With almost 2,500 islands to play on, this popular cruise destination will provide an endless array of fun for everyone in the family. And it’s all only 50 miles off the coast of Florida.
You are most likely planning to hit the beaches on your Bahamas family vacation. The most populated beaches will be in Nassau and Freeport.
This is because all the cruise ships have regular stops at Grand Bahama Island and New Providence Island. You will have plenty of other tourists to contend with - the Bahamas are a popular vacation idea.
But then, that’s where you will find the best hotels, nightlife and things like Dolphin Encounters where you can swim in the open water with trained dolphins. Dolphin Encounters is located on Blue Lagoon Island, Nassau.
Cable Beach, on New Providence Island, is 4-miles long and has all the shops and activities you would expect at a very popular tourist location.
Grand Bahama Island has Xanadu Beach close to Freeport. This beach is also going to be crowded but as you go down the 60-mile long shoreline, you can expect to find more privacy for your Bahamas family vacation
Prefer something out of the way? Try one of the Out Islands. These require slightly more work to get to but the beaches of powdery white sand and the fine tropical coconut palm trees are worth the trip.
On the northeastern part Paradise Island you can find some peace and quiet at the end of Cabbage Beach. You have to walk or take a boat to get there but you can find some blessed relief from the crowds of tourists near the hotels.
Cat Island has some nice beaches that are secluded yet you still have access to decent accommodations. This is also an excellent spot if you like diving, snorkeling or other water sports.
Safe swimming is a concern on your Bahamas family vacation and Pink Sands Beach, on Harbor Island, has one of the safest swimming in the Bahamas. This is because of the coral reef located offshore that protects the beach from the normal threat of breakers.
If you really want to get away from the other tourists, head for the beaches on Cat Island. There are several great beaches here that offer peace and seclusion but no amenities. So be sure to bring along what you expect to need for the day.
Back on Paradise Island you may want to visit or stay at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino. This is an excellent vacation idea for the family as it has a 14-acre sea world playground with cascading waterfalls, an underwater viewing tunnel, children’s programs and loads of shopping.
This only scratches the surface of what your Bahamas family vacation has to offer. Whether you take a cruise there, get one of the many vacation packages available or strike out on your own, there are endless opportunities for family fun.
If you are planning to head to the Caribbean for your vacation, the ultimate carrier is Air Jamaica. They are constantly earning awards for their passenger-first touches such as their Red Carpet Service, Champagne Flights and hotel-check-in.
Air Jamaica service includes frequent nonstop flights and easy connections to Montego Bay or Kingston from 10 U.S. gateway cities. From Montego Bay, Air Jamaica can take you almost anywhere in the Caribbean. They have great supersaver fares and deals. I guess that's why over half of all Jamaica's vacation visitors arrive on Air Jamaica's sunray-painted jets.
Runaway Bay, Jamaica, is a popular Caribbean getaway for a secluded all-inclusive vacation. Two resorts that offer all-inclusive vacations are Riu Ocho Rios and Club Ambiance. Runaway Bay is not too crowded and has a very nice beach.
It is on the Northeast coast of Jamaica and there are lots of things to do. You can tour the Runaway Bay Caves ... a boat trip to the Green Grotto Caves ... rafting on the Martha Brae River ... tour the ruins of the island’s first sugar mill - Circle B Farm ... snorkel and all included Scuba diving runs.
If you enjoy sailing and want to improve your sailing skills then consider spending your next vacation at Blue Water Sailing School. They have classes for all levels of experience that covers sailing, navigation and seamanship.
They are located in Ft. Lauderdale, Floida but also offer live-aboard courses on luxurious cruising catamarans at their location in the Bahamas. So even if you are a rank beginner this could be a real fun vacation idea as well as a chance to learn some great sailing skills.
Eleuthera, is one of the best Bahamas islands for a family vacation. With spectacular beaches, crystal clear water, incredible weather and extremely friendly people - Eleuthera should be at the top of your list of vacation ideas.
You can find lots of great insider information for planning your Eleuthera vacation at the "Discover Eleuthera Bahamas" website. This comprehensive guide to Eleuthera is written by locals, Dieter and Gerda.
Passionate about their island, they offer up info on vacation rentals, where to eat, Eleuthera beaches and fishing, weather, maps and lots of other useful information.
I am not a world traveler by any means. There are many places that I have not been, but there are a few places that I have been. A few years ago I was lucky enough to get to travel to the Bahamas, which was an absolutely magical experience for me. I would definitely say to anyone who might have the opportunity to go, do not pass it up!
It will not be something you will soon forget. Everywhere you turn your head is on beautiful view after another. The water is so clear and blue, that it actually hurts your eyes.
The people and culture there are wonderful! The towns are full of charming little ice cream colored houses and the food is wonderful! Not to mention the average year round temperature is seventy two degrees! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t say that that sounds great! Especially with the frigid January weather looming at the corners! – By Kam Pearson from Alabama
I thought we might have picked a bad time to go because the forecast didn't look so good, but it turned out just fine. The hotel was awesome. They had a great restaurant we went to more than once, and the food was some of the best we had on the trip. The beaches were amazing, and our long walks at night are something I'll remember forever.
We've already made plans to go back when we have the time. I really can't say enough about how wonderful it was. If you've never been, definitely consider it for your next vacation. You won't be sorry.