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Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas


Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas

Going on vacation to The Bahamas is most people’s dream come true, and it’s something I’ve spent years of my life saving up for. The connecting flights, the travel expenses, the time involved, the hotel stay, and the overhead involved has always been the biggest deterrent in planning my vacation. However, all those worries fell away after The Bahamas started offering direct flights from Calgary and Vancouver, to Grand Bahama Island. Starting November 1st, Sunwing Vacations will not only be offering those direct flights [at great prices, FYI], but they will be added to the already existing non-stop air-inclusive travel and vacation packages offered from six cities (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton, and Winnipeg) in Canada to Grand Bahama Island.

Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas

These packages include five star hotels and resorts, and several other vacation amenities usually offered in travel packages. In other words, I didn’t really have any more excuses for not making my long-planned trip to The Bahamas.

Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas

Now, I went to Grand Bahama Island with my family, which was perfect because that particular island is very family-friendly. It’s only 55 miles south of Florida, and has beautiful beaches and natural preserves for people looking to explore the beauty of the country. Want to sunbathe at the beach until you turn orange? You can visit any one of the numerous beaches on the island. Want to go hiking and explore the natural beauty of Grand Bahama Island? There are plenty of tours offering it in their packages, or you can go explore on your own. Plus, there are many, MANY reserves and ecological wonders present on Grand Bahama Island, such as jeep safaris, bike tours, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins, kayaking, boating, etc. Then, there are also cant-miss cultural experiences like celebrations and parties at night-time [G-rated and R-rated versions], local music performances [I recommend Junkanoo], and eating local food [fish fries at Smith Point are a must-stop].

Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas

The island is particularly appealing to tourists because it has a mix of history, nature, and modernism, and it will appeal to anyone and everyone. For me particularly, I was very interested in the natural and historical aspects of the island, and I was able to partake in several cultural celebrations – not to mention going on tours of the island, several safaris and hikes, AND exploring the natural preserves present in droves.

Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas

Grand Bahama Island also contains three national parks [great for kids], and the world’s largest underwater cave systems. This is a can’t-miss sight, and in combination with all the other benefits [the hotel, the discounted packages, the direct flights], I was able to save time and money to make my dream come true.

Grand Bahama Island: Your Complete Vacation Destination #ItsBetterInTheBahamas

So what are you waiting for? You can choose Grand Bahama Island as your next vacation destination! And there are ways to do that without spending a single penny:

Enter the Express to Grand Bahama Island, Facebook Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for 2 from now until December 1, 2014! Open to Canadian Residents ONLY.

Also, if you RSVP to the #Direct2GrandBahama Twitter party on November 6 , 2014, you’ll have the chance to snag some cash prizes!

If you’re looking for a second chance to enter to WIN a trip for two to Grand Bahama Island, join in the #GrandBahamaNow retweet to win the contest from November 6 to November 26, 2014. Otherwise, you can visit The Bahamas website to book your tickets now. Trust me, this place is fantastic for families looking to go to The Bahamas without encountering drunk college kids on spring break, but it’s also great for couples looking for a romantic getaway, young kids wanting to have fun, and anyone interested in history, culture, and nature – and of course, beaches. #ItsBetterInTheBahamas


Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

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  1. Tehsuan says

    Wow, I didn’t realize the Bahamas were so close! I wish I was a Canadian resident to get in on the sweepstakes!

  2. Liz Mays says

    You certainly did make it look dreamy and inviting. I definitely plan on visiting the Bahamas, hopefully sooner than later!

  3. Rena McDaniel says

    I really want to go here someday. I have concentrated on travel in the U.S. for the last 20 years and I have a few more trips to plan and then come the islands! Can’t wait1

  4. Freya says

    I have never been to the Bahamas, it for sure looks like paradise.
    To bad I’m not a Canadian resident 🙁

  5. aimee fauci says

    My husband was just talking about the Bahamas yesterday. We were or he was researching cruises!

  6. Terry says

    Next year…. it is my turn to choose where we are going on vacation. I am searching and researching places I can stay and be happy for a month, possibly 2 months. The Grand Bahama Island looks beautiful. This could very well be my choice.

  7. Franc Ramon says

    Lucky you that Grand Bahama has been easier to access now. The place looks and feels like Paradise.

  8. Jeanine says

    Wow excuse me while I just stare in awe. These photos are incredible. What a place! I am Canadian and I am going to RSVP let’s hope I remember to GO!

  9. Ourfamilyworld says

    This is so beautiful. It is on my visit list in the upcoming list. Thank you for the chance to win

  10. Lisa says

    The Bahamas is on my list of places to see before I kick the bucket. It’s so gorgeous there. I mean, the water, the palm trees, everything. It’s all so beautiful.

  11. Lois Alter Mark says

    My husband and I have been all over the Caribbean but somehow we’ve never gotten to visit Grand Bahama Island. That will have to change right now!

  12. Erica Brooks says

    Beautiful photos. Bahamas is a great place to vacation. I took a cruise there and loved it.

    1. Lisa says

      I’ve been wanting to go there for years, but I haven’t made it happen yet. I can almost feel the sun and sand…

  13. coolchillmom says

    what enticing photos you share!
    it is a great relaxing destination. can’t wait to go again

  14. Genevieve says

    I love the Bahamas and how many different islands there are to visit, each with their own appeal. We personally love the exumas

  15. Pam says

    I visited the Bahamas a few years ago and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It’s definitely somewhere that everyone should try to visit at least once.

  16. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says

    I have never been outside of the US, Canada and Mexico (just across the border) Your pictures are amazing! I need to show my husband!

  17. Jennifer Williams says

    I went to the Bahamas right after graduation. My friends and I all saved over our senior year and then went, I would like to say I remember the trip, but well – we were young and had a few drinks. The pictures show it was beautiful and that we had a great time!

  18. Sarah Bailey says

    I have never been to the Bahamas, it is somewhere I would love to go – an absolutely amazing looking and sounding place.

  19. Tami says

    I have never been to the Bahamas myself but my friends and family have and they loved every minute of it. I would love to visit sometime, it looks like a gorgeous place. Whenever I think of The Bahamas, I think of Atlantis and that big slide in the middle. LOL

  20. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I have never been to Grand Bahama Island. It looks like a fantastic place to get away.

  21. Annie says

    After going to Hawaii, now I’m ready for the Bahamas! You can never have too much fun in the sun 😛

  22. Heather says

    On my list to go. I’ve never been and it looks marvelous.

  23. Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says

    Very nice photos! I live in Miami, and I have actually never been to the Bahamas, (except for one of those quick 1-day cruises)… need to make it there someday.

  24. BusyBeeBlogger says

    Wow! This looks amazing. I would like to be there right now enjoying the sun

  25. krystalskitsch says

    I’ve been there. It’s truly beautiful! I loved taking a cruise there.

  26. Veronica says

    beautiful vacation destination. the pictures are amazing. I have been there once on vacation with my kiddos

  27. Amanda Love says

    I’ve never been to the Bahamas and have always wanted to visit. This just makes me want to go more than ever.

  28. Theresa says

    My sister went about 10 years back and thought it was the best vacation ever! I would really love to see it in person some day. I hope that day comes sooner rather than later!

  29. JoAnna says

    so beautiful, i would love to go to the bahamas sometime! thanks for sharing!


  30. Andrea Callahan says

    We were in the Bahamas over the summer, the beaches are simply amazing. Your pictures have taken me back to those beautiful sunny days and stunning views. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Rashell Abril says

    This looks familiar!yay, this is my dream vacation. Beautiful vacation!

  32. michele d says

    I’ve visited there with my family as well. Love the island. The water always looks beautiful!

  33. Melanie says

    Love the Bahamas. Just got back from Turks and Caicos. Would’ve liked to have been left there indefinitely. 🙂

  34. Nikki says

    I would love to visit the Bahamas! I’ve been to a few other islands in the Caribbean, but only for a day on a cruise. I want to spend a good week in the Bahamas!

  35. Jon says

    We wanted to go to the Bahamas on our honeymoon but wound up int he Dominican Republic. I hope to go to the Bahamas soon!

  36. Nina Say says

    I would love to go to the Bahamas one day. There is so much beauty!

  37. says

    I love my engagement ring in the bahamas. NO ONE seemed to have a metal detector. But I realized later they all asked “where” but no one tried to look… You know they all went there at night to find it.

  38. Catherine S says

    What a fantastic place to visit. I have always wanted to go to the Bahamas. All the pictures are great.

  39. Tanya Coffman says

    These are such beautiful pictures, I’ve always dreamed of visiting there. <3

  40. Deanna Ritz says

    I went to the Bahamas 20 years ago and had such a wonderful time! I can’t wait to go back and after seeing your pictures I’m hoping to make it sooner than later.

  41. Rebecca Swenor says

    I have always wanted to go to the Bahamas. These pictures are gorgeous. I love the sweepstakes. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    What an awesome place to vacation to and visit. Would love to go there someday.

  43. Risa says

    How beautiful! These posts about travels make me dream for the day that I can do things like this. I know it will come!

  44. Barbie's Beauty Bits says

    I’ve been to the Bahamas, but it was a stop from a cruise line. It is beautiful and a great place to escape! Great photo’s

  45. Marielle Altenor says

    Reading this and thinking about the harsh winter that is coming! lol I need to make plans to go somewhere warm like in the Bahamas! Great review and beautiful pictures!

  46. Farrah says

    I love the pictures! I really hope to be able to visit the Bahamas one day.

  47. Manu Kalia says

    Wow. I think my bucket list will be a long list 😉 Amazing beach

  48. says

    I’ve been to the Bahamas before and had the best time. I’m hoping to go agin now that we have a Daughter. Yours pics are amazing and so beautiful.

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