Can anyone else believe that summer is already halfway over?! I definitely can’t. Especially living in NYC—it’s like we get about a good month and a half of consistently hot temperatures, at best. Anyway, before summer ends I wanted to post a mini travel guide and recap of my trip to the Bahamas last summer. I had so much fun on this trip and my favorite part was the people of the island. Freeport is (supposedly) no Nassau, but it offers its own charm. Below are a few of my favorite things we did while there and some helpful tips if you’re contemplating visiting.
Make friends. For me this was a baecation, and although we always have fun just the two of us, I cannot stress enough how the people we met on this trip made the experience what it was. I’m usually not the type to make friends easily, but the energy was so natural between us and we just “clicked.” Luckily, the people we met were also from New York, so we got some real friends out of it!
Take a sunset cruise. This was probably my favorite thing we did! They take you out on a catamaran boat to the middle of the ocean for a few hours to watch the sunset with music, drinks, and snacks. It’s an intimate group (probably about 12-15 people) because you’re literally on top of the boat, and I cannot even explain how truly beautiful it is! Dress comfy and take lots of pics… although photos will do the experience no justice.
Ride ATVs to Chloe’s Point. On the day we chose to ride ATVs, it poured like crazy, so it was actually pretty dangerous now that I think about it LOL. I wear glasses and all I remember is that I could barely see driving that ATV through the jungle. Sloshing through mud, rain in my eyes, tree branches scratching me, trying to keep up with the group—it was insane. But literally SO MUCH FUN. I guess I fell in love with the thrill of it all. The rain stopped right before we got to Chloe’s Point and the sun came peeping again. All I can say is that view was so worth the risk.
Get cool with the bartenders. This goes without saying for anywhere you go, for obvious reasons. But aside from that, they know things about the area and the island outside of the resort. We got really cool with a few of the bartenders at our resort and even rode with them to the fish fry. Always be cautious though, of course. Not all people have good intentions.
Go to a fish fry. These are events held outside of the resorts, where locals and visitors get together to party. Super lit! They usually take place during the middle of the week at night (Wednesday or Thursday, I believe), and interestingly, nobody was actually “frying fish” at the one we went to. We rode with our bartender but you can also catch a cab there, too… they’ll know what the “fish fry” is.
Visit the botanical garden and labyrinth. It’s so pretty and calming, and gives you a chance to spend time with nature—something we all need every now and then, believe it or not… or maybe that’s just the Pisces in me.
Dress the part. Tropical is as tropical does. Bright colors, florals, and comfy, flowy summer beach outfits are all a go, because… vacation. Be sure to pack sneakers for the dirtier activities.
Stay all-inclusive. Nassau is a different story—I heard there are endless things to do, places to go, and people to see—but Freeport is the quieter/more relaxing side of the island, so you might as well get the most out of it. Take advantage of the included water sports, unlimited drinks, and three square meals a day.
Prepare for rain, especially if you’re visiting during hurricane season (roughly June–November). With tropical climates come rain. It rained EVERY DAY we were there last August. The good thing is, it always passes. It’ll rain for a couple of hours a day, tops, usually in the afternoon around lunch time. Then back to regularly scheduled sunny programming!
Invest in a waterproof phone case. If you’re like me, you want your phone around at all times during vacay, solely for photo-taking purposes. That said, this tip might be common sense, but clearly not… because I didn’t have a waterproof case, and my iPhone 6 dropped in the pool. After that, recuperation was pretty much futile. Needless to say, I’ve since gotten a new phone.