Most travelers to the Bahamas go there to shop or relax on the beach. However, I like a little adventure when I travel, so I hired a canoe to paddle through mangrove swamps. Lake Killarney is a shallow, three-foot-deep (one-meter-deep) brackish lake near the airport, where a company rents out canoes and kayaks by the hour. However, the company does not provide guides, so visitors will have to know how to paddle a canoe or kayak themselves. Mangroves line the edge of the lake and canoeists and kayakers can paddle along channels through the mangroves for glimpses of abundant water birds and other wildlife.
Green Turtle Cay- it is my favorite island in the Bahamas and probably the world. You can catch a flight to Treasure Cay from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, and then take a short taxi to the docks, where you can get a 15 minute boat ride for around $5.
GTC is only 3 x 1 miles in dimension, so you can basically conquer the island in your rented golf cart in one day. Everything is so relaxed here (even moreso than elsewhere in the Caribbean.. if thats possible.) There are never more than 50 tourists on the island it seems, so everything is basically at your disposable. There are tons of great beaches crammed on this tiny island, the best being Gillam Bay, which is at the southern tip and near the old downtown. Head to Sundowners or Pineapples for a nightcap, a view of the incredible sunset, and some friendly conversation with the eccentric locals. If you're going to the Abacos, GTC is a must
The Exuma islands are a more secluded string of over a hundred miles of natural harbors and secluded beaches. This is a vacation spot for those who want a little privacy and want to enjoy the Bahamas in a more peaceful atmosphere.
Renting a villa in the Exuma's or Out Islands instead of a hotel room can really add to the experience of "getting away". It's more remote and inviting if you crave privacy and a slower pace.
Explore the cays on the Exuma Islands. A boat trip will allow you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery the way it was meant to be viewed. While you're on the water you can try your hand at bonefishing, one of the most popular sports in the Bahamas.
I would go to one of the out islands like Eluthera or Cat. You might even consider Turks and Caicos which is gorgeous and not too far off from Bahamas.
I think Freeport and Nassua are more cruise ship/party destinations and less romantic and secluded than the out islands.
We were on our way to the east end and came upon this Lagoon. On the drive to the east end if you look down the little side streets you can see the ocean at the end. Venture down them, you won't regret it. Some very beautiful beaches and lagoons are at the end of these roads.
We were exploring the island and came upon a sign for Barbury Beach. We lost the signs but finally found the beach. It was beautiful, we were the only ones there. It was so relaxing and worth the drive to find it!
On Bimini, there is a little bar down a dirt road that is called "The End of the World". It is known for it's conk salad and it's lively decor of used under garments. It's a wonderful place to get *** faced with the locals and lose your under wear. It has beautiful views of the water out the back door. That is also where they throw all of the dis guarded conk shells. If you ever find yourself on Bimini, checking-in with the local gov., do stop in for a drink.
After reviewing the pictures that I took while our plane was landing in Nassau I wanted to get a closer look at these homes. They are at the east end of the island not to far from the airport. Any hotel worker or local can tell you where the rich and famous live
The Docks is a bunch of colorful wooden shacks that reside underneath the Potter's Cay Bridge which goes from Nassau, over to Paradise Island. I found Donnie at The Scorched Conch shack in The Docks one afternoon. Asked him to make me a scorched conch bowl while I sat and sipped on an ice cold Bahamian beer. He yanked the conch out of it's shell and sliced and diced it along with some onion and garlic, and squeezed fresh sour orange juice, loaded with garlic and scotch bonnet peppers.. It was divine. Made the heat in the air, nothing compared to the heat in my mouth. Good job Donnie.
It is worth the drive. Escape from the tourist zone of Freeport/Lucaya. Head to Paradise Cove, for clean, beautiful beach and water. After swimming through a shallow saegrass lagoon, you arrive at a pretty reef, 12-20 ft deep. Many tropical fish, also turtles, large spotted eagle rays, and nice corals. There are large rafts to rest on.
Long Island is not only long (60 miles), it is also narrow--no more than 4 miles at its widest point.
One of the most scenic hideaways in The Bahamas, it is divided by the Tropic of Cancer and bordered by two very different coasts, one with soft-white, broad beaches and the other rocky headlands that descend suddenly into the roiling sea.
Its interesting caves, gorgeous bays, towering cliffs and rolling hills are in direct contrast with the more tropical landscape and coast lines found elsewhere in The Bahamas.
There are a few resorts on Long Island, but because of the sheer length of its shore you feel you own the beach!
It was the day before we left and we decided to walk around the neighborhood...I'm not exactly sure where it is, all I know it is somwhere in Paradise Island, we were wandering around and I saw this beautiful place, I'm not even sure if it was private hehehe but it was too beautiful to resist and not explore!
I only could do some vinyl hunting on saturday morning, but all I found was a tape and a CD. Some old local pointed me to a store that was impossible to locate.
What a surprise that I found this Bahamas record Caribbean Folk Music Ltd - CARIB B.I.T.O.-LP-1) in my Dutch hometown.
When the regime changed on Cuba Bacardi left the country and moved to the Bahamas. At paradise Island they produce several rums which you can taste for free at the bacardi hospitality center.
The bar tender makes all the cocktails you can drink for free and you can send free postcards to friends.
Visit these natural Crevices or caves.
Here with my friend Bill who was a professional piano player by trade before joining the RAF. He use to play up a storm of songs on the terrace of the Royal Victoria Hotel and we would all gather around and sing songs( like Drinking rum and coca cola) as we sipped our drinks or ate our meals.
The Royal Vic had beautiful flower gardens and The Duke Of Windsor ( who was Governor at the time having abdicated the throne of England to marry the divorcée Mrs. Simpson) often toured the gardens with his beautiful young secretary or companion. The first time I saw him was a disaster. One of the guys yelled out to me( I was sitting on a bench near the gardens exit ) HEY!! Eddy look at the guy in the 'zoot suit'. I turned to look straight into the face of the angry DUKE. I jumped to attention and he marched on without saying a word. He had on RED DACK PANTS and a CREAM colored shirt. The Duchess would visit with her Army Officer Escort.The first time we saw her I was driving up The circular drive at the Royal Vic. and she stepped out of the garden path right into the path of the car, I slammed on the brakes and she looked at us and smiled graciously and bowed her head in appreciation of my quick action on the brakes. The Officer with her gave us a dirty look.
Every Friday night the Duke and Duchess would arrive for the Officer's ball, on the Terrace and he would head straight for the bar.
He would come out to the airport and tear up and down the runway driving his limousine for fun. He would spend a lot of time with the men ( not the Officers) in their Mess ( bar) being one of the boys.
On one occasion as I was driving back to town from the airport, a sudden heavy rain hit and the car stalled because of a puddle I drove through which wet the engine.
His Limo appeared behind us and he ordered his driver to push us to a gas station about a mile down the road. He waved at us as he left.He was a Great Guy for an X KING of England.
I stopped off at the Compass Point restaurant for lunch on 10/4/2011 and ordered the grilled fish of...more
PO Box N7550, Paradise Island, Caribbean
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I have stayed at Old Bahama Bay several times and I fall I fall in love every time! The place is...more