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Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:27 pm

TSA agent slacking off at DFW.
plethora of AA tails seen at the Dallas megahub.
Beautiful Boeing 757-200 seen resting before flight.

Now the fun begins!
Summer Vacation:

Long Island: An uninterrupted 80-mile stretch of contrasting coastlines gives Long Island its name and a distinct landscape. While soft beaches greet the water on the west coast, rocky cliffs rise from the shore on the east. That said, words are inadequate.
The highly poisonous and sought after (in Japan, anyways..) Lion fish, nabbed off the coast of Long Island, BS.
affectionately called "crawfish" across The Bahamas.
pulling in the boat after a long day out.
blighted white rasta in Deadman's Cay, Long Island, BS.
Salt Pond is one of several communities/villages in long island and shares the distinction of being of the few to not be named after a last name.
Fly Bahamasair.yeah....if you have an additional hour or two.
Bahamians boarding the only Bahamasair flight back to Nassau.
Hermit Crabs, known as soldier crabs in The Bahamas.
rock formations on cape santa maria, bs
milky sand at cape santa maria
Riding aboard the back of trucks is highly common in the Family Islands.
Dean's Blue Hole is the world's deepest blue hole, which plunges 202 meters to the ocean floor, in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas.
Dean's Blue Hole is the world's deepest blue hole, which plunges 202 meters to the ocean floor, in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas.
Long Islanders are fierce fishermen amongst other things.
An Italian tourist walking in rural Long Island, BS.
Homes for the rich in the extreme north of the island.
Cove near the praised Cape Santa Maria, adjacent to Columbus' North American landfall.


Nassau, capital city of The Islands of The Bahamas, resides on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island. This island pair maintains a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical ease, giving travelers freedom to do everything or nothing at all.

A lone tattered Bahamian flag waves,no doubt a reflection of the poor state of the Caribbean island nation. Despite rampant ignorance and lack of vision, Bahamians are fluid with national pride.
boarding American Eagle flight to Nassau
Nassau marina pictures
Atlantis hotel resort seen from the paradise island bridge
Scenic unspoiled, virgin Rose Island.
A horse track built and subsequently abandoned due to political mismanagement.
A tired-looking ship preparing to haul freight to the family islands is seen.
The aftermath of Hurricane Fay is seen here
Newspaper...the newspapers there call gays "sissy boys"
Bahamian currency mixed with American dollars, as both currencies are used there.
Homes seen from across a lake.
These vans are also ubiquitous of the Bahamas
a local musician..
Another bizarre street name...
Atlantis Villas.
another odd Bahamian house.
Mansion being built on the super glam West side of Nassau.
Another new development in Nassau. I love how this building is contemporary yet has a distinct Caribbean flair.
Sandyport housing development seen from Bay Street bridge.
Potcakes are the name for Bahamian street dogs. Since the pirate days,Nassau has had a huge dog overpopulation issue.
What would a KOTH thread be without the grittier element being represented?!?!
Detroit, Bahamas
Greetings from da hood. A real life labyrinth of misery, desolation and trigger-crazy marginalized men.

Here, a middle-aged man drinks his life away, hoping to escape the troubles around him.
Locals anxiously awaiting their luggage to come on the belt.
A yacht resting in Paradise Island's harbor.
What is this architecture called? It stands out an awful lot in The Bahamas.
Sandyport is seen again.
Nassau's most visited attraction is the Queen's Staircase. Climb the 65 steps, recently renovated, carved out of solid limestones by slaves in the late 18th century, between 1793 and 1794. It is reported that slaves were forced to cut through rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools.

This 102 foot staircase was named in honour of the 65 years of Queen's Victoria's reign. Construction of this monument is still regarded as remarkable. For practical purposes, the staircase provides a shorter route to and from Bennet's Hill.
Nassau is a major terminus for cruise ships, and it is not uncommon to see 3-4 cruise ships lined up on the pier.
The look of the urban Caribbean.
Nassau mansion..
After The Bahamas gained independence from the UK in 1973, a huge wave of behemoth, monotonous structures unique to 70's architecture were built.
Barcardi rum building seen in daylight.
Bay Street....
Old structures on Bay Street, the main drag in Nassau.
Estates out West.
The uber-glam, 5-star resort that is Atlantis is pictured.

A bustling fantasy world -- part water park, entertainment complex, megaresort, and beach oasis -- this is by far the biggest and boldest resort in the country. The overriding theme here is water -- for swimming, snorkeling, and observing marine life, as well as for mood and effect, in lagoons, caves, waterfalls, and several walk-through aquariums (touted as the largest artificial marine habitat in the world). The public areas are lavish, with fountains, glass sculptures, and gleaming shopping arcades. Numerous sporting activities are available, and there is plenty of nightlife on the premises; the casino, ringed by restaurants, is the largest in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The most expensive rooms are in the glamorous, high-rise Royal Towers. In high season (winter) expect long lines at restaurants. Atlantis opened the 600-room all-suites sister resort, the Cove Atlantis, in March 2007, complete with private adult and family pools and lavish cabanas. The suites range from over 650 square feet to the 4,000-square-foot Penthouse Suite which will start at $15,000 per night.

New American-style suburban development out West.

Hope you enjoyed my summer '08 vacation picturoos.

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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:35 am

3 questions:

1. Is that bottom crawfish legal size?

2. Who's the girl in the Dash-8?

3. Why didn't you call while in Nassau?


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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:55 am

Awesome pictures, what sort of camera do you have? Looked like they were fresh out of a well-done vacation brochure. I've spent LOTS of time in Nassau as my grandmother lives there and I spent all my summers there as a kid (though she is in the uber-pretentious lyford cay part of the island) and you captured the dual nature of the island very well, with the abject poverty so close to the exclusive excess of the tourist and gated community world.
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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 5

Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:32 am

Wow! Very impressive post and I appreciate you taking the time to format your original post to share pictures with all of us here on

I have taken pictures with a regular point and shoot camera and probably could never get those kinds of shots in my wildest dreams!

Well done my friend!

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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:04 am

Fantastic report!
Why didn't you post this in the trip reports forums?
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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:50 pm

Ah... I miss Long Island.. I haven't been there in 20 years. Thank god Abaco got spared by Fay.... less a few feet of beach.
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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:55 pm

Fantastic collection of photos - Looks like a great place to visit.
What camera are you using?

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RE: Must See: My Bahamian Summer Vacation (HD-no 56k)

Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:02 pm

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 2):
Looked like they were fresh out of a well-done vacation brochure

Yes, absolutely stunning photography!

Interesting night light activities as well.  cheeky 
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