There are tons and tons of things to do in the Bahamas.
The most common thing to do in the Bahamas?
Relax by the beach, watching the sparkly water wash up over the soft white sand, and feeling the ocean breeze pull you in with its aroma of fun and relaxation.
The problem with that?
Every tourist does just that.
Go on Instagram and type in #bahamas. I guarantee that every picture will look the same.
I feel like, as tourists, we fall into a social stigma of doing things the way we see on the internet. It’s not something that we forcefully do, but it’s something that we just slip into unknowingly.
Additionally, the Bahamas in itself falls into this category of being a vacation hotspot that subliminally forces tourists into the same “routine.”
The best part?
I have found the solution. My primary goal before visiting the Bahamas was to trek Nassau like a local. Step out of that comfort zone and delve myself into the local culture. Turn away from those picture perfect beaches for a moment and experience the real Bahamas.
So, here are the best things to do in the Bahamas! And showing you how you can trek through the Bahamas like a local.
Best Things to Do in the Bahamas
Explore the Colorful Buildings that Tower in Downtown Nassau
Traveling through Nassau, you will notice that not everything looks picture perfect like on Instagram or those travel videos on Facebook.
Nassau, sad but true, isn’t the prettiest place. But in reality, the Bahamas expresses their culture in so many ways. From the buildings that you pass to the people with the interesting stories. It’s all there.
But here’s the kicker:
Every building has some kind of history behind it. Every stone, every brick has its own story to tell.
While Nassau may lack some exterior beauty in some aspects, it really holds something unique and special. It holds the beauty of its culture and love. It holds the interesting stories that were once told and spoken with deep vibrations that rattled the core of each and every building.
Explore these buildings. Explore the Parliament buildings, and engage in the history of the places that Nassau has to offer.
Interact with Locals Around Nassau & the Other Islands in the Bahamas
If there is one thing that you must do in the Bahamas Nassau is engaging in conversation with the locals.
This will be the best part of your trip!
Bahamians are the friendliest people. I know saying that is a bit cliche considering that numerous people say that about every country, and I already know that I do that, but they are the friendliest people!
They will never turn you down to a hangout or conversation. They love interacting with people and always make each interaction exciting and fun.
But here’s the kicker:
You learn so much about the Bahamian culture. You delve into the modern culture and the history that thrives beautifully in the city of Nassau.
You learn that Bahamians love to drink Hennessy and you learn that pirates once trekked the tropical island.
You hear stories that tell a life and you read stories that show a scene from a movie.
Hanging out with locals was my favorite thing to do, and I concede to my feelings! I love it. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made during my trip to the Bahamas.
If you want to read 13 interesting stories about local Bahamians, check it out here.
Atlantis Paradise Island
After a short trip across the bridge connecting Nassau and Paradise Island, you will find yourself in front of the largest hotel in all of the Bahamas.
The Atlantis stands majestically overlooking the neighboring islands that stand in respect. Towering over the horizon with its mythical ideal. Bringing a theory into reality.
Stepping inside really brings those conspiracy theories into a magical and jaw-dropping dream. Feeling like you yourself have become an Atlantean! Staring inside the large underground aquariums that encapsulate the tropical fish that bring the sea to life, the “real” artifacts that make you believe the story was actually true, and the artwork that lures you in with its color and creativity wherever you lay your eyes.
The best part?
It will bring the kid out of you!
Whether you are in your 20’s, 30’s, or even 40-50’s, Atlantis will make you feel like a kid again.
From the biggest water slides that will make you feel like you left your heart at the top of the slide to the long lazy river that will make you think about how life is good!
While I can easily say that it’s worth going because of how much fun I had, it depends on each individual. Because if water parks aren’t your thing, I don’t suggest paying a lot of money for it.
If you are into water parks then this is SO worth it!
Cable Beach is the most talked about beach other than the famous Junkanoo Beach.
This beach is a definite must do in the Bahamas.
You have people playing volleyball on the beach, people struggling to stand on the paddleboard, and families having fun in the crystal clear, shallow waters.
TIP: You can’t access Cable Beach without going through a hotel and hotels typically charges you a fee to go on the beach.
However, the overall experience was wonderful. During my stay, it was raining really hard so the vibe wasn’t 100% but I was able to talk to some local vendors as well as meet some friendly tourists that were having fun in the ocean.
This is the perfect place to try out all the water activities!
Head Over to Fish Fry
Just like the shops that line Downtown Nassau, Fish Fry is known for its long street of tasty restaurants!
Then you’re in for a feast!
Local restaurants left and right that serves nothing but local Bahamian food.
If you want to know the best restaurants to eat at in the Bahamas, check this post out.
Delve into the History of the Parliament Square
This is the perfect example of embracing the buildings in Nassau.
In Nassau, this is one of the most important buildings in this 7-mile wide island.
I learned a lot about this building by asking the locals that walked down the streets of downtown. But, I won’t tell you because I want you guys to ask the locals yourselves!
However, the Parliament House represents the colonial architecture used in old Nassau with its bright pink color that resembles the colorful feathers of a flamingo.
The history behind the Parliament Square gives you a brief description of when the Bahamas was once ruled by the British.
The best part?
There are a lot of stories that are to be shared and tons of experiences to be made with the locals that will share the history behind this square in Downtown Nassau.
This the best place to visit in Nassau if you are interested in delving into the past of Nassau.
Swim with Your New Best Friends
Yeaaaa! You know it!
This has to be on the list of the best things to do in the Bahamas!
The Bahamas, in a nutshell, is the Exuma Pigs.
I’m telling you right now that you are interested in the Bahamas for one of two reasons:
- The water that’s out of this world.
- The Exuma Pigs that swim in the same water as you!
But there’s nothing wrong with that!
Because I flew to Exuma to swim and experience the beauty of the Bahamas with my new friends.
And let me tell you:
It’s one of the most unique and best experiences you will ever have in the Bahamas.
But what makes this activity so unique?
Well, two species are combining as one and interacting with each other as friends. For once, we are both the same. One isn’t a pig and one isn’t a human. We are just innocent souls that are enjoying the beautiful day and embracing the beauty that the Bahamas exerts.
And even though we can’t communicate directly through words, I made sure to make my new friends feel special by giving them hugs, scratches, and food!
The worst part?
You have to buy the flight to Exuma as well as purchase a tour to go swim with the pigs.
Visit the Place that Piggy #1 Bought His Straw From
The most beloved and well-known building in all of Nassau.
The Straw Market is full of stories and history, but unlike the Parliament Square, the history here lies in the foundation of the many locals that sell goods.
What was once shops set up under a large tarp, has become the Mecca of souvenirs!
Numerous vendors sell authentic hand-made items to tourists alike. But, this large warehouse isn’t interesting or lovely because of the items but inside resides some of the nicest locals in the Bahamas.
You can read my experience with the locals here.
The Straw Market represents one of the first industries in the Bahamas that soon gained popularity through the many tourists that visited.
This building is home to Bahamian crafts and masterpieces.
The Bahamas is more than beaches that lure the eye. The Bahamas is more than just photos to be showed off. The Bahamas is an archipelago that houses stories that lure one’s heart and soul.
While the Bahamas succeeds off its natural wonders, its history and daily life show us a greater image of what the Bahamas is really about.
It holds the core of its culture and love.
That’s the Bahamas, and those are the best things to do.