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October 24th 2019. By Tatjana Chahine.

Bahamas Open To Tourists Post Dorian

Post Dorian, it's important to get the message out that The Bahamas is open for business while The Abacos and Grand Bahama are rebuilding.

On September 1st 2019, the Bahamas experienced one of the worst hurricanes in its history. Hurricane Dorian swept through the islands causing mass devastation on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. The stories and the news showcase the absolute destruction that was done, leaving tens of thousands homeless, losing most if not all of their possessions.

What hasn’t been covered by major news agencies very much is the fact that these two islands are two of the three highest revenue producing islands, with the third being Nassau. As most could guess, the Bahamas survives on tourism. This country is what it is today because of its beauty, which brings millions of people to it yearly. Which is why it is important to get the message out to people that The Bahamas is open for business while these two islands are rebuilding.

Hurricane Dorian Damage in The Bahamas

Photo: Tatjana Chahine and Jason @ JWA242.

Rebuilding In The Bahamas

With a large chunk of our income revenue missing, we need your help now more than ever. Beyond the help for rebuilding the Abaco Islands & Grand Bahama, and getting these people get back on their feet, we need to see consistent growth in tourism. The Bahamas consists of 700 Islands & Cays, originally, 17 of them could have been visited, however now, due to hurricane destruction, The Bahamas currently has 14 islands up-and-running for business.

What To Do In The Bahamas

When thinking about the Bahamas, the general population often automatically correlates it with two things: Atlantis/Nassau and the Swimming Pigs. However, The Bahamas is MUCH MORE than these two attractions. The culture of the Bahamians and the different vibes on each of the 14 islands, offer so much to experience for visitors to the archipelago.

Bahamians are some of the best people in the world. From their hilarious personalities, to their amazing food and their laid back energy – you are sure to fall in love with them. In addition to the people, the beaches will leave you breathless, no matter where you are in the Bahamas. Each island has a unique look and feel, but one thing that never changes is the beautiful, bright blue water and perfectly soft sand with pink specs in it.

It’s hard to know everything about each of these unique islands, why you would want to visit each one and how to get to them. We know island hopping can be a bit complicated. Here is a guide to all the Islands currently accepting tourism – each of them can be accessed via a quick flight, and each one has its own quirky culture to it. Whichever island you choose to visit, you’re sure to meet your needs for the perfect Bahamas vacation.

Hurricane Dorian Damage in The Bahamas

Acklins & Crooked Island

Acklins & Crooked Island are known as two of the more remote of “off the grid islands”. They are close to the natural state in which they were found by Christopher Colombus hundreds of years ago. You can imagine their untouched beauty! While all the Bahamas is considered a boating, fishing and diving mecca, this would be one of the best places to go for this. Untouched reefs, tons of fish, and land in its most natural state.  If you want seclusion and some great experiences out on the water and in nature, then this is a great spot for you!

How to get here:

Acklins: Fly to Nassau, then to Acklins via Bahamas Air, flights are weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Saturday.

Crooked Island: Fly to Nassau, then to Crooked Island via Bahamas Air, flights are weekly on Wednesday & Saturday.

Where to Stay: Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Andros

Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas and is known for its natural surroundings, including creeks, pine forests, over 150 blue holes, mangroves and the third largest great barrier reef in the world. Also, being the bonefish capital in the world, and known for its vast amount of crabs, Andros is the perfect place for someone that is looking for non-stop hunting adventure. This will be an off the grid experience – however, not quite as off the grid as some of the other islands since Andros is quite close to Florida and has influence from the States, making it more gentrified than some of the other islands.

How to get here:

Daily flights from Fort Lauderdale and Nassau to South Andros, Fresh Creek (Main Airport) and Congo town via Leair, Flamingo Air, Western Air, Makers Air

Where to Stay:

Kamalame Cay (high-end)

Small Hope Bay Lodge (mid-range)

Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Bimini

Bimini, the smallest island in the Bahamas, is one of the most popular destinations for Floridians due to it being just 50 miles off their coast. This  makes Bimini the closest Bahamian island to the United States. This island is known for having a lot of history, from being Ernest Hemingway’s home for two years and an avid vacation spot for Martin Luther King, to playing a big role in the prohibition era.

Bimini has many underwater sites popular for scuba diving – such as the sunken Spanish galleons SS Sapona, the Bimini Wall (which goes down to 4000 feet) and the WWII freighter wreck. Bimini has tons of amazing historical spots to explore. If swimming with the dolphins is on your bucket list then this is the place to go! Enjoy swimming with the dolphins in their natural habitat, which is sure to be an experience of a lifetime!

How to get here

Daily flights from Fort Lauderdale and Nassau via Western Air and Silver Air.

Where to Stay

Hilton Bimin (mid-range)

Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Berry Islands

The Berry Islands are Composed of 30 cays, mostly uninhabited and mostly privately owned. Bimini, like most islands in the Bahamas, is lined with beautiful beaches and is an amazing spot for sport fishing plus it has some jaw-dropping dive spots. You will have a more secluded experience here because you could potentially go a whole day without seeing one other human on the island.

How to get here

Fly private from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau.

Where to Stay

Chub Cay Resort & Marina (high-end)

Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Cat Island

Cat island, like Acklins & Crooked island is nearly untouched, it is the perfect spot for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the Bahamas. Covered in nature trails, rolling hills and pink sand beaches, Cat Island is a great place to get out an explore via foot! Having the highest point in the Bahamas at a whopping 206 feet above sea level, this is one of the only places in the Bahamas that you can experience somewhat of a “hike”. Also known for its world class diving with sharks, dolphins, turtles, stingrays and of course, fishing!

How to get here

Daily flights from Nassau via Western Air.

Where to Stay

Fernandez Bay Village (mid-range)

Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Eleuthera & Harbour Island

Pineapple fields, pink sand beaches and tons of exploration is the perfect way to sum up Eleuthera and Harbour Island. As one of the more popular and gentrified islands, Eleuthera & Harbour island have so much to offer. There is the perfect twist of new development and original island vibes, making this a great vacation destination! Harbour Island, which is located to just of the mainland, has kept a lot of the original architecture which was influenced by British Loyalists who settled there in the 1700s.

Many other islands in the Bahamas have tried to replicate this original and adorable island style architecture. This is one of the most charming islands in the Bahamas, as well as an adventurers paradise, including bone fishing, conch diving, swimming with the pigs, blue hole cliff jumping and much more!

How to get here

There are three airports in Eleuthera. Rock Sound (South), Governers Harbour (Central), North Eleuthera (North & access to Harbour Island).

There are Non-Stop flights from Atlanta to North Eleuthera (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday Via Delta Air)

There are Non-Stop Flights from Charlotte to North Eleuthera (Saturday’s via American Air)

There are Non-Stop Flights from Miami & Fort Lauderdale to North Eleuthera (Daily via American Air)

There are Non-Stop Flights from Nassau Daily to Rock Sound, Governers Harbour & North Eleuthera (Via Pineapple Air, Bahamas Air and Southern Air)

Where to Stay

Eleuthera (mainland): The Cove (high end), French Leave (high end), Pineapple Fields (High end). Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Harbour Island: The Landing (mid-range), Valentines (mid-range), Ocean View Club (mid-range), Romora Bay (mid-range), Pink Sands (high-end), Dunmore (high-end). Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

The Exumas

Have you ever seen an Instagram photo where the water looks so blue it has to be fake? Well that might have been the case, in The Exuma’s, this is real life. The Exuma’s are a long stretch of beautiful cays that are most likely on your bucket list. “Frolicking on sandbars”, “staying at exclusive resorts”, “swimming with the pigs” and “everyone’s dream vacation spot” are a few phrases that describe The Exumas. The most pristine water in the world and the most amazing chunks of land your eyes have ever seen. Great for doing all the bucket list activities, swim with the stingrays, the sharks, the pigs, and much more!

How to get here

The Exumas are a long chain of Islands separated by water there are three different airports, Staniel Cay, Black Point & George Town.

Daily flights are offered from Miami to Georgetown Via American Air.

Daily flights are offered from Atlanta to Georgetown Via Delta Air.

Flights are offered from Charolette direct to Georgetown Via American Air (Saturday’s).

Flights are offered from Fort Lauderdale direct to Georgetown Via Silver Air (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Flights are offered first from Toronto to Georgetown Via Air Canada (Saturdays)

Daily flights are offered from Nassau to Black Point & Staniel Cay, daily via Flamingo air

Daily flights are offered from Nassau to Georgetown via Western Air

Where to Stay

Georgetown: Sandals Resort (couples only, mid-range). Check Airbnb.com for rentals.

Blackpoint: Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Staniel Cay: Staniel Cay Yacht Club (mid-high-end). Check Airbnb.com for rentals.

Inagua

Flamingo’s are often associated with the Bahamas as this is its National Bird, however you probably have never seen any flamingos here, unless you’ve been to Inagua! Home to over 80,000 flamingos, Inagua is the birdwatchers Haven. If birds are your thing, then Inagua is your island! Here you will find 140 species of native and migratory birds, which makes Inagua the Birdwatching Capital of The Bahamas. The island is also home to the Morton Salt Factory which produces a million pounds of salt a year, making it the second largest salt operation in North America.

How to get here

Flights available weekly Via Bahamas Air (fly through Mayguana) check Bahamas Air site for flight info.

Where to Stay

Great Inagua Outback Lodge (all inclusive, affordable).

Long Island

Long Island is the home of Dean’s Blue Hole, the second deepest blue hole in the world! Also famous for its bone fishing, diving and having one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Cape Santa Maria. Long island is quiet, and covered in untouched beaches, and offers a few nice resorts to stay at. The perfect combo of off the grid and vacation vibes!

How to get here

Daily flights available from Nassau to Deadmans Cay (central) and Stella Marris (North) via Southern Air & Bahamas Air.

Where to Stay

Cape Santa Maria (high-end), Tiny’s Hurrican Hole (mid-range to affordable). Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Mayaguana

By far the most isolated and least developed island in The Bahamas, Mayaguana ideal for travelers looking to have a completely off the grid and secluded vacation. Completely untouched beaches and tons of fishing jackpots, this small fishing town is inhabited by friendly locals, Mayaguana is the perfect combination of seclusion and authentic island vibes.

How to get here

Flights available weekly Via Bahamas Air check Bahamas Air site for flight info.

Where to Stay

Baycaner Beach Resort (affordable, all inclusive)

Nassau & Paradise Island

City vibes with an island twist, Nassau & Paradise Island are considered the most convenient place to vacation while visiting the Bahamas. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is home to two mega hotels, Atlantis & Bahamar as well as many smaller boutique hotels and tons of Airbnb’s.

Nassau still feels a little bit like the states with its restaurants, shops, nightlife golf courses and casinos, but offers a great twist of local spots including Daq shacks, fish frys and conch stands. You will feel like a tourist in Nassau, especially if you are staying in the bigger hotels, however you will still get all the benefit of The Bahamas! Great fishing, diving and beautiful beaches of course!

How to get here

Daily non-stop flights available from Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta Toronto, New York, Charlotte.

More direct flights available non-stop from Houston, Washington DC, Cayman Islands, Haiti, United Kingdom, Philadelphia, Havana, Panama, Boston (days vary).

Where to Stay

Bahamar, Atlantis (mid-range), The Island House (mid-range), One & Only Four Seasons (high-end).

Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

Rum Cay

Mostly likely one of The Bahamas best-kept secrets and known for surfing, yes, surfing! One of the only places in the Bahamas with a beautiful surf break. Colorful reefs and with only 100 inhabitants, Rum Cay is the perfect vacation spot for surfers looking to have the perfect surfing experience with no one getting in their way!

How to get here

Fly private from Fort Lauderdale or Nassau.

Where to Stay

On a yacht or sailboat 🙂

San Salvador

San Salvador, much like Bimini is known for its history, tons of monuments and historical sights can be found all over the island. One of the most popular monuments is underwater and is said to be the spot where Christopher Columbus’s ship, the Pinta dropped anchor. Miles of secluded beaches, turquoise crystal clear water and beautiful inland lakes, and home to the only Club Med in the Bahamas.

How to get here

Daily flights from Nassau via Bahamas Air.

Direct flights from Paris, France to San Salvador via Air Caraibes (Thursdays)

Where to Stay

Club Med Colombus Isle (mid-range, all inclusive), Guanahani Beach Club (high-end). Check apartment rental websites and local rental agencies for lodgings.

There are definitely a few common denominators that are true no matter what island you visit in the Bahamas, it is almost an absolute fact that no matter where you end up, you will find beautiful beaches, amazing diving and a 10 out of 10 fishing experience, it’s a boaters paradise!

Everyone has a different vision of what their perfect trip looks like, from swimming with the dolphins to exploring 150 different species of birds to drinking rum on the beach with locals or partying in a huge hotel, there is something for everyone. The Bahamas is an amazing country and deserves to have their economy continue to strive through tourism. We need your support and are thankful for all those that continue to visit our beautiful 700 Islands & Cays.



Tatjana Chahine