#46 best destination in the world

 

Blue Lagoon Island

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  • Private Island that has changed hands frequently in its history
  • Prior to the late 19th century the island’s lagoon was a salt marsh
  • The Island became a stopover for pirates and privateers who used the island to gather salt from the lagoon to preserve their food and as a rest stop while they waited for permission to enter Nassau Harbour
  • In 1875, Charles King-Harman, an Englishman who was later knighted and became Governor of Cyprus, bought the island from the British Crown for £35 ($45)
  • During World War II, the island was used for a year by the Allies for use as a secret training base for three teams of British and American underwater demolition squads
  • In 1993, Dolphin Encounters, a marine mammal facility, began educational and commercial programs on Blue Lagoon Island

 

Aquaventure

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  • 141 acre aquatic center featuring high-speed waterslides, a lazy river, and swimming pools

 

Cable Beach

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  • A wide sandy beach and clear, turquoise waters are the highlights of this scenic locale

 

Taino Beach

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  • Idyllic white sandy beach & turquoise waters with a small pier, water sports & sun loungers

 

The Garden of the Groves

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  • Trails through lush vegetation, waterfalls and fountains

 

Pig Beach

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  • Uninhabited island, or cay, located in Exuma
  • The island takes its unofficial name from the fact that it is populated by a colony of feral pigs that live on the island

 

Dean’s Blue Hole

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  • Water filled sinkhole with the entrance below the water level
  • They can be formed in different processes, for example, by rainwater soaking through fractures of limestone bedrock onto the watertable
  • Sea level here has changed: for example, during the glacial age during the Pleistocene epoch (ice age), some 15,000 years ago, sea level was considerably lower

 

Nurse Sharks of Compass Cay

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  • Compass Cay is a private island in the Exuma district, with a beach lodge and marina
  • Known for its docile nurse sharks, that are kind of like Bahamian catfish that look like a predator
  • Unless provoked, they will typically not attack

 

Underwater Plane Wreck Near Staniel Cay

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  • Half a mile away from Staniel Cay Yacht Club, the wreckage of this plane crash is very accessible, as it is only in water about 6 feet deep
  • It has become a sanctuary for many fish and coral species
  • Known for the nurse sharks who like sleep under its wings

 

Glass Window Bridge

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  • Often called the “Narrowest Place on Earth”, the bridge today still provides a view of the stunning contrast between the Atlantic and Bight of Eleuthera’s distinct natures
  • The Atlantic side is rough and the Bight is cool and calm

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 18 days

Best Time To Fly: mid-Dec-mid-April

Airline tickets: $1,444

Seattle -> Nassau (round trip) = $802
Nassau -> Freeport (round trip) = $223
Nassau -> Rock Sound (round trip) = $180
Nassau -> Deadman’s Cay Settlement (round trip) = $239

Food: $54/day x 18 days = $972

Rental car: $74/day x 13 days = $968

Gas: $19

Entertainment: $943

Airbnb: $189/day x 16 days = $3,029

TOTAL: $7,375