The Bahamas - A Stray Monkey Trip

The Bahamas - A Stray Monkey Trip

Recently, we traveled to the Bahamas - a tropical paradise located in the Atlantic Ocean. Comprised of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets, the country is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture. From snorkeling and diving in its crystal-clear waters to exploring the rich culture and history of its capital city, Nassau, the Bahamas has something for everyone to enjoy. Read on to find out about some of our experiences!

Riu Paradise Island Bahamas

Our Hotel – The Riu Palace Paradise Island

The Riu Palace Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a popular destination for travelers looking for a beautiful and relaxing vacation. We chose to stay at the Riu Palace during our trip to the Bahamas for several reasons. First, the location of the Riu Palace is unbeatable. Situated on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Nassau, the hotel offers stunning ocean views and easy access to the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or explore the vibrant local culture, the Riu Palace is the perfect base for your adventure.

Second, the Riu also offers a wide range of dining options to suit every taste, and everything is included with your reservation. The resort features several on-site restaurants and bars, serving everything from international cuisine to local specialties, as well as a lively poolside bar and grill where you can enjoy drinks and snacks throughout the day. My favorite spot was the Caribbean jerk chicken stand, where I spent most of my lunches.

In addition, the Riu offers a wide range of activities and amenities for guests to enjoy. The resort features a large, free-form swimming pool with a swim-up bar, a fitness center, and a spa where guests can indulge in various relaxing treatments. Plus, there are a variety of excursions and activities, including boat tours, snorkeling and scuba diving trips, and visits to the nearby Atlantis resort. The Atlantis is only a 10-minute walk away, allowing you to check out its aquariums, water parks, and more.

Overall, the Riu Palace Paradise Island is a fantastic choice for travelers looking for an all-inclusive vacation experience in a beautiful tropical setting. With its stunning accommodations, delicious dining options, and wide range of activities and amenities, the Riu Palace Paradise Island offers something for everyone to enjoy.

The Graycliff Hotel

The Graycliff Hotel

The Graycliff Hotel is a destination that offers guests a unique and sophisticated experience. Located in the heart of the city, the Graycliff Hotel is just a short walk from the vibrant shopping and dining district. One of the standout features of the Graycliff Hotel is its rich history. The building, originally a private residence, has hosted several famous guests, including royalty, presidents, and celebrities. Today, the hotel maintains its historic charm and elegance, offering guests a glimpse into the past while providing all the modern amenities and services that one would expect from a luxury hotel - and we came for the dining and wine tour.

The Graycliff Restaurant, the hotel's dining destination, offers an elegant and refined atmosphere, perfect for a leisurely lunch. The menu features a range of international dishes, including salads, desserts, and hearty entrees. We also loved the wine tour, which was a fascinating look into the hotel's impressive Wine Cellar, home to more than 200,000 bottles of fine wine from around the world. It is the most extensive privately-owned wine cellar in the Caribbean and features a range of wines from the most prestigious wine-producing regions of the world. From rare vintages to more affordable wines, the cellar has something to suit every taste and budget. We were guided through the cellar by a knowledgeable and experienced wine expert named Gino, who shared fascinating stories and insights about the wines on display and helped us to choose the perfect wine to enjoy during lunch.

Overall, the Graycliff Hotel's Wine Tour is a must-do activity for wine lovers visiting Nassau, Bahamas. The hotel's impressive Wine Cellar and range of wine-related activities and events offer a truly unique and memorable experience.

The Luna Rum Distillery

The Luna Rum Distillery

The Luna Rum Distillery is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the art of rum making. This small, family-owned distillery produces a range of high-quality, handcrafted rums using traditional methods and locally-sourced ingredients. At The Luna Rum Distillery, visitors can take a guided tour of the distillery and learn about the rum-making process from start to finish. The tour begins in the distillery, where you will see the fermentation, distillation, and aging processes.

One of the standout features of The Luna Rum Distillery is its commitment to using traditional methods and locally-sourced ingredients. The distillery uses a small-batch still to produce its rums, which gives them a unique flavor and character. In addition to the guided tours, the Luna Rum Distillery also offers visitors the opportunity to sample its rums. The distillery has a tasting room where visitors can try a range of Luna Rums, from white and gold rums to more complex aged rums. Visitors can also purchase bottles of Luna Rum to take home as souvenirs of their visit.

Overall, the Luna Rum Distillery is a fascinating and informative destination for anyone interested in the art of rum making. The distillery's commitment to traditional methods and locally-sourced ingredients make its rums truly unique, and the guided tours and tasting room provides a memorable experience for visitors.

Things to Know about The Bahamas

Things to Know

The Bahamas is a popular destination for travelers seeking to escape a tropical paradise. The Bahamas has something to offer everyone with its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and vibrant culture. Here are some tips for visiting the Bahamas to make the most of your trip. First, plan ahead and book your accommodations early. The Bahamas is a popular destination; hotels and resorts can fill up quickly, especially during peak season. By booking your accommodations in advance, you can ensure that you have a place to stay and can take advantage of any early bird discounts or special offers.

Second, pack wisely. The Bahamas has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and high humidity. Be sure to bring plenty of light, airy clothing, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. It's also a good idea to bring insect repellent, as mosquitoes can be a problem in some areas. Third, be prepared for the weather. The Bahamas is located in the hurricane belt, and the hurricane season runs from June to November. While the chances of a hurricane hitting the island during your visit are low, it's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and be prepared for the possibility of a storm.

Fourth, respect the local culture and customs. The Bahamas is a melting pot of different cultures, and visitors are expected to respect the customs and traditions of the local people. Be sure to dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites, and avoid loud or disruptive behavior.

Overall, the Bahamas is a beautiful and welcoming destination for travelers. By following these tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to this tropical paradise. Also, be sure to check out our video below which showcases some of our favorite parts of the Bahamas!

A Video of Our Bahamas Experience


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