Trip Start Dec 2001
2Trip End Dec 2001
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We'd never been to the Caribbean before and thought that it was a bargain too good to miss, even without knowing where exactly we would be staying. When we got to the other end, the Rep told us that we would be in the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort on Paradise Island. To reach it, there was a road bridge from Nassau, we didn't even have to catch a boat.
Our room overlooked Paradise Island Harbor and there was a small man-made beach by the hotel. Palm trees held hammocks, but that was the only shade provided, there were no umbrellas for the sun loungers by the pool or on the beach.
One day we took a boat trip to one of the other islands, Rose Island
Once the boat was tied up, it took about half an hour due to the rough weather, we were allowed to disembark and explore the island. We walked uphill through wooded glades and at the top of the hill we could see the beach. WOW does not begin to describe it, although that's what John and I both said when we saw it.
Sand the colour of bleached bone was complemented by turquoise water that shimmered in the sun. A few people were already in the water, swimming and snorkelling. We just stared for a while, taking in the view. I can't swim, so I only went in the water knee deep. John ventured out further and a woman came up behind him.
"Did you see it?" she asked. We both shook our heads. "There was a big fish," she said then. "I think it was a shark."
Well, as you can imagine, John and I both exited the water rather fast, but we hadn't seen any shark. It may have been a small basking shark, I don't think it was one that bites anyway! We had a rest before lunch on one of the hammocks on the hill overlooking the beach. Although they were designed for two people to share, trying to get in them was still quite a feat!
Lunch was included as part of the trip, there was a buffet with salads, rice, pasta, chicken, ribs, hot-dogs and more. Fresh fruit was for dessert and we both chose bananas, which were the tastiest we've ever tried. Free soft drinks were offered all afternoon, and with the heat you really needed them.
On another day trip, we decided to go to the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo in Nassau, the capital. We took a taxi from our hotel and enjoyed watching the world go by, or at least Nassau. Nearly all the buildings are painted in pastel colours with white trim, they looked like ice creams or wedding cakes, lemon, raspberry, sky blue.
The zoo was very well designed, with lots of shady paths and large enclosures for the animals, at least for those which weren't wandering about the gardens themselves! We came across a pot bellied pig sleeping on one of the paths, I wonder who would have been more scared if it woke up?
It was very hot while we were there, and we spent a lot of time just looking for shady places to rest. We only had enough money with us for the taxi back and so we couldn't even buy some water at the time. Note for future, don't go without water on the next expedition!
Later on that same day, the taxi didn't turn up to take us back, so we started walking into Nassau when it started to rain. A lot. We both got soaked before we found a bus to take us into the centre and then we managed to get a taxi back from there. We still don't know whether our booked taxi ever arrived at the zoo!
We spent a bit of time just lazing on the beaches or by the pool, catching up on reading and resting. There are a few sights to see, but it's really a destination for those people looking for a beach holiday and a good rest.
And we certainly did that.