What are the best things to see and do in The Bahamas?

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Dan Heching

Most of the premier activities in the Bahamas involve the Atlantic Ocean — from lounging on a schooner to bouncing on the waves on a jet ski, water-lovers will be in their element. Of course, there’s no need to actually get wet — those who prefer relaxing on the beach have literally thousands of beaches to choose from, where sunbathing is the only task at hand. Last but certainly not least, inland life in the Bahamas offers endless activities for those wishing to stroll, shop, explore and of course, eat. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ top five things to see and do in the Bahamas.
 
1. Lounge on the beach. With over 3,000 islands and keys making up this Caribbean destination, there is surely a beach tailor-made for each and every traveler’s tastes. If you’re staying at a big resort like Atlantis and the beaches are crowded, try walking in the surf in either direction, and odds are you’ll find a stretch of secluded sand all your own. From the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island to the ‘sugary’ soft sands of Cable Beach, there is no shortage of space for the number one Caribbean activity – soaking in the sun and diving into the deep crystal blue seas.
 
2. Go snorkeling or scuba diving. The Bahamas still boasts some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring coral reefs in the world, teeming with marine life visible just below the surface. There are many ways to get out on (and under) the water, but the snorkeling and diving off Abacos and Andros Islands is among the best, thanks to the shipwrecks (and even a submerged train) in view in relatively shallow waters.
 
3. Hit the slot machines. After a day of sun and surf, it’s nice to have a night out at the casinos on Paradise Island and at Cable Beach. As the perfect accompaniment, order a few rum cocktails—they are delicious.

4. Meet the marine life. Atlantis Resort offers an absolutely incredible world-renowned aquarium experience — whether you’re staying at the resort or not. Dolphin meets as well as ‘shark dives’ throughout the islands offer amazing ways to swim right along with the local underwater sea life.
 
5. Join the party. Junkanoo is the name of the national Bahamian festival — sort of an African Mardi Gras meets Carnival parade — that is held every Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day. This is a must-see, if your trip falls outside these dates. Head to the Junkanoo Expo at Prince George Wharf on Nassau Island to catch a glimpse of the colorful, handmade costumes and floats (not to mention the high-energy Junkanoo drum beats) that make the festival world famous.

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