Bahamas: A Family Vacation Destination written by Fred Coolridge

Filed in Gather Travel Essential by on July 19, 2010 0 Comments

Every year, many families decide to take time away from their routine life and go on vacation to a place where there is no stress. But how does one decide where to go? If you are looking for the perfect family vacation, look no further than the Bahamas!

The Bahamas consists of 700 beautiful islands which have lots to offer – the choices for adventure are endless. A Bahamas family vacation can satisfy everyone’s interests.

How to Plan a Bahamas Family Vacation
The first thing to do when planning a vacation in the Bahamas is to determine what you and your family would like to see and do. The activities range from zip-lining and swimming with the dolphins to relaxing at a water park or on the beach.

Bahamas Family VacationYour next step is to choose the island that offers the activities you have in mind and decide which accommodations will suit you best during your family Bahamas vacation. Will it be a villa, hotel or resort? Many families opt for Atlantis Paradise Island, the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Great Exuma, or the Wyndham Nassau, which are resorts that cater to families, adults and children alike.

Bahamas Activities
In the Bahamas, not only will you discover a wide variety of interesting activities for the adults, but you will also find many kid-friendly things to do, especially in the family-oriented resorts. Everyone will be pleased and entertained. Take a look at some of the exciting activities proposed to you to make your Bahamas family vacation memorable.

The wildlife: Powerboat Adventures offers a great opportunity to meet some Bahamian wildlife in a natural habitat. The first stop of the day includes a feeding of the Bahamian dragon. Then you move on to a private island where you will enjoy the beach, the pools, and you can even get up close to some wild boars! At this stop, everyone is encouraged to get in the water with the sting rays during feeding time. And for the really adventurous ones, a scheduled feeding amongst some sharks!

Marine animals: Atlantis is one of the most popular spots in the Bahamas. The resort is home to more than 500,000 marine animals, housed in their aquariums and lagoons. You can watch as the fish are fed, and the underwater tunnels allow you a close look at the sharks, piranhas, sting rays, and other marine animals! Atlantis has a 141-acre water park, one of the largest in the world. The resort has a wonderful dolphin habitat; some visitors venture into deep water, while others remain in the shallow end to mingle with these friendly mammals. This attraction lures many, so reservations are recommended.

Dolphins: Blue Lagoon Island is the place to go if you want to swim with the dolphins. The kids can have fun and get an education at the same time. The island is also home to some über-friendly sea lions.

The zoo: The Ardastra Gardens and Zoo is the only zoo in the Bahamas. Some of the animals you might encounter while strolling through the 5-acre reserve are: geckoes, parrots, pheasants, Bahamian boas, and red-breasted geese. Guides are enthusiastic about introducing the visitors to the parrots, and will encourage you to interact with the birds during feeding time. You can observe the fascinating wild cat in its enclosure and admire the beautiful flamingoes.

The museum: A re-created pirate ship draws a lot of attention in Nassau! The museum is not only fun to visit but also an educational experience for both young and old.

Catamaran: Book a day trip with Robinson Crusoe Shipwreck Cruises for a catamaran ride that encourages you to merely relax. You can chill out on the beach, go snorkeling over coral reefs, or play in the tide pools with the kids. You can also try kayaking or go for a quiet hike. Lunch is part of the package – wine for the adults and fruit juices for the kids.

Your Bahamas family vacation is bound to be a dream come true – a combination of fun, relaxation and education all in one package. It will inspire you to start planning your next holiday!

 

About the Author:
Fred Coolridge is the content manager and author for the website Great Exuma Island, Bahamaswww.exumabahamas.org.

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