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What makes the Bahamas family-friendly?

A holiday in the Bahamas is great for the whole family because there is just so much to see and do here. For many little ones, simply hitting the beach and spending hours building sandcastles or splashing about in the refreshing sea will be more than enough.

However, for parents and older children, there are plenty of attractions to discover during a stay in one of the islands' top hotels. Indeed, there are some excellent family-friendly hotels in the Bahamas, which means mums and dads can rest assured that their every need will be taken care of during a trip to this stunning Caribbean destination.

Adventurous families will love exploring some of the different islands in the Bahamas, from the bustling Nassau and Paradise Island to the peaceful Exumas Islands that are home to several wonderful national parks.

Top family attractions

There are some great attractions for families in the Bahamas, particularly around Nassau and Paradise Island. One must-visit is Atlantis Waterscape, which claims to be the world's largest open-air aquarium. There are dozens of lagoons that are home to more than 200 marine species, as well as rides and a replica of a Mayan temple.

Another top day out is the Pirates of Nassau Museum, located, unsurprisingly, in Nassau. This establishment aims to give you and the children an insight into the lives of the pirates who used to dock at Nassau and terrorise ships in the Caribbean. There's a partial re-creation of a sailing ship, as well as animatronic pirates to bring the displays to life.

If that's got your children interested in the Bahamas' pirating heritage, make sure you also stop off at Blackbeard's Tower - a ruin near Port Montagu that is allegedly associated with the legendary pirate.

You can also introduce your youngsters to some of the Bahamas' incredible wildlife by spending a day or two exploring a couple of the national parks. In Abaco National Park, for instance, you can see the rare Bahama parrot, while Fowl Cays National Park is perfect for snorkelling thanks to the stunning reefs that are situated just beneath the surface.

Blue Holes National Park, meanwhile, offers the chance to see a high concentration of amazing blue holes that have been formed by erosion.

Activities to enjoy together

One of the best activities for families in the Bahamas is simply heading to the beach, with plenty of fantastic stretches of sand to choose from. If you're keen to get active, try visiting Eleuthera Beach, which is great for surfing. You and the children can have lessons - a brilliant way to bring the family together.

To get your little ones away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, take a boat trip to Saddle Cay, where you can play at being Robinson Crusoe for the day. This empty bay is a real paradise and there's plenty of opportunity for exploration among the islets and cays just offshore.

If your kids are keen to get in the water with their masks and snorkels on, make sure you head to Thunderball Grotto - an underwater cavern in Great Exuma that's appeared in not just one, but two Bond films. You can snorkel here and the children are bound to love pretending to have epic underwater battles like those depicted in the movies.

For a more sedate day out - and one that will teach you all a bit more about the Bahamas and its ecosystems - go on a beachcombing tour to see what's been washed up by the tide.

Family-friendly hotels in the Bahamas

The great thing about the Bahamas is that there is a wealth of family-friendly hotels dotted across the islands, so no matter how old your children are, you should be able to find accommodation that suits your needs.

Of course, mum and dad need a break too, so it's worth choosing an establishment with its own kids' club, so that you can have a bit of rest and enjoy a cocktail or two by the pool while your youngsters are off making new friends and trying out fun activities.

The majority of the hotels here will have their own beaches, as well as water sports and activities centres where you can have a go at all manner of pursuits - it could be advisable to book an all inclusive hotel in the Bahamas if you think you'll make good use of these facilities. One of such hotels, offering a little something for everybody, is the amazing Atlantis Paradise Island with its own water park and a long list of attractions for guests of all ages.

When travelling with your family to the Bahamas, you don't need to worry about having little to do when the sun sets either, as many hotels will put on fantastic evening entertainment - a great way to introduce your kids to a bit of Bahamian culture and local folklore – who said learning couldn't be fun?

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