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A Traveller’s Guide to the Bahamas

Words by 2nd Year German student, Emily Woodall. 

If you’re already fed up of exams, revision and living in the library, then you may be dreaming of a sunny summer getaway. With plenty of gorgeous places to visit both in the UK and abroad, it’s hard to decide where to take your well-earned break. Many uni students love the European interrailing life, and as much as that sounds like an incredible summer, why not try a further afield destination… the Bahamas, just south of Florida! 

Top place to visit: Harbour Island, Pink Sand Beach 

With the Beach Boys ‘Kokomo’ playing in the background, a glass of whatever-takes-your-fancy and a perfect backdrop like this, who wouldn’t feel relaxed in this beautiful place!? Harbour Island is home to the world famous Pink Sand Beach, a cool-to-the-touch beach with the colour coming from tiny pink shells. Popular activities for tourists include horse riding and snorkelling, but a day of simply relaxing on the beach to see the sunset sounds incredible! 

Things to do: 

  • Go diving with approved and qualified instructors in ‘The Tongue of the Ocean’ 
  • Eat at a local restaurant and try the local food and drink 
  • If drinking alcohol, the local rum is much cheaper than imported beer! 
  • Visit Pirates of Nassau, a museum where you can learn about the history of piracy! 

Price guide: 

All sounds good, right? Whilst it may not be as cheap as a European holiday, it won’t bust the bank and the views are worth the extra bit. 

Okay, so accommodation is expensive, but as students we are used to the cheaper options rather than the luxury 5-star penthouse apartments! The currency in the Bahamas is BSD (Bahamian dollar) and on average you can be paying about 90-100 BSD per night for a double room. Just make sure you stay safe and travelaware whilst abroad and book through trusted sites like Booking.com or Airbnb. 

For great advice on all things Bahamas and travelling, visit Nomadic Matt’s website for a full and useful guide. 

Safety: 

Most tourists have a safe and stress-free visit to the Bahamas, but it’s always important to be aware of any possible disruptions or safety issues affecting your break abroad.  

For example, in the Bahamas the hurricane season is normally between June and November; follow advice given by local authorities in such instances. 

Check with your GP in regards to vaccinations that you may need before travelling anywhere abroad; there is a risk in the Bahamas of the Zika virus and whilst this shouldn’t put you off visiting this wonderful part of the world, you should follow advice from health guides such as the National Travel Health Network and Centre website and take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. 

 

Comprehensive travel and medical insuranceis a must for travelling abroad; make sure that your insurance covers all your needs for your trip. 

 

If you decide to visit the Bahamas, have an amazing time and be travelaware… and if you’re still dreaming of this gorgeous destination then start saving those pennies for a future dream holiday! For more advice about the Bahamas and for updates about safety and travel information, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bahamas. In the Bahamas itself, any consular support can be found in the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica. 

About Taz Usher

Print Editor of The Spark Newspaper.

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