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An Introduction To The Bahamas, The Top Honeymoon Destination For Canadian Couples

  |  By Kristen Wantuchowicz

If you are looking for a honeymoon paradise brimming with white sand beaches and turquoise waters, the Bahamas is it. Home to some of the best beaches in the world and located just a three-hour flight from Toronto, it's not wonder this island nation has been the top honeymoon destination in Canada since 2010.

Where is the Bahamas? The Bahamas is located in the western Atlantic Ocean, slightly north of Cuba. It extends 760 miles from the coast of Florida on the northwest almost to Haiti on the southeast. Contrary to popular belief, it is not geographically located in the Caribbean.

Why honeymoon in the Bahamas? Your honeymoon should be a time of rest, relaxation and newlywed adventure—the islands of the Bahamas offer all this and more. This group of 700 islands, cays, and islets is sure to provide warm weather, soft sand, and cool breezes year-round. If you’re having a summer wedding, the Bahamas is perfect because the country's off-season extends from mid-April until mid-December, allowing you to save 20-60 percent in comparison to high season.

Which islands are best for honeymooners? There is an island to suit every type of traveller in the Bahamas. Whether you love serenity, adventure or a bustling beach and nightlife scene, there is a perfect slice of paradise for you. Here are our recommendations for three of the best islands.

Nassau Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas, and it is bustling with city life. From restaurants to nightlife to casinos, Nassau is the place to go if you're looking for a honeymoon with daytime sunshine and sparkling nightlife. You can find all of that on Paradise Island at the renowned Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. Take in the beach and pool scene by day; then at night enjoy amazing cuisine (Nobu and Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill are two of the best on-site eateries), dancing and casino time.

Harbour Island Hop a quick 20-minute flight from Nassau to North Eleuthra, and then take a seven-minute water taxi to arrive in Harbour Island, one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Famed for its pink sand beaches, charming and colourful island architecture and famous residents (India Hicks calls the island home), the island is just 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and typically houses no more than 2,000 people at one time. The island boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Bahamas as well as some of the warmest people you will ever meet. It’s the perfect honeymoon choice if you want to truly escape.

The Exumas Bright, turquoise waters surround this gem where nature remains largely untouched. Coastlines remain flawless and the beaches are footprint-free. The Exumas are an ideal spot if you want a getaway that’s exotic, lush and ultra-exclusive. The islands are divided into three areas: Great Exuma, Little Exuma, and The Exuma Cays. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are perfect for laidback days; The Exuma Cays—a 365-island archipelago—are brimming with adventure and fun and are a hotspot for celebrities like Johnny Depp, David Copperfield and Tim McGraw who all own homes here.

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This article was originally published on Jul 14, 2014

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