by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 01, 2013

Reel 'em in. If you have visions of catching amberjack, barracuda, grouper or snapper, this is an ideal month, the Bahamas is a perfect place and Reel Dreams Sport Fishing Charters is an eager enabler. Enjoy a six-hour, half-day or full-day trip, starting at $700. The company's two boats hold up to six people each and can also be hired for snorkeling and beach excursions.

Watch the birdies. The golf is spectacular at the Ocean Club at One & Only Bahamas, and available to Atlantis guests. Designed by legendary architect Tom Weiskopf, the par-72 layout is challenging but easy on the eyes, colored by turquoise-water views. Tee times in the afternoon are the best bargain, but beware of the crosswinds. The 7,100-yard course is ably managed by Troon Golf.

Shelling out. No trip to Nassau is complete without a taste of the local delicacy, conch salad. The Poop Deck's East Bay location, just over the bridge from the Atlantis Resort, serves the specialty and many more delightful dishes from the sea.

Way to go. Motorized wheels remain the transportation of choice in the islands, especially when going off the beaten path. Rentals cost around $40 a day, and traffic rides on the left, like in England. Take a tour with an outfit like Bowcar Scooter Rentals if you prefer being part of a group.

Souvenirs galore. Stroll through Nassau's popular outdoor Straw Market, filled with about 400 booths offering local wares like straw hats, wood carvings, conch jewelry and more.