March 20, 2023

What to do on the more remote islands of The Bahamas

The island of Bimini offers some of the best sportfishing and scuba diving in The Bahamas, just 50 miles off the Florida coast.
If you’ve visited The Bahamas, chances are you went to Grand Bahama, New Providence, or Paradise Island, the more developed islands. But how about islands like Eleuthera, the Exumas, or the Abacos? Visitors to the Out Islands will find fewer crowds and more untouched nature, making these hidden gems worth planning a trip around.

The Exumas
Home to some of the prettiest waters in The Bahamas, this string of islands and cays offer secluded beaches, pristine landscapes, and local hospitality. A boat tour of the islands can’t be beat, and don’t forget to stop by and see the famous swimming pigs on Major’s Spot Cay. Visit George Town to experience the laid-back local lifestyle and enjoy an authentic Bahamian meal. Be sure to explore the 176-square-mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, a nature preserve with some of The Bahamas’ best sea life and coral reefs. Another must-see is the Tropic of Cancer Beach, a flawless stretch of secluded sand.

Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Miles of barrier reefs, beautiful beaches, and sprawling pineapple fields draw visitors to these islands. On Eleuthera, Gregory Town is the pineapple capital of The Bahamas, while Surfers Beach boasts some of the best surfing spots in the island chain. The famous pink sand beaches can’t be missed on these islands – the best known is Harbour Island’s Pink Sands Beach, but colorful coastline can be visited over 35 miles on Eleuthera as well. Both islands are also home to quaint New England architecture that make for enjoyable sightseeing.

The Abacos
Some of the most charming colonial towns in The Bahamas can be found in the Abacos on Green Turtle and Elbow Cays. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the “mainland,” with a lively downtown scene in Marsh Harbour. Elbow Cay is also home to the iconic Elbow Reef Lighthouse, one of only a few manually operated lighthouses in the world, while Guana Cay is known for Sunday barbeques on the island’s tall and scenic sand dune. Wherever you are, be sure to get out on the water – the Abacos is considered one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations.

The largest and most sparsely developed island in The Bahamas, Andros is the place to be for nature enthusiasts. Attractions here include the world’s third-largest barrier reef, stunning blue holes, and the Tongue of the Ocean, a mile-deep abyss filled with sea life. The best activities on the island include diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and hiking.

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