The Caribbean is without a doubt one of the most popular vacation destinations on the entire planet. It just stands to reason given that this region gets some incredible weather, is home to some breathtaking islands and has some of the warmest and clearest waters in the entire world.
Now, there are plenty of islands you can choose to check out in the Caribbean. But, if you’re like most, then there’s one set that’s going to rise to the top of your list when you’re picking your final destination. We’re talking about the Bahamas, of course!
The Bahamas have long been on of the most popular places to go in all of the Caribbean. As a result, though, they’ve also become known for ensnaring unwitting travelers in their tourist traps…
That’s why we’ve got your covered! Below, we’re going to share our picks for 10 tourist traps in the Bahamas. And to make sure you know what you should be doing while you’re there, we’ve also provided 10 great alternatives.
So, if you’re looking to have a great vacation in the Bahamas, read on! Let’s take a look…
1. Nassau Beaches
Unless you like crowded beaches, it’s usually best to avoid the beaches right around Nassau.
2. INSTEAD: Pink Sands Beach
It’s one of the most gorgeous beaches in the entire world, and you’ve got to see it for yourself.
3. Atlantis Paradise Island
If you’re Bahamas dream vacation involves being in a massive resort that’s practically an amusement park, then by all means.
4. INSTEAD: Anywhere Else
However, you’re much more likely to have a thoroughly relaxing vacation by staying pretty much anywhere else.
5. Snorkeling Adventures
Snorkeling is easy, so make sure you’re not paying too much for the pleasure. But if you really want an experience…
6. INSTEAD: Dolphin Experience
Head over to Grand Bahamas and book your own personal Dolphin Experience. It’s worth the money!
7. The Nassau Straw Market
Make no mistake, there may be no bigger tourist trap in all the Bahamas then the Nassau Straw Market.
8. INSTEAD: Port Lucaya Marketplace
While still popular with tourists, you’ll no doubt have a much better experience by visiting this marketplace.
9. The Hotel Pool
The hotel pool might be nice every now and again, but don’t you want something more exciting?
10. INSTEAD: Atlantis Paradise Island’s Water Park
You don’t have to stay at the resort in order to experience the fun of the resort’s own water park.
11. Staying in the Resort
Many Bahamas resorts are designed to keep you from venturing too far afield… Don’t fall into the trap!
12. INSTEAD: Little San Salvador Island
Make it a point to see as much of the Bahamas as possible. For example, make it a point to visit San Salvador Island.
13. Resort Restaurants
While the convenience of the resort’s restaurants is hard to ignore, is that all you really want to eat?
14. INSTEAD: Local Restaurants
Whether in Nassau or Grand Bahama, there’s no shortage of yummy, local restaurants to eat at. Check them out!
15. The Wrong Time
Make sure you’re strongly considering what time of the year you’re heading to the Bahamas and what’s going on then.
16. INSTEAD: Junkanoo
For example, if you book travel during the holiday season, then you have the chance to experience the incredible Junkanoo.
17. Surf Lessons
If you’ve always wanted to surf, then give it a shot… Otherwise you’re better off learning how to…
18. INSTEAD: Scuba Diving
This one you can pick up pretty quick, and the things you’ll see under the waves are not things you’ll soon forget.
19. Only Beaching
You’ll want to spend most of your time on the beach taking it all in, but don’t make that the only thing you do!
20. INSTEAD: Explore!
Get out there and explore the Bahamas! There’s something interesting to see no matter where you venture.