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Best Fit For Us

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Best Fit For Us

My wife and I are early seniors looking to spend 6 days on the Bahamas in January. Never been there, so we are trying to find a nice resort/hotel that is on calm waters, sandy beach and in a safe area. We love snorkeling, sightseeing and beach time. Need help on which island and hotel would be right for us.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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1. Re: Best Fit For Us

Look at Cape Santa Maria on Long Island. Stella Maris is just across the island, and a spectacular setting, but the water is rougher. Quiet and safe. Both gorgeous in different ways. I'm not sure what qualifies as "sightseeing" on any of the Out Islands, but on LI there are a few things to see/"do". It does require a domestic flight from Nassau, which could be deal breaker depending on where you are coming from.

Great Exuma is also a good option. Look at Sandals, Exuma Beach Resort, Emerald Isle, and Hideways, depending your style and budget. Direct flights from the US to Exuma.

Be aware that January anywhere in the Bahamas can be either very pleasant, or it can be windy and chilly. I was on LI this past January with a 9-10 day period of gray, chilly, windy days. (Fortunately, our stay was long so we got through it without major disappointment.) The water is chilly in the winter for me (as an early senior) and the pools I encountered were not heated. If you are escaping harsh winter from up north and luck is with you, then 70s temps might be perfectly good. But if you have an option to come later in the spring, even late Feb has better odds, I'd recommend that. Note that the Abacos, Eleuthera, and Nassau are all further north than GE and LI. Have fun planning.

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2. Re: Best Fit For Us

Thanks for the suggestions. I was not aware of the potential cool weather which would be a downer. May push vacation out to March or Target another island in JanFeb.

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