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All Inclusive The Way To Go!
If you take one tip away from my lovely pages on the Caribbean, it
should be this: Book
All Inclusive or you will go broke. The Bahamas is
really expensive, so the more you can book through a
travel deal, the
better off you'll be.
Get Yourself Connected
You are always at an advantage having easy access to the internet when
traveling. My preference is to schlep my laptop with me. There are some
great PDA alternatives to this, however!
Airlines Flying to Nassau, Bahamas
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- Continental Airlines
THE RETRO HOUSEWIFE GOES TO:
Woo Hoo! I am going to the Caribbean (Bahamas) for the first time! We
are going to Nassau in the Bahamas to a place called
Cable Beach. This is where the Sandals Royal Bahamian is located,
where we will be staying. I have never been to a Sandals Resort before,
so this will be another first for me! (In fact, I have only been to one
resort ever, and that by accident really! It was the
Club Med Ixtapa in Mexico, and only because the kids and my mother
got Montazuma's revenge, and we were forced to take refuge in the Very
Much Like Being At Home environment of the Club Med.)
My Before-I-Go To Do List
- Lose 10 Lbs - Only 2 weeks to go, and not doing so well!
- Buy new swimsuit.
- Buy 2 new outfits!
- Figure out what to do with the dogs while we are gone!
- House sitter? - would solve dog problem too.
- Figure out how to get to airport on time! (You wouldn't think
this would be a problem, but we have missed our last 3 flights.)
- Do a little research on the Caribbean (Bahamas, specifically).
- Kiss each item of clothing goodbye as you place it in your
- Label each piece of luggage with home address and destination
address. You will be sorry if you don't.
- Place one very versatile outfit (including clean underwear &
socks) in your carry-on luggage. Do not let carry on luggage out of
your sight until you are safely at your destination. When deciding
what clothing items to pack in your carry on luggage, ask yourself
the question: What wouldn't I mind wearing continuously for the next
5 days and possibly be buried in? (if you are going to the Bahamas,
substitute number of days you are staying for "5").
- Do big grocery shop so kids have lots of healthy food in house.
- Leave credit card so kids can order pizza.
- Put "To Do" list on fridge so kids don't forget to water plants
and bring in the trash cans.
- Soak all the house plants and the parts of the yard that are not
on automatic sprinklers so plants don't die when kids forget to
- Choose which computer
paraphernalia you would like to bring with you. I bring my
laptop everywhere I go, because then I always have something to do
on long boring plane rides and layovers, and because I have to get
on the internet and kick all the porn and pill mongers out of the
Retro Housewife forum. It also turned out that email and Yahoo IM
was the fall back communication method for us and the kids, so I am
VERY GLAD I had it with me.
Important Facts About The Caribbean
- As of January 23, 2007, a passport will be required for travel
to the Caribbean. - Good thing I got mine renewed last year! (Hate
the passport photo, though!)
- The airport code for Nassau International Airport is NAS.
- Coordinates: 24 15 N, 76 00 W
- Official Language: English (Creole is also spoken among
some immigrant groups)
- Country Code: 1-242
- Dial from US to Bahamas: 1-242-555-1212 (Example number
- Dial from Bahamas to US: 1-213-555-1212 (would get you
information in the 213 area code!)
- Currency: Bahamian dollar (BSD)
- Exchange rate: seems to be pretty stable at 1BSD :
- Electric Current: 120 Volts (Same as the US)
- Time Zone: UTC-5 (Nassau is in the same time zone as the
East Coast, or 3 hours ahead for Californians.)
- Cell Phone Coverage