If you’re looking for a tropical honeymoon, complete with swaying palms, sea breeze and clear waters teeming with colourful fish, look no further than the Bahamas. With over 700 islands in the Bahamas archipelago, you will be spoilt for choice on a destination for your honeymoon.
Out of all the islands, 30 of them are inhabited, whilst the others are inhabited by a diverse range of wildlife and marine life including flocks of pink flamingos, colourful parrots and sea turtles. Andros island even has its own stretch of barrier reef, which at 225 kilometres is one of the longest reefs in the world.
Aside from the natural wildlife, the Bahamas are home to swimming pigs which have gained recent Instagram fame, with pigs swimming around in the shallow of Big Major Cay, now known as Pig Beach.
The main islands were first occupied in the fourth century and it later became renowned for its pirate lore, with pirates such as Blackbeard being drawn to the islands as the Bahamas was a major trading route. Later in 1718, the British began to rule the territory until 1973 when it became independent.
Bahamians have a vibrancy and warmth are what make a honeymoon in the Bahamas special. The islands are incredibly reliant on tourism, with nearly 40% of their GDP arising from the industry, this ensures that the standard of hospitality is excellent and for this reason 6.1 million tourists travel to the Bahamas every year to enjoy the sun, sea, sand and five-star service.
Aside from beautiful beaches, the Bahamas is a popular choice with sailors and scuba-divers and are excellent for adventure lovers who want to explore and make the most of the beautiful natural beauty of the islands. In this Bahamas Honeymoon guide we will show you the very best the Bahamas has to offer, where to stay, eat and things to do to create honeymoon memories that will last a lifetime.
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Important information on the Bahamas for your honeymoon
The Bahamas has a number of international airports on the main islands of Nassau, Grand Bahama and the Exumas, making it an accessible holiday destination. You can also travel to the Bahamas by sea and some ferries also travel from the U.S. to Nassau, Bimini and Paradise Island.
The Bahamas are ideal for a honeymoon in the sun as the islands enjoy more than 300 days a year of sunshine. May to October is considered the high-season for tourism in the Bahamas, with temperatures ranging from 21°C to 30°C. During the month of June, there is a risk of thunderstorms and rain. Winter is also an excellent time to travel as there are fewer tourists between the months of November to February, yet the temperatures still range from 17°C to 26°C.
The main language in the Bahamas is English, Haitian Creole is also commonly spoken but English is the official language and communication is incredibly easy. Bahamas has its own currency called the Bahamian Dollar which is always the equivalent rate to the U.S. dollar. ATMs are widely accessible around the islands but you should always be aware of the bank fees incurred by withdrawing money from an ATM, credit cards are widely accepted also. It is a good idea to bring some cash and small change with you for public transport or tipping. Restaurants and bars usually include a 15% gratuity in the bill so tipping is not compulsory.
Getting around the Bahamas is relatively easy, the most popular form of transport is the public bus system, the buses are known as Jitneys. Jitneys are not available on all the islands, on Paradise Island you may need to rent a car or flag down a taxi. Car rental and gas can be very expensive, which may be something you need to factor into your holiday budget, also cars drive on the left in the Bahamas. Taxis are often a better option as they are affordable and efficient, rates for taxis are established by the government for each island and zone.
To get from one island to another, you may need to fly using the Bahamian Inter-island service called Bahamasair or by water taxi. Island-hopping in the Bahamas can be time-consuming and pricey which is something to bear in mind if you plan to visit other islands. Bahamas Ferries offers a service between Nassau and Grand Bahama Island, the Abacos, Long Island, Andros, Harbour Island and the Exumas, however, the cost one-way can be around $29 to $81.
To budget for a trip to the Bahamas, you should consider an average daily spend of around $124 including food and transportation. On average, tourists spend around $38 per day on meals and around $20 for transportation. The Bahamas offer accommodation to suit different kinds of budgets, you can find Airbnbs for under $100 a night or opt for a hotel which should set you back around $127 per night on average. For a week-long vacation, it is recommended to budget around $1,730 for a couple.
Food and drink are generally safe in the Bahamas, however, it is not uncommon to have an upset stomach which may be caused by shellfish, seafood or undercooked meat. Make sure that your food is thoroughly cooked. Bottled water is also advised to avoid any issues and avoid any ice in your drinks. Travel insurance should be purchased in advance of your trip.
Where to go in the Bahamas on your honeymoon
There are plenty of options for where to stay during your honeymoon in the Bahamas, so here we have reduced the list to some of the most popular choices, though this is by no means an exhaustive list of the options.
Paradise Island, Nassau
This glamourous island is known for its resorts and holiday villas, beaches and relaxing vibe. Here you can enjoy activities such as shopping, dining, swimming with dolphins and even snorkelling or scuba-diving along the rich coral reefs that fringe the beaches. There is a variety of fine-dining restaurants offering international cuisine and plenty of places to keep you entertained during your holiday.
Grand Bahama Island
The island is situated close to the U.S. and is a short ferry from Fort Lauderdale. It is famous for its natural beauty which can be found in the national parks which can be explored on horseback. There are plenty of eco-tours on offer here and it is ideal for nature lovers or those looking for tranquillity during their honeymoon.
The Abacos consists of beautiful atolls, cays and islands with plenty of coral reefs to explore. This island is ideal for those who love nature, adventure and is beloved among the sailing and scuba-diving community. Here, you will find picture-perfect beaches including the famous Treasure Cay, listed among the top ten best beaches in the world. The Abacos can be very popular in high season, early booking is highly recommended, if you’re looking for fewer crowds on the beaches, head there in the shoulder or off-season.
One of the largest islands in the Bahamian island chain is Andros. Though it is considerably bigger than some other islands, the wilderness of its mangroves, forests, cays and inlets makes it seem more untouched by tourism. It is also considered one of the least explored islands by the Bahamian Tourist Board. For nature and adventure lovers and avid divers, this place is ideal, divers can explore sprawling underwater caves and stunning, vibrant coral reefs, including the third-longest stretch of barrier reef in the world! There are also five national parks on the island itself, so why wait? Get exploring!
Exumas Island ticks all the boxes of a tropical paradise: soft and powdery white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, it’s also home to the famous swimming pigs, as well as celebrities such as Johnny Depp. Enjoy sunbathing on the Mile-long sandbar, swim with sharks at Compass Bay or see the resident Iguanas basking in the sunshine. There’s also plenty to do for adventure-lovers, including scuba-diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding, SUP and more.
Famed for being “the most scenic island in the Bahamas”, Long Island is a great option for your honeymoon as there are plenty of activities including scuba-diving at the Blue Hole, the dramatic landscape of caves and cliffs that were formed by being battered by centuries of wind and waves and the pristine sandy beaches, including Cape Santa Maria Beach which is globally-renowned for its beauty. Escape the crowds and discover the beauty of Long Island.
If all that nature and wildlife is not your thing, Bimini has the answer. Bimini, though it is a small island, is home to a great nightlife scene as well as quiet beaches and is famous for being the place where the famous author, Ernest Hemingway retreated to since he discovered Bimini in 1935. Bimini is a popular choice as it is only two hours away from Miami by ferry or only 30 minutes away by plane.
Where to stay in the Bahamas on your honeymoon
Luxury hotels in the Bahamas
This resort is part of the Four Seasons Resort chain and is a popular choice for honeymoons and weddings. The resort also attracts its fair share of celebrities and was the setting for the James Bond film, Casino Royale. The hotel offers rooms and suites with balconies or terraces looking out over the ocean and also beautiful Bahamas honeymoon villas with private plunge pools for those looking for a luxurious Bahamas honeymoon experience. The rooms all have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, 24-hour room service and butler service. Service is five-star and there is also an elegant fine-dining restaurant called Dune where you can enjoy a romantic dinner, or for a more romantic experience, enjoy a private dinner on the beach at sunset. The hotel offers a golf course, two bars, three restaurants, three outdoor pools and yoga classes.
This stunning resort offers a paradise escape for honeymooners seeking a relaxing and pampering experience, with over 900 metres of pristine beach at Cable Beach and uninterrupted ocean views. The style of the resort gives a feel of the Bahamas and there are also beachfront Bahamas honeymoon villas with exclusive beach access for those who want to really splash out on their Bahamas honeymoon. The tranquil rooms are bright and airy and decorated in a chic, contemporary style. Upgraded rooms include ocean views, living and dining areas and the beachfront villas have their own private plunge pools. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, minibars, Nespresso machines and flat-screen TVs. The hotel has everything you could possibly want: two fine-dining restaurants, stunning spa, gym, two outdoor swimming pools, tea lounge, bars, 18-hole golf course, 9 tennis courts, plenty of water sport activities and access to a private beach.
For a stylish and glamourous Bahamas honeymoon, look no further than SLS Baha Mar. This high-end resort offers plenty of activities and options to keep you entertained both day and night including a club called BOND. This resort is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the hustle and bustle of nightlife and be close to the city. The rooms are modern and decorated in crisp whites, with large windows and private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the white-sand beach. Upgraded rooms include kitchenettes. All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs. The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, one of which has a bar, golf course, gym, spa, three restaurants including a swanky Japanese establishment, casino and nightclub.
Mid-range hotels in the Bahamas
On the beautiful coastline of Grand Bahama Island, the stunning upscale resort of Grand Lucayan boasts acres of land straddling the white-sand beach and the Atlantic Ocean. This all-inclusive resort is the ideal tropical getaway and is ideal for avid golfers, it boasts an 18-hole championship golf course as well as a spa, gym, seven restaurants, tennis courts and two outdoor swimming pools. Rooms are modern, yet understated and have all the amenities such as flat-screen TVs, coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi and stunning views over the ocean, gardens or the marina from their balconies. There is plenty to keep honeymoon couples entertained including fitness classes and nightly entertainment.
This beautiful resort situated in Emerald Bay of Exuma offers 78 stunning luxury villas with patios and balconies looking out onto a mile-long white-sand beach and the expanse of the ocean. The spacious and modern Bahamas honeymoon villas all have dining areas, living rooms and kitchens, private hot tubs, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Each villa also has its very own golf cart to get around the resort. The resort itself has a fitness centre, infinity pool, Greg Norman-designed golf course, spa and romantic restaurant called Palapa offering poolside dining. The hotel also has its claim to fame as featuring on The Bachelor TV series and within easy reach of the famous swimming pigs and the iguanas, tours which can be organised through the hotel itself for an additional fee. Included in your stay are all the meals and drinks and access to water sports such as snorkelling, paddle-boarding, kayaking and access to the golf course.
This swanky, adult-only resort in Nassau is built with honeymooners in mind. It offers plenty of activities for honeymoon couples including cycle tours, nature walks, private dinners on their beautiful terrace, relaxing and rejuvenating couples massages and much more. The resort is a short 6-minute walk from the ferry terminal and is within easy reach of Nassau’s attractions. Rooms are modern and minimalist with colour accents and are fitted with minifridges, tea and coffee-making facilities, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Honeymoon couples receive special attention including fragrant baked pastries and sparkling wine as a welcome gift and a nightly rose petal turndown service. An upgrade includes ocean views, a couples massage to melt away all your worries and a romantic candlelit dinner as part of the package. The hotel has a bar, five restaurants, pool bar, spa, outdoor pool and a gym and meals and drinks are included in the room package.
Budget hotels in the Bahamas
Situated atop a hill at the highest point of Green Turtle Cay, this magical Colonial-style hotel is perfect for a romantic honeymoon. Enjoy the views over the Abaco sea and explore the cerulean waters at the foot of the resort, on the private crescent-shaped beach. The rooms have balconies with views over the endless blue of the ocean and are decorated with dark wood furniture. Rooms are light and airy and are equipped with free Wi-Fi, minifridge, coffee-making facilities and flat-screen TVs. Waterfront suites are available with relaxing decks offering stunning vistas. The hotel boasts a casual-dining restaurant and an overwater bar and can organise various activities including scuba-diving, boating and fishing. If you are looking for a Bahamas honeymoon on a budget, this is the place for you.
Things to do in the Bahamas while on your honeymoon
Enjoy the beach life
One of the greatest attractions drawing visitors to the Bahamas is the staggering number of stunning beaches which can be found on the islands. Enjoy lazy sunbathing on the soft, powdery white sand, dipping into the turquoise waters to cool yourself off, put on a mask and snorkel and immerse yourself in the colours of the diverse marine life swimming in the clear waters. You can also enjoy a variety of watersport from fishing, to kayaking and SUP. When the sun starts to disappear over the edge of the horizon, take a quiet stroll hand-in-hand with your other half and feel the soft sand between your toes and the sea breeze gently blowing through your hair. For a unique beach experience, head to the pink-sand beach of Nassau, which glows with a gentle rose-coloured hue. Plenty of romance can be found at the beach and with so many beaches to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Melt all the stresses away at a spa
Book yourself into the Mandara Spa at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort for the ultimate relaxing experience, here you can relax under the expert hands of a masseus during a rejuvenating couples massage in a breath-taking spa which sprawls over nearly 3,000 metres and has 32 treatment rooms! Feel all your stresses and worries melt away and emerge relaxed, revitalised and refreshed.
Explore the underwater world
Keen divers will find plenty of stunning dive sites in the Bahamas with Andros and the Abacos being some of the most renowned Bahamian scuba destinations, with underwater cave systems and reefs. Andros is the third-largest reef in the world and in the Bahamas, you will encounter a wide ray of marine life including hawksbill turtles, graceful rays, cruising sharks and colourful reef inhabitants.
Visit the Aquarium
If going beneath the surface of the sea is not for you, you can always visit the incredible aquarium at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort with its 14 lagoons and see more than 50,000 marine inhabitants which include over 250 marine species. Here you can observe sharks cruising through the waters, graceful rays and even hawksbill turtles while staying dry. If you visit after 18:00 entrance is free, be aware that queues may be long due to the popularity of this attraction.
Visit the famous swimming pigs
At Big Major Cay, you will find the Instagram-famous swimming pigs which will swim out to the boats to greet you. No one knows where these pigs came from, local legends say that they landed on the island after a shipwreck.
You will be able to get some great shots and swim alongside the pigs at around midday. On a tour to see the swimming pigs you can also visit several islands, swim with harmless sharks and see the Bahamian iguanas on the beaches. A full-day powerboat tour is your best option.
Take to the sky
If you love water sports, you can enjoy parasailing over the beautiful Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. Soaring high above the beautiful landscape, you can enjoy the views of the scenery with a bird’s eye view. Prices start at $81 including hotel pickup and drop off from New Providence Island and Nassau.
Explore Bahamian beaches on horseback
Riding a horse along the pristine beach is a romantic way to experience the Bahamas, you can explore the peaceful nature trails leading from the ranch to a quiet, unspoilt beach. Take in the beautiful scenery and landscapes from a different perspective.
Arawak Cay Fish Fry
For a true taste of the Bahamas, head to Arawak Cay Fish Fry, just a short distance from Nassau’s Western Esplanade. At the harbour, you will find an array of small hole-in-the-wall style diners and barbeque places serving delicious fish fry, consisting of conch salad and also different fried fish served fresh from the Carib rock ovens. Sunday is the typical day to enjoy a traditional fish fry and your dinner will be accompanied by bands playing music or people reading poetry or telling stories to an animated crowd of locals.
Swim with rays at Stingray Adventure
Just 30 minutes by boat from Nassau you can find Half Moon Cay, a shallow cove which is home to many stingrays. At Stingray Adventure, you will learn how to get up-close-and-personal with these magnificent creatures and learn how to handle them and observe their behaviour. The friendly stingrays will glide up to you and even feed from your hand! Prices start at $59 per person for an unforgettable close encounter.
Wander around Port Lucaya Marketplace
To get a taste of the local culture, head to Port Lucaya Marketplace on Grand Bahama Island, just on the harbour’s edge. This shopping centre is instantly recognisable with its bright pink, yellow, green and turquoise exterior, reflecting the vibrant colours of the Bahamas. Here you can shop for souvenirs, buy local arts and crafts and just explore the 40 different outlets that make up the market. You can also enjoy local street food and have a drink at one of the many bars and cafes. When the sun sets, the marketplace transforms into a nightlife hotspot and hosts local DJs so you can dance the night away.
Take a trip to John Watling’s Distillery
In downtown Nassau, you will find one of the Bahama’s institutions, John Watling’s Distillery. Set in a heritage home called Buena Vista Estate which dates back to 1789, the distillery produces John Watling’s rum named after the famous pirate John Watling, after which Watling Island was named. On a tour, you can wander through the picturesque gardens of the property, visit the brewing halls and enjoy a tasting of fine Bahamian rum. Enjoy a tour with a guide around downtown Nassau which includes the John Watling’s Distillery to savour fine chocolate and rum and learn about Nassau’s past and this iconic institution for only $81 including tastings.
Romantic places to eat on your honeymoon in the Bahamas
Nassau is home to an intimate Italian restaurant in a historic building that changes its menu every three months. The al-fresco terrace is surrounded by trees and full of charm and the restaurant is decorated with work by Henri Matisse. Here you can savour homemade pasta, bread and pizza created by the Italian head chef who hails from Milan. Among the dishes served at this restaurant, you can enjoy excellent pasta, freshly-caught seafood, succulent grilled meat dishes and indulgent desserts. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Palapa Grill can be found on Great Exuma, the restaurant has a poolside terrace which makes it a great restaurant for lunch. It also serves up delicious Bahamian cuisine including local seafood served in different styles such as BBQ and jerk. The restaurant organises weekly events such as the Bahamian Dinner Night every Tuesday and a BBQ and bonfire night on Thursdays. The restaurant can also organise private dinners catering to honeymoon couples.
Situated in the small bay of Treasure Cay, the poolside restaurant is also right on the beachfront, looking over one of the top ten beaches of the world. Aside from the stunning view, the restaurant serves up Mediterranean-influenced, farm-to-table cuisine, such as Bahamian conch soup, lobster club sandwich, tender-grilled beef and catch-of-the-day. Don’t miss out on the decadent desserts such as Grand Marnier soufflé.
This award-winning French restaurant can be found at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort, the restaurant is part of the all-inclusive package so if you are not staying at the resort, you will need to purchase an evening or day pass to dine there. The restaurant serves a spectacular dinner which features delectable French dishes including puff pastry wrapped around escargots, herb-crusted roasted lamb rack, duck served with chanterelle mushrooms, plump scallops served in a creamy Chablis sauce. Don’t miss out on the spectacular desserts which include tarte Tatin, crepe Suzette and crème brulee.
The sleepy town of Fresh Creek in Andros now draws visitors who come to savour Kamalame Cay’s fine-dining and it hosts a monthly luncheon which is a celebration of dancing, dining and drinking. The luncheon includes cocktails and canapes followed by a sumptuous meal featuring fresh seafood and fish or imported game paired with fine wines. The ingredients are sourced from local farms and areas and feature high-quality Bahamian produce. Finally, the luncheon ends with delicious desserts and rum, of course, followed by dancing and merriment. The event draws in crowds, early reservation is highly recommended: Non-refundable once purchased. Payment accepted via Visa or MasterCard.
This highly-acclaimed restaurant is recognised for its fine-dining featuring seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients served up with an innovative, modern twist. Rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in the Caribbean on Tripadvisor, the restaurant has also received a 4 diamond rating and is a must-visit for foodies. Savour delicious oysters, stone crabs served with truffle ravioli or pineapple pork belly dished up with jerk shrimp or freshly-caught local spiny lobster cooked with golden butter. For the ultimate Caribbean foodie experience, Flying Fish is the place to go.
Tours to do in the Bahamas on your honeymoon
Discover the Bahamas by ATV
Enjoy riding an ATV to explore the wonders of Nassau whilst discovering its history through its historical sites such as the British colonial Fort Charlotte and the Queen’s Staircase, a stairway which was etched out of the limestone cliff itself by 600 slaves which marks part of the island’s tragic history. See the stunning coastline of Nassau as you cruise along with an expert guide and even enjoy lunch on the beach. ATV tours can be organised in the morning or afternoon and the price includes pickup and drop-off to the port, lunch, snacks, helmet and ATV.
Explore Nassau by bike
See the island from the comfort of a bicycle as you cycle to historic sites and attractions such as Fort Charlotte, shop for souvenirs at the Straw Market, taste traditional Bahamian rum at John Watling’s Distillery, sample indulgent chocolates at Graycliff Chocolatier, relax at the beach of Junkanoo and feast on conch fritters at Arawak Cay. This comprehensive tour will let you experience the best of Nassau in one day. Prices start at $62 for a 4.5-hour tour of Nassau’s highlights, including equipment.
Day trips from the Bahamas on your honeymoon
Explore the beauty of Pearl Island
Visit Pearl Island, a private island situated just a few minutes by boat away from Nassau, here you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters and enjoy basking on the white-sand beaches followed by a Bahamian lunch. On Pearl Island, you can participate in watersports, snorkel, SUP, kayak or just relax and take in the stunning landscape. Prices start at $100 per person and include pickup and drop-off, use of Pearl Island facilities, lunch and an experienced guide.
Recommended Honeymoon tours in the Bahamas
- Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
- Nassau Historical Walking Tour
- Round trip Airport Private Transfer (Nassau Limousine)
- Sunset cruises
- Snorkel with the Green Turtles of Green Cay Bahamas
- Graycliff Chocolatier Chocolate and Spirits Tasting in Nassau
- Cigar Rolling Lesson in Nassau
- Cigar Rolling Lesson and Wine Blending Class
- Pirate Jeep Sightseeing Adventure!
- Half-Day 38ft Private Charter in Nassau
- Snorkel with Turtles, Rose Island, Gilligan’s Island and Fishing Tour
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