9 fun ideas for a family vacation to the Bahamas

The islands of the Bahamas are known for their postcard-perfect beauty, with soft, white-sand beaches, emerald-blue water, and lush tropical ecosystems, making them incredibly popular destinations for family vacations. Each island and cay offers its own unique experience, from action-packed Bahama family resorts on Grand Bahama Island to kid-friendly water parks on Nassau Paradise Island. For a laid-back island getaway, you can head to islands like Rum Cay and Inagua to find secluded beaches and nature preserves among peaceful tropical oases. Learn about some of the best islands to visit on a family vacation to the Bahamas.

1. Go on a Jeep safari on Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island is known for powder-white-sand beaches and clear, emerald-blue water, and it's located a mere 55 miles from Florida's eastern coast. Old Bahama Bay Resort is a kid-friendly Bahama family resort with accommodations ranging from tropical studios and condos to single-family homes and spacious villas. Resort amenities include swimming pools, kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, biking, and sports and leisure facilities. There are plenty of things to do with kids on Grand Bahama Island, from Jeep safaris and dolphin-watching to hiking in nature and attending family-friendly events.

2. Explore the cays with the kids in The Exumas

The Exumas is composed of over 365 islands, called cays, making this a great place to explore and adventure with kids in the Bahamas. February Point Resort Estates in Georgetown is a Bahama family resort primarily offering townhomes, single-family homes, and expansive villas with up to 6 bedrooms. The resort’s clubhouse is a great spot for families, featuring an infinity pool and hot tub, spa, marina, water activities, and a beachfront bar and restaurant. Nearby cays can be explored via personal boat, charter boat, or water taxi, which are plentiful in the area.

3. Lounge on white-sand beaches at Eleuthera and Harbor Island

On Harbor Island, you’ll find charming New England-style architecture against a backdrop of tropical beauty and bright-blue waters. Eleuthera is a pencil-thin island full of incredible wild beauty to explore, and it's only a 5-minute ferry ride away from Harbor Island. Explore low-tide tidal pools on Eleuthera at The Queen’s Bath. The seclusion is what draws many families to Harbor island for a Bahama family vacation, as it's surrounded by clusters of quiet cays and picturesque sandbars. You can take a short ferry ride from Eleuthera to Spanish Wells, a local fishing village with plenty of old-world charm and fresh-caught seafood.

4. Splash and slide at a water park on Nassau Paradise Island

Paradise Island is a popular location for families with kids, with Harborside Resort offering a crazy amount of kid-friendly amenities at a beautiful Bahama family resort. Accommodations include 1- and 2-bedroom resort condos and villas, with adjoining condos available for larger families, and with either kitchenettes or full kitchens. The number of amenities at Harborside are too many to list, but the major draw for families is Harborside’s Atlantis water park, with enough slides, rides, pools, activities, and attractions to easily occupy families for weeks. Nearby, you’ll find beautiful beaches, local dining and shopping, and a marine life center.

5. Try land-crab dishes on Andros Island

Andros is the largest island in the Bahamas and is known for eco-conscious accommodations and plentiful outdoor activities. You’ll find fantastic fishing opportunities, with deep-sea and fly-fishing tours offered by knowledgeable local guides. The island is crisscrossed by multiple creeks, making it a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving among the cays. Savory land-crab dishes are a local delicacy in dining, along with traditional Bahamian fare. Visit local artisans at the Fresh Creek factory to learn about the vibrant batik handmade on the islands and to try your hand at crafting batik.

6. Check out underwater mysteries in the Bimini Islands

Bimini offers a great mix of attractions for kids and adults, with plenty of activities for all ages. Kid-favorite destinations include the Dolphin Lab and the Shark House, where you can learn about marine biology, research, and conservation efforts. On snorkeling and diving tours, you can see underwater reefs, shipwrecks, and mysteries like the Bimini Road underwater rock formations. Local fishing hot spots in the Bimini Islands are popular for catching tuna, amberjack, bonefish, and blue marlin. You can visit the Dolphin House Museum, created by a local artist with colorful sea glass, shells, and recovered materials.

7. Learn about the pirates of Nassau on New Providence Island

New Providence Island and the areas around Blue Water Resort are popular for their family resort-style accommodations in the Bahamas. You’ll find accommodations in the area to suit any family size, ranging from 1-bedroom tropical condos to spacious 5-bedrooms villas. There are a ton of things to do with kids on New Providence Island, including exploring historic military forts and dungeons, learning about the pirates of Nassau, and seeing animals at Ardastra Gardens and Wildlife Conservation. Adult-friendly activities include a large local casino complex and plenty of tropical bars.

8. Enjoy peaceful seclusion on Rum Cay

If you’re looking to take the road less traveled, you can check out Rum Cay for peaceful seclusion in a paradisaic tropical setting. Rum Cay is considered a hidden gem in the Bahamas, where you can explore historic ruins off of white-sand beaches and the colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life just offshore. With only a single inhabited town on the island, Port Nelson, this is a great getaway spot for kids and adults alike. Be sure to check out historic Hartford Cave with its ancient petroglyph-covered walls, remnants left behind by the Lucayan-Arawak people.

9. Go bird-watching on Inagua

Inagua is considered to be the Bird-watching Capital of the Bahamas, with over 80,000 flamingos and diverse bird species calling the island home. You’ll likely see vibrant Bahama parrots, Kirkland’s warblers, and West Indian whistling ducks along the island. Eco-friendly accommodations on the island ensure the natural beauty and rich ecosystems across the island’s national parks are preserved. Keep your eyes open for Inagua’s plentiful wildlife, from green and hawksbill turtles to colorful lizards and herds of wild goats. You can climb to the top of the historic Great Inagua Lighthouse to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the island.