I feel like I am always writing about COVID-19 restrictions. Unfortunately, I have to write about it because there are many travel questions right now. One of my top questions is what I have to have or do to travel to the Bahamas. Travel is starting to pick back up out of the country. The Islands are open and ready to give you an unforgettable vacation. There are plenty of deals, must-see and do experiences, and now, some relaxed travel measures. Travel to the Bahamas is not as out of reach as you may think.
As of May 1, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test before entry, submit to rapid testing mandates, or complete the daily health questionnaire during their stay. The only requirement for fully vaccinated travelers is to obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa within five days of travel.
What about Masks?
Face masks are still required in all public places except the beach. If you are caught not complying with the Bahamian rules requiring face masks, you are subject to a $250 fine.
Nassau, Bahamas, is on New Providence Island. Nassau is the capital City and what most people think of when you say the Bahamas. It offers endless opportunities for attractions and entertainment for everyone. It is also the most popular cruise port around.
Paradise Island, Bahamas, is across the harbor from Nassau. It's the home of Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. I highly recommend spending at least a few nights of your vacation at Atlantis. You will find a thrilling Aquaventure waterpark. It is home to the Current, which is a river that is the complete opposite of lazy with waves to ride and rapids to run. If you want to relax on your vacation, there are plenty of white sand beaches, or you can chill at one of the many resort pools.
Freeport, Bahamas is the second-largest Bahamian city and is located on Grand Bahama Island. This is where you will find some of the most luxurious resorts, cultural and historical sites, and local and international cuisine. Make sure you visit the island's waterfront hub, Port Lucaya Marketplace. You will love all the bohemian handmade goods, entertainment, and fine dining. You can also enjoy the Lucayan National Park. Lucayan National Park is known for its underwater cave system. You can also discover the world-famous Gold Rock Beach in the park.
Bahamas Out Islands offers nature lovers who might seek a quieter and more authentic experience a peek of the 29 lesser populated islands and hundreds of cays. These small Islands consist of Bimini, Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Thunderball Grotto, Exumas, Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island, Lighthouse Beach, Eleuthera, The Hermitage, and Cat Island.
There is nothing like having a nice vacation near some beautiful white sand and the clearest water you have ever seen. I'm ready to pack my bags and go.
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