You already know that Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers a host of fun activities. But what about some lesser know options worth exploring? Here are our top five favorite ways to spend sun-drenched days in the archipelago.
Explore Underwater Caves: Lucayan National Park
The 40-acre park nestled amid swaying palms and mangroves on Grand Bahama Island is home to the iconic Gold Rock Beach. If its sugary sands and scenery look familiar, that’s because the beach has made appearances in quite a few movies including “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Natural trails, boardwalks, and picnic areas make Lucayan National Park a great place to spend the day, but the real show stopper is the underwater cave systems. One of the largest in the world. two of the caves are open to the public, however, you will need a special permit for diving.
Stunning Views: Glass Window Bridge
This is one of the only places on earth where you can observe the stunning contrast of the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side to the turquoise waters of the Blight of Eleuthera on the other. Separated merely by a strip of rock only 30 feet wide, the “Bridge” offers phenomenal views. This is an excellent place for hiking, relaxing at the beach or grabbing local island libations at the El Karkara Glass Window Bar & Grill.
Swim with Pigs: Exuma Cays
Exumas, the chain of over 365 small islands, is home to more than sparkling sand beaches. It is also home to the infamous swimming pigs. While there are a few theories on how the pigs got to the island; either left by a group of sailors or they swam over from a shipwreck, one thing is for sure, these pigs are enjoying island life to the full extent.
Encounter Sea Lions & Dolphins: Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay)
This stunning private island boasts a crystalline lagoon and a plethora of water activities for the entire family. There’s something for everyone: snorkeling, fishing, water sports, even sailing, but the real showstoppers are the dolphins and sea lions. The Dolphin Encounter is a great way to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
Relish Natural Island Beauty: Pink Sand Beach
Brimming with beautiful pink sand, Pink Sand Beach offers a world of natural beauty. Three perfectly pink miles of sand make for the perfect place to swim, as the waters are warm and calm all year. From sunrise to sunset, a host options are yours from horseback riding on the beach to dining at the many elegant resorts.