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What to do in the Bahamas?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by jpa, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. jpa

    jpa CLM

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    So my GT bretheren, my aunt called and offered me a free ticket to the Bahamas with her and some friends. I accepted, I have my passport in hand and we're leaving at the end of April. My question is what do I do and where do I go? Any suggestions on what's fun to do there? Any must-see or must-do events? Anything I need to pack, clothing or supply-wise? Also, is there anything worth bringing back?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Dalton Wayne

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    If you find yourself in Nassau hit the straw market
     

  3. JASV.17

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    Atlantis is neat, though as a non-guest, your access will be limited.

    Senior Frogs.

    Jerk chicken. Khalik.

    The Strawmarket (Nassau) is a good place to get trinkets, make sure you haggle the price of whatever you want.

    Tell your wife to be ready to hear, "braid your hair, pretty lady" every step she takes.

    SA type info: Stick to the tourists areas, especially at night. Share cabs. Don't let anyone put anything on you, like a necklace, bracelet etc. They'll make it seem like a gift, then demand payment.

    For the most part, the people are VERY friendly, even when trying to get money from you (see above).
     
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    straw market is cool and you definitely need to haggle for prices... haggle on principle alone... they expect it anyway..

    otherwise, beach, pool, eat, beach, pool, eat...

    oh... snorkeling there was pretty cool, but would recommend finding a local guy with his own boat. .... we found one guy doing this who would only take out a max of 2 couples at a time ($20 per couple... small boat anyway) and think he kept us out for an hour or two...much longer than the "commercial" folks... and he kept us away from the spots inundated with tourists. In hindsight, I guess we could've been kidnapped and chopped up into chum, but the bahamians seem to be pretty law-abiding folks (or am I confusing this with aruba?)... We were there a week and went out with him a couple different times.

    ...also, after 3 attempts to get a good steak, I gave up and stuck strictly with the seafood...

    ETA: "Booze Cruise" was kinda just ok, in my opinion... not that big of a deal, but it's something to do... (there may be more than one booze cruise running around down there).. think we decided it really wasn't worth the money (maybe $25 a head)

    ETA part 2: The only thing we thought worth bringing back was a couple of conch shells. There are locals who go diving for them (and hugemongous starfish and whatnot) and then they swim up on the beach, clean them and sell them for about $10 a pop. Really nice ones (size and color). So if you're packing a bag, consider leaving a little room for one of those items. They make nice dust collectors once you get back home.

    ETA part 3: take at least one business casual outfit (slacks and polo shirt or button down).. some hotel restaurants might have a dress code..
     
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    send me some of them scanily clad tanned women...please...just poke some holes in the box.
    :whistling::wavey::supergrin:
     
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    Atlantis, snorkel, fish and buy a Rolex duty free.

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    First of all, I assume you'll be in Nassau? If so, I was there last week. Recommendations in this thread are spot on.

    Not sure of your age or interests, but Atlantis is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Definitely a cool place to spend a day (aquariums, pools, beach, casino, etc.)

    The locals are fantastic. ENJOY!
     
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    find a guide and go bonefishing on the flats.
     
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    This. And eat lots of conch and lobster...

    -J.-
     
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    very very true had people put necklace on the wife then demand money
     
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    Do you really need to ask? Sit on the beach and get smashed off pina coladas.
     
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    Try to stay as far as you can from anyone with outstretched palms uttering these words, "Dollar mon".
     
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    The "bridge" between the two towers is a SINGLE suite. $25k/night, 7 night minimum.. booked 5 years out. :wow:
     
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    Have fun but...
    Try not to mingle with the guys with machetes and guns, they're pretty kool for the most part but they really don't understand our cultural differences.:whistling:
     
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    Holy crap that would make for some awesome parties.
     
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    IIRC, Michael Jackson used to live there. My comment has no relation to your, "awesome parties" comment, though.
     
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    "the Bahamas"

    There are like 700 islands. Which one?

    Bring back some duty free bottles of RON MATUSALEM RUM.

    And drink lots of Kalik beer while you're there. Gamble. Hang on the beach. Dance. Swim. Don't worry, be happy.

    And make certain you save $20 cash or whatever the exit tax is this week or you won't leave the country.

    John
     
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    That's awesome John, have fun my friend:supergrin::wavey:
     
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    Actually, I'll be on Grand Bahama. I'm 29, single, male, going with my 50 year old aunt and a few of her friends. It's a mixed group of mostly older folks but they know how to party. Probably the worst part of it all based on what everyone's said so far, is that I'm allergic to seafood. :( I do love jerk chicken though so I'll probably be eating a lot of that.

    It's my first time out of the US, so the safety and cultural tips are welcome. I used to work in downtown Chicago and I travel all over Las Vegas so I don't have a problem with panhandlers and watching my back. I also don't drink until I'm falling down and don't know where I am. I do know cultures and laws are different elsewhere so I need to remain aware of that fact.