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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.

1. Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island

Pink Sands Beach
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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.

2. Paradise Beach, Paradise Island

Paradise Beach, Paradise Island
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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.

3. Saddle Cay, Exumas

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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?

4. Stocking Island, Exumas

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The 360-plus islands of the Exumas are ripe with possibility for travelers seeking a sexy, secluded jaunt. Head to the snow white shores of Stocking Island, located just over a mile from the port of Georgetown, the capital of Great Exuma Island. Slightly less than 4 miles long, Stocking Island is home to a hotel and walking trails, but its main draw is its beach -- a brilliant white swath of sand, sprinkled with seashells. For an otherworldly experience, grab your partner and head to the island's "Mystery Cave," a blue grotto popular with divers and snorkelers, or explore other underwater caves and coral gardens just offshore. When hunger strikes, head to the beach bar, Chat n' Chill, for freshly-made conch salad and ice-cold beers. Sufficiently sated, return to the island's sands to lounge and spend a drowsy afternoon enjoying each other's company.  

5. Cat Island, Southern Bahamas

Cat Island
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With wisps of white sandy shores strung along its coastline, Cat Island is a veritable playground for natural beach lovers. This nearly 50-mile-long island may be the 6th largest in the Bahamas, but it remains relatively unblemished, with much of the landscape still wild and undeveloped. Visitors can reach the island by boat, and should explore the beaches hugging these shores at their leisure. The island's Fernandez Bay Village Resort is a romantic option for travelers hoping to stay a spell; the resort's beach is one of the island's prettiest and most tranquil. Cat Island's other beaches lack basic facilities, so bring towels and snacks from your hotel. Stretch out on the sands, ask your sweetie to rub in your sunscreen and spend the day relaxing in the midst of casuarina trees, sugar-soft beaches and sparkling turquoise seas.

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