You’ve made the excellent decision to go to The Bahamas on vacation, and you’re no doubt looking forward to it. As soon as you’ve sorted out your Bahamas vacation rentals you’re pretty much good to go.
If you’ve done a bit of research you’ll know that the cost of living in The Bahamas is higher than it is in many other vacation destinations. This means you may have to look for a few low cost or free activities to enjoy while you’re away. The good news is there’s quite a lot for you to do in The Bahamas without having to spend very much money.
Spend a Few Days at the Beach
Spending at least one day at the beach is essential when you’re in The Bahamas. Chances are you’re going to this part of the world because you’ve heard how beautiful the beaches are, and you want to see them for yourself. Spending time at the beach does not tend to cost too much, especially if you’re careful about your money. There’s no harm in buying the occasional drink or bite to eat from one of the local outlets nearby, but beware that some can be more expensive than others.
Feel the sand in between your toes, lie down on a sun lounger and listen to the waves crash on the shore. Enjoy the heat of the sun on your skin, and make the most of your time in this stunning part of the world.
Pack up a Picnic
Whether you’re spending time at the beach, or you’re walking around one of the towns, taking a picnic with you is a really good idea. There are some great places for you to sit and enjoy a picnic, and to be honest, having a picnic can be a lot of fun. Buy the food and drink you need from one of the local stores, and prepare them back at your accommodation. When the time comes, make sure you have everything you need with you so you can tuck into your picnic whenever you wish.
If you’re not sure where you would like to enjoy your picnic, why not head to the beach? Spending an hour or so at the beach is a great way to unwind, and take a break from the busy towns and cities. Simply take a rug with you, or sit on the sand if you wish, and enjoy your freshly-prepared picnic.
Please note that it can get quite hot in The Bahamas so you may want to keep your food cool. Take a cool bag or two with you on vacation, or simply purchase food that does not need to be refrigerated.
The Queen’s Staircase
Situated on New Providence Island, and also known as ‘The 66 steps’, the Queen’s Staircase spans an impressive 102 feet, and it was carved out by approximately 600 slaves. The point of the stairs was to help the British connect the city of Nassau with Bennet Hill’s Fort Fincastle. Taking more than 16 years to finish, and created in the 1700’s, the staircase was named after Queen Victoria who ruled over The Bahamas for 64 years.
The staircase which is made of limestone is well worth a visit. Be warned that a gift shop and a few souvenir stalls are close by, so you may be tempted to spend a bit of cash there. Entrance to the Queen’s Staircase is free, but there are a few locals who offer tours of the area, so you may wish to give them a tip once the tour is over.
You can make your way to the Queen’s Staircase any time you please as there are no set opening hours. However, if you want to visit when the area is quiet you should try to get there early in the morning, or when the sun is starting to set as the area tends to be a lot quieter then.
John Watling’s Distillery
John Watling’s Distillery offers a free tour to anyone who passes through its doors. The Bahamas is home to a lot of freshly made rum, and it’s safe to say it’s famous for it. You can opt to go on a guided tour around the distillery, but you can also make your own way around, and enjoy learning about the rum-making process at your own pace.
You may be wondering if you’ll have the chance to sample some of the rum that’s produced here, and the truth is you will. Of course, you will have to pay for a sample or two of rum but it doesn’t cost very much and it is well worth the cost. Rum tends to be cheaper in The Bahamas than any other alcoholic drink you’ll come across. This is purely and simply down to the fact that the rum is made locally, and you don’t have to pay for it to be transported very far.
The waiter who serves the drinks in the distillery will also offer you some water so you can cleanse your palate and perhaps sample something else. If you’re a fan of rum, or you simply want a nice and relaxing day out, head to the distillery which is found at Delancy Street in Nassau.
If you want to spend as little as possible while you’re on vacation in The Bahamas, you’re in luck. You can spend some time on the beach, take a picnic with you wherever you go, enjoy a few glasses of rum at a distillery, or climb the Queen’s Staircase. With so much to do and the chance to save a bit of money, you’re sure to have a great time in The Bahamas.