With names like Paradise Island and Conception Island, is there any wonder why the Bahamas is considered one of the world's most romantic destinations? Don't let the romantic overtures fool you -- the Bahamas is also the ideal vacation for the adventurer and for the hard worker looking for a heavenly place to relax.

In fact, the Bahamas are versatile enough to satisfy whatever type of Bahamas vacation you are looking for. Whether it's romance, adventure or a little "R and R," one thing comes standard, and that's the glorious beauty of the islands which make up the Bahamas!

Visiting the Bahamas

Some people may find it surprising that the Bahamas is actually a series of small islands in the Caribbean Sea and not a single solitary island. In fact, the main group of islands which make up what it typically called "the Bahamas" include New Providence Island, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama. Then, there are the numerous little "outer islands."

The main airport in the Bahamas is Lynden Pindling International Airport (IATA: NAS) in Nassau, on the island of New Providence. Visitors are not required to get a visa, but a passport is needed if you are traveling from or returning to the United States.
Besides flying, there are a number of popular Bahamas cruises available throughout the year.

The Climate in the Bahamas

The climate in the Bahamas is tropical, meaning hot and sometimes humid weather is the norm. The Bahamas do see a number of hurricanes every year during the season, which runs from June to November. While this by no stretch of the imagination should stop you from visiting during that time, you could run into some stormy weather during your stay. Of course, on the other hand, if you get caught in a hurricane, Bahamas hotels automatically reduce the price to its lowest possible rate!

The Bahamian Experience

There a number of activities and sights to enjoy in the Bahamas. For instance, in the capital city of Nassau, you can visit the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Pirate Museum or the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center. You can also take a sightseeing walk through Old Town and visit the Parliament Building.

Right across the bridge from Nassau is the beautiful Paradise Island with the massive Atlantis resort that features one of the most stunning aquariums in the world.

No visit to New Providence Island should be considered complete without a trip to the Bacardi Distillery, where they make the world's best selling rum. Plus, a visit to the Stuart Cove's Aqua Adventures may find you swimming with the sharks, literally!

On the island of Grand Bahama, visitors can see Lucayan National Park, Peterson Cay National Park and the flamingoes of the Rand Nature Center.

Where to Stay in the Bahamas

The Bahamas is home to a number of extravagant hotels, some of which are considered among the best in the world. For instance, the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island is a spectacle beyond description. This Bahamas resort features the Cove Atlantis, the Atlantis Paradise Island Coral Towers and the Atlantis Paradise Island Royal Towers. There are over 35 restaurants and bars on the grounds and it is home to one of the most unique aquariums in the world. The hotel rates run from $367, $212 and $272 per night respectfully.

The Pelican Bay at Lucaya is a gorgeous boutique hotel featuring 182 rooms that begin around $139 per night. The hotel's rooms each have private balconies to enjoy the peaceful sunset or striking sunrise and they also offer every pampered amenity imaginable. There's a spacious courtyard and a wonderful variety of restaurants in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The hotel's swim-up pool bar, freshwater pools and exciting Dolphin Experience make the Pelican Bay one of the most favored hotels in the Bahamas!

Planning Your Escape to the Bahamas

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