GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, The Bahamas – (July 3, 2012) – Relaxation and soft adventure await travelers on Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas island that is home to stretches of uncrowded beaches, water sports and live entertainment. According to KAYAK, consumers are in hot pursuit of travel to Grand Bahama Island, which was up 57 percent in searches (April 2012), but despite the demand resorts are committed to delivering affordable, air-inclusive rates as low as $89 per person per night.*
At Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour, an upscale, all-suite oceanfront hideaway with a new on-site dive center, air-inclusive rates start as low as $221 per person per night; at Pelican Bay at Lucaya, a charming boutique hotel featuring stunning water views and complimentary continental breakfast served poolside, air-inclusive rates are as low as $110 per person; and only $120 at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, Grand Bahama Island’s premiere all inclusive resort.
Other participating resorts include Flamingo Bay Resort & Marina at Taino Beach, featuring kitchenettes in guestrooms and an expansive poolscape, for air-inclusive rates starting at $89, and $102 at Island Seas Resort, a beachfront resort offering free shuttle service to the Port Lucaya entertainment district and guestrooms with fully equipped kitchens.
Through Sept. 1, 2012, travelers can also book an oceanview room at Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort with special “Summer Safari” rates starting at just $119 per night. Kids under 13 eat free. Located in the heart of Grand Bahama’s bustling Lucaya district, the resort features a full-service spa, championship golf courses, themed restaurants and a lively casino.
Beyond the resorts are an assortment of cultural experiences and ecological wonders that make Grand Bahama Island ideal for nature-based activities including kayaking, dolphin experiences, scuba diving, fishing, airboat eco-adventures, jeep safaris and bike tours. Get certified on the island with the Underwater Explorers Society (UNEXSO) and dive shipwrecks and reefs, stalk bonefish on calm waters or ride waves while deep sea fishing. Travelers can also spend a day getting to know a local family through the Ministry of Tourism’s People-to-People cultural exchange program.
Grand Bahama Island is easily accessible through many U.S. cities. Bahamasair recently launched nonstop flights between Grand Bahama Island (FPO) and four U.S. cities including Richmond, Va.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Baltimore, Md. Nonstop flights on other carriers are also available from Philadelphia; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; West Palm Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Prefer to cruise? Balearia Bahamas Express is operating round-trip fast ferry service between Port Everglades in South Florida and Grand Bahama Island, starting at $49.50 per person.
*Air-inclusive rates based on nonstop, round-trip air service starting at $276 on Bahamasair. Air-inclusive and per night, based on double occupancy; exclusive of tax and resort fee with the exception of Viva Wyndham
In addition to non-stop service, other conveniences make travel to Grand Bahama Island a breeze. Before departing for the U.S., visitors have the benefit of pre-clearance through U.S. Customs and Immigration. Additionally, The Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. currency and the U.S. dollar is accepted throughout The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.Bahamasair.com or www.bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Judith HoSang Anita Johnson-Patty
Weber Shandwick Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
(212) 445-8122 (954) 236-9292