My wife and I recently made our first trip to the Bahamas and I’m hoping it won’t be our last. There was just too much fun to be had to squeeze everything into our 2 week vacation. Our first week we stayed at the Island Resort & Golf Club in Freeport, Bahamas (FPO). (Not to be confused with Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) as Nassau has over a 250,000 people in a smaller area than Freeport who has less than 100,000 inhabitants.) The resort was clean and the staff was extremely nice. Since it was off season, we had the place to ourselves. The pool/bar was just outside our door. I recommend a local drink called the “Bahama Mama” as a nightcap. Believe me, one will do! This resort was a great place to stay if you don’t mind “not being on the beach.” I think running our ceiling fans 24 hours a day got us as we got dinged for using too much elec. but it was less than $20, so no big deal. We did some local grocery shopping and found the prices pretty steep
although, one grocery store, Solomons, at Lucaya Seahorse Plaza, seemed more reasonable than the big discount stores. I’m inclined to believe it’s cheaper to eat out. There are a variety of nice restaurants to choose from and several familiar fast food chains as well. KFC, Burger King, Wendy’s and Pizza Hut to name a few, but, don’t miss the Wednesday night fish fry as it’s a “Bahama” treat. For a few days we paid for taxi’s but decided a rental car was the way to go. The taxi fares seemed to get more and more expensive and there was no set rate.
Our 2nd week we stayed at the Island Seas Resort which is located on the beach. Awesome front and rear balconies! Clean apts and nice staff but don’t get suckered into one of those Time-Share briefings as that’s the first thing they’ll hit you with. To me, it’s a waste of time no matter what they promise and they just ended up making me mad. Although the beach at the Island Seas is beautiful, we did some exploring on our own and found several fantastic beaches that we had all to ourselves. Paradise Cove is a must for snorkeling beginners and I highly recommend the Calabash Snorkeling and Kayaking tour as it was a total blast! A young couple from one of the cruise ships docked nearby accompanied us and said this was by far the most fun they’d had. I’m 58, so you know if I can do it anyone can. My bride was hesitant at first but loved, loved, loved it once she got her feet wet. We just couldn’t get over the idea it was December! Now I’m
thinking it might just be too hot any other time of year? If you’re the romantic type and like horses, you’ll love this; it’s possible to take a trail ride that allows you to ride into the water along the beach. Or if you’re a sea life lover, it’s possible to swim with the dolphins. Over all, it was a great trip with many things to do for all ages, although, it was a little disheartening to see how much of the island is still recovering from the last hurricanes, I think those tenacious people that stayed are proud to show off their homeland and for good reason. There are many beautiful homes and gardens. The open markets are a must see as the people are really friendly. Both the International Bazaar and the downtown Port Lucaya Markets have everything and anything one can imagine. BTW, the casino was a drag. They could really use some PR classes as they didn’t even say hello coming or going. I wasn’t expecting a Hawaiian Lai but heck, Wal Mart even has its greeters.
Our jumping off point was Atlanta and our final night together for a while was at the Embassy Suites Hotel near the airport. We’ve stayed at a lot of nice hotels but I rate this hotel as one of the best. The staff was friendly, helpful and very professional. Even though we were only 1 nighters, we were given the presidential treatment. I must commend them for the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms and the morning after brunch was super! They also have a bar/restaurant that rocks for all ages.
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