What to See and What to Skip in the Bahamas

There's plenty to eat at your all-inclusive, thanks to a plethora of restaurants and your own desire to get your money's worth. The best meal you've ever had? Maybe not. So consider that the Bahamas is home to many restaurants primed for making culinary memories. The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is home to myriad eateries, including the not-to-be missed Nobu, with its fresh market-driven Japanese fare. The Fish Fry in Nassau's Arawak Cay is a hit with the lunch crowd craving fish (and lots of conch options). And the restaurant at the Landing Hotel on Harbour Island is making a splash all its own, with specialties such as char-grilled rack of lamb and coconut palm sugar-grilled lobster.

Walk in Columbus' Steps, Skip the Sand

Following your spouse's footprints on the sand; how romantic! But how about Christopher Columbus' footsteps? Historic! San Salvador was the explorer's first landfall back in 1492. The exact spot of his arrival, purportedly on Long Bay, is marked by a simple cross made of stone. Like a walk back in time.

Soak in Culture, Skip the Sun

There's more to the Bahamas than golden beaches, it turns out. Culture abounds here, and there are several museums right in downtown Nassau that introduce visitors to the country's rich history. Set in a restored 200-year-old building, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas pays tribute to contemporary artists, including many young and up-and-coming painters.

Nearby, the Pirates of Nassau, in an interactive way, highlights the country's buccaneer lore, complete with a replica of a real pirate ship, The Revenge. And visitors can learn about a dark chapter in this nation's history at the Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation, named after a slave who once led a revolt against unfair plantation conditions on The Exumas.

See the Wildlife, Skip the Sea Life

What lives under the sea in the Bahamas is breathtaking. But wildlife also reigns supreme inland. The Ardastra Conservation Center in Nassau is a 5-acre park that feels a lot like a jungle, with its many reptilian and avian residents. The flamingoes here are legendary.

And on Grand Bahama Island, visit the Garden of the Groves, a 12-acre botanical oasis with waterfalls and thousands of species of banana plants, orchids and bougainvillea. Birds abound and the kids will love the pigs-and-goats petting zoo.

Go Bonefishing, Skip the Snorkel

Watching fish through goggles is grand, but the Bahamas happens to be one of the best spots on the planet to try your hand at catching bonefish, a pastime that is as legendary as it is addicting. The small silver fish can inspire any budding fishermen to hone her skills and attempt to catch (and then release) this expertly fast swimmer. If you're serious about bonefishing, seek out lodges on islands like Bimini, Andros and The Exumas.

Gabe Saglie is senior editor for Travelzoo. For deals on packages, hotels and attractions in the Bahamas, check out destinations, hotels and vacations.

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