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Friends Trip: Tips For Traveling With A Group

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Day Trips Around Nassau Paradise Island

Friends Trip: Tips For Traveling With A Group

There's something about traveling with a group of friends that gives your vacation a once-in-a-lifetime feeling. It's a great way to reconnect, explore, learn about each other, and make memories that will last forever. That being said, sometimes it can be tricky to navigate group travel when there are so many different opinions and interests. In Nassau Paradise Island, you and your friends can enjoy island life to the fullest, from fun-filled oceanside resorts, to waterparks, boat tours, and more. There's something for everyone in Paradise. Keep reading for a guide to your next friends’ trip to The Bahamas!

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Where to stay:

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar 

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is the perfect place to stay with a group of friends who have different interests or want to do something different each day. Located on beautiful Cable Beach, this resort has the luxury Baha Bay beachfront water park, the Caribbean's largest casino, an 18-hole golf course, several sparkling swimming pools, water sports, and over 40 dining options. And that's just the beginning! There are also 1,800 rooms, including suites with one, two, or three bedrooms. So whether you're all staying together or looking for a bit of privacy — Grand Hyatt Baha Mar can accommodate your friend group.

The pool at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Bahamas

Sandals Royal Bahamian 

For the friend group that likes to live the high life, the couples- only and all-inclusive Sandals Royal Bahamian is the spot to stay. Once a retreat for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, you'll experience Hollywood glamor and European elegance when you stay at this resort. Receive the royal treatment with their award-winning spa, swim-up suites with butler service, and breathtaking beaches. Go snorkeling, sunbathe, or enjoy some high-energy water sports. Then, when the sun sets, end your days with flavors from around the world at their 10 restaurants and three food trucks for casual, yet delicious cuisine.

Beach scene with a couple laying in two hammocks above water

Margaritaville Beach Resort, Nassau, Bahamas  

Whether it's a relaxed or action-packed getaway your friends are after, Margaritaville Beach Resort, Nassau, Bahamas, offers a mix of both. Experience The Bahamas in full force with their ocean view rooms, exclusive beach, water park, restaurants and bars, shopping, and nothing but pure Island vibes. In addition, the resort offers connecting rooms for larger groups and two-bedroom suites that sleep up to eight guests. A very convenient stay for groups with everything at your fingertips!

aerial shot of hotel and dock and waterpark

The Royal at Atlantis

One of the more iconic resorts in Paradise, The Royal at Atlantis features the mythology of the Lost City of Atlantis. With everything from the decor to the adventures, you'll be entering a new world from the moment you arrive. Enjoy the world's largest open marine habitat, try your luck at the casino, or explore the Ruins Lagoon. Your group can also have an unforgettable time at Aquaventure. This mega water park features 20 million gallons of water, high-speed waterslides, a mile-long lazy river, and more. Best of all, you can try a different restaurant for every meal with over 21 unique dining options. And when the sun sets, dance the night away at their nightclub and embrace the beauty of a mythological world in Paradise.

Things to do:

Luna Rum Distillery

It wouldn't be a trip to the Caribbean without tasting some authentic local rum. So grab your group and head to the Luna Rum Distillery, where the rum is fermented, distilled, barreled, bottled, and flavored right here in The Bahamas. You and your friends can learn more about the rum-making process, leave with a souvenir of your trip, and — of course — sample some rum!  

Dolphin Cay, Atlantis

If you're a group of animal lovers, visit Dolphin Cay at Atlantis. It's one of the world's largest marine habitats and animal rescue-rehabilitation facilities, providing an unforgettable educational experience. Visitors can participate in non-disruptive interactions with the animals by wearing a wetsuit and sitting in waist-high water. Watch as the dolphins swim happily for an incredible memory your entire group will be talking about for years to come. 

Harbour Safaris

Grab your friends and head out on the water for an ultimate day of exploration. Take a tour of the beautiful harbor, visit the famous Exuma swimming pigs, or sail into the sunset. No matter what your group enjoys, there will be fun for everyone with Harbour Safaris.  

Sandy Toes Rose Island

Pretend you and your friends are castaways for the day and escape to a secluded island. Located only 25 minutes from Nassau Paradise Island, Sandy Toes Rose Island is the perfect escape for relaxing, soaking up the sun, and living island life to the fullest. Enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival, snorkel or kayak through the crystal clear waters, indulge in a tasty buffet picnic lunch, and end the day by relaxing in a hammock. This is exactly the kind of island you'll want to get stranded on! 

Nassau Paradise Island Waterparks

When visiting Paradise, exploring the many water parks is a must. Whether you're a thrill seeker or prefer to be laid back by the pool, the parks are an ideal way to spend a day. At Aquaventure at Atlantis, guests can try out the Mayan Tunnel Leap of Faith, where a 60-foot drop concludes with a ride through a clear tunnel surrounded by sharks! Or you can grab a tube and float down the lazy river. Baha Mar's Baha Bay is a new water park right along the beach. Race your friends down the Dueling Riptide Coaster, or try catching a wave at The Surf simulator. At Fins Up, you and your friends can hit the waves on the FlowRider boogie board simulator, cool off in a refreshing waterfall, or get a thrill down a high-speed slide. No matter the park, there's always an island adventure waiting for you and your friends.

Aerial view of the waterpark

Tips for Traveling with Friends:

Traveling with a group of friends is always fun, but it comes with some challenges. Everyone has their own wants and needs when traveling, and it's important that everyone is on the same page. Here are some tips to help your next pals getaway go as smoothly as possible:

  • Don't overschedule your days

  • Make some room for some flexibility

  • Come together for at least one meal a day to chat about your adventures 

  • Take time to relax and unwind

  • Work out sleeping arrangements beforehand

  • Plan excursions ahead of time

  • Have everyone write down their goals for the trip to set expectations

  • Agree on budgets

  • Have fun!

Traveling brings new ideas and experiences you don't always find at home. Bringing friends with you enriches the adventure and gives you something to reminisce about in the years after. You'll share incredible, unique moments and learn things about each other that you didn't know before. And what better place to strengthen the bonds of friendship than in Paradise? With stunning resorts, plenty of activities and attractions, and the natural beauty of Paradise, friends' vacations are Better in The Bahamas! Click here to start planning your next group getaway.

Eat and drink in Nassau Paradise Island