Still reliving my amazing vacation to Guana Cay in Bahamas, I wanted to share some tips with you if you decide to take the trip yourself!
1. Bring sunscreen with you. A lot of sunscreen. Way more sunscreen then you think you need to bring. I say bring it with you because it is expensive in the Bahamas and you’ll need to buy a lot of it. One spray bottle we bought was $15.99 in the Bahamas when you can get two bottles for less than that price in the US!
2. Reapply sunscreen frequently. Unless you are used to the Caribbean sun, you will want to reapply sunscreen constantly. Burning is no bueno and is terrible for you. You don’t want cancer, right? Plus you don’t want to ruin your trip on the first day by being burned right off the bat. I reapplied like a mother and still got pink areas that were a bit tender for a day or so. If you get in the water, definitely reapply when you get out.
3. Don’t succumb to first night syndrome. What is first night syndrome? It’s when you get super wasted the first night because you are so happy to be on vacation and are then hungover for two days. This did happen to a few people on our trip … they will remain unnamed.
4. Bring some food with you. Things like a jar of nuts in the Bahamas are outrageous! Nuts are the perfect beach snack, but we resisted because the mixed jar was $30! I brought some granola bars for the plane, but I recommend bringing things like your favorite coffee (we did) if you are a coffee person. If you need a pink/blue/yellow packet for your coffee, might as well bring your preferred one because you never know if the store will have the one you like. Same with tea bags if you like tea.
5. Go to Maxwell’s grocery store in Marsh Harbour about 90 minutes before your ferry departs to Guana Cay. You will spend an hour in the store, and you will need to get a taxi from the store to the ferry. The store in Marsh Harbour is way bigger then the one on Guana Cay, and less expensive. We bought as much as we could think of before going to Guana and that was smart. The grocery store on Guana surprisingly has a good selection of food, so you can definitely get a few things while there. We ended up getting a few more things at the Guana grocery store as we needed them, but we were glad we made the big trip in Marsh Harbour at Maxwell’s.
6. Don’t buy condiments and spices until you check out your rental house. Most rental houses will have all of the main things like olive oil, salt, pepper, mustard, etc. Unless you just eat an inordinate amount of a specific condiment or are using it for a recipe, you can wait to see what they have leftover in the fridge. Our house was stocked with the basics. There was even half-n-half left over from the people who were there the week before us. You can also email the owners of the house or the caretaker and ask them what is there. They may or may not be able to tell you. Continue reading…