Natural Attractions in the Bahamas

Tourists looking for natural attractions have numerous options to choose from

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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.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Do you enjoy being outdoors? You might be pleased to know the area has quite a number of nature preserves available.

Walker's Cay National Park is a popular nature preserve Walkers Cay, in northwestern the Bahamas. Being miles away from the populated islands and outside the main trade lanes, Walker's Cay has crystal clear water that will let you see down 100 feet. This allows you to see the variety of fish that swim in the reefs around the cay, including sharks and barracudas, as well as other animals like turtles, sting rays, and eagles in the sky.

Attractions Map

Adventurers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities like Pelican Cays National Park. Established in 1972, this land and sea park is comprised of Channel Rock, Gaulding Cay, the southern portion of Sandy Cay as well as their surrounding waters. It is a popular destination among snorkelers because of the great underwater biodiversity, coral reefs, and underwater caves.

Fowl Cays National Park: Established in 2009, this is one of the newer national parks in the region. The reserve measures in at 1,920 acres and features a colorful barrier reef.

Take a look at this table to find out more about nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking In the Bahamas
Name Type Location Island
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
Patterson Cay 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

Caves

Preacher's Cave

Even though most travelers come for the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. the Bahamas offers some interesting options, including 6 caves.

You might want to visit Preacher's Cave, which is situated in the Bahamas. Explorers beware, lest you suffer the same fate as William Sayles; a captain who shipwrecked on Eleuthera in the 1600's and was forced to find refuge in what is known now as Preachers Cave. Today however, people seek out this cave for its natural beauty and wonderful photo opportunities.

The chart just below shows more details regarding caves.

Caves In the Bahamas
Name Type Location Island
Hatchet Bay Caves Cave 2.9 mi. Southeast of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Maxi Caves Cave 4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Great Abaco
Preacher's Cave Cave 5.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Mano Creek Eleuthera
Rock Sound cave and ocean hole Cave Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
Sugar Beach Caves Cave 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Goat Cay Great Harbour Cay
Thunderball Cave Cave Central the Bahamas Staniel Cay

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Garden of the Groves

Visitors can spend some time in one of the many parks, or 5 botanical gardens in the Bahamas.

West Side National Park is located in 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 worth considering are listed below.

Parks and Gardens In the Bahamas
Name Type Location Island
Abaco National Park Park 6.2 mi. North of Central Caves Great Abaco
Atlantis Lagoon Park 1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Bonefish Pond National Park 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
Conception National Park Park Central the Bahamas Conception Island
Freedom Park 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
Jarrett Park Park 0.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Malcom's Park Park 1.1 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Rawson Square Park Downtown Nassau New Providence
Regency Park Park 3.4 mi. West of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Rm Bailey Park Park 1.3 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau New Providence
Taylor's Park 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
Tiloo National Park 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

Zoos and Aquariums

Ardastra Gardens

If the concept of spending some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, you should visit 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.

Take a look at the following table for more information.

Zoos and Aquariums In the Bahamas
Name Type Location
Ardastra Gardens Zoo 1.2 mi. West of Central downtown Nassau
Noah's Ark Petting Farm Zoo Nassau
Punkie Cates Petting Zoo Zoo Nassau
The Dig Aquarium Aquarium 1.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these in the Bahamas are listed below.

Land Formations In the Bahamas
Name Type Location Island
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
Buddha Heads Rock Formation 2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
China Point Point 10.5 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town North Andros Island
Cow and the Bull Rock Formation 3.9 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Dunmore Town Bay 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
Gold Rock Rock Formation 2.4 mi. East of Central Freetown Grand Bahama Island
Great Lake Lake Central the Bahamas Cat Island
Healing Hole River 1.9 mi. Southeast of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Libens Point Point 8.0 mi. Northwest of Central Andros Town North Andros Island
Oleander Bay Bay 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Paradise Lake Lake 1.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Picquet Rocks Rock Formation 3.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Gun Cay None
Queens Bath Hot Spring 3.8 mi. Northwest of Central Gregory Town Eleuthera
Three Sisters Rocks Rock Formation 0.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Thunderball Grotto Rock Formation Central the Bahamas Staniel Cay
Turtle Rocks Rock Formation 3.3 mi. South West of Central South Bimini None
West End Bay Bay 1.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central West End Grand Bahama Island
White Sound Lagoon 1.9 mi. South West of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay

Luckily, you can find other kinds attractions available. For a better look at other attractions, check out this page.

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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