The Bahamas Offers Fun in the Sun this May

Bahamas 1 - image courtesy of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
image courtesy of Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Written by Linda Hohnholz

Island Focus: The Abacos

As the sun shines bright and the warm breeze of spring fills the air, there’s no better time to pack your bags and head to the enchanting Islands of The Bahamas. May is the perfect month to explore this tropical paradise, offering a unique blend of temperate weather, welcoming people, exciting events, festivals, and offerings that cater to every traveller’s interest. Visitors can enjoy crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and lush landscapes, along with unlimited water sports for an unforgettable experience.  

Upcoming Openings

Located on Great Harbour Cay, within the Berry Islands chain, The OSPREY will be a beachfront property abundant with thatch berry palms and other indigenous trees. Guests will enjoy 400 feet of direct beach access, part of a five-mile stretch of sandy white beach. A talented Bahamian architect has amplified the ocean views and transformed Osprey villa and cottages into a tropical elegance display, enhanced by vaulted ceilings, inviting porches and decks, and detailed roof lines.  You will enjoy gazing at the turquoise water from the decks. Fun Fact: The island was once the meeting place and playground for such notables as Cary Grant, Jack Nicklaus, The Rockefellers, Ingrid Bergman and Douglas Fairbanks.

New Routes

  • The Abacos just launched a new nonstop route between South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and Abaco’s Marsh Harbour via Tropic Ocean Airways. The new scheduled service officially begins on May 1. See below for more information on The Abacos.

Events

The World Athletics Relays is heading to Nassau! Join the world’s top-performing athletes from 40 countries – and their fans – at Thomas A. Robinson Track & Field Stadium for all the thrills of this international biennial track and field sporting event, a crucial Olympic qualifying event for this summer Olympics in Paris.

The annual dive week is held with signature partners who are committed to generating dive packages, accommodations and activities that will have a diverse appeal throughout the United States and North America. This dive week will cater to dive enthusiasts as well as non-divers.

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Looking Ahead…

Eleuthera boasts of the sweetest pineapples in the world! Years ago, the pineapple was in abundance on the island and was exported all over the world. Today, pineapple farmers are trying their best to ensure that the pineapple crop continues to grow and thrive on the island. The annual Pineapple Festival is a celebration and appreciation to all the farmers who work and toil to harvest the sweet, juicy, delicious pineapple every year. This event is a time for descendants and visitors to come together and enjoy good company, and entertainment. Native food, desserts, and beverages will be on sale.

The Island Roots Festival on Green Turtle Cay, in picturesque Abaco, is a vibrant celebration of Bahamian culture and heritage. The festival is a true cultural immersion that promises a delightful journey through the heart and soul of The Bahamas, all in the beautiful setting of Green Turtle Cay. 

Goombay Summer Festivals are The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation’s annual summer festivals that showcase the true essence of being a Bahamian. Taking place across multiple islands, the festival showcases the country’s rich heritage through live music, dance performances, art displays, and authentic Bahamian cuisine. See below for when and where they’re taking place!

June 14 – Abaco

June 21 – Abaco

June 28 – Abaco

July 4 – Grand Bahama

July 9 – South Andros

July 10 – Mangrove Cay

July 11 – Grand Bahama

July 12 – Acklins

July 13 – Cat Island

July 18 – Grand Bahama

July 18 – New Providence

July 20 – Long Island

July 20 – Exuma

July 25 – Grand Bahama

July 25 – New Providence

July 26 – Bimini

July 27 – Bimini

July 27 – San Salvador

July 28 – Exuma

August 2 – New Providence

August 3 – Central Andros

August 9 – New Providence

August 10 – Berry Islands

August 17 – Long Island

August 17 – North Andros

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Promotions and Offers

For a complete list of deals and discounted packages in The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

  • Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina: PRE-BOOK an all-inclusive vacation for 4 – 6 consecutive nights at Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina (single or double occupancy) and get one free R/T airline or ferry ticket from Nassau. Book by June 30, 2024.
  • Bahama Bliss Micro Weddings: Those looking to plan a micro wedding in Freeport can book Bahama Bliss Micro Weddings – The Islands of The Bahamas Micro Wedding coverage on Grand Bahama Island, receive a $500 gift credit toward a print product of your choice and have access to a password protected online gallery of professionally edited images. Book by June 24, 2024.

Island Focus: The Abacos

The Abacos is known as one of the top sailing and boating destinations in the world with a chain of islands and cays, spanning 120 miles. The island draws boaters of all kinds—from novice sailors to seasoned captains—and there are 17 marinas sprinkled throughout the island chain for easy island hopping.  Boating enthusiasts eager to delve into the island’s rich boating history can experience the time-honoured tradition of handcrafting boats at Man-O-War Cay. Serving as the hub of this age-old trade in The Abacos, the residents of this community are renowned for their exceptional workmanship, a skill passed down through generations. The quaint colonial capital city of Marsh Harbour is home to a wide selection of hotels and resorts, exceptional restaurants, and a spirited nightlife. From championship golf courses and miles of picturesque beaches to historic English loyalist settlements ideal for history buffs, The Abacos are truly a unique Out Island experience. 

Don’t miss out on the unforgettable experiences and unbeatable deals that The Bahamas has to offer this May. For more information on these exciting events and offerings, visit www.Bahamas.com.

About The Bahamas

The Bahamas has over 700 islands and cays, as well as 16 unique island destinations. Located only 50 miles off the coast of Florida, it offers a quick and easy way for travelers to escape their everyday. The island nation also boasts world-class fishing, diving, boating and thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular beaches for families, couples and adventurers to explore. See why It’s Better in The Bahamas at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

About the author

Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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