Bahamas: Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays

How many times have you caught yourself staring at photos and postcards of exotic sandy beaches and turquoise sea of Bahamas? Have you ever dreamed of exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island? Do you believe your tropical dream can come true?

Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
Turquoise sea and sandy beach of Bahamas

Luckily, Bahamian islands are not far from Florida, USA, and you could easily reach them from Miami. From Europe there is a direct flight from London to Nassau. Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays

1. Nassau and New Providence

Nassau is the capital and also the biggest city, located on the island of New Providence. Interesting fact is that the city is spread across the whole island. It has a downtown with restaurants and shops, mainly influenced by the American heritage and numerous beaches and resorts on either side of the island. I tried Sandyport beach, Cable beach and Compass Point beach. I enjoyed the most the Compass Point Resort with its beautiful white sandy beach and colorful huts all around where you can stay during your holidays. The beach is private and they charge 5 $ if you are not staying at the resort. Everywhere you go you can pay in Bahamian or US dollars which are equal in value.

Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
Turquoise water of the Sandyport beach
Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
Aquamarine water of the Cable beach
Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
White sand of the Compass Point beach
Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
Compass Point Resort beach

2. Atlantis and Paradise Island

On the northeast side New Providence is connected to Paradise Island by a bridge, where you can visit the sprawling Atlantis. Atlantis is considered one the biggest resorts in the world where many films were shot and some interesting events took place, like shows of the most famous artists and Miss Universe. It has a free walk-in aquarium with many fish of the region, the most typical being stingrays, which you can even encounter while swimming. Inside of the resort they have designer shops and outside there is a shopping village with many souvenir shops. The restaurants in Atlantis are classy, but pricey, with some of the best fish I have ever tried. You can also enjoy Atlantis water park, casino and night club.

Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
Paradise Island and Atlantis resort

3. Junkanoo parade

New Year’s Eve celebrations can be enjoyed either in Atlantis or downtown where the famous Junkanoo parade is held during the whole night, starting at 1 am until 10 am. It is a celebration of the Bahamian art and culture with amazing costumes, music and dancing. I spent my evening on the pool of the Atlantis resort where a local band was playing popular songs and where after midnight I witnessed a mini Junkanoo parade in all its glory.

Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays
Junkanoo Parade

From New Providence you can get to some other Bahamian islands and enjoy the beautiful pristine waters, white beaches and some other activities like snorkeling, swimming with dolphins or stingrays. On my next trip to Bahamas I am planning to do something I missed out this time: to take a dip with dolphins!

Pristine waters of Bahamas

Have you heard of the Junkanoo parade before?

Have you visited the Bahamas? What’s your favorite Bahamian island?

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Exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island for winter holidays


Story by Jelena Krešić, a fellow traveler & the blog guest. 
Jelena is an avid traveler, who is fluent in English, Italian, French and Croatian. Currently residing in Luxembourg, she is in love with the whole World.

 

40 comments

  1. SO true. I sit and look at photos or post cards jealous of the beaches the beautiful color, the white sand its amazing. I’ve wanted to go to Bahamas.

  2. Yes, I have been to the Bahamas and Atlantis. They are just as beautiful as Jelena says. The photos really depict the true color of the water, the peacefulness and the gorgeous beaches. The new thing for me that Jelena mentioned was the parade. That looks like a lot of fun.

  3. I would never want to leave those white sandy beaches while in the Bahamas.A perfect holiday to relax and enjoy some down time. It seems like the Bahamas has quite the nightlife as well.

  4. Nobody reading this post and looking at these stunning photos would pass up the opportunity to visit this beautiful place. The water is just devine and I love the bright colored houses along the seaside. The festival would have had a fabulous atmosphere and the costumes are just amazing. The Bahamas is definitely on my list of must-visits!

  5. It’s so beautiful. I will gladly pack up my things and go live in Bahamas forever if I can. I like the Atlantis and paradise island the most.

  6. I am looking at an island getaway for later in the year. I had never heard of this! But it looks amazing. Thanks for the insight – I’ll have to keep it in mind!

  7. I’ve never heard of the Junkanoo parade. It must be a fun day, starting so early! I will probably visit the Bahamas on a cruise so won’t see as much as Jelena has.

  8. That is a stunning beach! We would love to spend a perfect summer there. The Atlantis and Paradise Island is beautiful. I think Dubai’s Atlantis is patterned after this one; their designs are nearly identical.

  9. You got me at turquoise water. I have always wanted to go to the Bahamas. So many beautiful islands. Atlantis would be great to see since I work in hotels. Looks like paradise.

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