Planning a Romantic Bahamas Honeymoon

The Bahamas is a stress-free destination for any couple considering a Caribbean honeymoon.
Atlantis Caribbean beach resort at Nassau, Bahamas
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Holly Riddle - The Knot Contributor.
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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 Feb 13, 2024
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Traveling for a Bahamas honeymoon 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 top honeymoon spot consists of over 500 islands and 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.

When it comes to planning a honeymoon in the Bahamas, let us be your guide. From the best hotels to things to do, read on for helpful tips.

Bahamas Honeymoon Tips in this article:

Colorful sails on a beach in Bahamas
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Best Time to Visit Bahamas

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.

Best weather: December to April.
Festival highlights: The Bahamas is known for its vibrant cultural events, with Junkanoo being the most famous. This festival takes place on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day (January 1), featuring spectacular parades with colorful costumes, drumming and dancing in the streets of Nassau and other towns. Other notable events include the Bahamas International Film Festival and the annual regattas, which celebrate the country's rich maritime history.

Bahamas Honeymoon Planning Tips

Planning a honeymoon in Bahamas promises a romantic escape to crystal-clear waters and sun-kissed beaches. To ensure a seamless experience, consider the time of year you visit; the best weather is typically from mid-December to April. Opt for accommodations that align with your preferences, whether it's a luxury resort on Nassau or a secluded beach villa in the Exumas, many of which offer special honeymoon packages with romantic extras.

Incorporating experiences like sailing, snorkeling or simply relaxing on the pink sands of Harbour Island can make your trip unforgettable. Booking activities and dinners in advance is advisable, especially during peak season.

Entry requirements: US citizens are required to present a valid passport when traveling to the Bahamas, as well as proof of anticipated departure.
Language:
English.
Location:
The Bahamas is an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida and north of Cuba.
Currency:
The Bahamian Dollar (BSD) is the official currency, but US Dollars are widely accepted.
Flight time to Bahamas:
Direct flights from Miami to Nassau only take about an hour.
Getting around:
Travel between the islands is often done by domestic flights or ferries. Within the islands, taxis, rental cars and scooters are popular modes of transportation. Many resorts also offer shuttle services to and from attractions.

Pro tip: Invite a honeymoon planning expert to join your vendor team. Browse travel agent near you on The Knot Marketplace for Bahamas honeymoon expertise.

Best Bahamas Honeymoon Hotels & Resorts

From luxurious stays on private islands to jaw-dropping honeymoon resorts, you can find plenty of romantic accommodations for a Bahamas honeymoon. Here are some of our favorites.

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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.

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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.

4 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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.

4 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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.

4.5 Star Rating | Read Reviews

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.

4 Star Rating | Read Reviews

Pro tip: If you're looking for accommodation that'll provide you more privacy or lower prices, you might also want to consider staying at a romantic Airbnb or VRBO.

Things to Do in Bahamas for Couples

When it comes to things to do on a Bahamas honeymoon, there are plenty of activities available. From island hopping and snorkeling to swimming with pigs, here are some of our top recommendations.

A cute pig on the beach in Staniel Cay Bahamas
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Explore Nassau

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.

Swim with Pigs in Staniel Cay

Did you know there are pigs who live on some of Bahama's beautiful beaches? You can hang out with them in Staniel Cay while you soak up the sun and go for a dip.

Check out 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.

Scuba Dive in 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.

Kayak at 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 around Eleuthera and Harbour Island

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.

Pro tip: Add Bahamas honeymoon experiences to your gift registry so your loved ones can give you one a memorable couples activities. Don't forget to post some cute honeymoon photos to your wedding website and social feed for your guests to see.

What to Pack for a Bahamas Honeymoon

Couple enjoy scuba diving in Bahamas
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In addition to your normal beach vacay wear, as well as everything on The Knot's packing checklist, consider bringing along a few dressier outfits in your honeymoon luggage. 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.

Brittany Barber contributed to this article.

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