It's Better in the Bahamas

It’s Better in The Bahamas

I’ll never forget my first few minutes in the Bahamas. We arrived to pouring rain. Speeding down Bay Street from the airport, past Cable Beach and into Nassau – I was shocked to find that even in such conditions the ocean was shades of blue and turquoise so brilliant Pantone has nothing on Bahamian waters.

This press trip to Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas was made possible by Visit the Bahamas and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. However, these insights and opinions are strictly my own.

We were going too fast for pictures and I was too overcome to think as a photographer who should have been working. I simply marveled at the scenery as it passed my window.

It was an early morning rain that was needed after a long drought – in its wake was left a green, luscious Bahamas alive with energy and color. Over four days and three nights we absorbed that color and energy at a feverish, but nonetheless exciting pace.


Determined to find out if the saying is true …

We met locals and had a dinner in their home.undefinedundefined

We visited the legendary Graycliff, met the owner … smoked cigars into the wee hours of the morning. We might have seen a pirate ghost or two on the property which is one of the oldest in Nassau and really represents the grandeur and history of The Bahamas.undefinedundefinedundefined

We raced over sparkling waters to our own private island and went snorkeling with schools of Scissortail and Blue Tang.undefinedundefined

We discovered a lost civilization at Atlantis.undefinedundefined

We enjoyed fine dining at Cafe Martinique and I had my first soufflé.undefinedundefined

and we discovered that, yes … truly – “It’s Better in the Bahamas“.

  • April 12, 2011

    Looks simply amazing. I’ve never been, but your pictures definitely make me want to go. I especially love the photo of you smoking the cigar (great lighting) and the photo with the conch shell and flower on the railing.

    Excellent that you got to meet some of the locals and have dinner. It’s what travel is all about, meeting people and learning new cultures.

    Oh and that souffle, i’m salivating.

  • April 12, 2011

    You know, I’ve haven’t heard many good things about the Bahamas. Although now that I’ve had the opportunity to see this wondrous place through your eyes, I may reconsider the other opinions I’ve heard.

    It looks so beautiful and I absolutely LOVE all of the brilliant colors you’ve captured.

    Thank you for sharing 😀


  • April 12, 2011

    The bougainvilleas really tell the story, K. What a lovely shock of pink! My favorite tropical flower.

  • April 12, 2011

    Great photos! That private island wouldn’t be called Rose Island would it? Home of the Sandy Toes Beach Bar, love that place!

    I do have smoked cigars and sipped wine till the early morning hours with the Graycliff owner Enrico. The stories he told kept us all entertained and laughing with every wink he gave.

    From my experience…It really is better in the Bahamas.


  • April 12, 2011

    I love the picture of you smoking a cigar ! Could almost be Cuba… 🙂

  • April 12, 2011

    I try to visit the Bahamas as often as possible. I have friends that live the and try to use that to my advantage as much as possible. Love the photos, the food looks amazing I must try swimming with the dolphins next time.

  • April 12, 2011

    Love the ones of you and the dolphin and you and the cigar! What a great trip it must have been!

  • April 12, 2011

    I am such a fan of your photography–SO gorgeous! I love how you captured all aspects of your trip, fab dinners, blissful beaches, etc. I felt like I was there!

  • April 12, 2011

    Great photo collection! They are so sharp and clear

  • April 13, 2011

    omg kirsten! i think this may be my favorite post of yours ever (and that’s a tall order my dear!) these photos are incredible and such a variety of visual styles, settings, etc. and LOVE how you’re a part of it- you sassy cigar smoker you 😉 AMAZING!

  • April 15, 2011

    LOVE the photos! Spent some time in Nassau years ago and the saturated colors of the island have stayed in my memories ever since. Love how you captured it! I was a teenager with my family, having just sailed there from Florida, and remember my Mom sneaking us into Atlantis to explore 🙂

  • April 16, 2011

    Wow! Spectacular photos. Truly looks like paradise.

  • April 20, 2011

    Oh, Kirsten, it’s like seeing pictures of heaven. And your photography still continues to amaze me. If I can start learning how to work with better cameras and become even half the photographer you are, I’ll be a lucky girl.

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