The Out Islands of The Bahamas

By Ensemble Travel Group  ·  August 2021

With more than 700 islands and cays, reefs, beaches, parks, botanical gardens and churches, The Bahamas offers endless options for families, couples, friends, and even multi-generation groups.

Picture sapphire-blue skies, turquoise water, pure white or pink-sand beaches, endless activities, and the beautiful, warm Bahamian people – the perfect setting for your dream tropical vacation. So, what are you waiting for? The uniqueness and seclusion of The Bahamas’ Out Islands await you.

The Abacos

The Abacos are a group of islands and cays that form a 120-mile long chain stretching over 650 square miles. It’s best known as one of the world’s top boating and sailing destinations and are also known for their incredibly scenic locations. Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco serve as the ‘mainland.’ Marsh Harbor is the lively downtown area, Treasure Cay boasts miles of pristine beaches, including one of the top 10 beaches in the world, and Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay are old English loyalist settlements where you will find beautiful preserved colonial architecture with a touch of Bahamian pastels.

Eleuthera

Intimate and naturally beautiful with secluded pink-sand beaches – Eleuthera is the perfect Bahamian island for a romantic getaway. It’s an island of casual sophistication, well-developed resorts, rocky bluffs, and massive coral reefs that make it ideal for photo opportunities. It was once ranked as “The Best Island in the Caribbean” by Travel & Leisure magazine, and at one time, it was the capital of The Bahamas.

Image Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation

Long Island

Breathtaking cliffs, brilliant coral reefs, and serene beaches – Long Island is home to it all. Dramatic cliffs tower over the eastern shore while the island’s western shore is a bit more tranquil. Here, you will find soft pink and-white sand beaches that gradually slip into peaceful turquoise waters. Long Island is also home to “Dean’s Blue Hole”, the deepest blue hole in the world.

Exuma

You will not find a more adventurous place in the Bahamas than Exuma. Miles of gorgeous beaches offer picture-postcard shots with turquoise waters reaching over the horizon behind you. Numerous cays, charming churches, and several cultural sites provide endless possibilities for travelers. But, perhaps the number one thing on travelers’ to-do lists while visiting Exuma is swimming with the pigs, an experience you will never forget.

Image Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation

Bimini

Known for big-game fishing, uncrowded beaches, and partying nightlife, Bimini is one of the livelier Out Islands. It’s comprised of two islands – North and South Bimini – and is only a little over 50 miles from Miami. You can actually take a two-hour ferry from Miami to Bimini or a short 30-minute flight making it incredibly accessible. Bimini has only recently hit tourists’ radars, so it’s a great destination for a long weekend in a lavish tropical setting.

Image Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation


Main Image Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation

 

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