Keep in mind this accounts for your daily expenses. You'll still need to consider flights, accommodation, travel insurance and any visas or other pre-departure expenses.
After reading Georgia's Bahama's guide though, I think you'll find the trip is more than worth the expense. You can't put a price on relaxation, right?
Georgia's guide to the Bahamas
I'm gonna start by saying The Bahamas is basically paradise. Five days was NOT enough time to enjoy everything the stunning destination had to offer, but I definitely gave it a red hot crack. Regardless of whether you're considering a shot-gun trip or an extended vacay, here's a few do's and don'ts.
We stayed at Baha Mar on Nassau, the capital island of The Bahamas. Baha Mar is connected to the famous SLS (a total party hotel) and Rosewood Baha Mar (too boujee for us. We were asked to leave their swimming pool...). This hotel is insane. You've got six pools, designer stores, casinos and over 30 restaurants and bars. Oh, and did I mention, this place has even got flamingos!
Most of the hotels themselves are cashless. Meaning any restaurants or bars, only accept card or room charge. With this in mind, I suggest you roll with your Cash Passport Platinum with a split of 90% card and 10% cash (for tips) type thang.
The Bahamas has its own currency, being The Bahamian dollar. Where possible, do (and I cannot express this enough) not use this. Stick with the USD, which is accepted everywhere.
Our goal for this short holiday was to avoid needing to leave the resort. Lemme tell you, this place made that very very easy. Here's how I suggest you rock your days if you've got a similar goal, aka maxo relaxo.
Wake up, breakfast at Cafe Madeleine, bloody marys by your choice of pool, relocate to the beach, tacos for lunch at El Jefe (a retro-style Airstream eatery!), cycle your life away around the resort and mix you own daiquiri at Daqs, rent jet skis, eat dinner at Cleo (reservation needed), pre-game drinks at Skybar, followed by the grand finale at Bond Nightclub. On a separate day, I highly suggest a full day at Privilege - an upscale adults-only pool party and cabanas at SLS Baha Mar.
Of course, this is specific to Baha Mar; however, you can basically just sub in different restaurants and clubs for those at your choice of resort. At the end of the day, you'll spend your time swimming, relaxing, eating and soaking up the sun regardless of where you stay. It's worth noting that the hotels charge a bomb to withdraw cash. USD$5, plus your own bank's fees. So to withdraw USD$20, you're looking at NZD$40+. As mentioned above, most of the hotels are cashless, so grab some USD from Travel Money NZ before you leave and aim not to withdraw while overseas.
Be mindful of taxi drivers, as they can be a little cheeky. For trips to and from the airport, prices can differ. Oddly enough, it's based on the number of passengers and luggage - rather than per car. For example, 2 people + 2 suitcases, cost us $27USD.
Shopping is, unfortunately, limited. You've got the options of a super basic Mac Cosmetics, then just your regular/everyday stores such as Cartier, Rolex, Bvlgari and Tiffany & Co...(yeah right).
In summary, this place is lit. Think Miami/Vegas/Caribbean vibes, with a sprinkle of heaven. All you'll need is your bikini, loose and/or party pants, as well as your Cash Passport Platinum. Let this magical island take care of the rest.
Until next time/my boss approves my annual leave request...
XOXO Gossip Georgia
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