The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. It is a perfect playground for kids of all ages and many of the hotels and restaurants there cater extremely well to families traveling with babies and toddlers. Many of the hotels in the Bahamas will also offer kids clubs and creches and most will have babysitting services available at an extra charge. See Where to Stay.
There are loads of family friendly activities on the islands also and younger kids will love the aquariums, dolphins and beaches. The Bahamas is known for its stellar beaches of pure white, and in some places pink, sand. Trying to decide where to go can be difficult as there is so much choice. The Bahamas can be pricey however, a trip here is a fantastic experience for all the family.
Nassau & Paradise Island
Nassau is the capital city of The Bahamas and it lies on New Providence Island, the neighbour of Paradise Island. Nassau is a cosmopolitan city with duty free shops, golf, museums and restaurants however, some parts can be dangerous so make sure to take the usual precautions when exploring and stick to areas which are popular with tourists.
Nassau & Paradise Island offers fun on the water for kids of all ages. The islands are connected to each other by bridge making it a great destination for families as you can travel easily by road. There are beautiful beaches to explore, numerous underwater delights to discover while snorkeling, boating excursions to Blackbeard’s Cay, catamaran cruises and glass-bottom boat rides around the harbor, day sailing trips and a powerboat adventure to the beautiful Exuma Cays, plus interactions with dolphins at Atlantis and Blue Lagoon Island.
There are loads of family friendly hotels here, many of which include water slides, pools, kids clubs, snack bars and music. Some even have aquariums!
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama is the northernmost island of the Bahamas archipelago and is known for its fantastic beaches (many of which have life guards on duty). There are loads of nature-based activities to enjoy here and the wide open spaces, a recreation center and a kid-friendly marketplace make Grand Bahama Island an ideal family vacation spot.
There are loads of family friendly hotels here, many of which include water slides, pools, kids clubs, snack bars and music.
The Abacos Islands are a group of islands and barrier cays in the northern Bahamas. There are many fun-filled activities for the entire family that also offer learning opportunities. You can visit the candy-striped lighthouse of Hope Town on Elbow Cay or enjoy a stroll through the pastel-shaded gingerbread houses of picturesque New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Or, visit with the historic shipbuilders of Man O’ War Cay.
Exuma is a district of the Bahamas, consisting of over 365 islands, also called cays. These islands have a number of cultural, heritage and historical attractions for families to explore. Natural reserves such as The Exuma Land & Sea Park—including Pasture and O’Brien’s Cay—Moriah Harbour Cay National Park, and Allan’s Cay offer numerous educational opportunities.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Eleuthera & Harbour Island lie about 50 miles (80km) east of Nassau. These islands offer a variety of family-friendly aqua-ventures including swimming in shallow waters, drift snorkeling, tubing, camping safaris and picnics on secluded beaches.
Please see below for all the information you will need for travelling to the Bahamas with a baby, toddler or young child including information on where to stay, eating out and activities suitable for younger children.