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With plenty to do for both adults and children including swimming and snorkeling in clear waters, and a great selection of ocean or land tours, a Bahamas vacation will more than live up to your expectations. With great year-round weather and wonderful beaches on its 700 islands, it is hard to decide which is the best island in the Bahamas for families, but here we feature 5 that are perfect for a getaway with kids!
New Providence Island
New Providence is the largest island of the Bahamas and where the capital city, Nassau, is located. Flights arrive at Nassau airport every day, but to date, there is no ferry available from Florida.
New Providence is renowned for the world-famous Cable Beach. This 2 and a half miles long fabulous beach is the ideal spot for a Bahamas family holiday. There are hotels, resorts, some all-inclusive, and even hostels to stay in while you lounge on the beach or enjoy a variety of water sports. For a day away from the beach, the whole family will love exploring Fort Charlotte with its historical canons, underground passages and creepy dungeons.
Connected to New Providence Island by two bridges spanning Nassau Harbor, Paradise Island certainly deserves to be mentioned as the best island in the Bahamas for families thanks to its wonderful coastline and tons of activities to do. Enjoy strolling on the popular Cabbage white-sandy beach or hop aboard a catamaran and ride through Nassau Harbor to Blue Lagoon beach where kids can rent a boat and paddle safely in shallow waters.
The island boasts the Bahamas most famous resort, Atlantis with a 141-acre Aquaventure Water Park along with five miles of pristine beaches, several pools and a golf course. Here there is something for everyone and many consider this the best family resort in the Bahamas. Accommodation can be in multi-bedroom villas with meal plans, or room only, and features daily, children’s activities and babysitting.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island, 50 miles from Florida’s southeast coast, can be reached by air or fast ferry. Many cruise ships dock at Freeport, so this is the liveliest area on the island with beautiful beaches and interesting activities for young and old. The island has accommodations to suit every budget, ranging from small hotels to all-inclusive resorts as well as villas and apartments to rent that provide all the comfort a family needs.
SeaSpiration Tip: If you decide to visit Grand Bahama check our list of the best Freeport beaches!
Make sure to put on your activity list a trip to the Port Lucaya Marketplace where they hold year-long festivals and events. Plan your Bahamas beach vacation to coincide with one of these events and you will soon discover island history and culture that is a world away from sparkling, white sands and turquoise waters! Don’t miss out on visiting the 40-acre Lucayan National Park too which boasts the largest underwater caves in the world.
Eleuthera Island is served by daily flights from South Florida or a high-speed catamaran. It has the Atlantic Ocean on its north and east coasts and therefore offers the best opportunity for surfing. Several local companies run surfing programs that are suitable for kids and adults, so no matter if you are just a beginner, the fun is guaranteed!
Eleuthera has a good selection of dive shops too for those who seek water adventures. Non-divers can explore the many beautiful beaches or spend a day taking an island adventure package where they can ride the ATV trails, go kayaking, snorkeling or comb the beaches for shells. Choose a beachside, rental cottage, an ocean resort, or one of the many excellent hotels for your accommodation.
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Harbour Island has no direct route from the U.S., so this might not be the easiest place to reach, but this small island with miles of gorgeous beaches, a multitude of boutique hotels with attractive grounds deserves to the on the best island in the Bahamas for families list.
When kids tire of the beach, book them a guided boat ride during which they can see starfish and observe sea turtles. In the evenings, choose one from the plentiful restaurants to enjoy Bahamian cuisine, but note that the popular places can be a bit pricey, and nearly always require a reservation
So, which island in the Bahamas is the best for families? The answer is all of them. They each have something different to offer, so choose the one that suits you best!
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