A beach resort isn't exactly my idea of a vacation spot. I'm more of a desert and mountain type and I like it cheap. The Bahamas has no mountains and it's not cheap, but keeping a promise to my children, I recently visited the country and came back rather positive about the experience.
Ok, no mountains, but the running was good, lots of swimming in the Atlantic, and jet-skiing for the first time. Staying away from fancy restaurants, gambling, and alcohol helped stretch the budget. And is there any reason to go clothes shopping in fancy stores when all you need is your swimming outfit or a pair of shorts and a t-shirt?
I knew there will be beaches, and palm trees and turquoise-colored water, and the fact that Columbus landed there. But I also learned a few new things about the Bahamas, among them:
- The Bahamas consists of hundreds of islands, some uninhabited.
- The Bahamas is not really that far south. If you drew a line from Nassau heading west, you hit Florida.
- The Bahamas is a sovereign country with its own government.
- The Bahamian dollar is pegged to the US dollar one for one. Both currencies are freely accepted. No need for a conversion calculator or exchange fees.
- Traffic in the Bahamas follows the British system. They drive on the left. be careful crossing streets.
and a few shots: