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A Grand Bahama Island Travel Guide

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We like to think of ourselves as snowbirds fearing commitment. While we plan on heading for the warmth of a tropical destination every year, choosing one island in particular can sometimes be a challenge. After all, variety is the spice of life! That’s why we love The Islands of The Bahamas. With so much to experience, see, and do – and so many different islands to choose from – The Bahamas is our ideal vacation destination. Plus, The Bahamas is only a 3-hour flight from Toronto and there are many easy, same-day connections from Nassau to many other Bahamian islands. In our search for snowbird heaven, we’ve found just what we’re looking for.
The first place we would visit is Grand Bahama Island – a paradise of sun, sand, and clear blue sea. Since planning a trip is almost as exciting as actually boarding the plane, we’ve come up with a Grand Bahama Island bucket list that’s sure to inspire your next getaway. Keep reading for some major vacation inspiration!

1. Get out on the water – The only water in sight is frozen by the time we’ve packed our bags, so spending as much time in the warm sea is a must-do while on vacation. Heading out for a Bahamian Beach Party and snorkel cruise is the ideal blend of sea and sun. The 5-hour Grand Bahama cruise begins with a snorkeling adventure along shallow reefs – perfect for Nemo sightings! The cruise then takes you to a secluded beach for a BBQ feast and basking in the warm Caribbean sun. On the way back, you can unwind with a couple of Bahama Mamas and a little dancing. Sounds idyllic!

2. See natural wonders – Lucayan National Park is the “Crown Jewel” of Grand Bahama Island’s national parks. It’s located 25 miles east of Freeport and is the only place where visitors can experience all of the island’s six ecosystems in one location. A visit to the park includes the opportunity to see thousands of pine trees, mangroves, ferns and dozens of rare flower species (including orchids). You can also check out the spectacular Gold Rock Beach, which is perfect for leisurely strolls. Keep an eye out for its signature “Welcome Mat” (a series of ripples in the sand) at low-tide.

In addition, this park holds one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems, a sprawling network of tunnels resulting from the island’s unique limestone geology.

3. Eat (delicious!) local food – We’ve always thought that the best way to experience a new destination is with the stomach. Whether that includes sampling The Bahamas’ “Gully Wash” (a local cocktail made with gin, fresh coconut water, and condensed milk) or trying a conch salad- it’s totally up to you! Also on our list? Booking a culinary tour and learning to cook Bahamian-style!

4. Score awesome finds – With a wide variety of items available duty-free, there’s no excuse not to bring home a beautiful Bahamian souvenir. Port Lucaya is Grand Bahama Island’s main shopping district where one can find dozens of specialty boutiques and restaurants.  A must-see for anyone who loves bringing home physical memories of their time away.

5. Chill out – The best part of a vacation is actually being on vacation –that means no cellphone, no schedule, and a full day of relaxation. With many beautiful beaches to choose from, sitting back and chilling out is as easy as it can be. Our top beach picks? Xanadu, Williams Town, and Paradise Cove beaches.

For savvy snowbirds of all ages, it’s clear that Grand Bahama Island has it all. With all this dreaming, we can’t wait to put our plans in action and book our own getaway. Excited about The Islands of The Bahamas? Visit the Travelzoo website for amazing deals! If you feel the same, join the conversation by following #ItsBetterInTheBahamas on Twitter. Want to learn more about The Islands of The Bahamas? Visit the website now!

*Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the opinions and language are my own.

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