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Take a Break in the Bahamas

By HarryTuesday 25th October 2016

The nights are drawing in and the temperature has dropped. Long gone are the days of enjoying drinks in the garden and a barbeque with the family. Being hit with the winter blues is inevitable here in the U.K, but imagine ditching your scarf for shorts and your thermals for a tan. Swap your cup of tea for a cocktail and come and join us off-shore!

The Bahamas are beckoning. Fancy swimming with dolphins? How about jet-setting to your very own private island, peppered with paradise? Trust us, there’s no better feeling than sunbathing on powdery white sands whilst people at home are huddled around the radiator and complaining about the rain.

CocoCay Population: 38

Serenade of the Seas, SR, CocoCay?, Radiance class, aerial, Would you believe us if we told you that here at Royal Caribbean we have our very own private island for our guests? The island of CocoCay, also known as ‘Little Stirrup Cay’, is a secluded nirvana of around 140-acres, with breath-taking beaches, nature trails and exclusive facilities for the entire family to enjoy. There are an abundance of activities to ensure you keep busy, ranging from snorkelling amongst schools of rainbow-coloured fish to lazing in a hammock with a margarita. If you’ve never experienced paradise before, you’ll certainly discover it here. The water is warm and crystal clear at CocoCay. Enjoy floating bars, beach loungers and your very own private cabana, as well as glass-bottom boat tours and diving lessons. Those that sail with us will have a map provided onboard to familiarise themselves with the island before they step on-shore. All facilities are wheelchair friendly, making the island easily accessible to all guests.

Nassau Population: 274,400

RCI_SHX_Nassau_17 If you want the full Bahamian experience, Nassau, the capital city, boasts an endless stretch of pristine beaches, dolphin encounter tours and National Parks. The island hosts a range of activities for all ages, from Brewery Tours to an array of interesting historical landmarks; it’s not easy to find yourself uninspired. Pirates populated the island until 1718, when Woodes Rogers, the Bahamas first Royal Governor, banished them, building Fort Nassau to ensure they never returned. For centuries the island used Rogers’ motto “Expulsis Piratis, Restituta Commerica” which means "Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored”. TIP: If you fancy yourself a double agent, don’t miss the British Colonial Hotel, used as a filming location for two of the Sean Connery James Bond films.

The City of Atlantis Population: 2,083

Just off the coast of North Bimini is an undersea road leading to a city which is between 5,000 and 10,000 years old. Divers continue to investigate the relics in order to support the theory that this was once a wall that lead to ‘The Lost City Of Atlantis’. Though searching around the ruins is best left to the professional divers, the parts of Atlantis that are situated above-water are well worth a visit. An ideal place for children, Atlantis is host to the best Waterpark in the Caribbean. Lounge under an umbrella with a cool drink whilst the kids are occupied with flumes and wave machines (though there are plenty of adult-friendly rides, too!). If you can’t quite face the hustle and bustle of rides, then be sure to book a magical guided tour of the prestigious Atlantis Aquarium, filled with sharks, stingrays and other marine wildlife. Visitors are usually gobsmacked at the sheer size and grandeur of the attraction. If you’re on an ‘adult’s escape’, then why not hit the slots and let loose at the Atlantis Resort’s Casino? The dark and dreary evenings of home will literally feel 4000 miles away whilst you’re soaking up the Atlantis’ authentic atmosphere.

Bermuda Population: 64,268

N Bermuda may be small in size, but it’s big on culture. Jump off of cliffs before deep-sea fishing amid a variety of vibrantly coloured underwater neighbourhoods. Imagine digging your toes into silky-sand beaches and swimming inside crystal-covered caves – even those that have experienced a rainy visit to Bermuda have spun a positive on the island; snorkelling in the rain is a life-changing experience! If you don’t fancy helmet-diving and walking on the sea bed amongst green turtles, hopping into a kayak is the perfect alternative, steering around shipwrecks and reefs teeming with life. From whale-watching to Segway tours, Bermuda beats the cold UK winter, hands down.

Pig Beach Population: Uninhabited (apart from approx. 20 pigs and piglets!)

shutterstock_173441306 Nothing will ever prepare you for the sight of half a dozen pigs swimming in the ocean. The island is inhabited by a herd of pigs and piglets! Unfortunately, they’re not too keen on humans swimming alongside them, but they’ll swim up to your boat to see you and accept a veggie treat without a second thought. The most astounding thing about the pigs’ presence is that nobody really understands why they are there. There is a myth that they are the survivors of a nearby shipwreck, whereas the local lore has it that they were left on the island by passing sailors, who forgot to return and collect them. Whatever the reason for them being there, it’s the least boar-ing thing you could do on your Bahamian break! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

Royal Caribbean offer a number of Bahamian exclusive shore excursions ranging from a short 3 night stay to 9 night retreat. Book your break with us here.

 

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