Nassau Journals

Winter holiday in the Bahamas

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A December 2000 trip to Nassau by jrheimbach

Rain Photo, Nassau, Bahamas More Photos
Quote: With the rapid approach of cold weather and with the conflicting school schedules of my daughters, we decided to take our family vacation in the Bahamas to enjoy the sun and surf over the Christmas holidays.

Winter holiday in the Bahamas

Overview

Rain Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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There are all kinds of water activities and sports. There are two casinos on the island and numerous local restaurants. There is also the Straw Market and the Junkanoo!Quick Tips: Watch the weather in Miami. Nassau is located just east of Miami so usually expreiences the same weather. If it's raining in Miami, it's probably raining in the Bahamas.Best Way To Get Around: With all the rain, we used the bus to get around. The routes are well marked and we had numerous people assist with getting us to the correct destination. The cost is very reasonable and buses run along the main routes with enough frequency to make this mode of transportation worthwhile. There were even buses run...Read More

Breezes Bahamas by SuperClubs All Inclusive

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Hotel | "Breezes"

Breezes Bahamas by SuperClubs All Inclusive Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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The rooms were spacious and clean. The garden view rooms are only for two people, so our family of four obtained two separate rooms. We had a room with a king size bed and our daughters had a room with two double beds. We wondered why our family of four could not have used the room with the two double beds, as we usually book that type of room for our vacations. The oceanview rooms were more expensive and most of them were only for two people. There were suites available for families, but that was way out of our price range. There were elevators and stairs conveniently located through the resort, so we were easily able to get to and from our room. Our girls were located about three rooms dow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Breezes Bahamas by SuperClubs All Inclusive
Cable Beach
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-327-5356

Pastafari

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Restaurant

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Pastafari restaurant can be found in the lower level of Breezes resort, across from the disco. This Italian eating opportunity offered a different option (for no additional fee) to the cafeteria style meals served upstairs at this all-inclusive resort. I suggest making reservations when you arrive at the resort. The night we dined here, all the tables were full even though the resort was mostly empty during that Christmas week. The dimmed lights encouraged a romantic atmosphere and mood, supported by the crisp white tablecloths and drippy candles. That ambiance slipped by us as we were dining with a large group of people that we had met in the hot tub at this resort. We each had separate reserv...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Pastafari
Breezes Cable Beach
Nassau, Bahamas
+727-437-1177

Junkanoo Celebration and Parade

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Attraction | "Junkanoo"

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Twice a year, the Bahamas celebrates Junkanoo - on December 26th (Boxing Day) and January 1. This fabulous display of costumes, cultures and music is beyond belief. Starting at 2am, fifteen groups participate in a fierce competition vying for thousands of dollars in prize money. Celebration lasts until dawn. Each group constructs elaborate costumes made of crepe paper glued to cardboard, making headdresses, shoulder pieces and skirts. As many as 500 to a thousand people participate in a group, all dressed in the group theme, dancing rhythmically to an accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles. They are recalling the joyous celebration of freedom. Busses run across the island transport...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2001

Junkanoo Celebration and Parade
Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-322-6250

Arrival Day

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Story/Tip

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"I wish I could see the ocean rather than all these clouds," I complained to my wife as the plane flew closer and closer to Nassau. We left subzero wind chill weather back home for a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas, and I had visions of laying in the sunshine, staying toasty warm, only to jump in the clear blue ocean water to cool off. The cloud cover was chipping away at my dream. We finally landed at Nassau airport, passing through the gray clouds and watching as the rain dropped down on the runway. My pants were soaked as we dashed from the airplane to the airport building. I had only brought this one pair, planning to wear them to Christmas service and on the trip back home again. "I’ll hang...Read More

Christmas Eve Day

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We woke up to the pitter patter of rain on the window and opened our shades to see a sky full of dark gray clouds. My daughters immediately shared their fears of returning home without the required "I went on a winter vacation in the Bahamas and got a suntan". We comforted them with the words from many of the employees, "Tomorrow there will be sun." After breakfast we would decide the day’s activities. After all, the resort had numerous indoor functions for us until the sun decided to shine. With each bite of food I glanced outside looking for any possible break in the wall of rain clouds. I ate as slow as possible hoping that the rain would cease by the end of our meal. No such luck. I moseyed o...Read More

Christmas Day

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Prior to leaving for Nassau, we had diligently tried to find the time for Christmas services at the Catholic Church. Our travel agent spoke with several people, but was unable to obtain this information for us. I told her to not worry as we’d ask at the resort. When checking into, my wife attempted to get this information. All the people behind the desk were clueless with lost looks on their faces. One person finally asked if we wanted to see a local phone book and try calling the church. Good suggestion. My wife found the phone number and made the call, again and again. No answer. Another resort employee approached the desk and told us that the Mass was scheduled for 10:30. Sunshine woke us on C...Read More

Boxing Day

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We opened our eyes on Boxing Day to dark gray clouds and high winds. We decided to do some sightseeing and shopping as traditionally the day after Christmas is an excellent shopping day (according to my daughters!). A cab dropped us at the mall just before the noon opening. Even with my shopping addicted daughters, we completed our expedition within an hour. The mall contained many of the same stores we have at home, offering the same or higher prices. Even though the rain continued, we decided to continue our shopping in downtown Nassau. We circled the perimeter of the shopping mall several times seeking the bus stop for downtown Nassau. My wife finally obtained assistance from two young ladie...Read More

Last full day

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Riding Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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The day after Boxing Day started windy and gray. After breakfast, the sun decided to peek through the clouds, spreading brightness and warmth across the hotel property. Hurray! Many of the resort guests rushed through breakfast, dashing outside to absorb as much of the sun as possible. With the lack of wind and cold, we were ready to use some of the outdoor hotel facilities. We waited for the rock climbing and trapeze to open, but the workers failed to show. I inquired with the activities director and she promised to have someone working outside shortly. True to her word, two young men arrived, dumping their bags of equipment and belts in the area next to the pool. They both appeared half asleep...Read More