Bahamas Guide

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One of America's premier vacation destinations is brought to life by veteran travel writer Ron Charles. Bahamas Guide gives the reader all the information necessary for that perfect getaway for both first-time and return visitors. The 700-plus islands of the Bahamas is close to the US and features beautiful year-round weather. Open Road brings you the real Bahamas, showing you the best of the old and all the new hotels, restaurants, and activities for both couples and families alike. From the charming limestone ...
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One of America's premier vacation destinations is brought to life by veteran travel writer Ron Charles. Bahamas Guide gives the reader all the information necessary for that perfect getaway for both first-time and return visitors. The 700-plus islands of the Bahamas is close to the US and features beautiful year-round weather. Open Road brings you the real Bahamas, showing you the best of the old and all the new hotels, restaurants, and activities for both couples and families alike. From the charming limestone buildings dotting the capital of Nassau on the island of New Providence, to the island's premier beach resorts of Cable Beach and Paradise Island, to gorgeious white sand beaches on Grand Bahama and the less-visited but pristine Out Islands, Charles gives the reader all the fun options for any kind of vacation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883323455
  • Publisher: Open Road Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 11
2 Overview 12
3 Suggested Itineraries 18
A Quick Weekend Around Nassau 18
A Quick Weekend On Grand Bahama 19
The Laid-Back, Yet Deluxe, All-Inclusive Vacation On New Providence 20
The Basic Bahamas Tour 20
The Action-Packed Vacation On New Providence 22
The Multiple Island Tour Of The Bahamas 24
The Highlights Of The Out Islands Tour 27
4 Land & People 31
5 A Short History 34
6 Planning Your Trip 39
When to Visit 39
Climate 40
What to Pack 42
Passports & Visa Regulations 42
Customs 43
Bahamian Government Representatives in North America 44
Student Travel & Youth ID Cards 44
Physically-Challenged Travelers 45
Bahamas Tourism Offices-BTO 46
Booking Your Vacation 47
Travel Agents 48
Tour Operators 48
Travel Emergency & Medical Insurance 49
Accommodations 50
Getting to the Bahamas 52
Scheduled Non-Stop Flights from North America 52
Flights with Connections to the Bahamas 54
Charter Flights 54
Discount Ticket Consolidators 55
7 Basic Information 56
Business Hours & Holidays 56
Casinos 56
Electricity 57
Embassies & Consulates 57
Festivals & Local Events 57
Health & Medical Concerns 59
Insurance Coverage 60
Lost Or Stolen Passports 60
Money & Banking 60
Internet 62
Newspapers & Magazines 63
Post Offices & Mail 64
Radio 64
Safety Issues 65
Shopping 65
Taxes & Service Charges 66
Telephones, Telegrams, & Faxes 66
TV 69
Time 69
Tipping 69
8 Cruising to the Bahamas 71
Bahamas Florida Express 72
Carnival Cruise Lines 72
Discovery Cruises 72
Disney Cruise Lines 72
Premier Cruise Lines (The Big Red Boat) 73
Norwegian Cruise Lines 73
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 73
9 Getting Around the Bahamas 75
By Air 75
By Bus 77
By Car 77
Booking Car Rentals 78
By Ferry 80
By Mailboat 81
Tourist Information Centres 82
10 Sports & Recreation 84
Beaches & Swimming 84
Bicycle Riding 85
Boating 85
Fishing 86
Golf 86
Horseback Riding 87
Jet Skiing 87
Scuba Diving 87
Snorkeling 88
Tennis 89
11 Food & Drink 90
12 Best Places to Stay 94
Very Expensive 94
Expensive 100
Moderate 104
13 New Providence & Paradise Island 108
Arrivals & Departures 110
Getting Around New Providence 110
Where to Stay 110
Where to Eat 119
Cable Beach 126
Downtown Nassau 129
Paradise Island 133
Nightlife & Entertainment 137
Shopping 138
Sports & Recreation 143
Practical Information 146
14 Grand Bahama Island 148
Arrivals & Departures 148
Getting Around Grand Bahama 150
Where to Stay 150
Where to Eat 154
Freeport 157
Lucaya 159
Excursions & Day Trips 161
Nightlife & Entertainment 163
Shopping 164
Sports & Recreation 167
Practical Information 170
15 The Abacos 171
Arrivals & Departures 174
Getting Around The Abacos 175
Where to Stay 175
Where to Eat 181
Treasure Cay 183
Green Turtle Cay 184
Marsh Harbour 186
Elbow Cay 187
Great Guana Cay 188
Sports & Recreation 189
Practical Information 191
16 Eleuthera & Harbour Island 192
Eleuthera 192
Arrivals & Departures 194
Getting Around Eleuthera 195
Where to Stay: Eleuthera & Harbour Island 196
Where to Eat: Eleuthera & Harbour Island 202
Seeing the Sights 205
Harbour Island 209
Arrivals & Departures 210
Getting Around Harbour Island & Orientation 211
Seeing the Sights 212
Sports & Recreation 213
Nightlife & Entertainment 214
Practical Information 214
17 Cat Island 215
Arrivals & Departures 215
Getting Around Cat Island 216
Where to Stay 217
Where to Eat 221
Seeing the Sights 222
Sports & Recreation 225
Nightlife & Entertainment 226
Practical Information 226
18 The Exumas 227
Arrivals & Departures 229
Getting Around The Exumas 229
Where to Stay 229
Where to Eat 233
Little Exuma Island 234
Great Exuma Island 235
Sports & Recreation 238
Nightlife & Entertainment 238
Practical Information 238
19 Long Island 239
Arrivals & Departures 239
Getting Around Long Island 240
Where to Stay 240
Where to Eat 243
Seeing the Sights 243
Sports & Recreation 245
Nightlife & Entertainment 246
20 Andros 247
Arrivals & Departures 247
Getting Around Andros 248
Where to Stay 249
Where to Eat 251
Seeing the Sights 252
Sports & Recreation 253
Nightlife & Entertainment 253
Practical Information 253
21 Bimini 254
Arrivals & Departures 255
Getting Around Bimini 256
Where to Stay 256
Where to Eat 258
Seeing the Sights 259
Sports & Recreation 262
Nightlife & Entertainment 263
Practical Information 264
Index 265
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