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Bahamas wins big in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Awards

The Islands of The Bahamas were recognized with seven awards across three categories in this year’s USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, including Best Caribbean Beach, Best Caribbean Island for Romance and Best Caribbean Dive Site.

The Bahamas took two number one spots in the annual ranking for Best Caribbean Beach (Gold Rock Beach on Freeport) and Best Caribbean Island for Romance (Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos). Among many winning features, The Bahamas was celebrated across categories for its white and pink sand beaches, translucent waters, authentic culture and distinct attractions.

“We are thrilled to have several of our islands and cays, from Freeport to the Family Islands, recognized by USA Today’s 10Best Awards,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu.

“These awards highlight the natural beauty and authentic experiences that travelers can expect when they visit The Bahamas, whether diving, enjoying our pristine beaches or taking a romantic getaway.”

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the world’s best in food, lodging, destinations, travel gear, things to do and more. Nominees are selected by USA Today and editors, and winners are determined by popular vote. The seven Bahamian destinations that rank in the top 10 are as follows:


The Best Caribbean Beach category highlights the world’s most spectacular stretches of sand on the islands of the Caribbean.

1. Gold Rock Beach (Freeport)

3. Stocking Island Beach (the Exumas)

9. Tahiti Beach (the Abacos)


The Best Caribbean Island for Romance category highlights the best of the Caribbean’s romantic getaways.

1. Green Turtle Cay (the Abacos)

9. Cat Island (Cat Island)

10. Elbow Cay (the Abacos)


The Best Caribbean Dive Site category highlights the leading scuba diving destinations on the planet, from wreck dives to plummeting walls.

6. The Andros Wall (Andros)

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