Looking for a beach vacation that’s a little off the beaten path, and Eco-friendly? Consider a trip to any of these 5 ecotourism spots in the Bahamas for your next adventure.
It’s a great way for a nature lover to relax by crystal blue waters without the bustle of the big seaside resorts.
Here’s some locations and ideas in and around Exuma you may want to check out.
Leon Levy Plant Preserve
To the northwest of the Exuma’s is Governor’s Harbour, the home of the Leon Levy Plant Preserve.
Here, over 25 acres, native Bahamas plants can be viewed and studied. Their stated mission is the study of traditional bush medicine, biodiversity, and education. There are miles of trails for your daily nature walk, including stops at both mangrove and freshwater wetlands.
Edwin’s Turtle Lake Marine Reserve
Just down the road from Leon Levy is Edwin’s Turtle Lake Marine Reserve. Here, you can kayak amongst green sea turtles in a blue hole of water. You’ll also spot many fish and birds as you paddle the lake.
Please note, the park is currently appointment only, so please call ahead if you want to visit this beautiful natural environment.
Bitter Guana Cay – Protected Rock Iguana Beach
If you’re into colorful wildlife, a stop on Bitter Guana Cay is a must. At the northern end of the Bahamian island is the Protected Rock Iguana Beach. Here, the residents patiently await Eco-tourists to drop by with their favorite snack: Grapes. This is a very popular spot for ecotourism in the Bahamas, and one of the legs of our 5 star rated Bahamas day trip.
Inagua National Park
This one is a bit of a ride from our home base in Staniel Cay, but worth it. Inagua National Park is a case study in environmental management. Founded in 1965 and sprawling over some 183,000 acres, the park boasts the largest population of West Indian Flamingos you’re going to find.
Inagua is probably the ultimate birding island in the Bahamas, with dozens of species to look for, including the Bahamas parrot, woodstar hummingbirds, and Bahama pintails to name a few.
The interior of the park also includes a natural bonsai forest.
Aside from being home to spectacular bonefish angling opportunities, Andros Island offers many eco-friendly adventures. Places such as West Side National Park are known for their flora and fauna, including many mangrove species, three species of anole lizards, and dozens of birds.
In fact, some argue that Andros is the true stop for any serious birder in the Bahamas.
If reptiles are more your thing, you might catch a glimpse of the Bahamian boa constrictor slithering through the trees.
Getting to the Bahamas Eco-tours
Interested in flying into the Bahamas to explore underwater caves, search for native marine life, or take the ultimate bird watching vacation? We fly to Staniel Cay and almost all the Bahamas either for day trips or longer stays through our charter service.
We can’t wait to see you!