With an average of 340 sunny days a year, the Bahamas is the ultimate year-round vacay destination.
The Bahamas Islands in the Caribbean is an obvious bucket-list vacay destination due to its year-round sunshine and idyllic beaches. Comprising of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square meters of ocean, it is an ecological oasis with some of the clearest water in the world.
From endless white sand beaches, idyllic sunrise’s and good vibes, the Bahamas really has it all. It’s not only full of extraordinary natural wonders but rich in culture too. Only a short 3-hour flight from Canada, it’s no wonder the Caribbean paradise is a regular vacay destination for the Bieber’s. To celebrate our Win A Vacay (to the Bahamas) competition this year, we have pulled together all of BB HQ’s favourite places in the ultimate pristine island.
While visiting some cute pigs might not be what you had in mind for a luxurious island getaway, it is one of, if not the most popular tourist attractions in the Bahamas. Pig Beach also known as Pig Island or Major Cay is an uninhabited island located in Exuma, a short boat trip away from the main islands. Enjoy a relaxing day in the crystal clear water at Major Cay while you swim, tan and take Instagram photos of the 20 famous swimming pigs and piglets that live their best lives on the island.
As you’ll already be travelling by boat to Major Cay, we recommend a detour on the way home to do some scuba diving. While the waters of the Bahamas are pretty spectacular, what’s below is even more beautiful. Make sure you hire some goggles for the day, so you can see all the incredible reefs that the Bahamas has to offer.
If you and your bestie want to go all out, we would definitely recommend experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Bahamas by yacht or catamaran. The local tours on the island offer full day trips on the luxurious charters that include food, drinks (cocktails) and music for the day. You and your best babe might even meet some friends to party into the Bahamian sunset with.
If you haven't seen or heard of Atlantis Bahamas, type it into google right now and check out this picturesque resort which doubles as its very own paradise island. The resort, which first opened in 1998, took over 4-years to make and cost over $800 million to build (not even including the $1 billion expansion in 2007). The result? A luxurious 2,900 room resort, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, a 14-acre dolphin habitat and education centre, a 63-acre water park, a night club, lagoons and countless waterfalls and 6 different swimming areas, all with breathtaking architecture worth Instagramming twice. Whether you’re staying here or just visiting, spending a day poolside at the resort with your favourite tanning oils and bestie is an absolute must.
You can’t travel all the way to the Bahamas and not enjoy the dreamy sunsets with a cocktail in hand. While the sunset is amazing no matter where you are, our favourite pick to see the light go down is either Paradise Beach or Cabbage Beach, both located within close vicinity to The Atlantis. What could be more relaxing (and romantic) then watching the sunset with your best babe? Your best friends are your true loves after all.
Food is a huge part of the Bahamian culture and it certainly does not disappoint, no matter what your preference. There’s everything from local Bahamian food to Italian, (lots of) seafood, Japanese, French and of course classic American for the vast majority of tourists escaping the US for sun, sand and Spring Break.
Popular Italian restaurant, Acquapazza is a must visit. Located on the Harbour Island Marina with stunning ocean views, it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset on the deck while you enjoy their delicious pasta, seafood and imported Italian wine. Serving traditional Italian with a touch of Bahamian cuisine, everything is made from scratch with natural ingredients. They also have an extensive vegetarian offering, so there is something for everyone. Our pick is the Eggplant Parmigiana with wine in hand of course, delicious.
You can’t go all the way to the Bahamas and not enjoy a traditional local meal at Harbour Island hot-spot Sip Sip. The name, Sip Sip, is a Bahamian slang meaning ‘gossip’ or chat, so naturally it’s popular to go there, hang out with the locals, chat and eat. The atmosphere is casual so it's the perfect place to go straight from the beach. If you’re in the mood for dessert try the chocolate-banana bread pudding or their famous Sip Sip carrot cake.
For a more upscale restaurant and bar, serving delicious vegan Japanese and cocktails visit Social House Sushi & Grill. Located on Cable Beach, the sleek restaurant has a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Think of it as the Nobu of the Bahamas, it’s a must do, see, eat.
Ready for vacay now babes? Get your passport ready and make sure you enter our ‘Win A Vacay’ competition all throughout May.