Experience a different side of the Bahamas at one of these oceanfront havens, located in the Out Islands. No, you won”t find a mega water park like the one at Atlantis on Paradise Island, but you will find the peace and relaxation you”ve been seeking with your family — plus some really unique experiences. Consider one of these resorts for your next family vacation.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Club Med Columbus Isle
Located in San Salvador, the all-inclusive Club Med Columbus Isle is best for active families with teenagers. It doesn"t have the chain"s traditional kids" clubs, but offers water sports, including wakeboarding and waterskiing. It also has a Tennis School, Sailing School, and Fitness School. Families can refuel at two onsite restaurants and relax in the infinity-edge swimming pool.
Small Hope Bay Lodge
Small Hope Bay Lodge is an intimate, all-inclusive resort on Andros Island. Families are practically required to disconnect -- the resort doesn"t have Wi-Fi or TVs -- and enjoy time on the beach, where water sports are offered. The resort provides a kids" club and complimentary babysitting services so mom and dad can enjoy a peaceful dinner by the water.
Abaco Beach Resort
Abaco Beach Resort offers accommodations for every type of family, from standard guestrooms for small groups to residences for multigenerational getaways. Located in Marsh Harbour, the resort offers a kids" program called Bahama Buddies, in which youngsters learn how to catch, clean and cook fish; debark a coconut and more. Kids and families also enjoy water sports and a swimming pool. Book an ECO Tour Experience to get up close with local wildlife, including turtles and stingrays.
Grand Isle Resort & Spa
You can swim with pigs at Grand Isle Resort & Spa. No, we"re not lying. Many people flock to Grand Isle Resort & Spa for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, offered in the resort"s True Exuma Package. Families also enjoy the resort"s gorgeous beachfront location and swimming pool, which winds past the onsite restaurant. Accommodations are villas.
Pineapple Fields Resort
In Governors Harbour, Pineapple Fields Resort features a beachfront location and water sports, such as bone fishing and scuba diving. It has one- and two-bedroom condos with kitchens, as well as a swimming pool and onsite restaurant that"s popular with both guests and the public. The hotel -- best suited for families with teens -- is located within close proximity of many activities and attractions, such as horseback riding, island tours and Anchor Bay, where fish fries are hosted on Fridays.
Hideaways at Palm Bay
Hideaways at Palm Bay in Exuma is truly a family-friendly resort, with water sports (including paddleboats for four), two freshwater pools and organized activities. There"s an onsite restaurant with casual fare, and guests stay in one-, two- or three-bedroom villas with full kitchens.
Cape Santa Maria
Take an Iguana Tour to Sandy Cay, where â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€ was filmed -- that"s just one of the fun excursions offered at Cape Santa Maria in Stella Maris. Other perks include water sports and beachfront villas and bungalows equipped with full kitchens.
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