A Mermaid’s Guide To Rose Island, Bahamas

Rose Island, Bahamas: A Mermaid Paradise

Hello, mermaids! Welcome to our new travel series, featuring mermaid worthy beaches around the world. Happy virtual beach-hopping!

I couldn’t begin this series with any other beach than where I married the man of my dreams; so first let me apologize for all the wedding photos and second give credit to two incredible photographers who I couldn’t recommend higher for a destination wedding, Davita Aundrea and Patrick Buckley – their names link to their sites. I promise the photos from this post on will be mine 🙂

It was the most amazing stunning day, and better than I ever imagined. So without further ado I give you the first Mermaid’s Guide to… Rose Island Bahamas.

The top 10 pieces of advice about traveling to Rose Island in the Bahamas:

1. When… to visit? The Bahamas are lovely year-round, while January to April are the liveliest and most crowded – keep in mind the Spring Break crowds. The islands are awfully hot during the summer into September but brief showers that come and go quickly can cool things off. Don’t forget, there is that pesky little hurricane season as well from about June to October.

Tip: I love Weather Spark for when I am planning travel!

2. Stay OR cruise... on any of the ships that anchor in Nassau (Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian, etc), as staying on Nassau isn’t really necessary to visit Rose Island. But if you wish to fly (Jetblue is very reasonable from Florida and New York) and then stay I have two recommendations. I suggest either the Sandy Toes Retreat right on Rose Island, this is one individual house where you can have a real castaway experience but with modern amenities – talk about barefoot luxury! Still, if you like a little more swankiness to your hotels the One and Only Ocean Club is charming.

3. Rent… a Jeep if you stay on the Island or take a taxi, they are fairly inexpensive. Remember to always have cash in ones and fives though so you don’t have a situation where your driver doesn’t have change. Also the taxi drivers

4. Travel… by Catamaran from Nassau to Rose Island – I HIGHLY recommend Flying Cloud Catamaran Charters (they have a join-in 3-hour tour as well). If you are on a ship take a taxi from the port to Paradise Island, it will only cost you $5 per way per person.

5. Pack… An underwater camera or a casing for your iPhone! I live by the Watershot iPhone Splash Casing… I even use it to read in my bubble baths!

6. See… the stunning pristine reefs, wander the powdery pinkish-orange sand. The entire island is deserted, not another soul for wide stretches of beaches and the beautiful clean water is quite obviously rather different from other islands, reefs, and beaches around the Bahamas.

7. Know…that the tiny island across from the Beach is the very location used in the opening of Gilligan’s Island… the Movie Star, the Professor and Mary-Ann… Hereeeee on Gilligan’s Isle

8. Feel… the silky bright aqua Caribbean waters, they are as inviting to the eye as they are to jump into!

9. Pretend… you’re the Little Mermaid, Daryl Hannah from Splash, or even Captain Jack Sparrow as you swim out of the water onto the soft sand and drink some cold spicy Bahamian Rum! Splash and Pirates of the Caribbean were both filmed close by.

10. Savor… delicious Caribbean flavors and fresh fish at the local market in Nassau, perhaps make reservations at Nobu or Mesa in Atlantis. I recommend to try some of the homemade Banana Bread made by the staff at Flying Cloud!


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About the author

Jenna Cymansky

Jenna is a beach snob, mermaid, and former celebrity travel planner; who, after a decade in the field, left the industry to fall back in love with travel. Her blog Total Passport Envy is a collection of stories and insider advice for destinations around the world - without the celeb price tag. And by that I mean free...


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