Looking to Get Away? These Are the Top 9 Bahamas Resorts For Families
School's out for the summer and some fun in the sun is starting to sound pretty good right now. One of our favorite spots for R&R is the Bahamas. No matter which island you visit, you'll find white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and plenty of family-friendly resorts.
You'll also find stringent COVID-19 protocols thanks to the Bahamas island-wide guidelines for testing, cleanliness, and overall safety. When you are ready to visit, you'll need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Requirements during your visit and to return to the U.S. may vary based on your vaccination status, and the guidelines are constantly being updated so be sure to check with your resort for the latest travel updates.
Ready to hit the beach? Here are our top family-friendly resorts in the Bahamas.
The Ocean Club
The Ocean Club is an upscale Four Seasons Resort on Paradise Island where families can swim together on the beach or in the lagoon-style family pool. When you're ready to visit the spa or adults-only pool, you can drop your kids off at the onsite kids' club where they can read, play video games, and do arts-and-crafts (they may never want to leave).
COVID-19 Protocols: Testing can be scheduled through the hotel and administered in the comfort of your private villa. Temperature checks and screening questions may be required upon arrival, and face coverings are required in public spaces for guests ages 10 and up.
Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort is the ultimate island escape for families who like to do more on vacation than lie on the beach — though you can totally do that here, too. The resort's Fins Up Water Park has a large pool, water slides, a lazy river, and a surf simulator. There's also a rock wall, indoor entertainment complex, and a Parakeets Kid's Club.
COVID-19 Protocols: There is a testing outpost across the street from the resort, but you can also arrange to have your test administered in your room. Masks are required in indoor areas, except when dining, for all guests ages 2 and up.
Sandyport Beach Resort
With colorful decor, ocean-view rooms, complimentary snorkel gear, and beachfront hammocks, Sandyport Beach Resort is truly a tropical oasis. Kids can splash and slide in the children's pool and babysitting services are available if you want to indulge in a poolside massage or romantic (i.e. quiet) dinner.
COVID-19 Protocols: Mobile check-in is available to minimize contact. Masks are required when social distancing can't be maintained, and they are encouraged in all indoor and public areas.
If you are looking to go the all-inclusive route, Breezes Bahamas pricing includes accommodations, meals, drinks, and onsite activities. Some rooms at this budget-friendly resort have patios with loungers or hammocks, and beachfront rooms have all that and a private beach cabana for your family. Breezes only allows guests ages 14 and up, so it's a great choice for families with older kids.
COVID-19 Protocols: Certain services and amenities might be temporarily unavailable. Face masks are required, and social distancing measures are in place. Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from pre-arrival testing, and onsite testing is available for unvaccinated guests.
Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island is a large resort complex with everything from cost-conscious standard rooms to luxury residences. No matter which room type you choose, your family can visit the Aquaventure water park, beaches, pools, casino (adults only, obviously), and open-air marine habitat. If you're feeling adventurous, there's a clear tunnel slide that goes right through the marine habitat's shark lagoon.
COVID-19 Protocols: COVID testing is not required for vaccinated guests, but onsite testing is available for unvaccinated visitors. Guests older than 2 are required to wear masks in all public areas, except when eating, drinking, swimming, sliding, or when socially distant at the beach or pool.
Hideaways at Palm Bay
There are a variety of studios, cottages, and residential-style villas at Hideaways Palm Bay to accommodate families of all sizes. With its beachfront bars and restaurants, kayaks, paddle boats, and swimming pool, you probably won't be spending much time in your room, though. Hotel staff can also help you book fishing excursions, scuba diving, and boat rentals.
COVID-19 Protocols: COVID testing is not required for vaccinated guests, but testing is required for unvaccinated visitors. A complimentary shuttle bus offers transportation to nearby testing clinics.
Baha Mar Resort is home to three hotels, each with their own unique style and ambience. All three hotels include full access to the resort's amenities like the kids' club, casino (again, adults only), golf course, spa, pools, and brand new Baha Bay water park. Baha Bay opens July 2 with slides, a water-coaster, surf simulator, lazy river, kids' splash pad, and more.
COVID-19 Protocols: Complimentary testing is available onsite for resort guests, and masks are required in public areas. Through the resort's "Travel with Confidence" program, guests who test positive during their stay can receive courtesy private jet service back to the U.S. or a free stay during your quarantine period.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna
For an all-inclusive option that welcomes kids of all ages, look no further than the Viva Wyndham Fortuna. All rooms have a private, furnished terrace or balcony and the all-inclusive pricing covers all meals, snacks, drinks, daily activities, nightly entertainment, and a kids' club — all right on the beach.
COVID-19 Protocols: Face masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests but are required for unvaccinated guests while in public areas. Social distancing measures are in effect and rooms are outfitted with a complimentary bottle of hand sanitizer.
Grand Isle Resort
From the pristine rooms, sparking blue ocean waters, and extravagant amenities, Grand Isle Resort is all about that island luxury life. Families can choose from one-, two-, or three-bedroom villas, and you don't even have to leave the beach or pool when hunger hits, as food can be brought straight to you. Family-friendly amenities include a kids' club for children between 5 and 12, water sports, swimming, and, yes, you can see the famous swimming pigs that live on Exuma.
COVID-19 Protocols: Vaccinated guests are exempt from pre-arrival testing, and testing is available onsite for unvaccinated guests. In accordance with local safety guidelines, masks are required for all guests in public areas.