It doesn’t matter if you managed to spend from June to the end of September, basking in the warmth of summer, by the time November rolls around, sun, sand and the possibility of an endless slew of mood altering cocktails becomes less of a pipe dream and more a necessity to get through the rest of the dreary season. But let’s face it, money doesn’t grow on trees, and escaping to the sun can be a costly endeavor. With all of this in mind, and the close proximity to the continental United States and low crime rates, the Bahamas is an obvious and surprisingly affordable choice, and if you’ve been toying with the idea of getting away for some much needed inexpensive R & R time, here are a few reasons as to why the Bahamas are easy on your pocketbook.
The Bahamas are located just off the southeastern tip of Florida, and undoubtedly one of most convenient foreign tropical destinations for Americans to fly to. Flying into Nassau is a cinch, a quick 35 minute plane ride from Miami, a mere 2 ½ hours from New York, 2 hours from Atlanta, I think you get the point; It’s fast and with the wide selection of airlines available to keep pricing competitive and affordable, it becomes a very viable option.
Bahamas is not difficult. From the ultra palatial to the budget friendly, the Bahamas offers a buffet of choice when it comes to where you lay your head at night. If you’re looking for an all-worries-left-behind sort of holiday, there are all inclusive options that take care of all your eating, drinking, sleeping and entertainment needs. There are also a number of quaint bed and breakfast options that provide a more unique and affordable experience in contrast to some of the larger, more luxurious resorts that come with all the bells and whistles.
Getting around is fairly inexpensive. You can hop aboard inter-island flights for less than it would cost you to fly to the state next over, and because of the country’s good infrastructure, you can easily rent a car, a scooter, or hire local drivers to take you around. Staying in Nassau or Freeport on Grand Bahamas will allow you to be centrally located, giving you plenty of affordable options to get around.
If it’s entertainment and thrills that you’re after, then look no further than the Bahamas. A day at the beach won’t cost you a penny (unless you indulge in a purchase or two from local vendors). The beaches in the Bahamas, for the most part, are completely free. If you want something a little more heart-pumping, there is an endless number of Bahamas tours that are surprisingly affordable when you think about what a typical weekend back home would cost you. A three hour sailing trip can cost as little as $75 (and that’s with lunch and a snorkeling excursion along America’s only natural living coral reef!), a once-in-a-lifetime Unexso dolphin close encounter can cost a mere $85 (we’re talking dolphins here, not goldfish!), and for the real thrill seekers, an Ocean Motion Parasailing out of Freeport can cost as little as $70. Just think about what a weekend out in your city would cost, half that (or quarter it in come cases!), and you’ve got yourself one heck of an affordable holiday.
Going on vacation shouldn't mean that you to sacrifice every penny you’ve ever earned. You work hard for your money, and there is no reason why you can’t spend a week or so in paradise without going bankrupt. The Bahamas are just a stones throw from continent, so the next time you’re thinking of making a trip down south, consider a flight out to the Caribbean, you and your wallet will be glad you did.