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A family snorkeling in Nassau Paradise Island

Family Vacation Is Closer Than You Think!

Posted by: Nassau Paradise Island on April 04, 2023

What goes into the perfect family vacation? First, you need an unforgettable destination. How about somewhere with endless white-sand beaches and shimmering turquoise waters? When it comes to accommodations, look for luxurious hotels and resorts close to all the action. Now, to keep the kids entertained, you’ll want a collection of exciting activities — think action-packed waterparks, fun play centers, and plenty of poolside fun. And, to round it out, make sure there’s a little something for the adults — spa experiences, unique shopping, and exceptional dining that highlights the very best local fare and international cuisine. So, where will you find all of the above? Well, The Bahamas checks all these boxes and more! Get ready to discover everything this slice of Paradise has to offer — a place where “too good to be true” is a way of life.

A family of four walks hand-in-hand along a Bahamas beach.

Get Ready For Takeoff

When traveling as a family with all your luggage in tow, a direct route to your destination is a high priority. Getting to The Bahamas is easier than ever, thanks to many non-stop flights from major US and Canadian cities — and even London! In fact, if you’re leaving from Florida, the flight time from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau is less than an hour. Plus, just last year, Lynden Pindling International Airport introduced the first TSA PreCheck program outside of the US, making getting in and out of the airport a breeze, so you can get to the hotel and start exploring the Island.

Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau Paradise Island

Not only do several major airlines have direct routes to Nassau, but you’re bound to find a budget-friendly vacation package to suit you and your family. Our airline partners have plenty of ways for you to maximize your savings, so you can spend less on travel and more on fun and excitement. Take advantage of comprehensive deals that will have you hopping on a plane in the morning and relaxing by the beach in the afternoon.

Discover Your Home Away From Home

Nassau Paradise Island is home to a collection of family-friendly resorts featuring all the amenities needed for a truly world-class stay. The iconic Atlantis Paradise Island offers distinct accommodation experiences, each delivering a one-of-a-kind getaway. The Coral is the perfect place for family-friendly fun and entertainment for all ages, from family cabanas at the pool to CRUSH teen nightclub and its state-of-the-art gaming room. Staying at The Royal puts you steps from The Dig — the world’s largest open-air marine habitat boasting newly renovated rooms and signature suites.

Perhaps you’re looking for a bit more space for your crew? The Reef is ideal for families big and small, offering residential-style suites and studios with all the comforts of home. A little further from the main Atlantis property, Harborside Resort offers larger groups more secluded accommodations in residential-style villas. Sink into breathtaking views and refined accommodations at one of three Baha Mar hotel experiences. This beachfront resort comes complete with luxe amenities, The Bahamas’ newest waterpark, and The Explorer’s Club at Rosewood Baha Mar for the littlest guests to learn about Bahamian culture and enjoy interactive activities.

Plus, with a wide range of casual and family-friendly dining experiences at each property, you’ll find something to please even the pickiest eaters at meal times. Discover fresh local fare for the adults, kid-approved delights, celebrity-chef dining concepts, and delectable soon-to-be favorites. 

Family vacation at Baha Mar in Nassau Paradise Island
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Silhouette of a family of four walking towards the Beach Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island

Slip ‘N Slide or Sand ‘N Surf?

It’s no secret — when you visit The Bahamas, you’ll be surrounded by white sand and crystal-clear water as far as the eye can see. Choose from extraordinary beaches dotting the Island and spend fun-filled days in the sun, building sandcastles and making memories that will last a lifetime. Plus, you can access the pristine Cable Beach while staying at Baha Mar. If you’re hoping for more oceanside fun in the sun, take advantage of motorized watercraft rentals for the bigger kids.

Atlantis Paradise Island is also home to Aquaventure Atlantis, the ultimate hub for waterpark lovers, featuring everything from extreme slides to low-key river rides. Can your adventurous crew brave a 50-foot vertical drop down The Power Tower? How about The Mayan Temple and its five adrenaline-pumping slides, including a high-speed underwater ride through a shark-filled lagoon in a clear acrylic tunnel? Or, do you simply want to kick back and cruise the Lazy river? Find it all at Aquaventure.

Nassau Paradise Island has way more than one option for wet-and-wild fun. Baha Bay is equal parts thrills and chill. Visit the water park and enjoy incredible slides like the Devil’s Backbone and Thunderball, or head to Turtle Beach, where the littlest ones in your group can soar down colorful slides, play on splash pads, and wade in shallow waters. Plus, Margaritaville Beach Resort, another family-friendly option, is home to Fins Up Water Park and the FlowRider®, a surf simulator for amateurs and experienced riders alike!

A family of fun splashes in the waves on a Bahamas beach.
Kids sliding at a waterpark Baha Bay
Water park at Margaritaville

Activities With The Kid Stamp of Approval

When it’s time to dry off, there’s plenty more to see and do on the Island. First, visit Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre in Nassau to catch a glimpse of colorful parrots, pink flamingos parading through the park, and more tropical animals and lush gardens. Afterward, head to Pirates of Nassau Museum and learn about swashbucklers and their adventures on the high seas — ahoy, matey! Next, tour local forts by the seaside for a taste of history and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Finally, head to the Educulture Junkanoo Museum, where the whole family can learn about Bahamian culture and tap into the spirit of the Island.

Ardastra Gardens & Zoo is a family-friendly outing in Nassau Paradise Island
Exterior of the Pirates of Nassau Museum in Nassau, Bahamas.
Family outside of a colourful mural

Nassau Paradise Island has loads of kids’ programming to make sure the days are filled to the brim with fun. Atlantis Kids Adventures is an expansive play palace with themed spaces and scheduling for ages 3-12, including cooking classes, a kid-sized grocery store, and an expansive games room. Plus, they offer evening programming, including a talent show and “sleepless slumber party.” Parakeets Kid’s Club at Margaritaville is another spot for fun daily activities for the little ones, thanks to pool and beach games, arts and crafts, and a lineup of games sure to have the kids amped up.

For the Adults

While the kids are occupied, why not head out for a break? Find an extensive selection of spas offering world-class treatments and services to set you on the path to rest and relaxation. Or, maybe you’re looking for some retail therapy? You’re in luck — shopping is abundant on the Island! Find one-of-a-kind souvenirs, gifts for your loved ones back home, the latest fashions, and much more to remind you of your trip. If you have a free evening to explore the dining scene, food and drink on the Island never disappoint. From fine dining to rooftop cocktail bars, you’re sure to enjoy top-tier fare in a memorable atmosphere. 

Ocean spa club
12 Volt Bar Margaritaville
A couple dining in Nassau Paradise Island

It’s Better In The Bahamas

No two visits are alike in Nassau Paradise Island, and an ever-growing list of great deals makes it easy to book your vacation any time of year. While traveling as a family, we know that preparing for your trip takes a great deal of organization. Take a look at our guide to planning a family vacation and these handy travel tips — including car rental companies, entry and exit requirements, and all the essentials to bring with you. Soon, you’ll be ready to pack your bags and embark on a trip to Island Paradise that everyone in your family will remember. It’s time to discover your Island home right next door! 

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