Jun 01, 2020

Remote Islands & Less Touristy Places in The Bahamas

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It is no secret that The Bahamas is one of the most popular countries for tourists to travel to. The warm weather, white sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, exciting wildlife, and numerous fishing opportunities are hard to resist. However, many travelers may want to avoid the crowds that are common in the nation’s tourist hot spots. Luckily, there are plenty of options for travelers who would rather avoid tourist-heavy places.

There are several remote Bahamas islands that aren’t getting overrun with tourists. Featuring secluded white sand beaches, premier resorts, and unique attractions; these underrated destinations, often referred to as The Out Islands, are just as fun as their more popular counterparts. If you are craving something off the beaten path or would rather avoid crowds to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, check out these less touristy places in The Bahamas.


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Great Exuma

The largest island in the Exumas archipelago of 365 islands, also called cays. Just 35 miles southeast of Nassau, the Exumas are a renowned luxury travel destination popular with yacht owners and guests. However, unlike the other cays, Great Exuma has largely remained underrated and crowd-free. While Staniel Cay and Pig Beach are magnets for yachties and tourists, Coco Plum Beach and Hooper’s Bay Beach, with their powdery white sands and aquamarine waters, remain peaceful. You may even spot a sea turtle or two! Visit Exuma Wall for spectacular diving and stay at the Sandals Emerald Bay or the Kahari Resort for luxury accommodations.


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While it’s best to avoid the Instagram hot spot of Harbor Island and its pink sand beaches, the rest of Eleuthera remains relatively untouched by tourist hordes. The island’s hard to reach beaches are more than worth it. Nestled in between massive rock structures, Lighthouse Beach features a secluded blush-rose sand beach and hidden cave you can explore. Visit the Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve to immerse yourself in tropical fauna. Don’t skip out on the opportunity to go to The Glass Window Bridge, where you are treated to panoramic views of the shallow turquoise Caribbean waters and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.


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Andros Island

The largest of the Bahamian Islands, Andros has remained one of the less touristy places in The Bahamas. This is an ideal island for divers and fishing enthusiasts, particularly those interested in bone fishing. Inside the island are legendary blue holes and freshwater reservoirs dotted throughout. Hike to Blue Holes National Park to take a swim in one. As for beaches, Sommerset Beach is great for sea shell collecting and Nicholls Town is the place to get a taste of authentic conch salad. Stay at Kamalame Cay resort for a true luxury experience.


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