The Bahamas has long been known as a hotspot for vacationers who love to cruise and, it’s true, this Caribbean gem certainly is a hub for cruise lines. Less widely known, however, is what a great destination it is beyond popular Freeport and Nassau. There is much tucked away on this cluster of islands that has appeal for those who love the Caribbean.

The beaches, of course, are among the first of many prizes noted in the Bahamas and with more than 2,000 islands and cays just waiting to be explored, how could it be otherwise? Crystal waters and pure white sands take you worlds away from the stress of everyday life. East Wells and Alice Town Beaches in Bimini are spectacular; French Leave Beach in Eleuthera Island certainly shouldn’t be passed by, and Lochabar Beach and Ford’s Beach on Long Island are equally fabulous. And if San Salvador is your destination of choice, be sure to visit Snow Bay Beach while there.

Along with the excellent beaches come all the popular water activities to enjoy and the Bahamas lacks none. Kite boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, and boat tours are excellent choices if you want to spend time on the water. Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Try a dolphin excursion or, even more extreme, perhaps a shark encounter. There’s something for everyone in the peaceful Bahamian waters. And if you’re looking for a bit more traditional fun, you can enjoy a stop at the always-popular Atlantis Resort.

If history is more your speed, this nation has a long and fascinating one and you can learn plenty in the museums here. The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation and Paradise Island is excellent, as is the Heritage Museum. Forts and monuments that share a wealth of information also dot the islands, and much about Bahamian art and culture can be found at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. Even institutions like the Central Bank and National Treasury building feature famed Bahamian artwork.

Of course, whether you while away your days in sun and surf or by touring the sights in the Bahamas, you’ll need to re-fuel and the cuisine of this area is a perfect treat for doing so. Practically vacations in itself, the dishes here are flavored with just the right amount of spice to bring your taste buds to life. Fresh lobster, crab, and conch are delightful, as are the many indigenous tropical fruits. All are prepared with a special culinary twist of South American and Caribbean that is rivaled by no other. Add to this the Bahamas famous rum for the perfect meal, every time.

Bahamas Travel Specials

10 Night Caribbean And Antilles

14-Day Southern Caribbean from New York

4 Days Bahamas from Miami, FL