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Excursions in the Bahamas

Tourists and cruisers to the Bahamas will find themselves with enough excursion options to keep everyone in the family happy and busy.

The Bahamas are known as a versatile vacation destination, having enough variety in activity for toddlers, grandparents, and everyone in between.

Most cruises dock in Nassau or Freeport. Other port possibilities include Castaway Cay, Half Moon Cay, Coco Cay, Princess Cays, and Great Stirrup Cay.

Excursions in Nassau

Nassau, located on the 21 mile long island of New Providence, is one of the most visited cruise ports in the Caribbean.

For $25, one of the more popular excursions on the island is a day pass to the 34 acre Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.

Day visitors to the famous resort will gain access to the resort’s beach, as well as the Dig, an exhibit of the lost tunnels of Atlantis and marine life.

Families with young children will enjoy a visit to the relatively new PIrates of Nassau museum. The interactive museum, complete with a 75 foot pirate ship, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a birdseye view of Nassau and other islands, Majestic Tours offer a 25 minute helicopter tour.

Dolphin swims are available at Blue Lagoon Island. Dolphin enthusiasts can wade into the water, feed, and pet the dolphins. Some lucky participants might even receive a big wet kiss from their flippered friend.

Excursions in Freeport

The Garden of the Groves is a botanical paradise in Freeport, populated with over 10,000 varieties of flowers and trees. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Horseback riding along the shores of the Grand Bahama Island is an excursion of choice for many. This two hour tour winds through the forests and beaches of the island.

Private boats can be chartered for snorkeling excursions through Freeport Private Charters and Snorkeling Tours. Participants receive lunch and a private snorkeling tour throughout the island’s cays and reef.

With so much to do and see in the Bahamas, most visitors will find themselves wishing only for more time.

Location

The Bahamas are the most popular vacation destination in the the eastern Caribbean, attracting over 4.5 visitors per year.

As Freeport is located a mere 70 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, the Bahamas are accessible and easy to get to.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consist of over 700 islands and cays, many of which are uninhabited. The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau.

Most visitors to the commonwealth visit Nassau/ Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island.

Weather

The Bahamas have a subtropical climate, with dry winters and wet summers.

The wet season, also known as the hurricane season, runs from June to November. During this time of year, rainfall increases, as does temperature.

December to May marks the dry season, where there are virtually no chances of hurricanes or heavy rain.

Because of the northern location of the Bahamas, the islands can experience cooler temperatures during the winter months.

The average monthly high temperature is 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The average monthly low is 63 degrees.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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June 07, 2013

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