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Cruise, Swim, or Laze Around the Bahamas on a Budget

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Sometimes it can be hard to reconcile your dream vacation with the reality of your bank account. Sure, we'd love a getaway to the Bahamas, as it's one of the most popular Caribbean destinations, but will the doctor let us sell our remaining kidney so that we can afford it? Probably not. Thankfully you can keep your organs intact and enjoy the beaches of the Bahamas with these rock-bottom deals on airfare, hotels, activities, and more.

The Bahamas (officially known as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas) is made up of over 3,000 islands, and the best way to take in all the sun and sea you can is on a boat, of course. Hotwire offers a 4-day Norwegian Cruise Line Bahamas Cruise for two (from $378, a low by $20, click through to see this price; expires April 30), which departs from Miami on November 5 and arrives in Freeport, Grand Bahamas the following morning. You'll receive a complimentary room upgrade, but you're better off spending some time shopping in Freeport (as it is a tax haven). And while you're on land, don't neglect the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Lucaya district. From Freeport, the cruise heads to Nassau where you can spend the day snorkeling, sailing, or sightseeing. And before you head back to Miami, you'll visit the real-life desert island, Great Stirrup Cay. This privately-owned island is populated by palm trees, land crabs, iguanas, and neon-colored fish.

If four days doesn't seem like enough time to get thoroughly sun-soaked (or rum-pickled) then consider a 5-night Carnival Cruise Bahamas Cruise for two (from $418, a low by $40; expires April 30) with a complimentary room upgrade. The cruise departs from Florida's Port Canaveral, and you'll arrive at the private island of Half Moon Cay, one day into your trip. The islet sits about 200 miles southeast of Florida, but it might as well be a million miles from reality. This island is set up for a full array of water activities including jet-skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing. From here the cruise heads up to Nassau and then on to Freeport.

If you haven't got the best pair of sea legs, and four or five days on the water isn't your definition of R & R, book a 4-night hotel and flight package for two at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino (from $786.52, a low by $302; expires May 2). A mix of 1,000 feet of sugary beach and a refined Vegas-style casino, this resort offers both round the clock entertainment and relaxation. There are also nine restaurants to choose from and a PGA-approved Cable Beach golf course around the corner.

The Bahamas has seen its fair share of VIPs over the years, including three 007s and the Beatles, who filmed their 1965 film "Help!" on Nassau's Paradise Island's Cabbage Beach. Originally called Hog Island, this satellite island has been owned by several business moguls, including the ubiquitous Donald Trump circa 1980. Put your own soon-to-be-famous footprints on its beaches with a 4-night hotel and flight package for two at the Comfort Suites Paradise Island (from $907.74, a low by $365; expires May 25). The resort is a 10 minute walk from the beach, but that's made up for by complimentary access to the adjoining Atlantis Resort, where you can revel in lagoons, water slides, beaches, and a casino. And more importantly, spending time in Nassau will give you the opportunity to plunder the riches of the Pirates of Nassau Museum. Take a day off from lounging about on the beach to indulge your inner Johnny Depp and explore the replica pirate ship, taverns, and hidden booty.

If you can only get away from the responsibilities of everyday life on a short break, then this all-inclusive 3-night hotel and flight package for two at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach in Freeport (from $792.20, a low by $296; expires May 25) will help you make the very most of your Caribbean vacation. The hotel boasts all the usual tropical pursuits like kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling ... oh, and trapeze lessons. Hey, you only live once.

The Bahamas is one of Budget Travel's top 10 most-visited islands for good reason. But if your vacation plans include another destinations, then check out our daily travel deals for other airfare sales, and hotel and vacation packages.

At the time of publication, these travel deals offered the lowest prices we could find. Deals may include blackout dates, additional taxes, and fees. Some of our prices may be based on mandatory double occupancy.

Front page photo credit: Shook Photos via Flickr


Paula Kerrigan has taught English in Japan and Italy, and she has written for several e-zines aimed at westerners living abroad. She uses her experience across the six continents to inform her travel features at dealnews.

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