When I told people I was heading to the Bahamas, the majority asked me if I was staying at Atlantis. I wasn’t—my girlfriends and I rented an Airbnb (shout out to Sonja, our gracious host) on Saunders Beach. The thing is, there is so much more to these islands than Atlantis. I think staying there would’ve been limiting, as it’s absolutely enormous, built that way in order for people to have no reason to leave the resort. I can’t be tied down like that. We tried going out at Atlantis in their huge nightclubs crowded with underage kids, as resort clubs usually are, and it got old. The best part about Atlantis was the crispy rice tuna with truffle at Nobu. Fabulous restaurants around Nassau, not in Atlantis, include: Café Matisse and Blue Sail (insane sunset photo ops, see pic below).
While touristy, downtown Nassau is adorable. The colors, the colors! There’s a mix between brights and pastels, and if you’re looking for some good Insta backdrops (let’s face it, who isn’t), you’ve found the place.
We rented a boat in the harbor near downtown. It was one of our favorite days. Before arriving in the Bahamas, I didn’t expect the water to be the perfect shade of crystal turquoise that it is. Don’t pee in the ocean when you’re too close to people or they’ll see. There are a bunch of tiny, charming islands to boat towards; my favorites being Rose Island and Gilligan’s Island (yes, it was once the backdrop for the show!). The cottages built there are now destroyed, pieces lying in total disarray. It looks super cool though—like an abandoned island (in a chic way). Don’t forget to bring lots of rosé. G-d forbid you run out while on a boat.
The absolute best time was spent on Harbour Island. Talk about enchanting. Whoever built this island is pure genius. The buildings are of the cutest color combinations, with even cuter names. Houses are called “Tickled Pink”…(!!!) Cars aren’t popular on the island—golf carts is where it’s at. Driving with your girlfriends in a golf cart, while exploring the prettiest of islands, is pure bliss. Oh…and the best part…there is a Pink Sands Beach. YES, the sand is pink. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling, and this is one of the best beaches I’ve been to. The vibe on Harbour Island is luxurious and ritzy, and so is the crowd. You can’t really go wrong with any of the hotels or the restaurants inside of them. My personal favorites were Blue Bar at the Pink Sands Hotel (the view is drop dead) and Sip Sip (good food and very fun atmosphere). Other hotels of note, but not limited to, are Rock House, Coral Sands, and Dunmore.
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Another island worth visiting, if only for the swimming pigs, is Exuma. You can swim with them, so what else really needs to be said?
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