grand bahama island

Cruising from Aruba through the Panama Canal was an experience I’ll never forget. However, we were on a big ship, with 1,000 passenger cabins and almost as many staff. If there is ever a next time, I think I’d like to downsize my order. Less than a week on the high seas would be perfect for me. The other thing about this particular cruise route was that we saw bits of the Caribbean, but totally skipped The Bahamas. Bummer.

So if I had the opportunity to plan things, I would likely set my sights squarely on Grand Bahama Island (aka The Jewel of The Bahamas) and the 4-star, 372-acre Grand Lucayan Beach and Golf Resort.
While at the resort, I can soak up desperately needed vitamin D on their pristine sugar-white sand beaches, swim with dolphins, parasail, Jet Ski, or hop on a horse for a leisurely ride.
The island is also home to a variety of cultural experiences within three distinct destinations – East End, Freeport/Lucaya and West End – each offering their own unique experience. Charming fishing villages included! There are no end of ecological wonders as the island boasts one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, three national parks, and reefs ready for an afternoon scuba dive. Since discovering that snorkeling is one of the most tranquil activities ever, I’d probably take advantage of some of the most gorgeous stretches of shoreline in the world.

Of course, these are just a few ways to experience Grand Bahama Island… And Canadians don’t have to invest any time aboard a ship! Starting November 1, Sunwing Vacations is launching new direct flights from Calgary and Vancouver. This will be added onto their current non-stop air-inclusive vacation packages to Grand Bahama Island, which will be available from eight cities in Canada, and offer a variety of first class all-inclusive and boutique resorts.

The inside scoop is that you can win a round trip for 2! Enter the Express to Grand Bahama Island sweepstakes via Facebook from now until December 1. Then RSVP for the #Direct2GrandBahama Twitter Party (November 6 from 7-8pm EST) and retweet for a second chance to win until November 26. The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Please visit the contest page to see full terms and conditions.

If you simply can’t wait then visit to book a sunny sojourn.


Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.