Top 7 must-see sights in the Bahamas
With its beautiful white sandy beaches, blue seas and year-round sun, the Bahamas is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Those wishing to explore, however, should take a look at our guide to the islands’ best attractions. From Pig Beach to Fort Charlotte, our guide is sure to impress
The sapphire-blue waters and stunning white sandy beaches of the Exuma district are reasons enough to visit this group of over 365 islands, although it also offers a more unusual sight. Take a boat to Big Major Cay – also known as Pig Beach – to meet the famous swimming pigs. The pigs are fed by visitors and have become a much-loved sight in the Bahamas.
Pink sand beaches
The pink sand beaches found on Harbour Island are considered among the best in the world. The colour comes from microscopic animals known as Foraminifera which have bright red or pink shells. The beaches stretch for three and a half miles and their calm waters, which are sheltered by the outlying reefs, are popular with swimmers.
Blue Holes National Park
Covering 2,300 square miles, Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas. With an abundance of natural attractions, it is home to the Bahamas’ largest national park system which includes the Blue Holes National Park. This park has the highest concentration of blue holes (marine sinkholes) in the world. The vast underwater cave systems house many rare fish and invertebrates, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
The Hermitage on Mount Alvernia
Named after the infamous pirate Arthur Catt, Cat Island runs deep with history and culture. The largely untouched landscape offers 50 miles of rolling hills and nature trails to discover. The island is also home to Mount Alvernia, the highest point in the Bahamas. At the top of the mountain lies the Hermitage, a small medieval monastery dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi. The walk up to the monastery reveals beautiful hand-carved stone carvings of the Stations of the Cross while the 360-degree views from the top are truly impressive.
As the capital city of the Bahamas, Nassau is a cultural hub, offering numerous resorts, hotels, shops and restaurants. For a slice of history, be sure to visit one of the forts of Nassau - Fort Charlotte is the largest of the three forts on the island. Built in 1789, the military complex features a waterless moat, drawbridge, ramparts and dungeons, and boasts spectacular views of the harbour. With frequent exhibitions, re-enactments and firings of historic weapons, it is well worth visiting.
Christopher Columbus arrived on the Bahamian island of San Salvador in 1492. The island was originally called Guanahani by the Lucayan – the original inhabitants of the Bahamas – and was renamed by Columbus to mean holy saviour. To mark the historic event, a statue has been erected in the explorer’s honour at the front of Government House, the official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas. The spot is a favourite landmark on the island and is popular with visitors.
Lucayan National Park
Grand Bahama island is the northernmost island in the Bahamas archipelago. While the main city of Freeport is home to shops, restaurants and bars, the island mainly attracts divers eager to explore its crystal-clear waters. The Lucayan National Park encompasses one of the world’s longest known underground cave systems and over six miles of the Lucayan Caverns have been charted. While a special permit is required for diving, two of the caves are open to the public although swimming is prohibited.