Relaxation and Fun!
Taking a redeye from Seattle, we arrived bleary-eyed and tired early Sat before check-in time. Timothy arranged transportation for us and had accomodated our desire to get settled in early. He took us for a short tour of important places like grocery stores, churches, gas stations, restaurants etc. Having use of the van made the more distant location at Love Beach possible for accessing the rest of the island for adventures and our family wedding activities.It took solid concentration to drive on the left side of the road and that for locals, stopping at red lights seems more of a "suggestion" than requirement. Keep your map handy as road signs are also not abundant.
We found groceries to be expensive as well as restaurant prices. After a very welcoming experience at the nearby Baptist church on Easter Sunday, we went to the Arawak Cay for lunch. We stuck to the mini meals as prices ranged up to $40! We recommend the Travelers Rest for authentic, reasonably priced Bahamian food and music.We loved the conch fritters and guava cake.
People are friendly and helpful and skilled in hustling your patronage of their products. The Straw market products have knockoffs and are all much of the same, not all locally made. We found a handmade crafts area down by the cruise ship dock. We immersed ourselves in the history of Nassau touring the forts and Pirate museum. Much of the history we learned from chatting with the locals. We took the Sandy Toes excursion to Rose Island and did the Dolpin Encounter with our 2 1/2 yr old granddaughter and thorougly enjoyed both adventures. The three guys went snorkeling out of Stuart's Cove and thrilled at viewing sharks circling below. All of us agreed that snorkeling the Bahamas does not match our Hawaiian experience. We snorkeled in front of Manor of Love and saw a stingray and a few colorful fish. The beach there is very lovely and we enjoyed morning walks and sat in tidepools. As we were gad abouts, we didn't hang out there much. The convenience of the house on the beach was perfect, however, for our family of six to relax, swim, walk, nap inside, or check emails with the convenient wi-fi. TV was great for watching the NBA finals and royal wedding in Britain.
The hotel rooms we saw during wedding activities were small yet still expensive. Atlantis was an over-the-top experience in opulance and $. We found sharing Manor of Love to be safe, economical, comfortable, convenient, quiet, and relaxing. We loved it!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities
Helpful votes: 3/4
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