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When it comes to a Bahamas getaway, there’s always a reason to get up and go make the most of this spectacular destination. However, when you’re traveling with family and looking to avoid the crowds while enjoying quality time together consider planning a fall break getaway this year. With mild temperatures, less hustle and bustle from tourists and plenty of sand and sun for all, the Bahamas in the fall is a vacation that’s sure to come with a collection of life-long memories. When you’re putting together the itinerary, here are a few family-fun stops you’ll want to add to the list during your Bahamas vacation.

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center

Located on Chippingham Road in Nassau, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Center is an amazing Bahamas stop when you’re looking for an attraction that keeps minds engaged, hands busy and senses whirling. Spend a day amongst amazing creatures of all kinds as you wander paths that take you through flamingo habitats, turtle exhibits, tropical bird enclosures and beyond. Trainers are on-hand to offer up demonstrations but will also happily deliver up insight into how the incredible creatures that are native to the islands are protected. The zoo is open to the public from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily, making it a convenient stop along the way as well!

Hope Town Lighthouse

When your family has some extra energy to burn and could stand for a one of a kind vantage point, make your way to Hope Town Lighthouse on Great Abaco Island. Situated at Elbow Cay, this stunning work of marine architecture reaches 89 feet into the sky and is open to the public who are ready and willing to tackle its 101 steps to the top. Resorted in 1934, the Hope Town Lighthouse is admired and loved for its red and white striped façade which makes it easy to identify. The Lighthouse is open from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm daily.

Atlantis Marine Habitat

This luxury resort is an icon of New Providence Island, but if you only have a little time to spare, make your way to the marine habitat that’s housed within the Atlantis Marine Habitat. Over 250 marine species call this habitat home and everyone from small children to adults will be enthralled by the opportunity to wander through, under and around the lagoons that hold over 50,000 aquatic animals. Those who are interested in an even more interactive adventure are free to spend some time snorkeling at Ruins Lagoon.

Enjoy a Bahamas Stay

When you’re traveling to the Bahamas with family, find accommodations that are as comfortable as they are luxurious and meet your every need. The team at Island Real Estate is here to help make sure you’re settled into a home away from home that keeps you close to those places you can’t wait to explore and provides the comforts you deserve. Contact us today for more information on our many vacation rentals!

One of the best reasons to travel is to experience a new culture. With a rich history that begins with British colonization, the Bahamas are a wonderful place to learn about the culture of a community brought to the islands by British explorers. Now an independent archipelagic country, the Bahamas host a wealth of festivals that celebrate the country’s history and the culture’s heritage. Read on to learn about five of our favorite summer Harbor Island events to attend!

Bahamas Independence Day Celebration

It won’t take long for you to notice that Bahamians love to celebrate! One of largest celebrations of the year is held every year on July 10th to commemorate the day when the Bahamas became a fully independent nation from the United Kingdom.

Featuring parades, live music, vendors, side events, food, and much celebration, the Bahamas Independence Day Celebration is passionate and exceptionally fun. If the event falls on a weekend, the celebrations often last for days on end.

Fishermen’s Fest

Designed to showcase the Spanish Wells’ fishing industry, the annual Fishermen’s Fest is the most popular event of the year for lovers of the sea. Tournaments, fresh seafood, live entertainment, games, locally made crafts, and fireworks all make this Harbor Island event highly entertaining. To get the best sense of the local food, we highly recommend trying seafood that contains conch! Located just a short boat ride away from Harbour Island, Spanish Wells is a wonderful site to visit for those who are passionate about fishing and boating.

Junkanoo Festival

Kicking off Emancipation Day Celebrations, Junkanoo Festival is a bright cultural festival and parade that takes place annually on Harbour Island. Attracting hundreds of people to the historic Bay Street on Harbour Island, this festival showcases Bahamian culture and life on Harbour Island. Featuring delicious food, live music, dancing, and an amazingly colorful parade, Junkanoo Festival is fun for the whole family.

Emancipation Day Festival

Held on the first Monday each August, the Emancipation Day Festival celebrates the emancipation of slaves from the British Colonies, which occurred in 1834. This exceptionally popular event starts with a Junkanoo Rush-out and is followed by a beach day full of sunshine, sailing, and regattas (boat races). Perfect for families and those who love boating, the Emancipation Day Festival is one of the most-loved celebrations on the Bahamas islands.

Harbour Island Farmer’s Market

Held each Wednesday all summer long, the Harbour Island Farmer’s Market is an excellent place to taste local cuisine, meet local artists, and enjoy Bahamian culture. The farmer’s market is located behind Cocoa Coffee House on Bay Street and features a wide arrange of locally produced goods. Each week, you can expect to find straw work, local art, plants, shell work, on-site massages, delicious prepared food, locally grown native fruits and vegetables, alcoholic drinks, juices, ice cream, and local music performances. A must-see for all visitors, the Harbour Island Farmer’s Market truly has something for everyone!

Stay Close to Harbor Island Events by with Island Real Estate

At Island Real Estate, we understand how important good rest is in order to enjoy a vacation full of exciting activities. After you’ve experienced your fill of the five events above, come home to a beautiful and relaxing island oasis.

We offer a variety of gorgeous homes on Harbour Island that offer unmatched comfort, convenience, and privacy. Book your next Harbour Island vacation home through Island Real Estate today! Booking is straightforward and easy on our website.