Family Traveller Magazine Spring/Summer 2022. Order online now for free UK postage.
Family Holidays to Bahamas

A gorgeous archipelago of 700 islands and over 2000 scattered sand cays they evoke paradise perfectly. And the reality seldom disappoints.

Beaches are whitest sand, washed by green-blue transparent seas under cloudless, sunny skies. Warm almost all year round, occasionally wild and stormy, always easy going and friendly, the Bahamas are a wonderful introduction to the Caribbean.

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Why go on holiday to the Bahamas

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Paradise Island


Grand Bahama

Paradise Island

Just off the north east coast of Nassau, Paradise Island is dominated by the Atlantis resort. With everything from its own shopping malls to beaches, waterparks, vast aquariums, dolphin reserves, golf courses and every type of water sport imaginable, this is the zenith of all-inclusive Caribbean family holidays. In terms of heritage, culture and character, all the Bahamas adds here is gorgeous weather. But the island’s only 5km from lively Downtown Nassau and there’s plenty of local colour to be had there.

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The Bahamas’ capital and biggest city, Nassau’s perennially charming. Pretty ice-cream coloured colonial buildings, cute Bay Street, the general fun of Downtown, cute street markets and lush gardens more than make up for a cruise ship packed harbour and hordes of tourists. The beaches here are big, broad and beautiful – not quiet coves, but good for activities, luxurious sun-loungers and on-tap service. And if you want a little easy, barefoot peace, catching a boat to Blue Lagoon from Nassau, at least once, is almost compulsory.

  • Nassau has a selection of international resorts, beach hotels and self-catering apartments. Most family accommodation now includes day passes or access to Atlantis Paradise Island.
  • Don’t miss: Bay Street and Downtown, Cable Beach, boat trips to Blue Lagoon Island, Ardastra Zoo, the Queen’s Staircase and the Pirates of Nassau Museum.
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Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama is popular for family holidays. It’s also the closest island to Florida’s coast with fast, frequent flights from Miami, so a favourite for short breaks from the US too. The capital, Freeport, is the second largest city in the Bahamas famous for beaches, super-yachts in the marina and enormous resort hotels. Stick with the crowds round Freeport’s bustling Port Lucaya district and you’d be forgiven for dismissing the island as a little soulless. But visit any one of the three national parks, sail around for the day or delve deep into its amazing underwater caves and Grand Bahama will quickly change your mind.

  • This is the heartland of all-inclusive Bahamas and the beaches round Freeport have the best choice of family resorts and hotels.
  • Don’t miss: Port Lucaya Marketplace, Lucayan National Park, fantastic water sports on Lucaya Beach, family barbecues on Taino Beach, horse riding on William’s Town Beach and themed island cycle tours.
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