Nassau: City life meets island ease
New Providence, better known as Nassau — the capital city — offers a number of second home investments (i.e., condos, townhouses, single family homes) in gated communities that feature waterfront views, championship golf courses, marinas and more.
Travelling across the island to the east you will find luxury homes for sale in Palm Cay and Port New Providence. As you move to the west The Balmoral, Albany and Old Fort Bay offer the possibilities of refined island living. And just a short ride over the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge to the north is the celebrated Paradise Island. As a home owner, you would be within walking distance to access world-class resorts, five-star restaurants, vibrant nightlife and golf courses and more.
The possibilities are numerous, including building your dream home. This is where, a reputable, local realtor can guide you through the process of buying property in a desirable location. Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, for instance, has a team of veteran agents who can help you find the property that best meets your needs and lifestyle.
Nassau is island sophistication at its finest with a celebrated history, people, food and culture.
Grand Bahama: Classic suburbs and access to tourist attractions
Freeport, Grand Bahama is known as the second city in The Bahamas and a vacation homebuyer’s dream. The island features exclusive gated community living with waterfront views in areas such as Fortune Bay.
The island affords homebuyers the option to purchase vacant property to build a new home. The seaside community of High Rock is worth considering. Located adjacent to the famed Lucayan National Park, you can be a neighbour and explore the underwater caves, beguiling coral reefs and secluded beaches any day of the week.
Grand Bahama has a lot to offer with its fair share of acclaimed resorts, eco-adventures and tourist attractions. Plus, on the other end of the spectrum, it also has quaint, historic villages and rugged fishing towns to immerse one’s self.
Think national parks, nature preserves, a variety of water activities and some of the best spots for sport fishing in The Bahamas.
Abaco: 100 islands’ worth of boating bliss and tropical living
From a candy cane striped lighthouse to colonial-style homes, quiet beaches and golf carts as the preferred mode of transportation the beauty and splendour of The Abacos is undeniable. Located in the northern part of The Bahamas, The Abacos is a boaters’ paradise and presents many opportunities to purchase a home or available property.
The islands and cays in north, central and south Abaco each have their own unique charms and are worth a closer look. For beachfront property, larger estates, or smaller dwellings tucked in places where the sea breezes blow, Green Turtle Cay is a wonder. So are the other inhabited (or uninhabited) cays in The Abacos. Baker’s Bay on Great Guana Cay is a luxurious planned community with turnkey homes for sale. Treasure Cay, Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay and so many others, all accessible by ferries or private crafts.
The presence of The Abaco Barrier Reef, the third-largest coral reef in the world, makes The Abacos the perfect fit for world-class diving and snorkelling.
Marsh Harbour, the capital, is the third-largest city in The Bahamas and serves as Abaco’s centre of commerce. Daily direct flights to Florida make Abaco easy to get to, though its charm makes it rather hard to leave.
Eleuthera: 110 miles of adventurous invitations
Named “Freedom” by its first settlers, Eleuthera is one of The Bahamas’ best-kept secrets.
Accessible by boat to the north lies Harbour Island, where breathtaking pink sand beaches provide a backdrop for any type of home you choose to buy, from luxurious condos to casual cottages. As is the case with all the islands, there are vacant lots for sale and most of them are on or near a pristine beach. Harbour Island enjoys some of the best restaurants in The Bahamas, and a nightlife that doesn’t end when the stars come out.
On the mainland in North Eleuthera, there are also many possibilities for purchasing homes or vacant acreage. To do so would mean you’re living near an environmental phenomenon. Close by is Surfer’s Beach, in Gregory Town, the birthplace of Eleuthera’s famous pineapples and its annual Pineapple Festival.
Central Eleuthera houses the capital and the busiest settlement of Governor’s Harbour, where the exotic botanical garden, The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is located. This area has been a favourite of foreign residential investors for decades. Another hot spot has been Windemere Island, the private celebrity getaway where Britain’s Prince Charles frequently vacationed.
Travel further south, and you won’t be disappointed by the beachfront developments, and heritage-rich towns connected by miles of uninterrupted coastline.
So many options … hope you enjoyed this island hopping quest. Happy vacation house hunting and read on for the five essential steps on your Caribbean home-buying journey. “See ya toreckly,” which for the locals means, “See you soon.”
Find out how RBC can help you on your journey to vacation home ownership in the Caribbean.
Visit Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty in The Bahamas to begin your vacation property search.
This article is intended as general information only and is not to be relied upon as constituting legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. Information presented is believed to be factual and up-to-date but we do not guarantee its accuracy and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the authors as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or any of its affiliates.