5 (Nearly) Free Bahamas Attractions

Dust the sand off your swimsuit and explore the rest the Bahamas with these free and affordable attractions.


If you can tear yourself away from the Bahamas’ gorgeous beaches and fantastic shopping, you’ll find some surprising—and nearly free—activities. From museums to nature walks to lighthouses, there’s something for everyone.

1. For those who like to dig deeper into a region’s background, the Bahamas Historical Society Museum in Nassau is a great way to learn about the islands. The small collection includes historical, anthropological and archaeological artifacts spanning more than 500 years of Bahamian history. Volunteers are ready to answer questions or lead you on a tour if you like. Admission is just $1 for adults and $.50 for kids. Tel. +1-242-322-4231,

2. The Perfume Factory on Grand Bahama takes you behind the scenes on a free tour, where most of the fragrances are made and produced by hand. Learn that each bottle of Sand Cologne contains a small amount of Bahamian beach sand and every bottle of Pink Pearl contains a pearl milled from conch shells! The factory is designed as a replica of an old Bahamian mansion at Freeport International Bazaar. If so inclined, you can mix your own fragrance and take home a very personal souvenir for $30 (for 1 ounce). Tel. 1-800-628-9033,

3. Climb 101 steps to the top of the red-and-white striped Hope Town Lighthouse on Elbow Cay on Abacos Island. It was built by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service to mark the reef of Elbow Cay during the 1860s and stands 120 feet tall. The views from the top are well worth the climb.

4. Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama is home to one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems, with more than six miles of caves and tunnels. All of the Bahamian vegetation zones are represented in the park. Walk along the trail and boardwalk to see saltwater fish, wading birds and waterfowl. The park is named after indigenous Lucayans, the original inhabitants of the Bahamas, after archaeologists found skeletal remains in Burial Mound, one of the park’s two underwater caves. It’s just $3 to explore. Tel. +1-242-393-1317,

5. Don’t miss the Junkanoo Festival in Nassau. Learn about the history of the famous celebration, which takes place on Dec. 26 and New Year’s Eve and is like New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. You can see floats, costumes from past years’ festivals, musical instruments and crafts. Elsewhere in Festival Place, you can pick up local arts and crafts. Festival Place at Prince George Wharf, Nassau. [Read more about the Bahamas Junkanoo festivities.]

Destinations: Bahamas

Themes: Art and Museums, Beach Vacations

Activities: Museums, Sightseeing

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