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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!

Colors of the Bahamas - Yellow Chair

Airlines Flying to Nassau, Bahamas

  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Continental Airlines


The Caribbean!

Beautiful Caribbean Beach at the Sandals Resort in the BahamasWoo 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.)The Entrance to the Sandals Grand Bahaman Resort.

My Before-I-Go To Do List

  1. Lose 10 Lbs - Only 2 weeks to go, and not doing so well!
  2. Buy new swimsuit.
  3. Buy 2 new outfits!
  4. Figure out what to do with the dogs while we are gone!
  5. House sitter? - would solve dog problem too.
  6. 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.)
  7. Do a little research on the Caribbean (Bahamas, specifically).
  8. Pack!
  9. Kiss each item of clothing goodbye as you place it in your suitcase.
  10. Label each piece of luggage with home address and destination address. You will be sorry if you don't.
  11. 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").
  12. Do big grocery shop so kids have lots of healthy food in house.
  13. Leave credit card so kids can order pizza.
  14. Put "To Do" list on fridge so kids don't forget to water plants and bring in the trash cans.
  15. 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 water.
  16. 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!)Palm Fronds
  • 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 only!)
  • 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 : 1 USD
  • 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 in Bahamas
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