Encompassing approximately 700 islands, 30 of which are inhabited, plus thousands of smaller rocks and cays, the Bahamas are home to a variety of landscapes and habitats, including mangrove swamps, rocky seashores, pine forests, and shrubland.

Birders and natural history lovers will find national parks and untouched habitats, plus adventure activities like fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and more. Coral reefs, public and private gardens, and underwater cave systems round out the experience, all against the backdrop of a vibrant history of indigenous inhabitants, Spanish explorers, pirates, and escaped slaves.

Each island offers something unique. For example, Andros, the chain’s largest island, is sparsely populated but abounds with a wealth of wildlife, including endemic and migrating bird and butterfly populations, plus five distinct vegetative zones. Inagua is a crown jewel for birders, with three national parks and more than 80,000 flamingos, as well as other native and migrating birds. The calm, clear waters of the Abacos are ideal for boating and snorkeling. New Providence, site of the country’s capital, Nassau, is best known for its resorts and nightlife, but also features historic heritage sites and a garden with one of the world’s largest private collections of rare and exotic palms.