I’ve been to The Bahamas many times – actually most of the Caribbean cruises I’ve had the pleasure to sail on has visited one of the beautiful cruise ship “private islands” of either Berry Island, Coco Cay, Eleuthera or Little San Salvador within the chain of islands known as The Bahamas.

Hey cruise lines aren’t fools – there’s a reason why they have private islands in The Bahamas – it’s because the islands are gorgeous and everyone loves it there – myself included.

There have also been a multitude of port stops in Nassau, Paradise Island and Freeport / Grand Bahama Island over the years. In fact, one of my fondest memories is the time that we rented a scooter on a port visit to Freeport and we just drove around the island – total freedom, just the two of us exploring the island.

Freeport Grand Bahama Sign

But, did you know that there are actually 700 islands within The Bahamas?

When you do the math, that means I’ve only stepped my foot in the sand of 7 out of 700 so I need to add the other 693 islands to my travel bucket list!

One limitation when visiting the islands of The Bahamas via a large cruise ship is that you are only on one island for about 8 hours which isn’t nearly enough time for me to bask in the warm sun, relax on the soft sandy beaches, swim in the clear blue Caribbean ocean or even get my fill of some great duty-free shopping. Let alone experience any of the real Bahamian culture or get to know any of the smiling people. To experience and explore the real Bahamas, try some Bush Tea and dine on Bahamian Conch at a Fish Fry and you have to stay an entire week!

Grand Bahama

Well, fellow Canadian’s here’s OUR chance…

It’s just been announced that starting November 1, 2014, Sunwing Vacations will begin offering non-stop direct flights from Calgary and Vancouver to Grand Bahama Island in addition to their already existing non-stop air-inclusive vacation packages from six Canadian cities: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

Bahamas Beach Calculated Traveller

Perfect timing for us Canadians who like to escape the cold hard winter months and indulge in an island paradise while staying in one of the many first class all-inclusive and boutique resorts on the island.

So….what are you waiting for?

I’ll meet ya’ on the beach…