Just off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas (made up of 700 islands!) is an ecological oasis waiting to be explored. There are intra-island flights, as well as ferry services and personal yachts available for you to island-hop and enjoy the unique aspects of each island. You'll surely want to visit Nassau, the nation's capital, and Paradise Island, which offer a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical paradise. You can relax and take a dip in the ocean, swim with dolphins, visit 18th century fortresses, and shop. Enjoy haute cuisine at one of the many restaurants and taste a Bahamas specialty — conch — or have your own private chef prepare your favorite meal. And if you're a night-owl, there are an array of nightclubs, bars, and casinos to keep you busy. Whatever you choose to do during your Bahamas villa vacation, your luxury villa rental will provide a picture-perfect setting for it all.
The shallow, crystal-clear waters allow for excellent snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and more watersports. Another popular Bahamas ocean experience: swimming with dolphins! And, with so many tiny idyllic cays and archipelagoes in one area, you can discover multiple islands by boat - go island-hopping aboard a private charter or sailboat.
Golfers, take note: sea views and perfect temperatures make the Bahamas an ideal spot for golf courses, and there are several top courses here, including the Greg Norman-designed Grand Isle Resort and Spa in Great Exuma.
The miles of beautiful beaches across the Bahamas are a top reason to visit. You'll find stretches of white sand, family-friendly beaches, exclusive spots and more. Whether you're looking for watersports or pure relaxation, you'll find it on a Bahamas beach. A few top selections include Xanadu Beach, with a convenient Grand Bahama Island location, including easy access to the town of Freeport. You can also visit the several other beaches off either end of Xanadu.
To escape the crowds, take a boat to an Exumas beach like the unspoiled Saddle Cay or Stocking Island, with its undersea saves and coral gardens.
A shopping spree is a unique and worthwhile outing in the Bahamas. You'll find duty-free shops, stylish boutiques, open-air markets, and craft centers thoughout the islands. The famed Straw Market in Nassau is renowned for Bahamian souvenirs.