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Grand Bahama Island: The Softer Side of the Bahamas Part 1

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Close to the U.S., rich with history and a colorful culture, lies Grand Bahama Island. A wonderful international destination that is close to home giving you a great opportunity to visit as often as you'd like. One of the great thing about the Bahamas is that you don't need to learn a new language or exchange any money. However, you will have to remember to drive on the left side of the road.

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Grand Bahama Island really is an undiscovered gem in the Bahamas. The people and the island is eagerly waiting to welcome you to their sunny shores. In my opinion, it's a perfect destination for girlfriends, couples, and families, this is, after all, the softer side of the Bahamas.

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The pace of life is slow and laid back and that vibe carries throughout the island. No hustle and bustle, no endless traffic, and no crowds. Just a carefree attitude that lets you know this is truly going to be a very relaxing vacation. Stepping off the plane I instantly left my worries behind me. Honestly, when you are in paradise there is no reason to worry about life back home.

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Grand Bahama Island offers so much to those looking for soft adventure fun. Jeep tours, dolphin encounters, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, beach combing and so much more or just soak up the sun and relax. Pack as much or as little into your days, either way you are sure to have a fabulous time.


I spent a fabulous 4 days and 3 nights on the island. I packed quite a bit into those days and loved every minute of it. Brewery tour, perfume factory tour, jeep safari, dolphin swim, and an Island tour just to name a few of my wonderful experiences. From sun up to well past sun down I had an amazing time discovery and exploring Grand Bahama Island.

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Arriving on the island I quickly passed through immigration and customs and made my way to the Grand Lucayan Resort. The resort, which is in Port Lucaya just a few minutes from the airport, offers ocean view or canal view rooms. Trust me, pay to stay on the ocean side. Sitting on the deck, watching the sun rise or set is an experience in itself. A serpentine pool, large beach area, kids activities, spa, fitness center, restaurants, incredible views and beautiful rooms ensure you'll never have to leave the resort unless you want to.

To be continued…….


Deb writes the lifestyle blog, Just Short of, where she shares life and travel adventures while parenting teens. She is a traveler, foodie, lover of fluffy dogs and sometimes cats, photo taker, baker, pr friendly influencer, brand ambassador, Michigan resident, and much, much more.

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  1. We went to the Bahamas this time last year on a cruise! I would’ve loved to go again this year! The water there was gorgeous! I wish I had had my new camera for that trip!

  2. I would love to go back to the Bahamas sometime! We stopped during a cruise for our honeymoon, but that has been over 10 years ago.

  3. I love the Bahamas, it’s just such a beautiful place! I’ve only visited once when I wasn’t on a cruise, and can’t wait to go back. I’ll have to check out the Grand Lucayan!

  4. This looks like an amazing destination. I’ve never been to the Bahamams..but the hubby and I have our 10 year anniversary next month and we are looking to celebrate a little later with a trip!

  5. Jennifer

    Oh it’s so pretty there! That water looks so peaceful and warm 🙂

  6. Wow, it is so gorgeous and it sounds like there is so much to do!

  7. I went there when I was a senior in highschool and would love to go back for a few days with my family.

  8. I can see why the ocean side would be the way to go! Love the way you described the island’s vibe.

  9. we loved the bahamas. we did a three hour dolphin excursion that was the most amazing experience EVER

  10. This sounds like a fantastic area to visit, I’ve always wanted to visit the Bahamas!

  11. I’ve never been, but I was thinking that this would be a great quick trip for my birthday!! It looks so beaut

  12. I have always wanted to go to the Bahamas! I can’t wait to read the rest of the trip!

  13. This post is going to make a lot of people hop a plane to the Bahamas, everything is just so beautiful.

  14. Beautiful! We’ve been to Nassau, which is one of the more popular destinations!

  15. This is a destination near the top of my travel bucket list!

  16. Those are some fantastic pictures of the Bahamas! I wish I could go sometime. 🙂

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