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Published:September 6th, 2005 23:04 EST
Cruising the Bahamas

Cruising the Bahamas

By Ann Poludenko

There is one thing every person in the world must do– it is to be happy!  Every day, every minute, no matter where he or she is: at home, at their workplace, or on a vacation trip.  That is why it is very important to plan your future trip thoroughly beforehand to enjoy every minute of your vacation!  There are many places on the Earth that are worth visiting, and one of them– is the Bahamas. 

Almost 90% of the airplanes that travel to the Bahamas bring you to its capital– Nassau.  The other 10% are special flights that bring the visitors of the hotels they belong to.  The first thing you feel when you land is the pleasant, cool summer weather; that is because of the sea breezes.  Then, some strange worries may appear in your mind about not knowing the currency in the Bahamas and the language that is spoken there.  But do not worry, you will have no problems with that because the official language of the Islands of the Bahamas is English; more British than American, and generally intertwined with a special Bahamian dialect, but it is very easy to understand. 

As for the money, the legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar.  Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands, so you do not even need to exchange the cash. 

After that, using different ways of transport to start with are buses and rental cars, which are usually offered by most major hotels.  There are also boats and planes.  With your suitcases, you get successfully to the hotel you have reserved.  The worse thing that can happen to you after that is when if you open the trunk to find no casual summer wear, just the black jackets and several strict costumes.  At least you will be able to have fun in the fine restaurants and casinos that requires jackets for men in the evening.  Therefore, the best advice is to pack the suitcase yourself and include everything you might need.  Do not forget about the strong protection against the sun: sunscreen, suntan lotion, sunglasses, hats, and visors.  

In case you are not going to spend much money during your vacation or just do not like luxurious hotels, then the quite, remote charms of one of the so called Out Islands-- such as Abaco, Andros, the Exumas or Cat Islands, where the accommodations are more rustic-- offer savings of 30-50% below international retail price.  It is easy to get there by boat.  Moreover, if going shopping for you is more than just buying things and in the shops, you feel like a shark in the open ocean, that is a great place for you.  Because duty-free shopping there is a popular way to find bargains for inexpensive jeweler, perfume, watches, and crystal.  However, if you decide to stay in Nassau, the following day you could go to Nassau’s Bay Street that is famous for its Straw Market, offering a wide array of mats, baskets, hats, dresses, T-shirts and handcrafted items at bargain prices.

Now is time to think about where to go and what would make great photos. 

If you like animals and the species you had an opportunity to meet during your day-walks, such as raccoons, hutias, endearing sorts of tropical guinea pigs, donkeys, and horses are not enough for you, then visit delphinium.  Nothing can prepare you for the exciting encounter with dolphins on their own terms.  You will be offered to swim on wild dolphins trips that are guaranteed to leave you filled with boundless joy.  Furthermore, there is a belief that the person that touches the dolphin can ask it for the fulfillment of just one wish and it will come true!  Now, you can imagine how many wishes you will be able to talk over during the hour of swimming with the dolphins.

The next day will be the best for visiting Abacos’ Loyalist Villages.  Perhaps you’ll feel that is something worth visiting if you consider they are more than two hundred years old and there were almost no changes since that time.  When you see Green Turtle cays exude irresistible charm– you need no words any more!  Abaco national park is another place you will necessarily adore.  It is a stunning forested park– a last refuge for the Bahama parrot and the best place for hiking.

The following three days you should better spend sunbathing in the village of Dunsmore Town, on the eye-catching pink sand beach, and in the best in the Bahamas nightspots.

In general, during your trip do what you want, of course that is your personal holiday.  For example, get up early in the morning and visit the most colorful, unpretentious gem, west of Nassau, a sibling to Pink Sands in Harbor Island. 

In addition to unparalleled diversity of its marine life, the islands are rich in terrestrial flora and fauna.  And if you realize that this is the very spot you want to end your vacation in–do that!  Enjoy your stay in the Bahamas the way you understand the right meaning of the word “enjoying”.  If you feel that sailing regattas, fishing sport, journeys by mail boat, swimming with sharks and charming flora and fauna of the Bahamas made you a little bit crazy, don’t worry– maybe for full happiness we need some craziness!