As the temperature drops and we start pulling out sweaters, mittens and scarves, my mind drifts away from the snow days to the island days. My dream winter getaway is to fly out to The Bahamas, melt into the beautiful white sand and swim in the crystal blue water.
My husband visited The Bahamas during his time in the US Navy and jumped straight off the ship into the sea. He says the waters are crystal clear with the most incredibly vibrant colours and wildlife beneath the surface. I would love to see that first hand!
There are many islands in The Bahamas, however, one of the islands that I have my eye on, which I’ve pinned to my travel board on Pinterest many times over, are The Abacos – a 120 mile-long chain of islands spanning over 650 square miles. One of the main towns in The Abacos is Treasure Cay, which has gorgeous and pristine beaches, including one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
A trip to The Abacos would be more than just laying on the beach, although there would be lots of that too. The beaches are stunning and there are lots of places to go and activities to do that I would be sure to fit in.
Since The Abacos are an elite boating destination, I would love to go sailing with my husband, who could show me and the kids the ropes. Because there are a cluster of islands, it would be easy to take day trips to different ones and go exploring.
Scattered throughout the islands, are cultural and historical sites that are not to be missed, including the Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town, built in 1862 standing at 89 feet tall. In Elbow Cay and Green Turtle Cay are English loyalist settlements where you can see preserved colonial architecture. I would love to walk through the buildings and see beautiful structures.
We’ve often considered a Christmas holiday for the family. Since The Bahamas are only a short flight away (only 3 hours from Toronto), there are non-stop flights from Canada making it an ideal getaway that doesn’t require long travel. Along with short travel times from Canada, there are same-day connections to many other Family islands from Nassau, such as The Abacos.
If we do go in December, I’d like to be there for the Annual Abaco Christmas Festival.
Every year, to kick off the holiday season in The Abacos, the Christmas Festival includes an Arts & Crafts Bazaar, a Food Court filled with Bahamian dishes, performances from choirs, quartets, soloists, marching bands, a Junkanoo Parade, a dog show and other festive activities. It sounds like so much fun for the whole family and it would give us a closer look at the local culture, which is always something I enjoy discovering when I’m traveling to a new place.
I could talk all day about the things we plan to do on our dream vacation, there is so much to take in. Discover more about The Bahamas and join the conversation by following #ItsBetterinTheBahamas on Twitter. We’re chatting about the riches and excitement that a Bahamas getaway includes.
Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the opinions and language are my own.