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Where to stay in the Bahamas – a neighborhood guide

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Punctuated by sleepy coves, sweeping shorelines and rugged wildlife, it is hardly surprising that the Bahamas have become such a popular island escape. Attracting a diverse crowd from honeymooners to families, fishing fanatics to beach bums, there is a range of accommodation options to suit every type of traveler. Whether it’s an action-packed all-inclusive, a family-friendly beach resort or a romantic boutique that you’re looking for, the Bahamas are able to cater to your budget and requirements.

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The Exumas


An archipelago of 365 cays and islands, located 35 miles southeast of Nassau, The Exumas offer some of the most picturesque surroundings in all of the Bahamas. Undulating sand dunes, powdery-white beaches, tropical marine life and lush national parks, this popular stretch of the Bahamas is sought-after for a reason.


Hotels in The Exumas


Consisting of Great Exuma, Little Exuma and The Excuma Cays, each island offers a slightly different stay. Head to Great Exuma and Little Exuma to uncover a relaxed atmosphere dotted with family-friendly resorts or venture further afield to The Exuma Cays to discover countless luxury condos and private villas.


The Abacos


Highlighted by serene turquoise waters, championship golf courses and small colonial towns, The Abacos are another popular choice for stays in the Bahamas. Forming a 120-mile stretch of islands, coves and bays, the islands offer an authentic glimpse into traditional Bahamian culture. Strewn with old colonial architecture in varying shades of pastel colors, the scenery and atmosphere are both unbeatable.


Hotels in The Abacos


On the Abascos, you will discover countless places to stay sprinkled around the tranquil marinas or buzzing beachside settings. Family-friendly resorts, colonial cottages or luxury ocean-front villas can all be found in abundance, depending on your accommodation requirements and budget.


Grand Bahama Island


A charismatic blend of history, attractions and rich natural wildlife, the Grand Bahama Island has a lot to offer its visitors. Home to one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, three national parks and a nature centre, the Grand Bahama Island has plenty to keep you busy between sunbathing breaks.


Hotels in Grand Bahama Island


From upscale island resorts replete with fitness, spa and sauna facilities, pampering is rife amongst the luxury resorts of Grand Bahama Island. For more budget options, though, there are also beach-bay resorts and marina villas on-hand.


Eleuthera & Harbour Island


Peppered with pineapple fields and coral-hued sands, Eleuthera and Harbour Island are two extremely sought-after spots to stay in the Bahamas. The fourth most populated island, Eleuthera’s landscape is populated by undulating farmland, lush plantations and low-lying wetlands, making it ideal for the outdoors enthusiast. Harbour Island, on the other hand, lays claim to the Bahamas’ mystical pink sand beaches – an undeniable draw to the area.


Hotels in Eleuthera & Harbour Island


Oceanfront villas and exclusive resorts dominate both Eleuthera and Harbour Island. Here you will be offered the very best in terms of facilities and organized tours, with everything from swimming pools to tennis courts, fishing excursions to boat trips.