Aug 02 2013

Travel Wishlist: Bahamas

by in Travel Wishlist


While my travels usually take me to the deserts of Central Asia or the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, I’m always craving a beach vacation (and thankfully will be headed to a beautiful Belizean caye in January to get my fill). One place that has been on my list for a while is the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba.

The Bahamas consist of 700 islands, cays, and islets, which means there is seemingly limitless opportunity to relax on the beaches or enjoy more active pursuits such as snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, water skiing or jet skiing. Though not well known for surfing, with the right swell and location, you can catch some waves there as well. For someone who loves the beach and ocean, this pretty much sounds like heaven to me.

In particular, the Bahamas are well known for its snorkeling and diving. The world’s third largest barrier reef is in the Bahamas, along with sunken Spanish galleons and underwater caves and trenches that plunge thousands of feet. If you’re brave enough, you can even scuba dive with reef sharks (I promise, mom, I won’t do that). Don’t know how to dive? Not a problem. There are plenty of full service diving holidays Bahamas shops and resorts where you can take diving lessons and earn your PADI certification in four days. I’ve considered taking diving lessons here in the cold waters of Seattle, but what better place to learn than the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas?

Another thing I always look forward to when traveling is partaking in the local cuisine. I love seafood, so I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy the fresh fish, lobster, and crab with sides of peas ‘n’ rice and johnnycake. Washed down, of course, with some rum cocktails. No better way to end a beautiful day at the beach.

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