Caribbean

Sexiest Bahamas Beaches

Many of the Bahamas' islands have gained a loyal following of romance-seeking travelers for a reason: their palm-fringed shores, sugar-white sands and twinkling turquoise waters quickly set the mood for lovin'. Unfortunately, the islands' popularity also means their sparkling beaches can be overwhelmingly crowded. For travelers willing to explore less-trodden shores, miles of unblemished beach and unpopulated island gems await. Indeed, the sexiest Bahamas beaches are sure to set a decidedly seductive tone.

 

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1. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island

The silky, pale pink shoreline of Pink Sands Beach stretches along Harbour Island's east side for a stunning 3 miles. Travelers will find themselves in an ethereal oasis; the pink sand beach is lined only by a smattering of private villas and low-rise hotels, allowing it to maintain a sense of isolation. As one of the smaller Bahamian islands, Harbour Island clings to its slow-paced, dreamy vibe -- a world away from the noisy resorts of the Bahamas' larger islands. The quiet shores of Pink Sands are nothing short of seductive; tranquil turquoise waters remain perpetually calm thanks to a coral reef that lies just offshore. Spend the day lounging on a chaise with your partner and a cocktail, or if a little activity gets you going, head offshore for a quick snorkeling jaunt.

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2. Paradise Beach, Paradise Island

Recognized as Paradise Island's most breathtaking stretch of sand, Paradise Beach retains a sultry sense of seclusion for visitors on the otherwise bustling island. This 1-mile swath of powder-white sand on the island's northern shore is flanked by warm, gently lapping waves and azure water clear as glass. The beach has been spruced up with the recent construction of the adjacent Cove Atlantis Hotel, though large parts of it are still accessible to the public. Vacationers willing to venture forth (or guests of the Atlantis Resort) onto Paradise Beach will bask along a pristine coastline, and can explore the depths of cerulean sea by renting diving or snorkeling equipment. Get respite from the shimmering sun (or a touch of privacy with your special someone) under one of the chikees, or thatched huts, that dot the beach.

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3. Saddle Cay, Exumas

The curving shores of Saddle Cay lure vacationers to the small island's coastline. Saddle Cay is part of the Exumas, a district of postcard-perfect islands in the Bahamas that remain delightfully isolated. Visitors seeking a true Gilligan's Island getaway can hire a boat from Nassau to take them to the Cay for the day, where the horseshoe-shaped beach provides an idyllic, island backdrop for unwinding in pure, tropical bliss. No hotels or restaurants sully the shoreline, allowing travelers to see a Bahamian paradise in its untouched glory. Bring snorkeling gear and a picnic, and prepare for a quiet afternoon admiring the brilliant beach and sea. Few visitors make their way to the Cay, which is only accessible by boat; it's possible you will find yourself practically alone with your companion. If that's not sexy, well, what is?

About the Author

Valerie Conners is a freelance writer, editor and producer who has worked with the Travel Channel for more than 14 years, specializing in travel topics including the world's best beaches, outdoor travel and romantic getaways. Her work also appears in many online and print publications including, Aol Travel, Discovery Channel, World Hum, Frommer's Travel Guides, the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer. She's happiest when eating spicy Thai food, snorkeling with sea turtles in Indonesia and bargaining for bangles in Indian markets. She blogs about her travels at PassengerConners.com.

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