Bahamas Travel Tips: How to Save Money on
your Bahamas Vacation
For many of us, a trip to the Bahamas is a dream come true. We carefully
manage our money all year round in order to pay for this long-awaited
vacation in the sun. The Bahamas offer numerous tourist attractions, activities,
and restaurants, making it easy to inadvertently overspend, especially
on vacation. A few Bahamas travel tips can help you plan an effective
budget before you set off on your wonderful holiday.
When should you go to the Bahamas?
If you choose to vacation in the Bahamas during the off-season,
which runs from late spring to late fall, you will gain many advantages,
including low airfare. Because a small number of individuals journey to
the Bahamas during the off-season, there will be less competition for
hotel and restaurant reservations, beach space, sports activities and
for saving money, rates for car rentals are typically lower than during
high season, as well as hotel accommodations. Shops and boutiques are
less busy; hence, you can often find great bargains. When you travel to
the Bahamas during the slow season, you can encounter some potential inconveniences
such as diminished services and accommodation areas that are closed for
maintenance or renovations. However, the advantages could overshadow the
Where should you stay?
The hotel or resort you choose for your holiday in the Bahamas
will be one of your major expenses and should therefore be selected with
your finances in mind. Stay at the Atlantis or the Sandals Emerald Bay
and you are bound to drop a pretty penny, but stay at a hotel such as
the Comfort Suites and you will most likely remain within your budget.
Being situated right next door to the Atlantis, Comfort Suites offers
many of the same perks and benefits as the Atlantis. You will actually
have full access to the Atlantis Resort beaches and water parks, swimming
pools, spas, tennis courts, and restaurants! There are dozens of beautiful
low-budget places available to you. If you are an active vacationer who
spends little time in a hotel room, there is no need to indulge on luxurious
here for accommodations or resorts.
If you have your heart set on staying at Atlantis and would rather not choose an alternative, try Harborside at Atlantis. This small community within the Atlantis Resort complex is actually made up of timeshare suites, which can be rented at surprisingly affordable rates when you rent from an owner rather than reserving your suite through Atlantis. Guests who secure Harborside suites this way enjoy the same great amenities as those who booked through the resort, but often pay much less.
What about food?
Here are some important Bahamas travel tips on eating. With the
high number of restaurants, cafes, diners, and bars at your disposal,
deciding where and what to eat can become a daily task, all the while
wanting to keep your expenses down. One sure way to efficiently manage
your food and beverage money is to have a food plan, one that will allow
you to enjoy a variety of local foods at an assortment of restaurants.
Some of the resorts and hotels in the Bahamas offer such food plans for
approximately $75 US per day per person. Or, before you leave on your
holiday, you can do your own research on Bahamian restaurants and determine
where you want to eat and how much you are willing to spend. The key is
to make a realistic budget and stick to it!
Some Quick Bahamas Travel Tips for the Party Animal:
- Purchasing an entertainment pass for one flat fee will grant you
access to various clubs and bars, including a schedule of the times
they are open.
- Bring extra cash for tipping and for any possible cover charges because
some weekends can be hectic. Before going to the club of your choice,
ask your taxi driver or the hotel clerk if any discount passes are available
for that particular club.
- If you drink alcohol, sample the various types of Bahamian rum. Bartenders
are quite popular for pouring potent drinks; so you can have a good
time for just a few dollars.
Traveling to the Bahamas for a family vacation does not have to leave
you with an empty bank account. Choosing to get away during the off-season,
making the appropriate accommodations, and opting for a food plan are
sure ways to economize. Follow these Bahamas travel tips and you can look
forward to planning many more future holidays.
About the Author:
Fred Coolridge is the content manager and author for the website Great
Exuma Island, Bahamas - www.exumabahamas.org.
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