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Travel like a celebrity by visiting these Bahamian islands

The Abacos, Bimini, Eleuthera, The Exumas, Harbour Island

Celebrities love The Bahamas not just for the beauty but also for the privacy. This doesn't mean that island hopping celebrities lock themselves away all of the time, although many do have private islands all to themselves: Faith Hill, Johnny Depp,  David Copperfield. This means The Bahamas is a chill place that is not paparazzi crazy or fanatical. So it is possible to see celebrities hanging out with their families in the Out Islands. 

    The most recently publicized celebrity visit to the Abacos featured Kim Kardashian and her family, who spent time at an ultra-luxury resort on Guana Cay, a place non-celebrities usually visit for Sunday parties at its popular beach bar, Nippers. In the Abacos there is a lot more to explore beyond the boundaries of where celebrities go. On Great Abaco, where the capital Marsh Harbour is located, you can head down south, where you'll find Sandpiper Inn or up north to Treasure Cay. And you can island hop using local ferries or private charter boats to other Abaco islands like Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay.
    Resorts World Bimini is a neighborhood style resort complex that looks like its own little city on North Bimini Island. Behind the gates, private homes and rental properties are little neighborhoods, mixed with restaurants, pools houses, beaches, and the Hilton at Resorts World hotel. Some of the private homes are owned by celebrities, including Latin Grammy Award winner Luis Fonsi. He also had his celebrity friends visit, including Telemundo telenovela stars Carlos Ponce and Ximena Duque. Professional basketball player Dwayne Wade, actress Gabrielle Nunez, and musician Questlove have also been spotted on the property.
    Celebrities probably love the Exumas the most because it is the easiest place in the Out Islands to buy a private island. The most commonly reported celebrity owners in the Exumas include David Copperfield of Musha Cay; Faith Hill and Time McGraw of Goat Cay; the Aga Khan of Bell Island; Johnny Depp of Little Halls Pond Cay; and Tyler Perry of White Bay Cay. The Exumas alone has 365 of The Bahamas' total 700 islands and 2,400 cays. Needless to say, the Exumas are an island hopping playground and you don't need your own island to enjoy. The primary places to stay are located in Great Exuma, where you have Sandals Emerald Bay and Exuma Beach Resort, and in Staniel Cay, where Embrace Resort and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club are both located.
    Harbour Island is where you are probably most likely to see celebrities walking around and hanging on the beach, most famously known for its pink sand.  The A-listers who are known to have been frequent visitors are Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Michael Dell and Tyra Banks. Harbour Island is a compact little island off the northern coast of Eleuthera, where you drive around on golf carts. The food scene is the most diverse for the many Out Islands. 


About the Author
Noelle Khalila, The Domestic Tourist

Noelle Khalila is Editor of the Official Travel Blog of the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board (BOIPB). On the Blog she writes about the shared experiences and insights of BOIPB members from their collective island-hopping travel across the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Noelle is also an award winning journalist and entrepreneur, serving as editor and chief visionary officer of The Domestic Tourist Travel Blog and Travel Club.

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