Believe it or not, there is a lot more to the Bahamas than Nassau. We didn’t make it to Nassau via boat, but most cruisers we talked to avoid Nassau at all costs as there are so many more incredible places to see that don’t have the crime, bad reputation and crazy high amount of tourists. If you find yourself searching for a great vacation spot in the Bahamas we would highly recommend the following three resorts.
An easy flight into Marsh Harbor and a short ferry ride will land you in a quaint, picturesque little town resembling New England. The Hope Town mooring field is a hot spot for cruisers and tourists alike and the Hope Town Inn and Marina is a fabulous spot to spend your days exploring Elbow Cay.
There are plenty of restaurants with Wine Down Sip Sip, Captain Jacks (bingo on Mondays!) and the Hope Town Inn being a few of our favorites. We just happened to be there for New Years Eve and celebrated with drinks and fireworks on the roof of the police station. Golf cart rentals are the way to get around and there are beaches galore an easy cart ride away. If hotels aren’t your thing, there are hundreds of amazing VRBO listings. On our daily runs we saw the majority of the island and would happily rent a house on the southern part of Elbow Cay near Tahiti beach and still be in easy drive up to Hope Town.
Staniel Cay is known for the infamous “Pig Beach” and it definitely would not disappoint as a vacation destination. The water activities abound and ground transportation is unneccesary as the the tiny planes will deposit you steps from your room. Staniel Cay happened to have one of our favorite watering holes and we spent enough time bellied up to the bar to conclude we wanted to stay forever. Great restaurant, lovely gift shop with perfectly over-priced tshirts and daily shark feeding – what’s not to love?
I would recommend booking a room early as there are only a few and plan to rent a small boat to get the full Staniel Cay experience. Thunderball Grotto is one of Bo’s top 5 things in his life and is a short boat ride away, along with Pig Beach, great snorkeling and spear fishing.
I know, I know, I can’t shut up about this place. You can read all the blogs about it here, here and probably a million other places because I can’t contain my love. There is absolutely, completely, nothing to do here except vacation. Restaurants are few and far between, so most guests eat of property with their neighbors, kind of like family camp. The wait staff is fairly terrible (typical in the Bahamas), so don’t be shy to ask a few times for a refill, but you are on island time – so what’s the big hurry?
Paddleboarding, swimming, hammock sitting, snorkeling, fishing and sunbathing are your best and only options for entertainment as the internet is slow and TV’s are non-existent. It is what vacation heaven is made of!
Please feel free to reach out with additional questions as we are more than happy to share our favorite spots with our favorite people. We can’t recommend exploring the Bahamas enough!
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