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5 Mistakes to avoid in Bahamas

Last Updated: 7th Aug, 2019

Mistakes to Avoid in Bahamas

For sun deprived Canadians and Americans, the Bahamas offers an idyllic getaway with beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, and a slew of relaxing activities.

It’s no surprise, then, that this is one of the Caribbean’s most popular vacation destinations. However, just like any other country, there is a list of first-timer mistakes you should avoid while visiting. Here are five tips on how to stay safe and make the most of your time (and money) in the Bahamas. 

1. Wandering Alone at Night in the Bahamas

Like everywhere else in the world, it’s wise to take proper precautions while out at night. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly in Nassau, as the risk of crime increases after dark., however you are pretty safe at Atlantis Bahamas. Avoid walking alone after sunset, especially around poorly-lit and deserted locations, such as streets and beaches. Nightclubs and music venues provide a chance to experience local culture, though tourists should stick to heavily populated areas and walk in a group. 

While the Bahamian islands are generally considered safe for female travelers overall, it’s a good idea to dress modestly, as this is still a conservative country in many areas. This also means covering up when leaving beach areas during the day, especially since many spots away from the sand require a certain standard of dress. Women have also reported some incidents of verbal (mostly non-threatening) and sexual harassment while traveling around the Bahamas. Drink-spiking has also been reported here, so beware of friendly strangers who may want to buy you a drink, and never leave your beverage unattended. Pickpocketing, snatch-and-grab, and other petty crimes are also possible. As a result, heightened police presence and check points can be expected. Keep your valuables hidden, take only what you need with you for the day, and don’t leave your belongings unattended, even at the beach. Credit card fraud can also occur in the Bahamas, so keep an eye on your card at all times, and let your bank know when you are traveling, in case of suspicious transactions. 

2. Traveling During Hurricane Season in the Bahamas

This is a tough one because there can be some great prices, low crowds, and potentially fantastic weather in the off-season. That being said, June through November is the official hurricane season in the Bahamas, so you’ll likely want to avoid this time of year, if possible. If you’re going to take your chances and visit during the storm season, monitor local reports and check with your airline to ensure your travel plans won’t experience any delays. Travelers should also get insurance during these months to protect their trip investment. Travel insurance provides reimbursement for pre-paid, non-refundable expenses, if you need to cancel a trip for a covered reason, such as damage to your resort from a recent hurricane. 

3. Riding in Unmarked Taxis in the Bahamas

Whether you need to get to your hotel from the airport or want to explore Nassau, you should always avoid taxis that appear unlicensed. And while you’re at it, don’t hop in any licensed taxi without negotiating a fare first. Unlike other major cities around the world, most taxis in the Bahamas don’t use meters, which can make the payment process tricky. Instead of getting yourself into a sticky situation with your taxi driver, make sure to negotiate a rate upfront, especially when you’re out on the town drinking and enjoying the nightlife. Your best bet: Ask the front door staff at your hotel or resort, or the restaurant or club you’re visiting, to arrange a licensed taxi for you.

4. Expecting Punctuality on the Island

Like many Caribbean residents, Bahamians are extremely laid-back. This relaxed local lifestyle helps put tourists into the vacation spirit, but travelers expecting promptness and punctuality (New Yorkers, you know who you are) may be thrown off at first. Island time means restaurants are often slow to take orders and serve food, and guided tours and transportation options may depart later than the specified time. Rather than finding fault with this, embrace the slower pace (you are on vacation, after all) and simply book earlier transportation times or dinner reservations, if needed. 

While on the subject, Bahamians may not always be a reliable source for providing driving directions. Locals use buildings, coconut trees, and distinct colors as road markers. If you’re seeking precise directions, consult with your hotel staff to avoid having to use your phone and accruing expensive roaming fees. 

5. Transacting with Beach Vendors in the Bahamas

If you plan on frequenting the popular beaches, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter beach vendors selling everything from jet-ski rentals to water bottles and even illicit drugs. Before handing over cash, consider these precautions. In the Bahamas, water sports are not regulated, and some of the rental equipment might not be in proper working condition. Many of the vendors also don’t have the proper knowledge or training to come to your rescue if things go wrong out in the ocean. As of March 2019, the U.S. State Department travel advisory for the Bahamas stated that “activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas.”

Marijuana is illegal in many Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas. Illicit drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, are also major no-nos, and can get you in serious trouble. If you are offered anything for sale or as a gift, it’s best to not accept it. You can be arrested for possession or trafficking of drugs, which can result in a fine, deportation, or potential jail time. That being said, Bahamians are friendly and enjoy interacting with tourists. If nothing else, say a polite “no thank you” and start conversing about something else. Locals respect visitors who are kind and humble, plus they consider joking and light teasing as a form of affection, so enjoy the humorous exchanges. 

Women’s Safety Tips in Bahamas

Women have reported verbal and sexual harassment while traveling around the Bahamas. Women travelers should reject rides from strangers, avoid hitchhiking or taxi drivers who appear unlicensed.

While the islands are considered safe for women travelers overall, it’s a good idea to dress modestly, as some Bahaman men may suspect you are looking for a partner.

Always take precautions while out at night to ensure your safety, such as taking a licensed taxi to a club or restaurant rather than walking, particularly in Nassau. Avoid walking in deserted or poorly lit areas and not walking alone.

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Last Updated: 5th September, 2019

Best Months to Visit Bahamas

The best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April, the country’s peak season. Though temperatures here are great year-round (they rarely dip below 60 degrees), the islands fall within the hurricane belt, so hurricanes may be a factor between June 1 and Nov. 30 (the Atlantic hurricane season). Most of these months (plus May) also fall within the region’s rainy season, which can leave you with fewer days spent enjoying the islands’ outdoor activities. But keep in mind that mid-December to mid-April’s sublime weather attracts hordes of tourists, so prices will be at their highest and crowds at their thickest during these months.

What is hurricane season in Bahamas?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August through the end of October.

Best Tips to Visit Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island – Bahamas

Atlantis Resorts Paradise Island or “The City of Atlantis” is the world-renowned Caribbean destination in the Bahamas for all ages. The Atlantis Hotel Nassau Bahamas features a variety of accommodations built around a 141-acre waterscape called Aquaventure. This water park contains 18 thrilling water slides, 20 swimming areas, a seven-acre snorkeling lagoon, and more. Atlantis also has the world’s largest open-air marine habitat bringing 50,000 marine animals from reef sharks to sea turtles within your reach. We’ve put together this list to help your trip to Atlantis be the best it can be. These are the Atlantis Bahamas tips you’ll be happy you know before you go.

The Atlantis Resort can be overwhelming even before you arrive. Making an accommodation choice alone can be a dizzying process. There’s the Cove, The Royal Towers, The Reef, The Coral, The Beach and more! Not to worry, we’ve got you covered with tips, secrets, and tricks to help you navigate Atlantis like a pro.

Where is Atlantis Resort located?

Set along the Atlantic Ocean, this sprawling beachfront resort is 3 km from the lively Nassau Straw Market, 4 km from the 18th-century Fort Fincastle and 19 km from Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Bright, warm rooms have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and ocean views; some feature kitchens, whirlpool tubs, and/or balconies or terraces. Plush suites have living rooms; an iconic bridge suite is suspended between 2 hotel towers.

Amenities include 19 bars and 21 restaurants, plus a water park, 9 pools and 2 marine habitats. There’s a lively casino, a golf course and a chic spa, along with a kids’ club. An airport shuttle can be arranged.

Check out the view from “The Coral” at Night…

Kid’s play area at The Beach

Best Atlantis Bahamas Tips for an overwhelming experience.

1. Reaching Atlantis

When booking your trip to Atlantis,  you will want to book your flight to Nassau (NAS) and then take a taxi from the airport to the resort. Taxi prices are regulated so you won’t be overcharged. It takes about 30 minutes to get to the resort. Our Bahamian taxi drivers were courteous and professional. You can also book airport transfers through Atlantis, but then you may be stuck waiting for other passengers. We would not recommend renting a car. If you want to explore more of the island, hire a taxi. The locals may have some insider tips on places to go too!

2. Choosing Accomodations

For families: Nearly all accommodations at Atlantis are family-friendlyThe main Royal Towers is the place to stay to be closest to the action and probably the best option if a visit is a “once in a lifetime” experience for your family.  The Coral has newly renovated family-friendly rooms and suites. If you want to get away from the crowds of the main resort, The Harborside has 1-3 bedroom villas with full kitchens and laundry facilities. The Reef Atlantis offers more upscale living with Big studios, 1-2 bedrooms units with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes. This is perfect for families wanting easy access to the beach. While not formally part of the resort, the adjacent Comfort Suites Paradise Island provides budget-friendly accommodations AND includes all of the Atlantis amenities.

3. Atlantis is NOT an all-inclusive resort

Be prepared to shell some serious cash for special experiences, meals, snacks, drinks, etc. Many people recommend packing snacks and water bottles to avoid extra daytime charges. You’ll likely have a large dinner, but snacks help hold everyone over during the day. Rooms have mini fridges too for storing drinks and leftovers. The resort has a meal plan, which can be helpful if your kids are 11 and under (then they eat free). FoodStore2Go.com will deliver groceries to the resort as well. I’ve heard that Dominos will deliver too, but give them a call to make sure.

4. Make Reservations for Dinner in advance

Make dinner reservations before you even leave for the resort; otherwise, you’ll run into some wait times or will have to eat very early or late. Once you arrive you’ll likely have a message on your room phone asking you to confirm your reservations. Our favorites for fine dining are Nobu, Mosaic, and Dune at the Ocean Club. Our family-friendly recommendations are Carmines, Poseidon’s Table, Virgil’s Real BBQ, and  Murray’s Deli.

5. Download the Interactive Map

Atlantis Resort Map

Atlantis Resort is HUGE! Before you leave, download the free resort app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. It includes a map and a list of events. You can use it to make your dinner reservations on the fly or before you leave. If you don’t want to carry your phone, pick up a printed map because, believe me, it’s easy to get lost.

6. Avoid Crowd

Since Atlantis is a very popular resort, you are likely to encounter crowds, especially if you travel during the high seasons like holiday and school vacations. The best way to avoid crowds is to travel in the low season when most kids are in school. If you are there during more crowded times, we have a few tips:

Avoid the Cruise Crowds: Sunday and Mondays are typically a bit lighter crowd-wise because the cruise ships are not flooding the property with extra people. You can also visit Aquaventure early or after 5pm when the cruise crowds are not there. There is a website called CruiseTT.com where you can see what ships will be in port on any given day.

Eat off-site: Consider having at least some of your meals off property. For breakfast, I recommend taking a stroll over to the neighboring marina village for Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. It’s also nice eating al fresco and gazing at the stunning yachts docked there.

Reserve seating: to avoid the mad dash each morning to get prime seating around the main pool, you can book preferred seating for two guests at the Grotto Pool inside Aquaventure. Private cabanas can also be reserved throughout the main waterpark area. During crowded months, they can really be well worth the extra cost and provide many added amenities.

7. Swim with the Dolphins

Booking a special experience like those available at Dolphin Cay will help you spend time away from the crowds. Here you can swim with dolphins and frolic with sea lions. It’s not a cheap endeavor, but well worth it in my book. Make sure to book early as this very popular experience fills up months in advance. You can also purchase beach passes where you can spend the entire day at the Dolphin Cay beach.

Pro Tip:

Personal cameras are not allowed into the Dolphin Lagoon. Non-participating family members can take photos from the shoreline. The photo packages are extremely expensive so split the cost with another family if you can. All files are digital so they are easy to pay one price and then share.

8. No need to pay “Tips”

No need to pay tip, since tips are already included on everything you purchase. For example, a $6.25 self-serve cheese slice of pizza came to $7.40 with VAT (value added tax) and tip added in. We were told by the front desk that even the daily fee per person at the hotel covers bellhop services. They will still accept a tip, but that’s up to you.

9. Skip the Lazy River

While there are times when you’ll want a lazy float, you’ll definitely want to head to the rapid river called The Current. It’s a mile-long river ride with high-intensity waves and rapids, guaranteed to keep you cool and laughing. It’s similar to a lazy river, but sans the lazy portion. It can take up to a half hour to float along the twisty path, but you’ll have more fun along the way riding waves and bumping over rapids. My family did this over and over again.

Pro Tip:

You can use your own Mobile / Go Pro on the Rapid River Ride. In case you are using your mobile device, please don’t forget the Plastic Mobile Pouch to protect it from water.

Upcoming Events & Concerts at Atlantis Bahamas

Please find below the link to the official site for all upcoming events and concerts at Atlantis Bahamas in 2019

https://www.atlantisbahamas.com/events

Also check out what are the Top 5 Mistakes to avoid in Bahamas and safety tips for Women.

Scariest Water Slide of the World, Leap Of Faith Atlantis – Bahamas

Leap of Faith at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas drops riders 60 feet from the top of a beautifully constructed Mayan Temple at hair-raising speeds into a shark-filled lagoon. Now that’s hair raising!
A comment from TripAdvisor: “Holy Crap! The good thing about this is that you go so fast it’s over in no time. The bad thing is that you go so fast you don’t really notice when you end up in a see-through tube surrounded by sharks. I let out a blood curdling scream all the way down.”

Check out the amazing photo as well….

Now let’s see how the Shark Tank looks like…

The Challenger Slide

Atlantis_Challenger_Slide

Our Favorite Casual & Budget Dining Places

Murray’s Deli

WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY FOR NEW YORK STYLE DELI

Enjoy majestic views of Atlantis Marina and 1950’s décor at this New York-style restaurant. Vacationers can enjoy smoked fish, matzo ball soup, towering deli sandwiches, brisket and more.

Check out these mouth watering pictures:

IS ATLANTIS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT?

Atlantis is not an all-inclusive Resort; it’s a full service Resort. As guests, you have full access to all Atlantis water park features at no additional cost. Included are 11 swimming areas, 11 water slides, two Lazy River Rides, a protected Paradise Lagoon, The Dig, the Predator’s Lagoon, all the marine life habitats, and the ocean beach area. Beach towels are provided daily at no charge once within the water park. All other Atlantis services such as the Mandara Spa, the Comedy Club and Business Center, are yours to enjoy for a nominal fee.

Meal plans are available to enhance your experience at the resort. These plans vary and offer guests options depending upon where they would like to dine and where they are staying within the resort.

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World Map – Country’s Tourism Slogan

Last Updated: 29th January, 2019

All Country’s Tourism Slogan

Looking for a World Map with Slogans on Travel & Tourism? Holiday website Family Break Finder has collected all of them (except 38 countries that don’t have one) and put them on an interesting map.

Some tourism departments have clearly been working harder than others with a handful of countries opting for simple alliteration rather than trying anything fancy (“Incredible India”; “Beautiful Bangladesh”; “Pristine Paradise Palau”; “Brilliant Barbados”).

  1. Scotland – “A spirit of its own”
  2. Cape Verde – “No stress”
  3. Latvia – “Best enjoyed slowly”
  4. Norway – “Powered by nature”
  5. Bahamas– “Life is Grand”

Here goes the Comprehensive list:

Albania – Go your own way!
Algeria – Tourism for everybody
Andorra – The Pyrenean Country
Antigua and Barbuda  – The beach is just the beginning
Argentina – Beats to your rhythm
Armenia – Visit Armenia, It is Beautiful
Australia – There’s NOTHING like Australia
Austria – Arrive and revive
Bahamas – Life Is Grand
Bahrain – Ours. Yours. Bahrain
Bangladesh – Beautiful Bangladesh
Barbados – Brilliant Barbados
Belarus – Hospitality Beyond Borders
Belgium – The place to be
Belize – Mother Nature’s Best-Kept Secret
Bhutan – Happiness is a place
Bolivia – Bolivia awaits you
Bosnia and Herzegovina – The heart of SE Europe
Botswana – Our pride, your destination
Brazil – Brasil – sensational!
Brunei Darussalam – A kingdom of unexpected treasures
Bulgaria – A discovery to share
Burundi – Beautiful Burundi
Cabo Verde – No stress
Cambodia – Kingdom of wonder
Cameroon – All of Africa in one country
Canada – Keep exploring
Chad – Oasis of the Sahel
Chile – All are welcome
China – China Like Never Before
Colombia – Colombia is magical realism
Costa Rica – Essential Costa Rica
Croatia – Full of life
Cuba – Autentica Cuba
Cyprus – Cyprus in your heart
Czech Republic – Land of stories
Denmark – Happiest place on Earth!
Djibouti – Djibeauty
Dominica – The nature island
Dominican Republic – Dominican Republic has it all
Ecuador – All you need is Equador
Egypt – Where it all begins
El Salvador – The 45 Minute Country
Estonia – Epic Estonia
Ethiopia Land of origins
Fiji – Where Happiness Finds You
Finland – I wish I was in Finland
France – Rendez vous en France
Gambia – The smiling coast of Africa
Georgia – For the best moments of your life
Germany – Simply inspiring
Greece – All Time Classic
Grenada – Pure Grenada
Guatemala – Heart of the Mayan World
Guyana – South America Undiscovered
Haiti – Experience It!
Honduras – Everything is here
Hungary – Think Hungary more than expected
Iceland – Inspired by Iceland
India – Incredible !ndia
Indonesia – Wonderful Indonesia
Iran – You Are Invited
Iraq – The Other Iraq (Kurdistan)
Ireland – Jump into Ireland
Israel – Land of Creation
Italy – Made in Italy
Jamaica – Get All Right
Japan – Endless discovery
Jordan – Yes, it’s Jordan
Kazakhstan – The land of wonders
Kenya – Magical Kenya
Kiribati – For travellers
Kyrgyzstan – Oasis on the Great Silk Road
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) – Simply Beautiful
Latvia – Best enjoyed slowly
Lebanon – Live Love Lebanon
Lesotho – The Kingdom In The Sky
Liechtenstein – Experience princely moments
Lithuania – Real is beautiful
Luxembourg – Live your unexpected Luxembourg
Macedonia – Macedonia Timeless
Madagascar – A genuine island, a world apart
Malawi – The warm heart of Africa
Malaysia – Truly Asia
Maldives – The sunny side of life
Malta – Truly Mediterranean
Mauritius – It’s a pleasure
Mexico – Live It to Believe It
Micronesia (Federated States of) – Experience the warmth
Monaco – Easy going Monaco
Mongolia – Go Nomadic
Montenegro – Wild Beauty
Morocco – Much mor
Mozambique – Come to where it all started
Myanmar – Let the journey begin
Namibia – Endless horizons
Nepal – Once is not enough
Netherlands – The original cool
New Zealand – 100% Pure
Nicaragua – Unica. Original!
Nigeria – Good people, great nation
Norway – Powered by nature
Oman – Beauty has an address
Pakistan – It’s beautiful, it’s Pakistan
Palau – Pristime Paradise Palau
Panama – Panama Surprises
Papua New Guinea – A million different journeys
Paraguay – You have to feel it!
Peru – Land of the Incas
Philippines – It’s more fun in the Phillipines
Poland – Move your imagination
Portugal – Europe’s West Coast
Qatar – Where dreams come to life
Republic of Korea (South Korea) – Imagine your Korea
Republic of Moldova – Discover the routes of life
Romania – Explore the Carpathian garden
Russian Federation – Reveal your own Russia
Rwanda – Remarkable Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis – Follow your heart
Saint Lucia – Simply beautiful
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – Discover SVG
Samoa – Beautiful Samoa
San Marino – San Marino For All
Saudi Arabia – Experience to discover
Serbia – My Serbia
Seychelles – Another world
Sierra Leone – The freedom to explore
Singapore – Your Singapore
Slovakia – Travel in Slovakia – Good idea
Slovenia – I feel SLOVEnia
Solomon Islands – Seek the unexplored
South Africa – Inspiring new ways
Spain #spainindetail
Sri Lanka – Wonder of Asia
Suriname – A Colorful Experience… Exotic beyond words
Swaziland – A royal experience
Switzerland – Get natural
Syrian Arab Republic – Always Beautiful
Tajikistan – Feel the friendship
Thailand – Amazing Thailand. It begins with the people
Timor-Leste – Being first has its rewards
Tonga – The true South Pacific
Trinidad and Tobago – The true Caribbean
Tunisia – I feel like Tunisia
Turkey -Be our guest
Tuvalu – Timeless Tuvalu
Uganda – You’re welcome
Ukraine – It’s all about U
United Arab Emirates – Discover all that’s possible
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Home of amazing moments
United Republic of Tanzania – The land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti
United States of America – All within your reach
Uruguay – Uruguay natural
Uzbekistan – Naturally Irresistible!
Vanuatu – Discover what matters
Venezuela – Venezuela is your destination!
Vietnam – Timeless charm
Zambia – Let’s explore
Zimbabwe – A world of wonders

Source: Google Docs

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Flight Tracker Visualizes June 30 as one of the Busiest Days ever in Air Travel

The best live flight radar app I have ever used – Flight Radar 24.

The skies look a lot more crowded today than they did a century ago.

At any given moment, there are 9700 airplanes traveling through the air on average. Saturday, June 30 was an especially busy day for air travelers: Flightradar24 recorded 202,157 flights, the most the flight-tracking app has ever documented in a single day.

Since 2006, people have used Flightradar24 to see visualizations of aircraft making trips around the world.

Each tiny yellow plane depicted on their map uses data from airlines and airports, and users can click the icons to learn the route, model, speed, altitude, and departure and arrival time of each craft.

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The Gelmer Funicular in Switzerland – Steepest in Europe

Planning for a Switzerland trip? Then do ride the best Switzerland Mountain Coaster which has a speed of 2mt/sec.

Speed 2 metres per second (6.6 ft/s)
Journey time 10 mins
Capacity 24 passengers per car; 60 persons in each direction per hour

The Gelmer Funicular is a funicular railway in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. Are you looking for things to do in Switzerland and also ready for an adrenaline rush? Then watch this video !!!

With an inclination of up to 106% (no, that’s not a typo), this funicular is the steepest of its kind in Europe. It was originally built to transport heavy construction materials for the Gelmer dam, however, nowadays it is open for adventure-seeking hikers.

It’s not that high speed as it looks, although it’s just that the filming is high speed.

It’s a cog railroad, slow and steady and very safe.

In a blink, the funicular makes its way to the Gelmer valley 1860 meter above sea level.

It’s a Great adventure ride for families and anyone who enjoys glacier-covered mountain views without the effort.

There’s just one more thing: to reach the funicular you have to cross the Handeck suspension bridge, which hangs some 70 metres above the Handeck Gorge.

Venue name: Gelmer Funicular
Contact:
Address: Guttannen 
Opening hours: The line operates from the beginning of June through to mid-October, in daylight hours only.

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