The Bahamas is well known for pristine white-sand beaches, vibrant culture and local delicacies, but with more than 700 islands and cays making up the Caribbean nation, ranging from lively resorts to uninhabited sandbars, it can be hard to know where to start. But with private transport between boutique resorts making it easy to explore, it's time to say hello to the luxury island hop. Read on for some of the best places to experience all the Bahamas has to offer…
Best known for its iconic pink sand beaches, Harbour Island is in fact becoming the top tip for great gastronomy thanks to its sheer range of seasonal and authentic Bahamian dishes. From barefoot street food stalls offering fresh conch fritter, to luxury lunch spots offering the classiest of Caribbean fusion, this island has become a true harbour for foodies. Don't miss local favourite Sip Sip, which serves an eclectic fusion of Caribbean and Mediterranean fare such as lobster quesadillas.
The capital city of The Bahamas, Nassau is a modern metropolitan hub that is still teaming with historic points of interest. A UNESCO Creative City, there are plenty of craft and folk art to explore, historic buildings – including the Pirates of Nassau museum – and Junkanoo Carnivals. These colourful street parties celebrate New Year, Bahamian Independence Day, Nassau Carnival and more.
This 685-acre island near to Nassau is home to some of the Bahamas' most idyllic five-star resorts, including the Atlantis Resort, Paradis Island. Opt for the Cove Suites to enjoy a host of extras, including private Lulu DK-designed poolside cabanas, the Mandara Spa and 'Fish' restaurant, by Michelin-starred chef Jose Andres. If you're looking for an eco-friendly stay, the island is also home to the Blue Project Foundation, which has established the largest Marine protected Area in the country.
The Exumas are a scattering of white-sand beaches surrounded by turquoise waters. These desert islands are sparsely developed, offering pure relaxation and refreshment – though you can expect some unusual company in the form of the swimming pigs that call the islands home. Although they have recently gained fame thanks to social media, there is little known about how they arrived on the islands.
Andros is home to the third-largest fringing barrier reef in the world (190 miles long), and has become a haven for scuba diving with its many shipwrecks, blue-hole drives and dramatic wall dives from the 6,000-ft Tongue of the Ocean. The waters around Andros are also home to hammerhead sharks, and brave divers can follow in shark diver Steve Backshall's footsteps by visiting the filming location for Blue Planet Live.