Out Islands, The Bahamas
Green Turtle Cay- it is my favorite island in the Bahamas and probably the world. You can catch a flight to Treasure Cay from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, and then take a short taxi to the docks, where you can get a 15 minute boat ride for around $5.
GTC is only 3 x 1 miles in dimension, so you can basically conquer the island in your rented golf cart in one day. Everything is so relaxed here (even moreso than elsewhere in the Caribbean.. if thats possible.) There are never more than 50 tourists on the island it seems, so everything is basically at your disposable. There are tons of great beaches crammed on this tiny island, the best being Gillam Bay, which is at the southern tip and near the old downtown. Head to Sundowners or Pineapples for a nightcap, a view of the incredible sunset, and some friendly conversation with the eccentric locals. If you're going to the Abacos, GTC is a must
Check out the haunts of the pirates and buccaneers of 'ole.
You may be lucky to find some treasure left over by the famous Blackbeard, the pirate.
Divers off the coasts of Bimini and Grand Bahama Island can also view the wrecks of numerous galleons and pirate ships. Check Cat Island, San Salvador and even Exuma while in The Bahamas.
Miles of glistening pink and white sand beaches, serene colonial villages and rolling acres of pineapple plantations make Eleuthera Island an island of the most casual sophistication. The cool laziness of Eleutheran life and dusty-yet-drenched colours of the island give it the feel of a giant illusion. Much of the island’s architecture and way of life were influenced by Loyalist settlers in the late 1700s. With its two companions, Harbour Island and the community of Spanish Wells, Eleuthera Island has long been a favoured destination among smart travellers seeking a bit of quiet charm.
Tiny Harbour Island (occupied almost completely by the community of Dunmore Town) reminds many visitors of a miniature Bermuda with its Georgian architecture and fabulous beaches of coral pink sand.
Well, for starters, the resort that I looked at was way off the beaten path. It was on Guana Cay, which basically, you have to fly to Grand Bahamas, get a small plane to Marsh Harbor airport, then take a taxi to the marina where you can either take a ferry or rent your own boat (I did the ladder). Interestingly, the 'test' in order to get the keys to your own 150HP powerboat goes thus: Q - 'Have you ever operated a power boat before?' A - 'Yes' That's basically it, then you sign a form, give them your credit card, and he hands you the keys. Guana cay is then a 8nm ride (about 20 minutes) across the bay. There is nothing on this island by the way- 2 or 3 restaurants and this beat up resort. This is -really- out of the way. Cool thing though- major diving area, so a neat thing would be to rent your own boat and scuba gear and check out some of the reefs, and there are alot of them!
THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE BAHAMAS IS MT. ALVERNIA, LOCATED ON CAT ISLAND. IT RISES 63 METERS. HERE IS SOME INFO ON IT FROM THE WEB PAGE OF A LOCAL HOTEL: Mount Alvernia, the Bahamas' highest elevation at 206 feet, lies 15 miles north of the hotel, about twenty minutes by car. Don't forget to bring your camera! The Hermitage atop Mount Alvernia is the main attraction, a stone abbey-church built by a hermit-priest. The Cotton House Ruins mark the pathway entrance leading up to Mount Alvernia. Deveaux Mansion, once elegant, is now an interesting ruin with much of the place still intact.
On Bimini, there is a little bar down a dirt road that is called "The End of the World". It is known for it's conk salad and it's lively decor of used under garments. It's a wonderful place to get *** faced with the locals and lose your under wear. It has beautiful views of the water out the back door. That is also where they throw all of the dis guarded conk shells. If you ever find yourself on Bimini, checking-in with the local gov., do stop in for a drink.
I would go to one of the out islands like Eluthera or Cat. You might even consider Turks and Caicos which is gorgeous and not too far off from Bahamas.
I think Freeport and Nassua are more cruise ship/party destinations and less romantic and secluded than the out islands.
The Exuma islands are a more secluded string of over a hundred miles of natural harbors and secluded beaches. This is a vacation spot for those who want a little privacy and want to enjoy the Bahamas in a more peaceful atmosphere.
Renting a villa in the Exuma's or Out Islands instead of a hotel room can really add to the experience of "getting away". It's more remote and inviting if you crave privacy and a slower pace.
Explore the cays on the Exuma Islands. A boat trip will allow you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery the way it was meant to be viewed. While you're on the water you can try your hand at bonefishing, one of the most popular sports in the Bahamas.
We swam with a wild dolphin while snorkeling off Conception Island! It came right up to us and swam with us for about a half an hour. It had a rope caught on it and we tried to get it off, but the dolphin wouldn't hold still long enough for us to pull it off over it's head. There weren't any other boats there and the island is completely deserted as it is a nature preserve.
While sailing we saw lots of flying fish and dolphin as well as a whale!
my first trip with my sailboat to the bahamas ended, when I got caught in a big storm near the Berry Islands and lost the boat