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Nassau, Bahamas | © Jim Pennucci/Flickr
Nassau, Bahamas | © Jim Pennucci/Flickr
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How to Spend 48 Hours in the Bahamas

Picture of Sheri-kae McLeod
Freelance Caribbean Writer
Updated: 29 December 2017
Any time spent in the Bahamas is time spent in tropical paradise. From the beautiful beaches and amazing tourist attractions to the gorgeous small islands and vibrant shopping villages, you can never run out of things to do. If you have two days to explore the Bahamas, here’s how to make the most of them.

Day one

Morning: Check in and go visit a museum

In the heart of Nassau is one of the Bahamas’ most interesting museums – the Pirates of Nassau. This museum gives guests the opportunity to explore an 18th-century Nassau that served as a pirate base in the Caribbean. From photographs to artefacts, exhibitions and even a replica pirate ship, a world of pirates awaits you here.

Just a few blocks down from the Pirates of Nassau museum is the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, an elegant 19th-century mansion that serves as the premier housing place for Bahamian art and history.

Afternoon: Lunch and shopping

Along with the delicious Bahamian cuisine, many restaurants in the Bahamas serve a range of foreign cuisine to cater to tourists. Señor Frog’s, with its mixture of Bahamian and American dishes, is the perfect place to grab lunch in the afternoon.

From there, the Nassau Straw Market is a short walk away. This market is one of the largest open-air markets in the Bahamas. Here, you can find hand-made straw hats, jewellery, bags, household products and many other Bahamian souvenirs.

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Straw market in Nassau | © faungg's photos/Flickr

Evening: Dinner at The Pier

What better way to end a long day than with dinner and drinks at The Pier? Located on Bay Street, this restaurant serves some of the most delicious Bahamian-style seafood along with Asian, American and Italian dishes. Relax in the restaurant’s chic lounge while sipping on a cocktail, or have a meal outdoors in the waterfront dining area.

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Conch fritters | © Shutterstock

Day two

Morning: Take the ferry to Harbour Island

With the many inhabited islands in the Bahamas, guests have the opportunity to go island-hopping. Flights are available from island-to-island but many locals use the ferry. Take the ferry in the morning and travel to Harbour Island, Eleuthera. The ferry ride normally takes a little over 2 hours and there are a variety of sandwiches, pastries and beverages that can be purchased on-board.

Afternoon: Have lunch and hit the beach

Sip Sip is one of the most popular spots on Harbour Island. The restaurant got its name from a local slang – ‘sip sip’ – which means gossip. The restaurant is the perfect place to grab a delicious bite for lunch and relax before moving forward.

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Pink sand beach, Harbour Island | © Rüdiger Stehn/Flickr

Harbour Island is famous for its pink sand beaches. The island has around three miles of pale pink sand and turquoise waters, considered to be some of the best beaches in the Bahamas. Relax and soak up the Caribbean sun or take a stroll along the beach.

Evening: Dine at The Landing Restaurant

With an emphasis on seafood and local cuisine, The Landing Restaurant offers a first-class dining experience. The delicious ‘stone crab stack’ appetizer that Chef Madelene Pedican prepares has guests coming back to Harbour Island for more. Wine and cocktails are on the menu, but this restaurant is also the place where families with children come for a delicious meal.

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Conch fritters and salad | © Shutterstock