July 10, 2009 | Comments 0

Bargains in the Bahamas

The economy getting you down? Working too hard because your company has downsized and you’re doing the work of two – or three? Need a break?  Paradise Island BahamasThere’s never been a better time to visit the Bahamas for a Caribbean Island vacation.  No passport is required for this group of 700 islands located just 50 miles off the state of Florida – but a world removed from anything in the States. There’s nothing like the Caribbean islands. Warm breezes and tropical beaches will make you feel relaxed and carefree for very few dollars compared to stateside locations. A few days on a tropical island vacation and you’ll come back refreshed, ready to pick up your routine once again.


Air fares are at near historic lows, making it an especially good time to get away. In addition, there are many bargains in sunny Bahamas. When you make travel arrangements, check the usual travel sites which offer deals and all the carriers – some of the smaller airlines such as Spirit Airlines want your business. They recently added flights from St. Lauderdale to Freeport, Bahamas.


Bargains can also be found on tropical vacations if you have the ability to leave work or home with little notice. Check with cruise lines and hotels for last minute cancellations. You may be able to pick up a last minute bargain when someone cancels.  Travel Web sites offer airline, hotel, and cruise packages that can mean big savings, sometimes as much as 25 to 50 percent or more. Some of the special hotel offers are for a nightly discount, while others give you a free additional night when you stay a specified number of nights. 


Think about getting off the beaten path to capture bargains. With more than 700 tropical islands in the Bahamas, you don’t have to choose the same places other people do. Think about some of the smaller islands where you’ll find smaller, less expensive hotels not frequented by the crowds.


Always wanted to go on a cruise but don’t have the kind of time or money to do it? Take a cruise in the Bahamas and see what others who have cruised the Caribbean have been talking about for years. Look on cruise line websites for bargains on two and three day cruises. While some people think cruises are expensive, they are a one stop planning destination for the eager vacation bargain hunter – no travel involved once you’re on the boat.


On a cruise, nearly everything you want is included: your room, meals (many of them buffet), entertainment, activities ranging from swimming to sports to exercise and spas, and more. The Monarch of the Seas advertises that “she practically qualifies as an island all on her own” and it couldn’t be more right: it even includes shops, a casino, and Las Vegas style shows as well as all the other amenities mentioned above. A check of a cruise line Web site revealed a two day cruise in Caribbean starting at $299 (depending on season) for a two night cruise.


Get started planning that tropical vacation right now. There may never be another time that prices will be so affordable – or that you’ve needed a vacation more!

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