Bahaman Ideas

By: Michael C. Podlesny

It conjures up tropical nights, warm seas and romance under the stars with your loved one. But there is so much more to the Bahamas than just laying on a beach counting calories. The Bahamas gained its independence finally; from the UK in 1973 and their Independence Day is 10th July.

It is part of a chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, infact there are 700 islands, and a large amount of its economical income is derived from tourism and off shore banking. The darker side to the Bahamas is, because of the location of the island it's a major point for drug traffic heading towards the US and around Europe. Enough of the dark side though. For all you ladies that are taking time out on the island there is the famous Straw Market for your perusal.

You can bargain and banter with locals for hats, jewelry, fabrics, carvings and all these are hand made. What a great way of getting a feel for the local atmosphere. And whilst the ladies are bargain hunting the guys can go out and do a spot of deep-sea fishing with one of the many charter companies that offer themselves for hire. The charter rates can vary from $500 for a half day up to $2500 for a full day out. But the Bahamas offers the world's best fishing source and you can test your strength with fish such as Marlin, Shark, and even tangle with a Barracuda on your line. So it's worth the expense. Or perhaps you would like to go below the surface and do a spot of snorkeling and see the wondrous arrays of color as the fish dart around you.

You can actually go on a snorkeling tour and different companies will escort you to some of the best places to see the marine life. Those prices vary from $30 on upwards for children and $55 on upwards for adults. Like most things it depends on what you see, eat, drink or how long you are out. Water sports are such a big option when planning on having fun in the Bahamas; they range from Jet Ski's, Parasailing, Banana Boat Ride, Windsurfing and what more could you ask for than Water Trampoline.

As with the boat charters, there are many companies who offer all varieties of water sports but also a variety of prices, some cheaper than others. It's always a best thing to shop around to get more for your hard earned vacation dollars. But you can always pick up an information package when you arrive at your hotel or get ideas from your travel company.

The nice part about being on the islands is the temperature. The summer temp usually hangs below 90 degrees and you will have the constant trade winds to help keep you from feeling scorched. The main rainy season is usually from November through till April, so you may want to keep that in mind, as it can be quite torrential.

At the end of your day when trying to think of what to eat, don't worry; in the Bahamas they serve every culinary delight that you could possibly think of. There is always something to suit each pallet. The obvious would be fish with lobster and conch being amongst the favorites. But you will find, American, French, Asian, Indian, Greek, Italian and food from just about any other country in the world. But be sure to check out the dress codes for the restaurant of your choice, if it is fine dining they require a shirt and tie.

And then at the end of your fun filled day and wonderful meal you can take a walk under the clear night sky along the miles of silky sand filled beaches.

Written By: Karen Gates
Edited By: Michael C. Podlesny

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