Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019 photo shots at the Bahamas

The Bahamas Hosts Sports Illustrated Swimsuit team

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation once again welcomed the highly regarded Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (SI) team to The Bahamas for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot, which hits stands nationwide today.

SI producers, crew and talent headed to Great Exuma and Nassau in February for a two-part project that will showcase the destination across SI’s print and digital platforms bringing The Bahamas to the attention of more than 70 million consumers.

“We’re incredibly honored that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit chose The Bahamas for its 2019 Swimsuit Issue shoot that highlight snot one, but two of our remarkable islands, The Exumas and Nassau & Paradise Island,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu. “Our country features the most beautiful beaches in the world, offers exotic experiences and is easily accessible from the U.S. and they keep coming back to The Bahamas for just that.”

SI Swimsuit Bahamas2019 Winnie Harlow

“Nothing beats the beautiful beaches of The Bahamas,” says SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day.  “The Exumas and Nassau & Paradise Island’s serene and pristine beaches are one of our favorite spots to shoot.”

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation’s local tourist offices played an essential role in supporting the shoots on Exuma and Nassau and remained readily available to provide counsel, island recommendations and assistance with engaging local resources.


In Exuma, the crew and models, such as Winnie Harlow and Kelsey Merrit, stayed at Grand Isle Resort & Spa on Emerald Bay Beach and experienced exciting, authentic Exuma activities including snorkeling Thunderball Grotto’s underwater cave, playing dominos with local Bahamians, indulging in bites and conversation at Big D’s Conch Spot and much more.



For the first time ever, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search competition took over The Cove at Atlantis for the 2019 edition of the magazine. The models sampled local cuisine, a Junkanoo parade, toured Nassau and interacted with dolphins and sea lions, took a marine rehabilitation tour at Atlantis Paradise Island and experienced all the water slides that Atlantis has to offer.

The 2019 issue hits newsstands Wednesday, May 8 followed by a weekend of launch events in Miami to celebrate the models and crew who played a role in this year’s issue. The Bahamas will be featured in extensive photo and video content across SI’s online and social platforms, further driving awareness around the destination.

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