#DryLandTouristChronicles: Paradise Found…My Week In The Bahamas (Part 1)

This is one trip I am more than grateful I had the opportunity to go on. It literally happened in less than a month and a half.

I remember a few months ago I was watching some of my favourite Beauty YouTubers vlog  their experience at The Atlantis & thinking how cool it would be to go there. Who knew that a few months later I would be sitting here blogging about my week on Paradise Island.


Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The morning of my trip I had to wake up at 5AM because my ride to the airport had school at 8AM. Luckily for me my mom sat with me in the airport until I was ready to go to the departure lounge.

It felt like my flight took forever to board! Once I got on the plane, however, I was more than ready to start my adventure.

The journey to Nassau was smooth & I have to give thanks to Caribbean Airlines for their exceptional service. The only issue I had with my flight was that one particular stewardess was not very friendly especially to the lady sitting beside me. I don’t know if she was having a bad morning or what

The Lynden Pindling Airport was massive! I felt like I was walking FOREVER to the Immigration desk.

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Just landed…can you tell how excited I am?!

The purpose of my trip was to attend my Rotary district conference. The Bahamian people & Rotarians made immigration & customs a breeze. I was out in no time.

We were greeted with cold beers  & water as we boarded our bus to the hotel.

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Along the way we stopped to snap a picture at The Island Caves.

 

Our bus driver was very knowledgeable & highlighted important facts about The Bahamas along the journey.

When I got to the Atlantis Coral Towers , I was more than excited to be there! After checking in, we headed to the conference for a little while before heading out to explore & find food.

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Fun times with Nicole

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This fountain was so cute

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The exploration begins

We walked to Comfort Suites to the hospitality room which was hosted by one of the local Rotary Clubs. The theme for the night was Bahamian Culture so we got to enjoy local music & cuisine.

I always told myself that I had to have Conch Salad whenever I visited the Bahamas so I was extremely happy to taste it. I also enjoyed a Sands Pink Radler which was very refreshing.

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My delicious Conch Salad

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I really enjoyed this Sands Pink Radler

Radler is a German word and it’s commonly known to consist of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling juices.The Sands Pink Radler contains only 2.3% alcohol.

Source: http://www.bahamianbrewery.com/detail/sands_radler.php

Later we headed out with some friends for a night out. We headed to Mario’s Bowling, however, it turns out they close on Tuesdays. The trip wasn’t a total lost because we had a little fun at the Enigma Bahamas Mas Camp.

We had dinner at Twisted Lime Restaurant and Sports Bar in Sandyport. I had a Philly Steak Sandwich with a side of Sweet Potato Fries & Ice Tea which was really delicious.

I really loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. We chose to dine outside by the water which proved to be a bit chilly but still really relaxing. After eating we had a little fun watching the fishes swimming in the lagoon.

It was a great girls night out & a fabulous start to my trip.


Wednesday, May 4th

Most of my Wednesday comprised of training. The conference was the real purpose of my trip so I had to dedicate at least one day to it & this was it.

In the evening, we decided to check out the other hospitality suite at the Imperial Suite in the Atlantis Royal Tower. Another quest for the evening was to find the famous “Atlantis” chair because a trip to the Atlantis isn’t official until you snap a pic in that bad boy.

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Had to snap a pic with this lovely Bahamian lady in her Junkanoo Costume

After the Imperial Suite visit, we headed to Arawak Cay a.k.a Fish Fry for dinner where we dined at Twin Brothers. I had Linguini pasta with Snapper which was so delicious!

Arawak Cay offers the authentic atmosphere of the Bahamian Fish Fry with vendors selling made to order conch salad, fried fish and other Bahamian dishes. Arawak Cay was artificially built from the sand when the harbor was dredged in 1969.There is a Police Station, a storytelling porch for special events, an old Bahamian rock oven, an open stage and an open grassy area with seating for the audience where concerts and other productions are held. Sunday nights is when the majority of locals can be seen at Arawak Cay or Fish Fry as the locals would say.
Source: http://www.bahamas.com/vendor/fish-fry-arawak-cay#zoom=11&lat=25.02265&lon=-77.37452&layers=00B0T

I definitely recommend a visit to Arawak Cay not only for the food but the atmosphere. All the restaurants were very colourful & music of all genre filled the night air. It is a definite laid back chill spot to enjoy with old and new friends.

When we got back to the hotel, we decided to continue our exploration & headed to the Aquarium at the Royal Tower.

This was my first visit to an aquarium & I was in awe of the beautiful fishes and sea creatures. It was magical seeing all the beautiful artifacts which provide the back drop for the aquarium.

This was the perfect end to a delightful day 2.


Here is a vlog of my Day 1 & 2 experience:

Thanks for stopping by & stay tuned for Part 2!

Until next trek!

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