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Old 03-17-2018, 05:54 PM   #1
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Question Recommendations for Bahamas Vacation

My wife and I want to plan a trip with another couple to the Bahamas. We would probably prefer to fly there and mentioned staying at an all inclusive. Nothing is off the table so I figured I would see if anyone had any recommendations. Would like to go sometime next summer.
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Old 03-17-2018, 06:04 PM   #2
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A whole depends on what you want to spend honestly. Lots and lots of choices.
Ritz Carlton is incredible and the Bahamas Atlantis seems to be super hot with folks heading that way.
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A whole depends on what you want to spend honestly. Lots and lots of choices.
Ritz Carlton is incredible and the Bahamas Atlantis seems to be super hot with folks heading that way.


Been to the Atlantis several times. Even back before the new Royal towers were built.

Years ago it was fantastic, but it has become a very kid oriented place the last few years. It was teeming with 5-9 years olds the last time we went. It was ok, we just avoided the kid stuff and hit the private beaches and casino at night.

And like Oscar said the Ritz is really nice.


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Old 03-17-2018, 07:16 PM   #4
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Goto Sandwls on Grand Bahama Island. If you want something more secluded and better fishing look on Andros Island
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:34 AM   #5
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A whole depends on what you want to spend honestly. Lots and lots of choices.
Ritz Carlton is incredible and the Bahamas Atlantis seems to be super hot with folks heading that way.
I havenít looked enough to know what is reasonable, but I was expecting if it was all inclusive to be somewhere in the 700-800/night for both my wife and I.

I wouldnít be opposed to going up to maybe 1000-1100/night for both of us if itís worth it. I looked and couldnít find much info on the Ritz-Carlton.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:35 AM   #6
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Been to the Atlantis several times. Even back before the new Royal towers were built.

Years ago it was fantastic, but it has become a very kid oriented place the last few years. It was teeming with 5-9 years olds the last time we went. It was ok, we just avoided the kid stuff and hit the private beaches and casino at night.

And like Oscar said the Ritz is really nice.


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Yeah since we are leaving the kids I would prefer something more for adults.

Iíve had a few people recommend sandals.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:53 AM   #7
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Sandals resorts in my opinion are top notch. I’ve been to a few in different locations and all where very nice. If you are not stuck on the Bahamas there are 3 of them in St Lucia and all are incredible
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:12 AM   #8
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Abacos, rent a boat and do your own thing. All the islands are fun and fishing is good.
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Atlantis has an adult only tower that is super nice. That’s my recommendation.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:39 AM   #10
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I have been to the sandal's on nassau and it was great. My friends have been to sandals nassau and emerald bay on one of the other bahamas islands and they liked emerald bay the best.

If you go to nassau a must do is the snorkeling trip with stuart coves. they bring you to two beautiful shallow reefs. then the last spot is where they do the shark feeds and you can watch the reef sharks swimming around, about 20ft below you.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:48 AM   #11
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We are going to Green Turtle cay in April, we rented a house on the water and a 26' cc to go fishing and island hopping. It should be fun. Best all inclusive is in Cancun Le Blanc. Much better than any Hard Rock or Atlantis. We have not been to the Baha Mar yet but looks good.
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This is perfect info. Me and my fiancť are planning our honeymoon and weíre looking at sandals in the Bahamas or Barbados so Iím glad to see some good personal experiences.


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Old 03-18-2018, 09:13 AM   #13
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My wife and myself went to Sandals in Emarld Bay and didn't care for it that much. If your looking for stuff while your there it's done off the resort. The cost was around $300-$350 for the both of us. That was snorkeling and fishing. I spent another grand on top of the all inclusive at $7600. We ended up catching a different flight and heading home early and won't be going back.

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Old 03-18-2018, 11:14 AM   #14
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I havenít looked enough to know what is reasonable, but I was expecting if it was all inclusive to be somewhere in the 700-800/night for both my wife and I.

I wouldnít be opposed to going up to maybe 1000-1100/night for both of us if itís worth it. I looked and couldnít find much info on the Ritz-Carlton.
Ritz is not "all inclusive" but it is exclusive!! Very much worth it if in your budget!

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We are going to Green Turtle cay in April, we rented a house on the water and a 26' cc to go fishing and island hopping. It should be fun. Best all inclusive is in Cancun Le Blanc. Much better than any Hard Rock or Atlantis. We have not been to the Baha Mar yet but looks good.


You will have a blast. We honeymooned over there for a week. So nice having your own boat and doing whatever you want. Couple tips, bring less clothes so you can bring more tackle, grocery shop and get your alcohol in marsh harbour. If you think your gonna need something tackle wise, bring it with you, hard to come bye over there. Buy your frozen bait in marsh too, much cheaper.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:53 PM   #16
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You will have a blast. We honeymooned over there for a week. So nice having your own boat and doing whatever you want. Couple tips, bring less clothes so you can bring more tackle, grocery shop and get your alcohol in marsh harbour. If you think your gonna need something tackle wise, bring it with you, hard to come bye over there. Buy your frozen bait in marsh too, much cheaper.
Do you know if I can bring filet knives? Did you find any live bait?
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:16 PM   #17
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Do you know if I can bring filet knives? Did you find any live bait?


I checked a couple filet knives in my bag. I didnít find any live bait for sale but you can catch what they call grunts which look almost like piggy perch and they are great Livies if you have a way too keep them alive.
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:52 PM   #18
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If you don’t want a typical resort style vacation, go to Eleuthera! We rented a house, right on the ocean in governors harbour. You get to really see the island, relax away from all the crowds. The home we stayed in had an option to have someone come cook for us! If you’re interested, shoot me a PM!
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:30 PM   #19
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Nassau and Freeport are very commercialized but do have the better resorts if you like that type of vacation. If you like to dive, Grande Bahama (Freeport) seems to be the choice. Also has a miniature version of Atlantis but you'll probably want to stay in the little harbor if diving. Grand Bahama also has some of the largest Bones on the industrial side of the island. The scenery isn't picturesque but the fish can be record size compared to other islands. Be prepared to see a lot of trash and debris when away from the resorts on any of the islands.

My recommendation would be a smaller out island resort off Andros, Abaco, or even Exuma. After a few visits, my wife and I have found a private island called Kamalame Cay on Andros offering something for both of us. Small, quiet, and Bahama style with top shelf amenities and service. There's a lagoon on one side of the narrow island and ocean beach side within 50yrds of your private casita. You feel like the resort is to yourself most of the time and is the perfect setup for a small group. Whether you want to sit by the pool, fish, dive, snorkel, or even lobster dive, it has it all. Some of my best bones where caught in the evening right outside my room when the fish follow the incoming tide. Most guided trips are a 2hr drive across Andros's horrible roads to the Joulters. Worth it once your on top of large schools without seeing another boat all day.

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Old 03-18-2018, 09:03 PM   #20
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Couple of options to consider. As stated above rent a house. You can get access to some extraordinary properties with a little research. We rent a house every year for the family and have a wonderful time.

BUT...if you want to do something over the top, explore the Amanyara property in Turks and Cacos. All of the Aman properties outstanding and the one in Turks is no exception . Your wife will thank me if you take her there!
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:06 PM   #21
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Ocean club if golf is an option
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Old 03-24-2018, 05:10 PM   #22
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I think we have it narrowed down to sandals and staying most likely at emerald bay(Exuma).

Any suggestions on must sees?
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Old 03-24-2018, 06:16 PM   #23
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Sandals Exuma is one of our favorite resorts.

Sandals Royal Bahamian is ok, but no where as near as good as Exuma.

You could pay me enough to stay at Atlantis. It’s worth a “Day Trip”, but it’s loud, expensive, and lots of kids.

If you go to Exuma, take a boat to Chat n Chill.

If you stay at Sandals Exuma, you can pay them to take you to a small deserted island for the day. They will fix you a cooler of food and drink and leave you for 6 hours.

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