2011 Photo of the Year Captured in Nassau, Bahamas

It took me a few weeks to decide, but I’ve settled on this photo as my favorite from the past year, taken November 10th, 2011, in Nassau (when I was introduced to extra-strength beer and Guava Duff). The reason I love it is because you see how beautiful the scenery is – it’s absolutely stunning –…

Nassau: Bahamians Host Wake and Wander for Dinner

Let’s go back to something we previously discussed when I left Punta Cana: The idea of traveling to a foreign country and staying at an all-inclusive resort. Lots of travel writers get sand in their shorts over this idea – they think we should immerse ourselves in the country’s culture rather than sip daiquiris by…

Rainstorm, Blown Engine No Match for Exuma Beauty

I’m in the Exuma Aiport, waiting for my flight to Nassau. Then I head to Charlotte, Phoenix, and finally Santa Barbara. It will be a long travel day, yet the memories of yesterday should keep me company. We were on the move all day – from 7 a.m. until after midnight – but I must…

Nassau to Exuma: People-to-People and Swimming Pigs

To say I had a great time last night would be an understatement. I want nothing more than to tell you about it – our host family was fantastic and any visitor to the Bahamas should look to take part in this people-to-people program (it’s free) – however it’s currently 4:30 a.m. and I’ve got…

Afternoon in the Sun: We Need More Cowbell!

A few things I learned this morning as we wandered Nassau: The Bahamians, by law, are not allowed to gamble (although they can work in the casinos). There are no mail carriers on the island – all residents must pick up their own mail. Kalik Beer was named after the sound the cowbell made as…

Time Travel: Take Off at Sunrise, Land After Dark

I’ve arrived in Nassau at the British Colonial Hilton after a long day of traveling. I took off as the sun was rising in Santa Barbara and landed well after dark here in Nassau. I hate arriving at night – you can’t see anything as you’re landing or on the ride from the airport to…

Wake and Wander Returns to Nassau (Minus the Vomit)

I’ve been to Nassau once before – I must have been ten or eleven – when our cruise ship was redirected from Bermuda to the Bahamas due to a hurricane. That was an interesting trip, especially when we were going through the storm swells. I remember getting seasick and vomiting in my dinner plate, then…

Thirteen in Twenty: Upstate New York, Georgia, Caribbean

There are some fun times approaching: I will be on the road for thirteen of the next twenty days. I just confirmed my trip to Nassau and Exuma in the Caribbean from Nov. 9-13. I’m not sure where I’ll be staying in Nassau, but it will be the Palm Bay Beach Club in Exuma. Right…