The Out Islands
Don’t forget, there are many Out Islands on which to host a destination wedding! The Abacos, Bimini, Cat Island, Long Island, and San Salvador, are just a few! Moreover, these islands offer a unique and more unplugged event setting where you and your guests can enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the tropics with the utmost privacy. For couples seeking that off-the-beaten-path island wedding experience, these exotic destinations — complete with beautiful beaches and unique ceremony sites — are perfect for you.
Quaint, private, intimate, chic are all appropriate ways to describe the Abaco Islands, known throughout the world as a premier sailing and boating destination. The Abacos are made up of a 120-mile long chain of islands. The “mainland” of Great Abaco Island and Little Abaco are separated from the barrier islands by the shallow and calm Sea of Abaco.
The Abacos are the perfect getaway for honeymoon couples and destination wedding groups seeking a truly relaxing experience. At the same time, it’s great for those who want a low-key Abaco Bahamas wedding adventure. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, and more are available to explorers, while tiny artist colonies, charming hotels, and the picturesque candy-striped lighthouse (a favorite of photographers) in Hope Town.
Eleuthera and Harbour Island
Eleuthera is the setting for lush pineapple plantations, picturesque grottoes, hidden caves, beautiful hotels, and spectacular surf beaches on the Atlantic side. Spanning 110 miles in length, it’s the very picture of the classic Bahamian way of life. Just a 10-minute boat ride away is the laidback enclave of Harbour Island, a magnet for celebrities, many of whom own homes here. Nestled among the pretty clapboard houses of Dunmore Town (known as the “Nantucket of the Caribbean”) are sophisticated island boutiques, gourmet restaurants, well-appointed accommodations. There’s also the nightlife at popular spots like Vic Hums and Daddy Ds.
Explore the 365 individual islands, stretched like bejeweled stepping stones across 120 miles of ocean that have been the location for two James Bond films. The main settlement of George Town, located on Great Exuma, features a picturesque 19th century Anglican Church and is a popular location for island ceremonies. The Exumas may seem remote, but they’re home to some of the most exclusive private island resorts worldwide, providing the ultimate setting for an extravagant celebration. Plus, Exuma offers a colony of pigs you can swim with in the wild if you’re up for an adventure.
Grand Bahama Island
One of the closest islands to the Florida coastline, Grand Bahama Island seamlessly balances Bahamian simplicity with eclectic international influences. Honeymooners can spoil themselves at lovely hotels and while discovering sleepy villages and remote natural treasures. The capital city of Freeport features tree-lined boulevards. Lucaya, the other hub of Grand Bahama Island, is a nature lover’s paradise. Furthermore, safaris around the Lucayan National Park (which boasts the largest underwater cave system in the world) await. Be sure not to miss Lucaya’s fantastic straw market and lively evening activities!
Looking for a little romance? Take a kayak for two through the mangroves and sand dunes of Gold Rock Creek. Or, explore the pristine Taino Beach (visit on Wednesday for a much-loved fish fry evening)!
Nassau and Paradise Island
Known as the crown jewel of the Bahamas, these main islands offer the perfect blend of sophisticated glamour. The country’s capital city of Nassau is positioned on the island of New Providence and nearby Cable Beach (known as the “Bahamian Riviera”) represents one of the most popular destinations anywhere in the region. Choose between intimate boutique hotels or sprawling luxury resorts (like the new Baha Mar properties) for your Bahamian beach wedding. Indulge in exciting casinos and upscale nightlife or enjoy a romantic tour of old Nassau in a private horse-drawn carriage.
With a bridge connecting Nassau to Paradise Island, it makes the saying “cross the bridge and enter paradise” perfectly appropriate. Above all, the Atlantis Resort, which dominates the skyline, is sure to take your breath away. It also features one of the world’s largest outdoor aquariums, home to over 50,000 marine creatures. Paradise Island is the departure point for the dolphin and sea lion encounters at Blue Lagoon and the exhilarating powerboat adventures to the Exuma Cays.
Most importantly, don’t forget to leave some time for a more romantic rendezvous. Love is always in the air at the 14th century Augustinian Cloisters and Versailles-styled Gardens Walk at the Ocean Club.
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