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 riding in the open air, there are multiple different rental agencies that can help. Navigate here to view our article concerning 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 28 dive operators and at least 115 good dive sites to choose from. If you want to get more details concerning diving opportunities in this area, can do so here.

Fishing

Fish Rowe Charters

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 you have some avid fishermen vacationing with you, they're in luck -- there are 52 charter operators in this area. To navigate to our complete guide to deep sea fishing, use this link.

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 you have some experienced golfers vacationing with you, they'll be pleased to know there are 9 courses in this area. Some of the area courses include Paradise Island Golf Course, Albany Golf Course, and The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. Click on the course name to read a detailed article concerning the course. Moreover, you can read this page if you want to get more details concerning golf courses throughout the Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

Flying Cloud

The table just below lists more details 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 Boating (242) 225-4408 Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
Exotic Adventures (242) 374-2278 Downtown 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
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
Powerboat Adventures (242) 323-8888 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
Sunn Odyssey (242) 373-4014 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Valentines (242) 333-2080 0.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island

If you're interested in learning about area marinas and charter operators use this link.

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 shopping aficionados in your group, they might enjoy exploring a few of the area's 90 retail stores. To find out about opportunities for shopping in the Bahamas, read this article.

Sightseeing

National Art Galley of The Bahamas

Sightseeing is also a popular activity for visitors to the Bahamas. Area sights include 15 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to tourists. Nature enthusiasts will frequently enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. Navigate here to find our extended discussion of area sightseeing and attractions.

Information concerning a firm that will help you get the most out of your sightseeing time can be found here:

Sightseeing Services In the Bahamas
Name Type Phone Location Island
Bahamas Outdoors Nature Tours (242) 457-0329 Nassau New Providence
Benry Smith Flats Guide Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 368-2833 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Andros Town North Andros Island
Cheryl's Bahamas Taxi & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 423-4982 Downtown Nassau New Providence
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
Island Fun & Sun Tours Ltd Excursions and Sightseeing Service 351-4000 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Island World Adventures Nature Tourism Service (242) 363-3333 1.3 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Jermaine's Taxi and Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 425-1789 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Laing's Private Bus Charter Excursions and Sightseeing Service 353-5300 Grand Bahama Island Grand Bahama Island
Lucaya Watersports Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (242) 373-6375 2.6 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Majestic Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 322-2606 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Paradise Watersports Excursions and Sightseeing Service (242) 373-4001 1.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island

Snorkeling

Eleuthera Tours

If exploring an underwater world sounds appealing you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in the Bahamas. For more information about local snorkeling opportunities, use this link.

Spas

Hair International Salon & Spa

Enjoying a spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, considering that there are 23 spas located in this area. Take advantage of this page which is all about spas in the area if you'd like to find out more information.

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 your best bet is to make your reservations 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. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on the names to learn 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
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach 1.7 mi. South West of Central Garden of the Groves Grand Bahama Island 2 check
One & Only Ocean Club 2.0 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence 6 check
Atlantis The Cove 1.2 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Nassau New Providence 6

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

Other Activities

Information concerning lots of other activities are provided down below.

Other Activities In the Bahamas
Name Type Phone Location Island
Aquaventure Amusement/Theme Park (242) 363-3000 0.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Potters Cay New Providence
Better Bodies Gym Gymnasium 394-5900 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 Sporting Event Venue 352-2952 Seahorse Village, Western part of the Bahamas 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 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
Jet Ski Tours at Paradise Bay Watersports Operator (242) 358-5229 Central the Bahamas Great Exuma
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
Ocean Motion Watersports Watersports Equipment Shop (242) 373-9603 2.5 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Paradise Watersports Watersports Operator (242) 373-4001 1.6 mi. South of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Pinetree Stables Horseback Riding Site -- 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
The Ultimate Zone Amusement Arcade (242) 374-7529 2.2 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island

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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