Bahamas: Suggested Itinerary

29 islands against a backdrop of blue

Days 1-3: There’s a lot to do on this tropical paradise and many places you will want to spend more time than others in. Start by going to Nassau, currently the most popular tourist attraction in the Bahamas and you certainly won't run out of things to do there. Not only can you scuba dive, swim with dolphins and snorkel; you will also have a chance to shop on Bay Street and take some excellent strolls along the beaches. For the first couple of days, you might want to spend one day on your favorite outdoor tour and the second day at the beach and touring historical sites in Nassau such as the Queen’s Staircase. Be sure to stop at a restaurant on Bay Street for dinner to sample local cuisine.

Days 4-7: Head out to New Providence and take time to tour the Bacardi Distillery. You may want to use this time to spend more than one day at one of the many beaches located near Nassau. If you travel to Paradise Island you'll also have plenty to see and do. The Atlantis Casino, Blue Lagoon Island and all of the great water sports you find on the other islands will be waiting for you. Additionally, Paradise Island is considered by many to have the very best nightlife in the Bahamas, so you might want to stop by a bar or club on one of your vacation evenings as well.

Days 7-10: Use this time to plan an outward journey to one of the other islands. These journeys can last between one day and several and will include beach grills, diving, snorkeling and incredible views of the ocean and marine life. Andros Island, Abaco Island and Grand Bahama Island offer the most interesting wildlife tours due to the variety of species and the size of the islands. To book such a tour you can contact a tour company in advance, book a tour with a travel agent, or speak with hotel personnel once you arrive on the island of your choice.