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A bit about the Bahamas

The Bahamas is made up of around 300 islands spreading over an area of 100,000 sq miles - as you can imagine, this means there are plenty of secluded spots for you to seek out during a holiday here. There are also over 2,000 islets and cays within the Bahamas, so there is a lot to explore.

Nassau is the capital and it's a vibrant and exciting city to discover, while Paradise Island is among the top holiday spots. In addition, there are luxurious and exclusive resorts dotted across some of the islets and cays in the Exumas chain.

The Bahamas is a beach lover's paradise, with hundreds of glorious stretches of sand just waiting to be discovered, while active holidaymakers will no doubt be excited by all the water and land-based sports on offer.

Top islands to explore

With so many islands in the Bahamas, it can seem a bit daunting to decide where you should stay. One of the top options is Paradise Island, which is linked to Nassau by two bridges and is conveniently close to this vibrant city, without being among the hustle and bustle.

Its main attractions are its long white sand beaches, high-end resorts and outstanding golf courses. There is plenty of choice in terms of accommodation, although one of the most popular parts of the isle is Montagu Beach, which is close to the 18th century fort of the same name. This is also an excellent place for water sports.

The Exumas island chain is another top choice and it's perfect if you really want to get away from it all. There are secluded resorts here that will make you feel a world away from all your worries, while the waters around the isles are fantastic for scuba diving.

There are even private cays and islands here that are owned by the rich and famous, so this is certainly a prestigious part of the Bahamas to visit.

Enjoy the buzz of Nassau

While it's great to spend time on the beautiful beaches, it's also worth setting aside a day or two to discover Nassau during your holiday in the Bahamas. This bustling city is situated on the island of New Providence and has a fascinating history.

In fact, until the mid-18th century, Nassau was predominantly inhabited by pirates and it was only when the first Royal Governor of the territory expelled them and constructed Fort Nassau that the city became more respectable.

As you can imagine, there are several sites relating to this chequered past that you can explore, such as the Pirates of Nassau Museum and Blackbeard's Tower. There is also a selection of other historical sites, such as Fort Charlotte, the Pompey Museum and Government House.

There are plenty of great activities on offer in Nassau too, such as golf, tennis, scuba diving and sailing, while there's also a wide variety of shops that sell everything from luxury products to locally crafted souvenirs - perfect if you want to splash some cash.

Travelling in the Bahamas

If you want to travel around while you're in the Bahamas, you'll need to do a bit of preparation. You can hire a car when you arrive and this is ideal if you're planning to stay on Paradise Island but want to be able to pop to Nassau whenever you please.

Travelling between the other islands can be arranged, but be aware that most of the water taxis offer services to and from Nassau and don't necessarily run between neighbouring islands. If you're in doubt about how best to get around once you arrive on your holiday to the Bahamas, speak to your travel advisor before you jet off to plan the best route around the isles.

There are also a number of private mini buses that operate a good service in the main cities of Nassau and Freeport, while taxis are easy to come by here and elsewhere in the Bahamas.

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