Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bahamas Accomodation

In Bahamas you’ll be able to find any kind of accommodations you ca think of. From big hotels to private villas or bungalows. The locations are also varied from beach hotels to those located in the mountains with fabulous views. Of course the prices also varies from tens of dollars a day to thousands like the Bridge Suit of the Atlantis hotel that costs $25000 per night.

Choosing the right accommodation is important because you will not only spend the nights there but important part of the day too. So here are the main types of accommodation that Bahamas can offer you.

All inclusive resorts. This mean that almost anything is at your discretion. Meals, drinks, fun activities, services are free and are waiting for you to try them. You are given the opportunity the try different kind of cuisines, exotic beverages an so on. If you would like to learn to scuba dive or maybe to surf, or to learn to dance salsa you can take lessons without spending a cent.

Some people are worried because of the concern that once you’ve paid for the hole package you’ll be unlikely to leave the hotel compound and visit other restaurants or explore the islands. But if you know how to balance the stay within the resort compounds with the island tours or visits to off-property restaurants you should have no problem.

Intimate Inns. If peace and quite is what you looking for this is the type of accommodation to go with. Here you will also have the opportunity to immerse your self in the local atmosphere and meet local people, test different type of bahamian food and drinks. This kind of accommodation may be more restrictive and may offer limited services. So be sure to ask a lot of question before booking a room, like:
  • Are you allowed to smoke indoors?
  • Is breakfast included or not?
  • Are any special diets available?
  • Are you allowed with children?
  • Is there a minimum stay?

Villas. If you’re looking for an extended stay and you want to really immerse yourself in the island you should definitely rent a villa. You’ll that villas in price, services and luxury. But, again before you rent one ask a lot of questions about their offer:
  • Does the villa provide maid services? A lot of villas offer maid services before you arrival and after your departure and any extra cleaning can be arranged for some extra charge.
  • Does the villa provide cook services? Many villas can offer you 3 meals a day, or just breakfast.
  • Does the villa have air conditioning. Never assume that it has.
  • Does the villa offer car rentals service? A lot of villas are located pretty far away from the resorts and you’ll definitely need a car to get around.
  • What is the minimum stay? Unlike hotel where you can book a room for at least 3 day, villas could have a minimum 7 day stay, so check ahead your options

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Safe Swimming And Diving During You Trip to Bahamas

A trip to Bahamas is a wonderful experience for you and your family. There are a lot of activities that you could do while you’re on the islands. Swimming in those crystal clear waters and seeing the luxuriant marine life is certainly one of them. To make this activity a nice and safe one, we’d like to give you a few tips.

  • Make sure that there are no currents or waves that might sweep you or against the rock or sharp corals.
  • Tell someone that you are going swimming and how long are you planning to stay
  • Watch out for sharp coral, urchins, currents or tidal surges
  • It would be advisable to have a swimming partner
  • Protect your self against the sun and coral
  • If go with a boat make sure that you properly secured the anchor and check on it frequently to make sure that it’s not drifting away.
  • In case you are caught in a current do not swim against it because you will get very soon exhausted. You should swim across the current even though the current will carry you along you will find yourself out of it soon because that currents are usually narrow.
  • Swimming at night might be dangerous. If you must do it, at least bring three or more friends.
  • You should not attempt to do scuba diving without any previous training with a qualified instructor.
  • Avoid chewing gum or food while you swim, because you could easily choke.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

10 Tips for Planning a Trip to Bahamas

  • Make sure that you know everything that’ s included when you booking a traveling package. This way you can avoid bad surprises when you get there.
  • Before you book anything start researching about the health status of the location you planning to go. There could be diseases that you could not know about unless you read about.
  • Make copies of all the documents necessary for you travel and leave them with somebody you trust. This way you will be able to contact them in case you lose your information.
  • Take with your digital camera with you or buy one because during your Bahamas trip you’ll create wonderful memories that you’ll want to last a lifetime.
  • Check to see if you need a visa for your Bahamas trip. If you do need one start gathering the necessary papers ahead of time.
  • Find out the phone number and the address of the local country embassy because you’ll want to have this information available in case of an emergency.
  • Register your trip to the State Departament. This way the authorities will have a starting place to start looking in case you go missing. This isn’t meant to discourage you from making your Bahamas trip, but the statistics show a significant number of tourist that disappear each year.
  • Learn a little bit about the local culture, customs, foods,lows and especially the potential dangers. Doing so, during your Bahamas trip you’ll show that you a polite civilized and have respect for the local people.
  • Don’t take expensive expensive jewelery with or two much cash. Take as much cash as you need taxi, tips and stuff like that, but also make sure that you have enough money in case of an emergency.
  • Find out what items you can or cannot bring back with you upon returning to your home country. It would be a pity to buy something nice for you or for a friend and to be forced to leave it at the customs office.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Scuba Diving In Bahamas

During a Bahamas trip diving is one of most interesting experience a tourist can have. Having the clearest water and the largest coral reefs the Bamamas Islands in probably the best place for snorkeling and diving.

These island offer you different kinds of diving such as shore, boat, wall, cave, wreck and even shark dives so it’s only up to you to try them all or stick to just one during your Bahamas trip.

An important thing that you to consider when planning a Bahamas trip for diving is the weather.
Although the best months of the year for diving in Bahamas is September and October this time also presents the highest risk for hurricanes.

Another matter you should consider before starting scuba diving durin a Bahamas trip is certain medical condition such as heart or respiratory problem which could not be compatible with this activity.

Bahamas has many great spots for scuba diving and limiting yourself to just one spot would be a loss. So here are some of the best location for diving in Bahamas:
  • Dog Rocks is located in Exuma Islands and is a great spot for diving and fishing because of the beautiful diving reefs and the exotic fish that are swimming amongst them
  • Grad Bahama is famous the dolphin dive where you can play with the dolphins in their own environemet and can even feed the. Theo’s Wreck which is a sunken frighter 100 feet deep, is another great spot for diving and, of course, and Ben’s Cavern which is “a must” spot for cavern divers enthusiasts.
  • Bimini Road , located in Bimini Islands, is a reef that is named so after the mysterious stones that look road along the sand ocean bottom. Some say the is a part of the lost city of Atlantis.
  • New Providence has the Thunderball Reef located to the northeast of Athol Island, is comprised of a long, narrow reef with lots of coral formations and many species of tropical fish. This is the place where underwater scenes of James Bond movie was shoot. The Mahoney Wreck ,another “must see” spot for diving, was a British frighter that is now scatteres on the botton in 25 to 45 feet ow water. This wreck is covered with fire coral, so be sure to wear protective clothing.
Taking the time to do some scuba diving during you Bahamas trip could be an
amazing experience that you will never forget. But before you can start diving a certification is necessary which is not hard to obtain because most operators provide diving lessons for beginners.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bahamas Trip - Info Gathering

So you decided that taking a Bahamas trip would be you choice for a vacation this year. Let me tell you that this is a very good choice indeed. The first thing you should do is gather as much information as you can about that location. You can do this in various ways.
  • One of them is this website. Where we are trying to provide as much accurate and detailed information for you to make an informed decision about making a Bahamas trip.
  • The official site of the Bahamas , Bahamas.com, is another source with plenty of information about these islands. You can find here the official info on demographics of the island, culture, local currency, main attractions, main resorts and many other things that will help you a lot when planning a Bahamas trip.
  • Travel sellers websites could be also an important resource for you. Here you can find out detailed description about the accommodations and their price range, about the various services and activities and about the must see spots of the islands.
  • Brochures and travel magazines are another option to consider when planning a Bahamas trip. Although the information here is pretty much the same as in the resources listed above, certain aspects will be more emphasized through a unique perspective of the author. So more magazines means more unique opinions.
  • Finally, the most important resource in my opinion, is your friends and colleagues testimonials and real life experience in Bahamas. They can give o lot of tips that can be very useful for you Bahamas trip such as a great bar in Nassau, the best beach on Paradise Island, an extraordinary snorkeling site or fishing spot and so on.
Finding accurate and detailed information in not only a fun thing to do when planning a Bahamas trip but also a necessary one. This way you can avoid unpleasant events, you can better establish you budget consider you options in a more informed manner.