Kiss a dolphin, or just enjoy the picturesque beaches, at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. (Photo: Marriott International)

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo: Which Bahamas Resort is Best for You?

Kiss a dolphin, or just enjoy the picturesque beaches, at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. (Photo: Marriott International)

When it comes time to book your Bahamas beach resort, one thing is for sure- you should not go with the first hotel, resort, cottage or condo that you find. Rather, you should take the time to consider at least a few of the options available to you, so that you can choose one of the best resorts out there.

After all, traveling to the Bahamas is a great experience, but it can be an expensive one, too. How can you avoid picking the wrong Bahamas beach resorts, then? The first thing you need to do is to consider your needs and your options.

You’ll find waterfront bliss in the bungalows at French Leave Resort on Eleuthera, Bahamas. (Photo: Marriott International)

Not all Bahamas beach resorts provide you with the same experience. Some may provide you with more amenities but may not have features that are important to you. The more that you know about the facility, the better off you will be in selecting a hotel or resort that is right for your particular needs. Doing your research can go a long way!

What size room do you need?

If you are bringing your extended family, consider condos or beach house options rather than hotel rooms. If you are just bringing a traditional nuclear family, there is less need for this concern.

Amenities like a private pool are a plus for many travelers to the Bahamas. (Photo: Marriott International)

What amenities are you looking for?

Ask yourself questions about the kinds of amenities you would like to have available to you throughout your trip. Do you plan to work out daily? Do you love indoor pools or will you spend more time on the beach? Do you need a fast and easy place to grab a meal when the kids are getting tired? Look at the facilities and what they offer.

Are there nearby activities that attract you and your guests?

For example, if you have a teen, he or she may want to check out the local teen clubs and arcades. On the other hand, younger kids might want to take advantage of the water park, theme park or local zoo.

Beach access is usually a must on a Bahamas vacation, and the Atlantis Resort beach is a stunner. (Photo: Marriott International)

Is there beach access?

Oftentimes, this aspect is overlooked. When vacationing, you may want to have easy access to the beach because this allows you to conveniently go back and forth between the beach and your hotel. Look for an oceanside facility, or, if you don’t want to spend more for beachside, consider a hotel one block away.

Are there opportunities to explore local cuisine and cultural traditions?

Many of the larger hotels and facilities lack this intimate local touch. Instead of the big chain facility, consider the hotel, motel and apartment options from locals. These may even provide you with the opportunity to indulge in a home cooked meal and a unique way to learn about the locals.

Crush nightclub
Need to keep the kids occupied? Perks like Crush nightclub for teens at Atlantis is a winner. (Photo: Marriott International)

What needs and wants do you and your family have?

Since the Bahamas are a great choice for those on a honeymoon or summer vacation, choose a facility that fits your family specifically. Some facilities offer day care to allow you to take advantage of some of the adult activities while your kids have fun on the resort property.