each name to read about other aspects of 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 instance, Atlantis Royal Towers offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Information about many other activities are displayed right below.

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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