About A.D. 11, people from Cuba and Hispaniola found the Bahama Islands and promptly settled in. These settlers became known as the Lucayans, and grew to number about 30,000 by the time Columbus landed in 1492. Now, the Bahamas are home to over 350,000, mostly of African and European descent. Due to its thriving tourist industry, it's the third richest country in the Americas! But you don't have to be rich to visit with these Bahamas vacation deals.
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While it might be expensive to fly to the Bahamas, once you get here you can start saving. Most the top attractions are natural and free to see.
Enjoy the Beaches
- Gold Rock Beach, Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama: Just 45 minutes from Lucaya, this is almost a crowd-free zone. That means you'll have the starfish, sea biscuits, stingrays and sand dollars all to yourself.
- Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island: The waves are big enough for waterboarding, but not too big for swimming or snorkeling.
See the Sights
- Thunderball Grotto, Staniel Cay: You might have seen this photogenic underwater cave in a James Bond movie, but it's even dreamier in person. Light creeps in through cracks in the walls and shines down on the residents: lobsters, snappers, angelfish, sea turtles, and even octopuses! Snorkelers and swimmers can sightsee here easily during low tide.
- Hope Town Lighthouse, Abaco: This lighthouse prevented sailors from crashing into Elbow Reef, thanks to its striking red and white, peppermint candy-esque stripes. It's one of the only lighthouses left to feature an old-fashioned lamp, burning with Kerosene oil.
- The Hermitage, Cat Island: If you're up for a hike, make your way up to the 206-foot peak of Mount Alvernia and check out this stunning, yet humble 19th century monastery.
- Versailles Gardens and French Cloister, Nassau: One of the more surprising Bahamas attractions, this cloister was built by monks and imported directly from William Randalph Hearst's European estate. Tropical flowers and classic statues overlook the Nassau Harbour, and will steal your heart away.
Visit the Sea Creatures
- Marine Habitat at Atlantis, 1 Casino Dr, Paradise Island: Although day passes are $32, that's not a terribly high price to pay to see the largest aquarium in the world, home to over 50,000 marine animals!
See a Real Lagoon
- Blue Lagoon Island, Salt Cay: Swim in the lagoon, tan on the beach, play with dolphins, snap some photos of the sea lions, or lounge in one of the hammocks.
Bahamas vacation deals on meals are easily found in the many locally-owned restaurants.
- The Fish Fry, W Bay Street, Arawak Cay, New Providence Island: This is a village of restaurants, which all serve fresh seafood prepared with local traditions. Some of the most notable spots are Deep Creel, Seafood Haven, Twins Brothers, and the group-friendly Gullies Restaurant And Bar. Grab a fresh drink at Goldies Bar.
- Potters Cay, Nassau: Dozens of fish shacks are located here, and are especially great for a light meal, like a bowl of chowder or seafood salad.
- Tony Macaroni's Conch Experience, Taino Beach, Freeport: Located under a thatch roof, the top-rated food here is a pleasant surprise. Try the house specailty, "Roast Conch."
- Coral Reef Beach Bar, Coral Beach, Freeport: Enjoy all the standard island dishes, along with colorful views of the Coral Beach Resort and pool.
- Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, North Bimini, Alice Town: A conch salad or cocktail are a lot more enjoyable with marina views, aren't they?
- Sharkeez Tiki Bar, Prince George Wharf, Nassau: Ocean views, big TVs, friendly staff, and great conch fritters.
- The News Cafe, Lyford Cay Shopping Center, Western Rd, Nassau: Although it's open all day, the simple coffee, tea and breakfast menu is definitely the highlight.
- Gregory's Mediterranean Delights, George & Bay Street, Nassau: Mediterranean coffee and pastries, yum!
- Double Dragons, East Bay Street (close to Paradise Island Bridge), Nassau — If you tire of seafood, Double Dragons offers a change of pace. This small, locally owned chain of Chinese restaurants offering consistent quality at affordable prices.
- Golden House, #3 Caves Village, Nassau: Come here for classics like General Tso's Chicken and Sweet & Sour Fish.
- Wok N Roll Chinese Restaurant & Bar, West Bay St & Cable Beach, Nassau: The Happy Hour here is just as good as the food.
- Moonshine Bar and Grill, Stella Maris Resort, Long Island: Don't miss the Rum Punch at this poolside bar.
- Senor Frog's, Woodes Rodgers Walk, Nassau: If you're in the mood for a very lively and noisy party, this is the place to be. Otherwise, steer clear!
Finally, prepare some meals at your Bahamas vacation rental. You're sure to find fresh produce unavailable on the mainland, so why not try some new recipes and have a relaxing - and cheap - evening in?
Bahamas vacation deals on lodging are easy to come by on Vacation Rentals.com. Bahamas rentals allow you to live in paradise, rather than just visit. Weekly rentals are generally more affordable than hotels. Vacation rentals also offer more room to stretch and amenities such as private swimming pools.
Looking for additional ways to save on your Bahamas vacation? Check out these tips:
- Save even more money in the Bahamas by limiting your stay to one island. They are all spectacularly beautiful, and travel between the islands runs up costs tremendously.
- Enjoy more time on the beaches, and less time in shops and tourist attractions, for an enjoyable stay without racking up additional charges.
- Book your resort stay through a private vacation rental owner rather than through the resort and you'll enjoy extra savings.
- Pack along bottled water and snacks so you're not out of pocket when you're out and about.
- Do plenty of research beforehand. Getting to know the local maps, attractions, and customs will not only save you time when you get here, but money, too.