The Bahamas are considered one of the dreamiest getaways around the world, and they do not disappoint when it comes to beaches. Located in the Caribbean and consisting of nearly 700 islands, they’re home to a number of gorgeous beaches. If you’re planning a trip to one (or more) of these islands, here are the top 5 beaches – for all sorts of travelers.
1. Cabbage Beach (Paradise Island)
Paradise Island lives up to the lofty expectations set by its name, and Cabbage Beach is a shining example of just how wonderful the island is. Gorgeous white sands line clear blue waters. Many water activities are available along the beach, including jet skiing and parasailing. Stroll down the shoreline to check out some of the open-to-public areas of nearby resorts such as Atlantis – there are several shops and restaurants you can visit. A variety of vendors also offer drinks, snacks, and more along the beach itself. This is a great option for those looking to relax in the sun or enjoy water activities. The waters themselves, however, can be rough or home to rip tides, so this may not be the best option for swimming or those with young children.
2. Love Beaches (Long Island)
The Love Beaches aren’t as big as some of the other beaches on this list, but their dreamy pink sand and gorgeous waters – perfect for swimming thanks to being protected from the larger waves – make them worth visiting. Located on Long Island, the Love Beaches are technically a set of four beaches that are also home to a serene, naturally occurring pool. This protected natural pool makes this an ideal option for families with children.
3. Gold Rock Beach (Grand Bahama)
If you’re visiting Grand Bahama, you’ll want to check out Gold Rock Beach. Part of the Lucayan National Park, Gold Rock Beach is situated approximately 25 miles from Freeport. Gold Rock Beach is home to sparkling crystal clear waters and gorgeous sands. While it is pretty secluded – making for a relaxing trip – it also offers some basic amenities such as fire pits and picnic tables. If you do visit, try to aim for low tide. The clear waters the beach is famous for extend over 70 yards into the sea during low tide – meaning you can take a memorable stroll not just along the ocean, but also out through it.
4. Pig Beach (Big Major Cay)
Located on Big Major Cay, Pig beach offers more than just the usual sparkling waters and soft sand that beaches in the Bahamas are known for. Big Major Cay May be uninhabited by humans, however, hundreds of feral pigs call this island their home. In modern times visiting these pigs has become a tourist attraction. Visitors are able to check out the now-famous swimming pigs themselves, with several tours catering to this experience. The swimming pigs are not native to the island and their origin is something of a mystery. Some people purport that sailors brought the pigs to the island. Others suggest they may have swum over from a nearby shipwreck. Regardless of their origin, they are definitely an incredibly adorable and unique reason to visit pig beach.
5. Taina Beach (Grand Bahama)
Located near Freeport on Grand Bahama, Taina Beach is a serene, relaxing, white sand beach. This beach is perfect for lying in the sun, snorkeling, and so much more. A wide variety of water activities are offered nearby including parasailing and snorkeling. The beach’s close proximity to Freeport means that several options for dining are also close by. The number of ways to enjoy yourself makes this an excellent choice for travelers of all sorts, from families with young children to couples looking for a romantic and relaxing day.
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