When the weather gets cooler, and you start to think about putting away those summer clothes: think again! Fall is an excellent time to head to the Bahamas for one last burst of summer fun. In fall, the off-season prices cost a bit less than during summer, and the beaches will be less crowded with visitors. And just think: you’ll still have that fabulous summer tan when all your friends are turning pale!
Day One: Hit the Beach On Your List of Things to See and Do in the Bahamas
Of course, the beaches are the main reason to travel to the Bahamas, no matter the season. In fall, you’ll find there’s a little more room to relax and stretch out on the beach on your itinerary of things to do in Bahamas in November. Since there are so many beaches to choose from, you can take your pick of what type you prefer, whether it’s a hotel-type upscale beach with chaise lounges, or a secluded beach you hike to. The long, thin island of Eleuthera has plenty of both types, topped with the Bahamas’ signature pink-and-white sand.
Day Two: Take a Cruise
Now that you’re warmed up and ready for the ocean, the ocean is ready for you! There are so many different types of boat trips to take here, so decide whether you want a full-day fishing excursion, a sailing charter to explore uninhabited islands, or maybe just a relaxing sunset cruise. The choice of things to see and do in the Bahamas is yours!
Day Three: Dive Deeper
No matter which island you stay on, the Bahamas is chock-full of diving opportunities and things to see and do in the Bahamas. Boasting the world’s third-largest barrier reef off of Andros Island, there are countless coral reefs, underwater caves, and even sunken Spanish galleons to explore. Lots of dive operators offer classes for novices and will make sure you have a great experience.
Day Four: Celebrate Discovery Day
Since you’re visiting in fall, you might consider scheduling your trip around Discovery Day, also called Heroes’ Day or Columbus Day. This holiday commemorates the first visit of Columbus to the Bahamas and is celebrated in a variety of ways nationwide. A popular festival is the one held at McLean’s Town, which is located on a small cay just off of Grand Bahama Island. Here, the locals celebrate with a Conch Cracking Contest, as well as quadrille dancing, Junkanoo, sculling contests, and so much more. It’s a fun way to participate in local Bahamian culture, and to try something new!
Day Five: Take a Hike
Though you may think of the Bahamas as mainly a beach destination, think again! In particular, Andros Island is home to the West Side National Park, where visitors can explore coastal mangrove marshes and pine forests in a single day. And of course, for those who can’t get enough of the beach, there are lots of great beach hikes, especially on the long, thin islands like Eleuthera and the Exumas.
Day Six: Kiss a Dolphin
Okay, you don’t actually have to kiss it if you don’t want to, but that is an option! At Dolphin Encounters, located on the private Blue Lagoon Island, you can get up close and personal with dolphins in the water. The day begins with a 20-minute catamaran ride from Nassau, and you’ll enjoy the scenery along the way. Once there, you’ll enjoy a plethora of activities, including all manner of water sports, and the dolphin encounter of your choice. Though Dolphin Encounters is a definite tourist mecca, it’s one of the best “touristy” experiences to be had, and you’ll never regret being face-to-face with a friendly dolphin!
Day Seven: Enjoy a Last Meal
While you’ve surely enjoyed some quality cuisine during your time here, you’ll have to decide where to have that last great dinner. If you haven’t tried conch yet, now’s your last chance (at least until your next visit)! And don’t forget about that last great cocktail overlooking the sunset in your own little piece of paradise.
Start planning your fall getaway today!