I’ve visited Australia, Brazil, Zanzibar, Fiji and the Maldives in search of fantasy beaches. But I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t take flying halfway around the world to find the perfect slice of sugary white sand lapped by a hundred shades of turquoise. For that, the Bahamas are hard to top. Sure, the region close to Florida gets written off because of too many megaresorts, all-inclusives and cruise ships. Unreliable holiday weather doesn’t help. Though stay at the right spot—like Nassau’s One&Only Ocean Club (rooms, from $515; 1 Casino Dr., Nassau, The Bahamas; 800-321-3000; oneandonlyresorts.com) or David Copperfield’s private island, Musha Cay (from $39,000 a night for up to 12 people; 242-355-4040; mushacay.com)—and few beach escapes will hold greater appeal.
There’s also more than surf and sand. In the Abacos Islands, private club Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club (Great Guana Cay; 242-577-0635; bakersbayclub.com) has a first-rate 18-hole golf course. Off Andros, Kamalame Cay (rooms, from $405; 305-677-6525; kamalame.com) has terrific bonefishing. Or go yachting: Charter from Burgess (from $35,000 a week; 212-223-0410; burgessyachts.com) and head south to the Exumas, with its more than 350 island shores to choose from.
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