Paradise is the only way to describe the Bahamas. Surrounding you with natural beauty and wrapping you in the charm, serenity, and joy that the Bahamas is known for, makes a perfect honeymoon destination. Gorgeous white sand beaches and shimmering aquamarine water greet you everywhere you look. Friendly locals with huge smiles splitting their glistening faces are waiting to greet you. Freshly caught seafood prepared with a bit of spice makes your mouth jump with joy.
Planning a Perfect Bahamas Honeymoon
The Bahamas is a perfect way to escape the winter chill with a temperate climate year round for a honeymoon. Fall, winter and early Spring offer the best time to travel to the Bahamas for couples. Summer brings lots of families to enjoy all that the Bahamas offers.
To truly get a feel for the island style of the Bahamas, a suggested stay is a minimum of five days. You will have time to explore the island of your choice, have several beach days and a day or two of adventure.
In the Bahamas, they drive on the left, and roundabouts are plentiful. When not staying at an all-inclusive, food tends to be a bit on the high side, so plan to add approximately 20% to what you would usually spend in the US. Alcohol is cheap, but beer and wine are expensive.
Traveling to the Bahamas
Going to the Bahamas from the U.S. is a breeze! There are flights to the Bahamas from most major U.S. gateways.
If you are flying into Nassau, most major carriers offer service to Nassau. If you are planning a trip to the out islands, such as the Abacos or the Exumas, you will find that you will fly into either Grand Bahama Island or Nassau and then catch a flight from there.
From Miami, you can take a ferry to get to some Islands or a sea plane.
Bahamas Honeymoon Cruises
Going on a cruise is a great way to enjoy the Bahamas and to enjoy your honeymoon. The best part about taking a cruise is how easy it is to plan, unlike most other details of a wedding. Once you select your cruise you can add on amazing excursions and extras on the ship and that planning is done. Many of the larger cruise lines even have registries to let your guests gift you with experiences on your cruise. There are several cruise options in the Bahamas, but here are a few of our recommendations.
Disney Cruise Line offers the ultimate honeymoon vacation with beautiful destinations and adult-exclusive experiences onboard and ashore. From fine dining and relaxing spa treatments to unparalleled entertainment and spaces just for adults, a Disney couples’ cruise is the perfect romantic getaway.
Specialty adult-only dining venues combine sweeping ocean views, rich décor and epicurean excellence to create the setting for a romantic escape. The Senses Spa & Salon provides pampering in a tranquil and luxurious environment with services such as massages, body wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair styling are available. In the spa’s Rainforest Room, adult guests can experience the benefits of steam, heat and water therapy combined with the power of aromatherapy to relax the mind and body.
Newlyweds can indulge in a couple’s massage in a Spa Villa complete with an indoor spa treatment suite, connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal hot tub, open-air shower and chaise lounge. With incredible ocean vistas, the treatment suites provide a romantic retreat for two.
Additionally, there is an adults-only pool with chaise lounges for sunbathing, a whirlpool spa and a poolside bar serving exotic cocktails. At Satellite Sun Deck on the Disney Fantasy, adult guests can soak up the sun in loungers, relax in the shade under a canopy and sit on the bench around a circular splash pool with a gently falling rain curtain.
Carnival Cruise Line is usually the most affordable option available. Even after taxes, you can easily find 4 days cruises that will be less than $1000 for both of you with an ocean view room. Once onboard you can choose to upgrade your dining to eat at the chef’s table with a small group. Kick back at the Serenity adult-only retreat, a poolside bar, or schedule some time at the spa.
Go with the cruise line with the newest ships, making sure you get all the modern amenities you see advertised online. Norwegian is an award-winning cruise line with their own private island, the Great Stirrup Cay, in the Bahamas, many cruise itineraries will include. One thing you won’t get at any other port stop is an all-you-can-eat complimentary dining which you can enjoy at Abaco Taco. Like other cruise lines, there are tons of add-ons to your cruises like spa treatments and specialty dining to make your experience unique. Make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you know about deals and specials.
Where to Stay on Your Honeymoon in the Bahamas
There are over 700 islands in the Bahamas, making it hard to choose where to spend your honeymoon. You can go to one of the larger Islands or find a more secluded spot elsewhere.
Paradise Island, Nassau
Nassau Paradise Island allows couples to relax, shop, experience adventures or experience a wonderful meal. Put your feet in that sand and relax or play at one of the white sand beaches. Up the adventure with snorkeling or diving where you will discover warm turquoise water makes it easy to enjoy the sights below including reef sharks, coral reefs, and even a shipwreck. Once you have built up an appetite, you will find a selection of restaurants. Paradise Island features trendy new restaurants, local picks, 5-star cuisine and international favorites.
Atlantis Resort is the premier resort destination in the Bahamas. The resort offers twenty-one restaurants, so even the most discerning foodie will be pleased. There are water sports galore with eleven pools and beautiful white sand beaches just a short walk away. Exploring East Bay Street in Nassau will yield you lots of choices for that perfect trinket to remember your honeymoon.
Sandals Royal Bahamian
When you stay at the Royal Bahamian, you are vacationing where in the 1940’s the Duke & Duchess of Windsor vacationed, and in the 1960’s the Beatles and other celebrities discovered this slice of Bahamian paradise.
Undergoing its transformation into a Sandals property, the Royal Bahamian offers guests luxurious accommodations. Sandals is known for their all-inclusive luxury. This property offers guests ten restaurants and eight bars.
There is so much do at the Royal Bahamian! The beautiful beaches ringed with crystalline water await you. If you are seeking a bit of water fitness, unlimited use of water toys, including canoes, kayaks, water trikes and Hobie Cat sailboats are waiting for you. The Bahamas offers incredible diving and snorkeling, so grab your gear and explore the world waiting for you under the sea.
Warwick Paradise Island
The Warwick is an adult only resort perfect for a honeymoon. There are two honeymoon packages available that can include champaign, spa treatments, special dinners and more.
When you get to the Abacos, make sure you are ready to explore, instead of staying at your resort the whole time, rent a boat and do some island hoping. With around 150 cays in the area, you can make your way to your own private stretch of sand. Make your way to Hope Town to do some shopping and try some amazing restaurants. Add some sport to your trip by going spear fishing or lobster diving.
The Bluff House Resort & Marina
Bluff House Resort and Marina on Green Turtle Cay is a magical and extraordinary place for a Bahamas honeymoon. As you sip your evening cocktails on the deck of your suite, endless waterfront views over the Sea of Abaco are seen everywhere you look. A short walk away a crescent-shaped beach meets the crystal clear turquoise water. The clear call of the ocean beckons you to slip away and float upon the warm, blue-green water. If you crave privacy, Bluff House is the perfect spot.
At Treasure Cay, kick off your flip-flops and relax in the sand at a gorgeous beach resort with all of the amenities. With accommodations ranging from stunning single rooms to a beautiful beachfront bungalow, this resort can fill your every need. Enjoy a meal plan with the resort or take a short stroll down to the town center for food, shopping, and a marina all at your fingertips. At Treasure Cay, book a tee time the award-winning golf course designed by Dick Wilson and then walk down the beach which National Geographic voted as one of the top 10 beaches. The island life awaits you at Treasure Cay.
Abaco Beach Resort
Established in 1955 in a prime location of Marsh Harbour, the Abaco Beach Resort is the perfect destination for family and honeymooners alike. The Abaco Beach Resort prides itself on the activities provided to guests – ranging from snorkeling and sailing to yoga and tennis, the activities are endless. Experience deep sea and reef fishing during the day and enjoy a preparation of your catch from the resort’s chef. With 72 rooms and 5 suites, be prepared for the experience of a lifetime.
Linton’s Beach and Harbour Cottages
Beginning at only $255 a night during the high season, the Linton’s Beach and Harbour Cottages located on Green Turtle Cay are three stunning and secluded cottages located on 22 acres of private land just a short distance from New Plymouth. Experience the private, white sand beaches with the kayaks or bicycles provided by Fanny McIntosh, the properties’ caretaker, and explore Green Turtle Cay. If you are lucky, you will see the world famous Oreo, the cottages’ own Potcake dog which is a breed located only in the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos.
Lubbers Landing offers a truly unique vacation experience. Comprised of three, one-bedroom cottages and a main “master room” building, guests can enjoy the privacy that these cottages provide. With an open-air kitchen, a restaurant and bar, and an accommodating staff, Lubbers Landing is a beautiful corner of Abaco. One of the most romantic features of the compound is the amazing beach bed seconds from the cottages. Take a romantic afternoon of lounging and relaxing while listening to the ocean waves.
Andros may be the largest island in the Bahamas, but don’t let that give you the wrong idea. It is also the most natural island and has a very small population. Andros boasts the world’s third largest fringing barrier reef, along with dozens of deserted beaches and lakes. You’ll find five national parks on Andros. In addition, the island offers plentiful spots for fishing. If you’re looking to get away from it all, while relaxing in magnificent nature, then Andros Island is the place to take your honeymoon.
Kamalame Cay Resort is unique in that is a private island; it’s run and owned by the Hew family. There are many choices of where to stay from Marina Rooms to Cove Villas; you can pick your level of luxury. In most rooms, you even have access to your own golf cart to make getting around the island easier. Despite the tranquility of Kamalame Cay, the resort offers a variety of on-site activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and tennis. For a romantic honeymoon treat, you can even order a candlelight bath, complete with flower petals, essential oils, and a glass of wine.
Small Hope Bay Lodge
Small Hope Bay Lodge prides itself on showing its guests “the real Bahamas.” All of their cabins are right on the beach. The resort offers free scuba and snorkeling lessons if you’re the adventure type. If you just want to relax, you can soak in the hot tub, located right on the beachfront, or get a massage. Small Hope is an all inclusive resort so don’t worry about bringing your wallet to the tiki bar. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere-perfect for people who want to keep it low-key.
Tiamo is known as “the quintessential unspoilt luxury island hideaway in the Bahamas.” If you want to feel like James Bond going on a secret vacation, this is the place to go. You can only get there by boat or seaplane. The resort is equipped with a spa that offers luxurious treatments such as the Tiamo Oceanic Seaweed Wrap. But the most special thing about Tiamo is their honeymoon packages; you can choose to enjoy a bottle of champagne upon arrival, candlelight dinner, or a sunset cruise. This is a great place to get special treatment on your honeymoon.
Grand Bahama Island
Grand Bahama Island is the perfect combination of comfort and adventure. Getting to the island is easy: you can fly, cruise, or catch a ferry from Ft. Lauderale. It’s located north of the Bahama islands, making it relatively close to the U.S. It’s known for its national parks and underwater caves. You can also go on eco-tours, including dreamy horseback rides through forests and beaches. If you’re the type of couple that enjoys learning about the history of the place or exploring nature, you’ll love Grand Bahama Island.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach
If you’re all about the all-inclusive resorts, Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is a great option. Have a stress-free honeymoon; don’t worry about bringing your wallet to the pool, since food and drinks are included in the all-inclusive package. They also offer various activities and entertainment, most of which are part of the package. You won’t run out of things to do here. Join a themed party or try a trapeze class right on the ocean. If you want to bring the kids along, there are children’s activities and babysitting services. As if it couldn’t get any better, Wyndham Fortuna has plentiful dining options such as an international buffet, Asian food, and Italian. You’ll never even to have to leave the resort.
Grand Lucayan also offers an all-inclusive option perfect for a honeymoon in the Bahamas. You can stay in their new Lighthouse Pointe building and experience the resort’s five recently opened restaurants. If you want to treat yourself, live luxuriously in one of the Ocean Breeze Suites. Grand Lucayan caters toward newlyweds. Experience a private dinner on the beach, join other honeymoon goers for a Bahamian fish fry, or ride horses at the brink of the ocean.
Exumas Island, known for its pearly white beaches and clear waters, is separated into three parts: Great Exumas, Little Exumas, and Exumas Cays. Great Exumas and Little Exumas have more relaxed atmospheres, while Exumas Cays is known for its luxurious resorts. The island is so beautiful that it’s home to several celebrities including Johnny Depp. And of course, you can live out your dreams of swimming with pigs on Exumas Island. No one knows how the pigs got there, but swimming in the ocean with them makes a great photo opportunity for a honeymoon to remember.
Grand Isle Resort
Grand Isle Resort is ready to pamper you. Situated on the Out Islands of Exumas Island, the resort offers its own mile-long private beach- a perfect place for tanning or snorkeling. Then check out their poolside dining at the Palapa Grill. They have themed cuisine nights, including an island BBQ on the beach. If you or your partner enjoys golfing, the resort’s Emerald Reef Golf Club will offer endless entertainment. Get the chance to golf on a course designed by a PGA pro, while peering at memorizing ocean views. If you’re sore after a day of golf, relax at the SeaStar Spa, with treatments such as the Ultimate Island Bliss couple’s package.
Fowl Cay Resort
If you like to have some privacy while still enjoying a resort experience, Fowl Cay Resort might be a good option for you. Guests reside in beachside villas, equipped with their own fully stocked kitchens. It’ll feel like a home away from home. All food and beverages are included. You can choose to have a chef pack a picnic for a romantic lunch on the beach or dine at the resort’s Hill House restaurant. Guests have the option to rent a boat and go exploring on their own. It’s a relaxed but independent experience, perfect for couples who want to spend their honeymoon making their own adventures.
Hideaways Exuma also has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Guests can choose to stay in fully furnished cottages or villas. There are lots of activities to participate in, from guided kayaking tours to deep sea fishing. Or you can relax by the pool, enjoying a drink from the Splash! Bar & Grill. Couple massages are available in your accommodation so don’t even have to lift a toe. Watch the sunrise from your beachside cottage while drinking a bottle of wine.
Sandals Emerald Bay
Emerald Bay resort offers you the ultimate in privacy! This property boasts some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The water is amazing, and is indescribable, and comes in every shade of blue and green imaginable. Your vacation at Emerald Bay revolves around golf, water sports, fishing, uncrowded beaches, and fabulous fresh food.
Emerald Bay boasts eleven restaurants and bars for every taste imaginable. For the ultimate pool experience, take a dip in the zero-entry pool with a fire pit in the middle.
Eleuthera & Harbour Island
Eleuthera is a long and incredibly skinny Island in the bahamas with gorgeous pink sands beach and wonderful surf in some areas. With over 200 miles of shoreline, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to discover. Visit the Leon Levy Preserve to enjoy sights of 171 species of plants including beautiful, rare orchids. For an amazing site, go to the Glass Window Bridge where only a small stretch of land separate the Atlantic Ocrean and the Caribbean. The area has amazing food and a rich local culture to enjoy while you are in the area. If you plan your trip right you can enjoy the “Eleuthera All That Jazz ” Festival, is a five day festival that benefits the historic Haynes Library. For accomidations there are several luxury resorts in the are or you can find rooms or homes to rent on Airbnb.
French Leave Resort
Walk the majestic pink sand beaches at the French Leave Resort. Located in Governor’s Harbour on the island of Eluthera, the French Leave Resort offers a wide array of amenities to the island’s visitors. Take advantage of the in-villa iPad and order poolside or beachside dinner from the French Leave restaurant or go to the locally inspired 1648 restaurant just a short golf cart ride from the villas. Enjoy one of the oldest settlements in the Bahamas at the French Leave Resort.
The Cove is an intimate, 57-room resort offering seaside cottages and villas. The Cove features private white sand beaches, a fitness center, spa, open-air sunset bar and a gourmet restaurant inspired by the island’s aquatic bounty. From snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking to more relaxed pursuits such as lounging by the scenic, hilltop infinity pool, guests have a bevy of options at their fingertips.
Situated on a hilltop, the boutique hotel offers a views of the ocean and is situated close enough to the beach to walk in about 15 minutes.
Known as one of the most scenic islands of the bahamas, Long Island have a diverse landscape with plenty of things to do and see. At the Dean’s Blue Hole, divers can explore the deepest blue hole in the bahamas. You’ll find dramatic cliffs and caves on the east coast that front the crashing Atlantic waves, as well as soft, sandy edged lee side which slides calmly into the Bahamas Bank. For beaches, there are plenty to choose from including Cape Santa Maria Beach which has been recognized asone of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Stella Maris Resort
At Stella Maris Resort you’ll find ocean-view rooms, cottages, bungalows and villas provide appealing accommodation choices. You can relax on the beach or in one of the three hotel pools. Their Honeymoon Package provides an amazing value for the Bahamas. It includes accommodations, meals, a couples massage, a one day car rental do explore and much more.
Cape Santa Maria
Named as the #2 Most Romantic Resort in the Bahamas by Travel & Leisure, the Cape Santa Maria is a wonderful place to spend a Honeymoon. You can rent a villa or bungalow directly on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.Thier honeymoon packages make planning easy and affordable, including four days/three nights in an oceanfront accommodation, a bottle of champagne, ½ hour massage for two and more.
Cat Island is pristine with beautiful weather with lows in the 60s in the winter and breathtaking beaches. Its untouched landscape is perfect for those looking to explore the island’s natural beauty, while its laid-back environment provides a unique destination to relax and unwind.
Fernadez Bay Village
Enjoy your own private cottage or villa during your honeymoon. Relax on the private one mile long prestine beach and enjoy a cool swim, cocktails at sunset, a fantastic seaside dinner and a roaring nightly bonfire on the beach. Enjoy snorkeling and kayaking or just relax.
Bimini is the closest part of the Bahamas to the United States making it very accessible. You can take a two hour ferry ride to get there from Miami or take a 30 minute flight. Being a small island there are less tourist, making it a perfect place for a honeymoon in the Bahamas. If you do make it here, make sure you make your way to Honeymoon Harbour Beach, for obvious reasons!
For a totally unique experience, unlike a typical honeymoon, you have to go on a Wild Quest. Everything is included in these week long adventures including meals and accommodations and most importantly, the life changing experiences. Wild Quest will take you to wild dolphins to swim with them unlike any other dolphin encounter. Not only is this a great way to renew yourself after a wedding, but a way to find peace and clarity through meditation and yoga throughout your stay.
Resorts World Bimini
Taking up about half of the Island is the Resorts World Bimini. You can find pretty much everything you need here from restaurants, several options for accommodations, spa, marina, water sports and more.
The Hilton at Resort’s World Bimini
is a unique all-inclusive experience. This 750-acre resort comprises almost half of the land of Bimini allowing for miles of beaches and exploration. Hosting 10 restaurants and cafes as well as a world class casino and the Serenity Spa and Salon, guests will be able to enjoy many different romantic activities. Renting a golf cart allows for the most comprehensive experience. Cruise around and explore the white sand beaches and infinity pools scattered across the property during the day and enjoy fine dining and drinks in the evening. Enjoy what Travel Channel named the Destination of the Month.
Bimini Sands offers a variety of condos to guests. Featuring marina or ocean views, these condos are all equipped with either a patio or balcony to wake up and enjoy the island sights.Take a stunning stroll along the Bimini Sands Trail to see all that the island has to offer. Try a private yoga class and then a beachfront massage for a relaxing and romantic experience. To satisfy the adventurous side, go on a dolphin excursion and swim with wild dolphins. Experience Bimini’s most relaxing condos.
Bimini Magical Vacation B&B
Enjoy the Island through the eyes of a local. Staying at this bed and breakfast you will enjoy amazing local cuisine day and night. Doug the owner will make sure you feel at home and get to experience the Island that is best for you. Just let him know what you are interested in! This isn’t a luxury resort, but you will feel at home and have a carefree, affordable, stay.
Excerpts Contributed by Betsi Hill