My husband and I decided that we were going to take a little vacation and since it was the beginning of March and we live in the Northeastern United States, we thought that a cruise to a nice warm destination would be perfect. There really isn't a bad time of year to go to the Bahamas, except I wouldn't really recommend hurricane season. We began our trip with a flight to Miami before boarding our cruise ship. I find that a cruise is one of the best ways to reach the Bahamas. No, it is not as fast as flying, but the relaxation and well, the food, makes up for the time difference.
The image above was our first view of the Bahamas as we were cruising into port on our ship. It was my first time out of the United States in quite a few years and I was excited to be able to add yet another country to my list of places that I have been! As soon as we disembarked our ship, we walked down the boardwalk and into the Bahamas. You don't have to clear customs when you arrive in the Bahamas, but you do need to go through customs before you can leave and board your ship. A little note to everyone, you will want to make sure that you remember to take your passport with you when you enter the Bahamas or you may have trouble leaving.
We didn't plan any excursions for our time in the Bahamas, but once we reached the main road, we found ourselves unsure of what we wanted to do. We ended up hiring a driver to take us and a couple other people for a tour. We figured that it was safer and quicker than walking to unknown areas and we knew that he would share lots of wonderful information with us.
Our driver took us to many nice places, like the one above, but he also took us to some of the more rundown areas of the island.
We had been eating nonstop on the cruise, so we were not hungry when we were on the island, but I was amazed that they had a Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, and KFC as well as many local restaurants. Before our driver took us back, we stopped at Atlantis, and let me tell you, it was a sight to see! The entire place is extravagant and absolutely stunning. I would really consider going there for vacation one of these years.
As soon as our driver dropped us off, we walked up and down the main street and went in and out of shops that sell jewelry and clothing. We even stopped at the Straw Market to see what they were selling. Inside the Straw Market, there are multiple booths and everyone is there trying to get the best deal on the merchandise. Thankfully, they do accept U.S. currency, so we didn't have to worry about exchanging our money anywhere.
Now, there is a surprise to this whole trip. Before my husband and I left the ship, we were told that there was going to be a special visitor on the island that day. The island was celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee, I believe, and Prince Harry was going to be making a speech. We ended up finding a perfect spot to stand and listen to him and we have some amazing pictures as proof.
Once Prince Harry left, we went through customs and boarded our ship. While we didn't do as much as we should have when we were in the Bahamas, we were able to see something special. Something, or should I say someone, that most people will never be able to experience at any time in their life. To me, the experience of seeing Prince Harry, was worth everything that I missed during my short time in the Bahamas.