By Oyster.com Staff
An English-speaking archipelago that begins about 50 miles off the south coast of Florida, the 29 islands and 661 cays that make up the Bahamas differ dramatically from one to the next — from bustling, modern business centers in Nassau, to flashy casinos packed with thousands of docked cruise ship passengers, to entirely-isolated beaches far removed from an airport, a bank, a grocery store or anything else. But, uniformly, you’ll find a pleasantly infectious culture focused on conch, beer and slow-paced good times.
The great majority of hotels and resorts are concentrated in Nassau (on the island of New Providence) and on Grand Bahama Island, which also have the 2 most prominent international airports.
In Nassau, the hotels tend to be grouped in 2 areas, either on Cable Beach (where there’s the Sheraton Nassau Beach and Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino) about 1.5 miles west of historic downtown Nassau, or across the port on resort-saturated Paradise Island. The small enclave feels a bit like a giant golf community and includes one of the largest, most elaborate mega-resorts in the world: Atlantis. The resort has,among other features, a world-class casino, a dolphin habitat, a massive water park, couture designer shops, a high-profile concert venue and some 40 bars and restaurants.
On Grand Bahama, most hotels are concentrated in the Port Lucaya area, a bustling shopping and dining area that’s popular among cruise ship passengers for its gorgeous beaches. The largest and nicest is the Radisson Our Lucaya Resort, which has more than 1,300 rooms, 4 pools, a handful of upscale restaurants and the popular Isle of Capri Casino. For a little more remote luxury, and a lot more quiet relaxation, there’s also Old Bahama Bay, about a 45-minute drive from the airport on the western tip of the island.