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Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

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Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

Winter is rapidly approaching, and if you live in Canada – you know the ice cold weather and mountains of snow are right around the corner. So, it’s time for myself and fellow Canadians to start planning our vacations, because if you are anything like me … then about halfway through winter you will be on the verge of a snow-fueled meltdown and in desperate need of some sun and sand. What better place to plan your vacation and escape from reality this winter than The Bahamas?

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

What a lot of Canadians (myself included up until a few hours ago) don’t realize is just how close The Bahamas really are to Canada. It’s hard to imagine that a place as sunny and warm as The Bahamas could be so close to a winter wonderland, but it is! There are actually direct non-stop flights available to Nassau, Grand Bahama Island and Exuma from several different Canadian cities. For example, it is only a three hour direct trip from Toronto to The Bahamas. And, if you book your flights directly to Nassau – you can basically get to any destination in The Bahamas in the same day!

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketListI have my heart set on a vacation to The Bahamas this winter, and I have already started creating my “Bahama Islands Bucket List.” Know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? Well, everything is BETTER in The Bahamas. You can actually check out some of the amazing things that fellow vacationers have to say about the magical islands on Twitter, and you can join in on the conversation by following the trend #ItsBetterInTheBahamas.

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

After hours of research on vacationing in The Bahamas, I decided the ideal island for myself and my family to visit is Andros, mainly because I can check off everything on my “Bahamas Bucket List” by vacationing there. Andros is the largest of The Bahama islands, and it is also the least developed of all of them – so if you are a nature and wildlife junkie like myself, Andros is the ideal vacation spot for you too. Andros offers both access to beaches and oceans, and freshwater lakes. The overall vibe at Andros is much more laid back and easy going than some of the more fast-paced tourist-oriented islands of The Bahamas.

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

The first item on my “Bahama Island Bucket List” is without question snorkeling. Snorkeling has always been something I have wanted to try with my family, and what better place to do it than at Andros – one of the best snorkeling locations in the world. Ocean life has always amazed me, and I am obsessed with the beautiful and colourful, coral reefs. The Bahamas happen to have literally the clearest ocean water there is, making the underwater visibility one of a kind.

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

Being the foodie that I am, chowing down on some island cuisine is of course at the top of my “Bahamas Bucket List,” followed by doing some local shopping. The Bahamian cuisine is truly one of a kind. Other restaurants around the world have tried to duplicate it for years – and it’s just not the same as visiting Andros and getting the real thing. Seafood is the primary item on every menu – mixed with tropical fruits and local spices. My mouth is watering already!

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

And, the local shops in The Bahamas are almost as amazing as the local restaurants. The island fashion is very unique, and I can’t wait to pick up some of their beautiful floral sundresses – I plan on packing light just so that I can buy some clothes to wear while I’m on vacation.

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

I am an avid hiker, and pals that have visited Andros have raved to me about their hiking trails. So, of course a Bahamas hike is also on my “Bahamas Bucket List.” Andros is actually home to not one – but five national parks: Blue Holes National Park, Crab Replenishment Reserve, North & South Marine Parks and the West Side National Park. The nature and wildlife on Andros Island is the richest of all of the islands in The Bahamas, and Andros offers some amazing ecosystem tours and trails.

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketList

Now, don’t laugh at the final item on my “Bahamas Bucket List” – which is also secretly one of the main reason I chose Andros over all of the other islands. No matter where I am vacationing, I am a sucker for local folklore. And, the island of Andros happens to be the home of not one, but two mythical creatures. Andros natives believe that bird-like creatures called “Chickcharnees” roam the forests and have magical powers. Also, Andros is also believed to be the home of “Lusca,” a sea monster that will suck you down in to the blue holes in the ocean. I know, I know – the odds of locating the “Lusca” or the “Chickcharnees” are pretty slim, but hey you never know! Either way, looking for magical birds in the forest would be a great way to spend the afternoon with the kids. As for the “Lusca,” I will probably wait until after we have gone snorkeling to bring up the sea monster…

Bahamas Vacation Made Easy: Follow Our Simple Travel Guide to Paradise! #BahamasBucketListSo Canadians, have you booked your tropical vacation yet for this winter? If you are headed to The Bahamas (and you should be!) I highly recommend booking a trip to Andros. You can check out the island’s official website here, and see everything that they have to offer. Also, don’t forget to check out #ItsBetterInTheBahamas on Twitter, and let us know what is on your “Bahamas Bucket List.”

 

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

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22 Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I love the bahamas. I have been wanting to go back there for a while now. It’s so amazing there.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    I think a trip the Bahamas would be so amazing! I’ve always wanted to visit, but I’ve never been able to. I think if I ever got there, I’d never leave.

  3. Jeanette says

    WOW! There is a lot more to do there besides going to the beach! I can’t wait to get there and explore sometime!

  4. Chubskulit Rose says

    Ot’s rainy and cld right now so it would be awesome to be in the Bahamas right this moment. Thanks for this informative post.

  5. Emma Spellman says

    It looks so beautiful. The Bahamas is definitely on my bucket list. It looks so warm and welcoming.

  6. Liz Mays says

    Gosh I would really like to take a vacation out there. I would love checking out some of the nature area in Andros.

  7. tammileetips says

    There are so many amazing things to do in the Bahamas! I can’t wait till we are able to go back it’s always an amazing place to visit.

  8. ricci says

    I would love to go to the Bahamas one day!! It is on my bucket list for sure!! Give me the beach, a fruity drink, and a hammock and I will be set!!

  9. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey says

    White sand beaches and clear blue waters, I’m dreamin’ of Bahamas! This travel destination is just gorgeous beyond words!

  10. Ourfamilyworld says

    Looks like you had so much fun. We’re planning to go next year. These tips will come in handy.

  11. lisa says

    What I wouldn’t give to spend a Chicago winter in the Bahamas! I love sun and warmth and hate cold and winter! It looks fantastic there.

  12. Melissa says

    I would love to get away and take my friends & family with me! That would be a blast!

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This looks like an amazing vacation. I have always wanted to travel to the Bahamas. Hopefully i can go this winter.

  14. Dina says

    I went to the bahamas when i graduated college. I think it’s time for a return trip!

  15. Rosey says

    I do like to hear about the local legends. 🙂 My son and his wife visited the Bahamas and they loved it.

  16. Kiwi says

    I didnt realize how close Canada was with the Bahamas! I am doing more travel blogging I would love to visit the Bahamas in 2016 (speaking it into existence).

  17. Yona Williams says

    We haven’t gone on a Caribbean or island vacation before. Well, we went to Hawaii and that’s an island, but nothing Caribbean. I would love to go on a cruise one of these days.

  18. Kristin says

    This looks amazing! I have to this a tip in my future. Great share.

  19. Brianna says

    Oh man…that looks incredible. Absolutely incredible. Put me in your suitcase next time.

  20. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg I just love the Bahamas!!!! When I was living in FL we went constantly!!! So much fun!

  21. Maggie Branch says

    I have always wanted to visit the Bahamas! I think it is such a beautiful part of the world. Thank you for sharing your great photos!

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