Nassau, Bahamas // family stories

August 15, 2015 , , Dori Yelverton
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My middle sister turned 30 this year (don’t even ask how old that makes me) and that is kind of a big deal – so one of her best friends planned an amazing surprise trip to celebrate. I was so excited to be able to go, and it was a kid-free trip, which is the first one of those I’ve been on in… 4.5 years… but who’s counting?!

I adore traveling, especially to foreign countries, and the ocean is my ‘place’ – so anywhere i can just sit on the beach and drink rum punch with the occasional excursion is fine by me!

We decided on Nassau, which was a fairly quick flight from Houston and I cannot rave about this place enough.

Side Note: We did not tell my sister where we were going. At all. Literally, we were in the Houston airport and she looks at the sign and says, “Where the F is Nassau?!” It was like 30 minutes into the flight before anyone announced anything about the  Bahamas over the intercom. She then died of excitement.

So back to Nassau – Clearest. Water. Ever. Like crystal. And bathwater warm! Forget the beach – I just floated around in the amazing water for a week. The sunsets were so beautiful, and the one sunrise that I dragged my ass out of bed for was also amazing.

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We were staying in a lovely VRBO that was right on the water. Open the front door, confront the massive heat wave that hits you like a ton of bricks, immediately begin to sweat as you walk down a little concrete set of stairs (you know, a little high water barrier to keep the homes safe or whatever) and here you are. DSYPhotography-3523

It was hotter than hades, so really – you did want to be in the water (or the Air Conditioning) during the day – but hey, it was July – what do you expect?

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And the people are SO friendly. It’s definitely an island fueled by tourism, and thus, everyone wants to make sure you have an amazing time. And it truly was. I even put my camera on hold for most of the trip and only took a few pics – because really – I was in the water most of the time!

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My gorgeous sister, ascending the Queen’s staircase. Check the history out on this place. I had no idea about any of the Bahamian involvement in the wars. Pretty crazy stuff!

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Obligatory vacation food post! Obviously they have lots of fish. Red snapper from the local fish market – so delicious! And probably the most affordable meal we made. Groceries are not cheap… You’ve been warned!DSYPhotography-3632

The textures and colors are amazing. So many amazing trees and flowers! DSYPhotography-3641

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Update: Yes, we did spend a day at Atlantis. It was super cool, but also soooo crazy/busy! I was really glad we didn’t stay there, but it was a really fun place to spend a day exploring. We did all the water slides, played in the pools and drank delicious frozen cocktails – in the pool – so that was awesome.