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A beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Planning a Long Weekend Escape to the Bahamas

While a brief 3-day trip can provide a taste of the Bahamas' beauty, it falls short in capturing the full essence of this tropical paradise. Whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure, family-friendly activities, or all of the above, a 5-day Bahamas cruise is the ideal duration to immerse yourself in the island's diverse splendors, allowing you to enjoy authentic Bahamas-style relaxation.

A beach along Port Nassau in the Bahamas

Day 1

Sights to See in Nassau

From the historic landmarks that whisper stories of the past to the pristine beaches caressed by turquoise waves, Nassau is a captivating wonderland ready to be explored.  

Don't miss the Graycliff Heritage Village, where you can indulge in local wine at Bahama Barrels, savor delectable chocolates, and experience the art of handcrafted cigars. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and delightful experiences, Nassau promises a dream escape for every adventurer. 

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Aerial view of Bimini Island in the Bahamas

Day 2

Things to Do in Bimini

Experience the enchanting allure of Bimini, Bahamas, a small island with its vivid blue sea, nicknamed "Bimini Blues," offering shipwreck exploration, encounters with stingrays, and abundant marine life. 

With its enchanting beaches, water adventures, and abundant natural wonders, Bimini promises an extraordinary escape for every adventurer.

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bartender serving drinks

Day 3

Where to Dine in Half Moon Cay

While on Half Moon Cay, you have a variety of delightful dining options to choose from. At The Lobster Shack, treat yourself to fresh and mouthwatering seafood, including delectable lobster dishes, amidst the picturesque beach setting—a must-visit for seafood enthusiasts. Looking for a quick and satisfying meal during your island adventure? Check out The Tropics Restaurant for a buffet-style feast with an array of options, from burgers and hot dogs to refreshing salads and tropical fruits. Or, if a day in the sun has you craving an ice-cold drink, stop by Captain Morgan on the Rocks for a refreshing cocktail or a tropical beverage. 

Relish in a delicious array of culinary experiences, from indulging in fresh seafood at The Lobster Shack to enjoying buffet-style meals at The Tropics Restaurant, all in the breathtaking backdrop of the island's picturesque beach setting. 

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Nassau waterfront village.

Day 4 & 5

Where to Stay in Nassau, Bahamas

For those disembarking in Nassau, a world of opulent resorts awaits, ready to be explored. Offering day passes, these all-inclusive establishments provide cruise passengers with the opportunity to enjoy their diverse amenities, creating a memorable taste of paradise, be it tranquility and relaxation, thrilling adventures, or family-friendly activities. Immerse yourself in the unmistakable Caribbean charm during your Bahamas weekend getaway.

Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.

Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis Paradise Island*, one of the most renowned resorts in the Bahamas, promises an unforgettable day trip adventure. Day pass holders can enjoy a day of excitement and fun as they explore the various rides and attractions within Aquaventure. If you’re a thrill-seeker, get ready to brave adrenaline-pumping waterslides. If you’re looking for a more leisurely activity, take a ride on the gentle, slow-moving lazy river.  With captivating marine habitat housing over 50,000 marine animals, and five miles of pristine white-sand beaches, Atlantis Paradise Island visitors can explore underwater tunnels, marvel at the diverse sea life, and relish a diverse selection of dining options, from casual to fine dining, catering to every palate.

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Private cabana at Margaritaville Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas

Margaritaville Beach Resort

If you're looking for a relaxed and carefree ambiance, Margaritaville Beach Resort* in Nassau is the ultimate destination. Infused with the spirit of Jimmy Buffett's music and lifestyle, this resort radiates a fun and laid-back atmosphere. Cruise passengers can enjoy a day of leisure on the immaculate white-sand beach or poolside, indulging in tropical cocktails while savoring the refreshing Caribbean breeze. For those seeking adventure, the Fins Up water park offers exhilarating water slides, and the crystal-clear waters provide opportunities for kayaking and paddleboarding. 

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Sandals Royal Bahamian

If you’re in need of a romantic getaway, Sandals Royal Bahamian* provides an enchanting adults-only haven. Day pass holders can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and indulge in luxurious amenities, including stunning pools, beautiful gardens, and top-notch dining experiences. The resort's private offshore island, Barefoot Cay, boasts two secluded beaches, while its acclaimed Red Lane Spa offers guests Caribbean-inspired treatments using natural local ingredients. From tennis and beach volleyball to wind surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, the resort also features an array of land activities and water sports, to help visitors make unforgettable memories. 

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Why 5 Days in the Bahamas Makes for an Ideal Trip

Extending your Bahamas weekend getaway to a 5-day Bahamas cruise offers a transformative experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and countless activities this tropical paradise has to offer. With a longer stay, you can leisurely explore the historic landmarks in Nassau, savor the pristine beaches in Half Moon Cay, and venture into hidden coves and underwater wonders in Bimini. Indulge in authentic Bahamian cuisine, take part in thrilling water sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in luxurious beachfront resorts. With plenty of cruise itinerary options to choose from, Holland America Line can help you make the most of your dream Bahamian vacation. Treat yourself to the gift of time, and let the Bahamas weave its magic for an unforgettable and rewarding experience.

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