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 hope to spend more of your vacation time under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has a good selection of nature preserves available.

Walker's Cay National Park is a 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 looking to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing 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: Established in 2009, this is one of the newer national parks in the region. The reserve measures in at 3,200 acres or 3.6 sq miles, featuring a colorful barrier reef.

Take a moment to read the following table to learn more.

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 6.5 mi. North of Central Marsh Harbour 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 are attracted by the beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. the Bahamas offers multiple options, including 7 caves.

You may enjoy visiting Preacher's Cave, which is located 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.

A second option to consider is Blue Ade Underwater Cave. It is found on Stocking Island, in central the Bahamas. The cave is a great spot for snorkeling or diving while on Stocking Island. While not very deep, the water is calm.

The chart just below offers more information on the caves.

Caves In the Bahamas
Name Type Location Island
Blue Ade Underwater Cave Cave Central the Bahamas Stocking 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 experience one of the many parks, as well as 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.

A second popular attraction in this category is Garden of the Groves. Several times a day beginning at 10:00 a.m., tours of the Gardens are available. Tours last for one hour and take guests through the property and discuss on the local flora and fauna.

The parks and gardens worth looking into can be seen here:

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 thought of spending part of a day with interesting animals tickles your fancy, you should visit Ardastra Gardens. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre is a boutique zoo and conservation area dedicated to educating guests about its native and non-native animals. Guests can explore the habitats of many wild animals.

Another similar attraction 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.

View the table below 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 interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in the Bahamas are summarized directly 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

Bear in mind, you will find other kinds attractions available. To get more information on other attractions for the Bahamas, click this link.

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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