Spread over 100,000 square miles, this archipelago of 700 islands (30 of them inhabited) is a sun-seeker’s dream, with miles of palm-fringed, white-sand beaches. New Providence—which is home to the capital, Nassau—and Paradise Island are famous for full-service beachfront resorts. In the smaller, more remote Out Islands, you can snorkel, dive, fish, and hop easily between neighboring cays.
Don’t miss: Beach time with your brood. Cable Beach, Cabbage Beach, and Junkanoo Beach are among Nassau’s best. If you’re not staying at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, buy a day pass. With a 200-foot waterslide and a mile-long lazy river, the massive water park is every child’s dream—and some parents’, too. In Nassau, little ones love the flamingo show at Ardastra Gardens and Wildlife Conservation Centre. For a taste of the Out Islands, take Sandy Toes’ day trip to Rose Island, just 25 minutes away, for an alfresco lunch, water sports, and beach games.
Must eat: Conch salad. The ceviche-style preparation is made with the marine mollusk, citrus juices, diced onions, tomatoes, and sweet peppers. In Nassau or on Paradise Island, try it at one of the restaurants at Arawak Cay or at a roadside stall at Potter’s Cay.
Where to stay: Part of Nassau’s Baha Mar hotel complex, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has six pools, 40 bars and restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, and a kids’ club that features supervised encounters with stingrays, starfish, and turtles. A new water park was set to open in July 2021. Rates start at $314.
Comfort Suites Paradise Island has spacious suites, and room rates include complimentary access to Atlantis resort, a five-minute walk away. Rates start at $225.