It would be easy to spend your vacation lounging around your plush resort, but at some point, you'll want to take a break from the pool (and the pool bar) and take in some of the other sights in the Bahamas. Here are a few of our favorites.
Blue Lagoon Island
A short hop from Nassau, this spot, formerly known as Salt Cay (pirates used salt from the lagoon to preserve their food), has something for everyone. The beach is perfect for paradise-seekers, a marine sanctuary offers the chance to swim with dolphins and sea lions and Segway tours take visitors across the island. Equipment is also available to rent, including clear-bottom kayaks, water bikes and underwater scooters.
This squiggle of land is famous for its pink-sand beaches and the large coral reefs offshore. Aside from oozing natural beauty, Eleuthera also boasts a clutch of stately British colonial-style houses. And if you've ever wondered what a pineapple looks like outside of a fruit salad, you can take a tour of a local farm and even plant your own pineapple.
A quick water-taxi ride from Eleuthera is teeny Harbour Island, another pink-sanded paradise. An advantage of this island is that no cars are necessary — visitors tend to tootle around on rented golf carts. "Briland," as the locals call it, is also home to brightly painted cottages, picturesque hotels and some of the best dining in the Bahamas. Good luck choosing between the Landing, Sip Sip and Queen Conch.
No film franchise has used more exotic locations than the James Bond series, so of course 007 has fought supervillains in the Bahamas. Staniel Cay, in the Exumas, was used in two Bond films: Thunderball and Never Say Never Again, both of which featured shoots in the spectacular Thunderball Grotto, whose underwater cave system is a prime spot for snorkeling owing to its dazzling coral and exotic fish.
Happy Trails Stables
There's no better way to experience Nassau's pristine beaches than on horseback. Happy Trails, a half-hour from downtown Nassau, will pick you up at your hotel and take you to its Coral Harbour stable, where you'll learn the basics of riding before saddling up and hitting the trails. Be sure to ask the guide to take a photo of you when you get to the beach — your friends on social media will be beside themselves with envy.
1 Norman Rd., ridingbahamas.com