Paradise Island Bridge, Bahamas © Peter Lucas
Connected to New Providence Island by a bridge, Paradise Island, formerly known as Hog Island, is one of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas. The island used to be privately owned until it was bought by developers in 1959 and turned into a resort haven. Since then, the island's owners have changed several times, including a stint when it was owned by Donald Trump. It offers a variety of beaches to suit a range of tastes. Most of the island's hotels and resorts are along Cable Beach, Paradise Beach or Cabbage Beach, offering miles of white sand and outstanding watersport facilities, including swimming, snorkelling, diving, jet skiing, sailing and more. The island is very well-known for the Atlantis resort, nicknamed 'Vegas by the Sea', where gambling is added to sea-related pastimes as one of the drawcards. The island and its resorts are very busy year-round and nightlife at the various resorts is very good, making Paradise Island a great getaway for the young and energetic. However, to escape the crowds one can head over to the secluded Caves Beach or Love Beach, a popular spot for snorkelling.