There is no denying that a vacation spent on the beaches of the Bahamas is a successful one, but further inland there is much beauty to behold. More than a dozen national parks and a handful of dazzling gardens dot the landscape, just waiting to be explored. Make your vacation that much more special by taking some time to explore the natural side of the Bahamas
The Bahamas National Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and replenishment of the environment, as well as outdoors education. The trust makes contributions in caring for nearly all of the natural attractions listed below.
Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You might be happy to learn the area has numerous nature preserves available.
Walker's Cay National Park is a great nature preserve Walkers Cay, in northwestern the Bahamas. The remote Walker's Cay National Park features a natural habitat for countless species that call this island home.
Vacationers wanting to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting choices like Pelican Cays National Park. Over 177 species of land and sea life have bee documented within the park, including Green and Loggerhead turtles and Bridled Terns.
Fowl Cays National Park: Fowl Cays has long been a popular boating destination, but in recent years it has grown into one of the top snorkeling and diving sites around.
View the following table for more information.
|Andros Barrier Reef National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||19.0 mi. South of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|BNT Rand Nature Centre||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.3 mi. North of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Black Sound Cay||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.1 mi. South of Central Crab Cay||Great Abaco|
|Blue Holes National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||20.1 mi. East of Central North Andros Island||North Andros Island|
|Crab Replenishment National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||28.2 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay||North Andros Island|
|Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central the Bahamas||Shroud Cay|
|Fowl Cays National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Fowl Cay||Fowl Cay|
|Inagua National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.8 mi. South of Central Great Inagua||Inagua|
|Lacayan National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.2 mi. East of Central Freetown||Grand Bahama Island|
|Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.4 mi. Northwest of Central South Palmetto Point||Eleuthera|
|Little Inagua National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Little Inagua||Little Inagua|
|Moriah Harbour Cay||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central the Bahamas||Great Exuma|
|Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.1 mi. East of Central Garden of the Groves||Grand Bahama Island|
|Pelican Cays National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||1.3 mi. South of Central Channel Cay||Great Abaco|
|Peterson Cay National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||3.1 mi. East of Central Garden of the Groves||Grand Bahama Island|
|Primeval Forest||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Old Fort Bay||New Providence|
|Union Creek National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||15.9 mi. Northeast of Central Matthew Town||Inagua|
|Walker's Cay National Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||0.0 mi. South West of Central Walkers Cay||Walkers Cay|
Although most vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. the Bahamas offers some interesting choices, including 6 caves.
You may enjoy visiting Preacher's Cave, which is situated in the Bahamas. While Eleuthera is one of the more popular islands of the Bahamas, there is not city comparable to Nassau on it, so even getting to the island can be an adventure. One on the island, you will have to head all the way north, via Queen's and Public Highway and then turn towards Tay Bay Beach.
The chart right below lists some details concerning caves.
|Cave||2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Cave||4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown||Great Abaco|
|Preacher's Cave||Cave||5.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mano Creek||Eleuthera|
|Cave||Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|Cave||2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Goat Cay||Great Harbour Cay|
|Cave||Central the Bahamas||Staniel Cay|
Visitors can enjoy one of the many parks, as well as 5 botanical gardens in the Bahamas.
West Side National Park is found within the Bahamas. West Side National Park, established in 2002, is a 1.3 million acre park that protects an expansive array of coastal lands and wildlife, from birds to Iguana. Many tourists make the trek for the primo bonefishing.
Another attraction in this category is Garden of the Groves. Garden of the Groves is a 12 acres garden and park dedicated to the preservation of local Bahamian flora. Certified as a Wildlife Habitat as the U.S.
The parks and gardens you'll be able to find are shown in the following table.
|Park||6.2 mi. North of Central Caves||Great Abaco|
|Park||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Park||5.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Byrle Patterson Memorial Garden||Botanical Garden||0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Clifton Heritage Park||Park||0.8 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay||New Providence|
|Park||Central the Bahamas||Conception Island|
|Park||3.3 mi. East of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Garden of Remembrance||Botanical Garden||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Garden of the Groves||Botanical Garden||0.1 mi. South of Central Garden of the Groves||Grand Bahama Island|
|Harrold & Wilson Ponds National Park||Park||1.5 mi. West of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Park||0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Park||1.1 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Park||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Park||3.4 mi. West of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Park||1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Park||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|The Retreat National Park||Botanical Garden||2.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Park||5.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central Hopetown||Tilloo Cay|
|Versailles Garden||Botanical Garden||3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|West Side National Park||Park||19.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Central Andros||Central Andros|
If the concept of passing some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Ardastra Gardens. You can reach Ardastra Gardens from Downtown Nassau by catching any bus that stops in front of the McDonald's across from the Hilton Hotel. Simple ask the bus driver to take you to Ardastra Gardens at West Bay Street.
Another related option is Punkie Cates Petting Zoo. This small zoo is a perfect attraction kids, who will be able to explore and pet some farm animals. There is not much else to do here, so plan on just spending a little time before moving on.
You can look through the table just below for more information.
|Ardastra Gardens||Zoo||1.2 mi. West of Central downtown Nassau|
|Punkie Cates Petting Zoo||Zoo||Nassau|
|The Dig Aquarium||Aquarium||1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau|
Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in the Bahamas are displayed right below.
|Atlantis Lagoons||Lagoon||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Bonefish Pond||Pond||4.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau||New Providence|
|Rock Formation||2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Point||10.5 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|Rock Formation||3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Bay||0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
|Fresh Creek||Stream||27.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central North Andros Island||North Andros Island|
|Rock Formation||2.4 mi. East of Central Freetown||Grand Bahama Island|
|Lake||Central the Bahamas||Cat Island|
|Healing Hole||River||1.9 mi. Southeast of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|Point||8.0 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town||North Andros Island|
|Bay||0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Lake||1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Rock Formation||3.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Gun Cay||None|
|Hot Spring||3.8 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town||Eleuthera|
|Rock Formation||0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|Rock Formation||Central the Bahamas||Staniel Cay|
|Rock Formation||3.3 mi. South West of Central South Bimini||None|
|Bay||1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central West End||Grand Bahama Island|
|Lagoon||1.9 mi. South West of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
If you want to learn about a wider variety of points of interest beyond what's offered on this page, you can look at other locations. Click to view our page regarding other interesting attractions for the Bahamas.
Don't spend your vacation cooped up in your hotel room with the AC cranking; natural attractions in the Bahamas provide a breath of fresh air. So, get out and explore all that Mother Nature has to offer at one of the many gardens and national parks on the islands.
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