Bahamas Off Season

Jun 28th, 2003, 03:20 AM
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Bahamas Off Season

Has anyone ever gone to the Bahamas off season ... Aug/Sept/Oct. How's the weather-- Rain? Too Hot?
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Jun 28th, 2003, 05:24 AM
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Where you heading in the Bahamas? the weather varies for the archipelgo stretches for over 700 miles. Robert
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Jun 28th, 2003, 12:19 PM
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Nassau. Also, are the hotels full service year round ... restaurants/casinos?
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Jun 28th, 2003, 02:00 PM
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Starstar; you don't have much to worry about August-October. The Florida Channel cools Nassau during the summer/fall months, regardless of the humidity and temperature. The weather is moderate due to the northeast trade winds. Even in December/January, I've never experienced lows in the upper 40's, usually in the upper 60's throughout the day in winter months. You will be in the last three months of rainy season, but the storms come quick, often with winds, and they ar over quickly, with the sun coming back out again. Their not prolonged rains and overcast skies like in the states. Nassau will have a half foot of rain each month for the time you're there; from beginning December to April the rains simmer down to a third that much per month. Unfortunately, the hurrican season picks up June through November, and most hurricanes hit the Bahamas in August. Humidity will be high, in the 80%ile during those months, but the prevailing ocean winds from the east will minimize their effect on you. You probably heard many posters here complain about mold in the hotel rooms, throughout the Bahamas, this is due to the high humidity. Temperatures will hit upper 80's in August. Best kept secret: If a hurricane loops northward while you're there, the areas near the ocean and beach areas will be flooded; the government officials have an "Embassy Emergency" plan along with the U.S. Ambassador in Nassau. They go to emergency shelters on high ground in the central and eastern areas of New Providence. Hint: if a hurricane is looming and they don't know if it will continue eastward or suddenly turn north to Nassau, rent a car so you can get the hell away from the hotel beach area and take shelter in the areas mentioned above. To sum it up, your months there will be rainy, hot and humid, but mother nature and the Florida Channel and northeast winds will make it very bearable, if not pleasant for you. I believe the hotels are full service year round; maybe another poster can answer that one better than I. Robert
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Jun 28th, 2003, 07:15 PM
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I stayed in the Bahamas on Cable Beach (outside Nassau) in August a few years ago. All the hotels were full service. Weather was good. It did rain sometimes, but it wasn't long until the sun came out again.
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Jul 3rd, 2003, 08:41 AM
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I was in Atlantis on Paradise Island for a week last August and the weather was gorgeous. Never a day of rain, and not that hot either (at least, not as hot as it gets here in D.C. in August!) I was pleasantly surprised. There always seemed to be a breeze. I've booked for August again this year, so I hope my luck continues!

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Jul 3rd, 2003, 10:14 AM
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I was at the Sandals resort there in mid August of 2001.. the weather was beautiful for the week we were there. It was hot but we were lucky and it didn't rain!
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Jul 3rd, 2003, 10:24 AM
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I went to Nassau in late September and the weather was beautiful. We did have some rain but never for more than an hour at a time. Most of the restaurants were open and tour groups.
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Jul 15th, 2003, 04:56 PM
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Thanks everyone ... seems like November might be a bit nicer.
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Jul 15th, 2003, 06:57 PM
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Some restaurants are closed for the month of September or October. Some have limited hours thru the entire off season. Hotels use this time to spruce up and do repairs. Some hotel let go staff. I wouldn't worry about it, as there are certainly enough staff and restaurants open to keep you happy.
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Jul 16th, 2003, 04:50 AM
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I stayed at Bimini at the Compleat Angler in October, 1990. I was the only renter for an entire week and several days I was the lone renter. It is the slow time of year in the Bahamas but especially on such an out-island. There was night life on Saturday and Sunday nights, if I remember correctly, from partiers from Miami, which is about 40 miles west. The weather was very pleasant, in the eighties, with gentle breezes most of the time. At the most, there were two or three quick rain storms of short duration.
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Jul 16th, 2003, 06:26 AM
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My gad, staying alone at the Compleat Angler. That would be a real experience for meditation. Did you see Ernest Hemmingway's apparition in the hallways? Robert
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Jul 16th, 2003, 07:01 AM
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No. However, an indigent black woman of about 40 going on 60 wanted to braid my short, gray hair for a fee. I said no. By the way, on another thread you mentioned the Red Lion on Bimini. Is that the place that is located in what seems like part of an older couple's home, has about four tables, has delicious food and yet is rather cheap?
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It could be; the Red Lion is on the eastern shore of downtown Alice Town. If you walk through the kitchen and jump from the back step, you'll be in the water. It has several tables, a counter(bar)and is very small inside, and take much pride in their food. If you keep walking north from RL on the King's Highway about 300 feet, and don't get run over by a golf cart, you'll come to the entrance to the Bimini Big Game Club. I believe the ending to the film "Silence Of The Lambs" was filmed on that stretch of road. Remember the erie ending when he walked down a road in some Caribbean village? I believe that's it.I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Compleat Angler, especially talking with the bartenders and looking at all the pictures. "Papa Doc" walked the same corridors as you did. Robert
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