where to stay in the bahamas

Old Apr 25th, 2010, 07:31 AM
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where to stay in the bahamas

my husband i i are looking for a 4-5 day relaxing beach vacation at the end of may. looking for a nice place to stay on the more upscale side. Thanks
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Old Apr 25th, 2010, 07:53 AM
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Where in the bahamas are you looking??
If you are thinking of Nassau, then the One and only ocean club would be my pic.
Andros - Kamalame Cay
Harbour Island - Pink Sand or Romora Bay
Long island - Cape Santa maria would be a good choice
Exuma - sandals Emerald Bay

There are too many to list.
For relaxation.. the out islands are
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Old Apr 25th, 2010, 09:00 AM
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If you want to visit the Bahamas your best approach would be to do some basic research about the different islands as the are all somewhat unique. You see, the Bhaamas consists of some 800 islands and cays. While many are either unihabited or very remote you still have quite a few that are readily accessible and have a variety of resorts.

You have the "major" islands of Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahamas, the more well known Out-islands like Eluthera, Andros, Abaco, Cat Island, Long Island, Harbour Island and the Exumas as well as the lesser islands like San Salvadore, Rum Cay, Bimini, Acklins, Crooked Island or Mayagauna plus many, many more.

Make a list of the 10 or 15 things that you want in an island vacation, compare that list to the descriptions you read about the different islands - you'll then be able to eliminate those destinations that don't appeal to you. Study the remaining islands to find the one that most closely matches "your dream spot".

A couple things you should realize are all islands offer something different and no one island "has it all". Try not to get stuck with "the grass is geener on the other side of the fence" syndrome. In all my 25+ years of travelling around the Caribben and Bahamas I've only come across two or three destinations I didn't like so the moral is, you are likely to enjoy your stay no matter which island you choose.

lastly, if you come acroos two or three island destinations you think are "perfect" for you don't fret - visit one this trip and save the others for your next visit. That's the beauty of visiting the islands, you can go to a different one 4 times a year for 20 years and still not see them all.

Happy travels.
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My vote is for Harbour Island if you want a more low key Out-island experience but still great restaurants to choose from, etc. We loved our stay at Runaway Hill- very un-resorty and right on the beach. Will post our trip report after this post.
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Harbour Island/Runaway Hill trip report 2007:

http://www.fodors.com/community/cari...rip-report.cfm
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Put simply, if you are considering Nassau I would personally prefer to saty at home.

If you are considering the Out Islands it will be hard not to have one of the most amazing experiences of your life being surrounded by amazing beaches and very warm people.

As posters, have said above each island is very different and each has a different angle to match your needs.
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