You may be against the cliched Bahamian vacation now, but chances are, one day you will find yourself flying away from Florida and into the beautiful, blue abyss. Just look at the facts: The Bahamas attracts over 5 million visitors per year, and partly because of the convenience, 80% of those visitors are American.
But the question is: how predictable will you be when choosing an island? You could go with the more obvious choice, Paradise Island, home of the famed Atlantis, where you'll be bumper to bumper with tourists as you pay $20 for a beer—only to have that beer inevitably spilled on you by some children running to the water slide. Or you can head to the frequently overlooked Grand Bahama Island, which boasts the perfect mix of a relaxed resort experience and thrill-seeker adventure that, frankly, there is just not enough space for on Paradise Island.
As the fourth largest island in the Bahamas, Grand Bahama is much bigger in size compared to Paradise, but the population is a great deal smaller. This means Grand Bahama has so much to explore that has been untouched by tourists, allowing the island to retain its small-town feel and ecological treasures. Perhaps the Bahamas are cliche for a reason—but we'll show you how to see them differently no matter how many times you've been.
These two hotels are directly across the street from each other but offer very different stays. If you want a little more action and a few more amenities, stay at the Grand Lucayan. Located right on the beach, this massive resort has everything you could ever need, including a steakhouse, multiple pools (swim-up bar included), and a golf course.
If you would like a little more traquility, though, stay at Pelican Bay. While not much different, the atmosphere is a little more down to earth, probably due to its size. Still, Pelican Bay offers most of the same amenities as the Grand Lucayan, including on-site restaurants and breathtaking views, and both of the hotels are within 3 minutes walking distance of Port Lucayan—the main marketplace with shopping and bars. (Note: Pelican Bay is on the bay, hence the name, not beachfront like the Grand Lucayan.)