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There are 700 islands that await your honeymoon arrival in The Bahamas. The 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world opens your eyes to unbelievable views including uninhabited cays and large rocks. The Bahamas offers the largest assortment of vacation and honeymoon spots of any tropical destination, with 14 main islands that serve as hubs for the remaining 686 islands. Looking for something special to do on your honeymoon? Check out the world's third longest barrier reef on a scuba diving or snorkel tour; or, fly over some of the amazing islands on a Bahamas Island Hop Tour with the love of your life. If you're into sailing, charter a small sailboat for the day and visit some of the uninhabited islands. There is so much variety in The Bahamas that you'll never have to wonder how to make your honeymoon what you always dreamed it should be.

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Highlights
The Islands Of The Bahamas is an independent nation and a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, retaining many of the traditions brought over by the British. The Bahamas consists of several islands, each with its own highlights and attractions.

Nassau Paradise Island
  • Pirates of Nassau - Experience the true story of pirates in an amazing, historically accurate, interactive environment, which will entertain, excite and educate visitors of all ages.
  • The Bahamas Historical Society Museum - has displays depicting Bahamas history from pre-Columbus to the present.
  • The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation - A permanent exhibit portrays slavery and post-emancipation eras of The Bahamas.
Grand Bahama
  • Performing Arts - Freeport Players' Guild and Grand Bahama Players, both non-profit organizations, stage cultural productions at the Regency Theatre throughout the year.
  • Pirates of The Bahamas - is the only facility of its kind on the island, providing the perfect atmosphere for a day full of beach activities or just relaxing in one of the beach hammocks or lounge chairs.
  • Lucayan National Park - The caves at Lucayan National Park comprise one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world.
  • Rand Nature Center - The 100-acre sanctuary was the first education nature center to be established in The Islands of The Bahamas and is by far Grand Bahama's most accessible nature park.
  • Port Lucaya Marketplace - This 12-acre picturesque waterfront complex comprises island style clapboard structures and paved brick pathways. It is home retail shops, restaurants, artisans, hair braiders and straw venders. You can also find many water sport companies.
Activities
Of course, there are all the usual Caribbean recreational activities to keep honeymoon couples busy, such as: snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, tennis, squash, golf and para-sailing. But this is subject to the island on which you are staying. The larger islands offer everything, including an abundance of nightlife, casinos, etc. What the smaller islands don't offer in activities, however, they make up for with their solitude.
Geography/Environment
The Bahamas consist of an archipelago of over seven hundred islands and cays stretching almost five hundred miles from Great Inagua in the south to Walker's Cay in the north. At its closest proximity to the United States, the island of Bimini, on the northwest limit of the Great Bahama Bank, is only forty six nautical miles from Miami.

Great Inagua, in the south, is situated directly north of the Windward Channel, only forty eight miles from Cuba and sixty miles from Haiti. On the south side of the Great Bahama Bank, the archipelago is separated from the Greater Antilles by the Old Bahamas Channel. In between, exist over seven hundred islands and cays, not counting another two thousand rocks and small cays. The Little Bahama Bank, in the north is comprised of Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos. Most of the rest of The Bahamas, to the south, lie on the Great Bahama Bank.

Climate and Weather
The trade winds that blow almost continually throughout The Bahamas give the islands a warm agreeable climate which varies little year round. The most refreshing time is between September through May when the temperature averages 70-75ºF. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-85ºF.

Bahamas Honeymoon Resources
Destination Wedding Information
The Weddings and Honeymoon Unit of the Ministry of Tourism offers services to assist you in organizing your own ceremony or, by acting as a facilitator between you and on-island wedding consultants, help you to plan any type of wedding.

Officers can be contacted at 1-888-NUPTIAL (1-888-687-8425), by telephoning the Weddings and Honeymoon Unit directly at 242-302-2034, or faxing to 242-325-5835. You can also e-mail an officer. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Basic Information
  • Marriage License: $120
  • Waiting Period: 1 day
  • Both parties must apply in-person
  • Proof of arrival in the Bahamas
  • Passport or birth certificate and photo ID
  • Proof of divorce or death certificate
  • Parental consent for both parties if under age 18
Bahamas Reviews
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by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/05/2010
Marriage is an adventure. So why not start it off in The Islands Of The Bahamas? Spend your honeymoon here, and together you’ll experience our laid-back way of life, the clearest water in the world, and a list of activities that goes on for miles. Plus...
Breezes Resort, Nassau Bahamas
by Jennifer Ialenti last updated on 04/22/2010
I just toured and visited Breezes Super Inclusive Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. The property was clean and well maintained. It is centrally located on Cable Beach in Nassau with easy access to the entire island. The employees were very helpful and friendly...
Carnival Sensation
by Pam Siems last updated on 09/16/2009
I was lucky enough to be able to tour the Carnival Sensation last week. The Fantasy Class ship was built in 1993 and after serving as emergency housing for residents of hurricane Katrina she was extensively refurbished in 2007. Today she sparkles with...
Sandals Royal Bahamian in Bahamas
by Michelle Mazzola last updated on 01/29/2009
Here time slows down, smiles abound, and the famed Sandals all-inclusive experience reaches the highest level of luxury. With seven pools, nine world-class restaurants, an exotic offshore island, luxurious suites and an award-winning spa you’re sure to...
Treasure Cay, Abaco
by Ann Petronio last updated on 07/25/2008
If your honeymoon dream includes powder white sand and turquoise blue water, with some fishing, snorkeling or diving thrown in, then you can’t go wrong with the quiet little Out Islands of the Bahamas...including Abaco. We visited Abaco’s Treasure Cay...
The Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, is the ultimate family destination resort. I recently had the pleasure of a personal tour of the Atlantis. What an experience! The entire resort is centered around water, water, and more water! From the amazing...
Green Turtle Cay, the Abacos
by Ann Petronio last updated on 07/21/2008
If you can picture yourself sitting on your balcony with a drink in hand watching the sunset over the Sea of Abaco, or laying in a hammock reading a book without another soul in sight (except maybe your new spouse), then you’re halfway to Green Turtle...