Posted by: happy4life | August 14, 2008

TRAVELING ON A BUDGET? TIPS ON TAKING AN ISLAND VACATION FOR UNDER $1000! (air fare not included)

You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy an island get away. Here are some tips (along with a low cost plan and mini itinerary) that will have you on the first flight to the Bahamas.

Transportation

Taxi fare starts at $3 for the first quarter mile for basic service. Taxi service is available around the clock and is the best way to get to Paradise Island from anywhere.  If you are traveling with a group, a taxi van will is the best way to get where you want to go and for a cheaper rate.  The jitney (or bus) is a dollar and twenty five cents per person to every area of the island except the airport.  All bus meet in the heart of Down Town Nassau in the Bay Street area, which is the tourist hot spot and main location.

Attractions

Island night life begins on Bay and West Bay Streets. You can enjoy open air dinning on Arawak Cay; an eatery village that hosts Bahamian food at its best!  Their mid to high price range menus features some of the finest island cuisine along with live island band performances every night. On the Bay Street some shops open until 8:00 p.m. for tourists.  About a quarter of a mile walk from Bay Street are the historical fort and battery – Fort Charlotte!  See where Loyalists kept Spanish captives during a time when the Bahamas was under British rule!

Where to stay

You can stay to one of the central locations on the island; the Grand Central Hotel situated in the heart of Down Town Nassau on Charlotte Street.  From this area you can walk to any location that is popular in Nassau.  If you are a cruise ship traveler, Bay Street is the place you will dock close to – and find the horse and carriage surrey drivers; $10 for a ride!

Where to eat

For the best food on the island eat at Lums Iguana! They offer you a wide range of Island and Italian meals at great prices. Breakfast and dinner combos and entrees are ranged at $5.00 – $20.00.  You may also want to stop off at Senior Frogs; a night club situated at the end of Bay Street in the British Colonial Hilton Plaza.  This is the hot spot where Prince Harry danced the night away!

Where to shop

The main tourist destination you don’t want to miss is the Bay Street Shopping area. This is where everyone goes to purchase souvenirs and experience some of the fun aspects of Bahamian culture such as the famous straw market. Bay street also houses a wide variety of international eateries. as well as having some historical sites – such as the Nassau Public Library, a hexagonal shaped 17th jail turned library- and also The Pompey Museum, which used to be a slaves selling market.

Mini Itinerary (for under $1000) single occupancy and small rental cars.

 Grand Central Hotel 242-322-8356 – 4 to 6 nights at Grand Central Hotel; $404 – $556

– Dollar car rental 242-377-8300 , $55 a day; plus 2.95 taxes: $330 a week (six days)

plus taxes $15.80

– Food for two for 5 days, approximately $90

Some helpful tips:

Ask friends for advice about previous trips to the Bahamas or, if you can, get in contact with a native who can give you info first hand. Be sure to pick up a ‘Tourist News’ with map included!

Purchasing tickets from the airport rather than the agency saves you at least $50 to $100 on each ticket.

Buying food and snacks from the food stores ( one located two blocks from Grand Central on Fredrick Street and the other one five minute bus ride from Montague Beach at the Harbour Bay Plaza) can also save you money.
 
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