As Vancouver temperatures drop and the leaves change colour, many of us dream of tropical vacations. I have always wanted to see what the Bahama islands were like, but the trip length and cost were just not practical for my budget and time. Layovers can be nightmares – from hours of boredom in an airport you can’t leave to narrowly missing your flight because for some odd reason, your connecting flight is always at the other side of the terminal.

But good news folks – on December 19th, 2014, you will be able to fly directly to Grand Bahama Island with Sunwing!

There is plenty of things to do if you’re into water sports – snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, parasailing and boating. If you’re looking to relax and take in the local culture – which is my favourite thing to do on vacation – Grand Bahama Island has a marketplace located right on the waterfront so you can peruse shops and enjoy the views at the same time. There is also the Heritage Trail which is an easy five-mile nature walk, Lucayan National Park and Rand Nature Centre.

Image courtesy of Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board
Image courtesy of Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board

Currency wise, the Bahamian dollar is on par with the US dollar. English is the native tongue, so you need not worry about any misunderstandings when travelling to Grand Bahama Island!

Image courtesy of Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board.

I plugged in a couple of dates in February on the Sunwing website and it looks like it’ll cost $700 and up to fly directly, with hotel and transfers (not including the $385 taxes). Not bad considering some resorts are all inclusive!

For more information on the Bahamas, check out their official tourism website here.

And for direct flight info, check out Sunwing here.