700 islands and inlets and 2,400 cays can be all yours to enjoy on a honeymoon in The Bahamas. Getting there couldn't be easier, and from the moment you arrive you'll be surrounded by splendid beaches and friendly people. The first of the island chain lies just 50 miles off the Southeastern coast of Florida. New Providence (Nassau and Paradise Island) and Grand Bahama (Freeport/Lucaya) are the largest and most sophisticated of the group.
You can soak up island flavor by day and try your newlywed luck at world-class casinos by night. The pace is slower and more picturesque in the romantic "Out Islands" such as Eleuthera, Harbour Island, the Abacos, Bimini and San Salvador, where you can relax on pristine, white sand beaches, gaze at the stars shining on the water, and savour the silence and and tranquility as you start your new lives together.
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- GETTING THERE: The largest airports are in of Nassau, Freeport and New Providence. Flights from NYC and Chicago take about 6 hours, and from LA about 8.25 hours.
- GETTING AROUND: Buses known as jitneys can take you all around Nassau and New Providence, and taxis are available on other major islands but are fairly expensive. The best way to shuttle between islands is by boat. Windward Islands is one of the premier yacht charters in the Bahamas.
- DUTY FREE: Tax-free goods can be found at 25-50% off US prices.To get real bargains, price items at home before you go so you know what your actual savings will be.
- TIPPING: Tip 10-15% of the bill, but first check to see if a Service Charge has already been included.
- WEATHER: Soft trade winds blow year round to produce a gentle, warm climate. Average year round temperature Sept.-May is 70-75 degrees F; 80-85 degrees F the rest of the year. May-Oct. is the rainy season but showers are usually short. Out Island temperatures are a bit hotter with high humidity in summer months.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- DRESS: Jackets are required in most good restaurants. Take a wrap or sweater for cool evenings. Beach clothes cannot be worn on the streets of larger towns.
- DRIVING: You can use your US drivers’ license but British rules apply. Drive on the left and look right before crossing the street.
- MONEY: Bahamian and US money are inter-changeable, but not all Out Islands have ATMs.
- NASSAU STRAW MARKET: Visit the bustling Straw Market to see plenty of local color and mountains of native handicrafts, then take a ride in a horsedrawn carriage to see the downtown sights.
- FUN AT CABLE BEACH: Located on New Providence Island, Cable Beach is more than just sand and surf. Excellent dining, lots of shopping, and glittering casinos make the surrounding scene here perfect for a party-down.
- SWIM WITH THE PIGGIES: Swim with the Bahamas' world-famous friendly piggies on aptly-named Pig Beach. These guys and gals love human attention, and often will swim right out to your boat to greet you. Believe it or not, no one knows for sure where they came from -- some say sailors left them there, others think they swam over from a shipwreck -- but they've settled into the island life, and are there to stay. Bring some healthy snacks like carrots, and the piggies will love you even more.
- EXPLORE THE OCEAN FLOOR: Snorkeling and scuba diving allow you to see the magnificent undersea world the Bahamas holds in its tropical embrace. But you can even pilot your own SUB, or Scenic Underwater Bubble. It's part diving suit, part submarine, and allows you to explore the ocean floor without even getting your hair wet.
- LEON LEVY NATIVE PLANT PRESERVE: This beautiful nature park allows you to explore trails lined with enchanting flora and fauna, preserving the natural beauty of Eleuthera for all to see. Incredible birds and jungly plants and ferns flank the pathways, with sections highlighting cacti, wild plants with powerful medicinal properties, and more. Whether you go for education or just to relax in the beauty, it's a must-see.