Find Paradise a Short Flight Away With a Bahamas Honeymoon

The Bahamas is a stress-free destination for any couple considering a Caribbean honeymoon.
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Holly Riddle - The Knot Contributor.
Holly Riddle
Holly Riddle - The Knot Contributor.
Holly Riddle
The Knot Contributor
  • Holly is a freelance contributor for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on travel, honeymooning and wedding planning.
  • Holly has been a travel, food and lifestyle freelancer for her entire career.
  • Holly also works for a range of publications and brands as a ghostwriter and marketing copywriter.
Updated Jul 29, 2021
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Travel to the Bahamas is growing by leaps and bounds, and the destination is rising to the occasion. If you think you know the Bahamas from the few ads you've seen for Nassau Paradise Island, think again. This archipelago of 500-plus islands offers so much more than solely the all-inclusive resort experience.

There, you'll find remote islands with nary a car in sight, historic hotels and ultra-luxurious getaways tailored to your every whim. In other words, you can create the exact honeymoon you've long imagined—and since the Bahamas is easy to reach from every corner of the US (especially given its location off the coast of Florida), there are very few reasons not to consider it for your honeymoon destination.

Are the Bahamas Good for a Honeymoon?

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Pros of a Bahamas Honeymoon

The Bahamas are easily accessible from the United States; the longest flight you'd take would be around six hours, and that's only if you're traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Even with the direct access, you'll feel worlds away once you arrive in this tropical paradise. Additionally, you'll find tons of options for your accommodations and activities, making it easy to customize your romantic getaway with a specific honeymoon package or newlywed experiences.

Cons of a Bahamas Honeymoon

Depending on where you stay in the Bahamas, large crowds and petty crime are common concerns. If you prefer to stay away from traveling families and potentially loud children, you'll want to plan your trip accordingly and possibly go to a more remote island, or to an adults-only resort more suitable for honeymooners.

Additionally, the Bahamas can be expensive when traveling to the destination during certain months of the year. June through November is also a gamble as it increases the risk of a trip disruption by a hurricane or tropical storm.

The Best Times of Year to Go on a Bahamas Honeymoon for Good Weather

You'll find the best weather in the Bahamas from mid-December to mid-April. Hurricanes and tropical storms are a threat between June and the end of November, and May through November is also the rainy season in the Bahamas. Mentally note that the best months for the best weather in the Bahamas are also the most expensive months to visit. If you're trying to plan a budget-friendly honeymoon, you may want to weigh the risks of planning a more affordable trip during the summer.

Things to Do During a Bahamas Honeymoon

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If you stay in Nassau, you'll enjoy easy access to all the activities and amenities the Bahamas capital city offers. Even if you stay elsewhere, you'll still want to make a trip into the city to see what all the fuss is about. Beyond historic sites, shopping, nightlife and dining, Nassau also boasts beautiful white sand beaches, including Love Beach.

Paradise Island

Arguably one of the most well-known attractions in the Bahamas, Paradise Island is a hot spot for tourists. If you don't stay on Paradise Island, you can still visit and take advantage of some of the amenities there, such as the large Atlantis Casino, as well as the spa.

Lucayan National Park

If you and your sweetie are into scuba diving, you'll want to visit Lucayan National Park. There, you can head beneath the water to check out the six-mile cave system and marvel at its aquatic inhabitants.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

If you'd rather stay above the water than below it, kayaking is a popular option at Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. With its more than 300 cays, you will spot ample marine life and maybe take a selfie with one too.

Sailing and Snorkeling

If you'd rather someone else do all the tough work (you're on your honeymoon, after all), trade out your kayak paddle for a tropical drink and sail the islands. While enjoying the high seas, some will head to less-frequented Eleuthera and Harbour Island, where couples will enjoy snorkeling along one of the world's best sites, Devil's Backbone Reef. You can find a wealth of options via a selection of tour providers.

Best Hotels and Resorts in the Bahamas for a Honeymoon

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Kamalame Cay

But why not head off to a private island for your honeymoon? Kamalame Cay is just that—a private island resort with 96 acres, where you can hide away in your own villa with only views of the oceanfront and beachfront.

The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort

For all things ultra-luxe, try The Ocean Club, where every detail just adds to the property's overall romantic vibe. From the Versailles-style gardens to the location right on the cerulean water to the multitude of water features found throughout the property, there's no detail left to chance.

Sandals Royal Bahamian

Tried and true when it comes to romantic getaways, Sandals Resorts remains the standard among all-inclusive honeymoon resorts in the Caribbean. The brand specializes in romance, so touches from the team (we recommend splurging on butler service) will include champagne upon arrival, romantic dinners for two and sweet excursions as your step into your newlywed existence. Sandals Emerald Bay is another alternative if you'd prefer complete privacy in the Exumas.

Rosewood Baha Mar

This mega-resort complex of Baha Mar is comprised of three different hotel brands: the family-oriented Grand Hyatt, the party-friendly and sophisticated SLS Baha Mar and the luxurious, refined Rosewood. World-class service awaits on the grounds of the manicured property, in addition to pampering treatments for two at Sense, the Rosewood's spa.

Pink Sands Resort

On Harbour Island, Pink Sands Resort puts you on, yes, a pink sand beach. The cottages are light, airy and private, surrounded by tropical gardens that will make you feel like you're in your own private hideaway for the extent of your honeymoon.

What to Pack for a Bahamas Honeymoon

In addition to your normal beach vacay wear, as well as everything on our master honeymoon packing checklist, consider bringing along a few dressier outfits. You'll want to tidy up for a beautiful sit-down dinner, bar or casino, which often present a dress code. Additionally, bring a jacket or sweater for cooler evening temperatures. If you plan to enjoy water sports, it's a good idea to bring along a swim shirt and swim shoes. Don't forget the sunscreen.

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