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Lonely Planet : The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos [Paperback]

Christopher P. Baker

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30 April 1998 Lonely Planet Travel Guides
The Bahamas is an archipelago of over 700 islands strewn in a 750-mile arc from the southern tip of Florida to the north shore of Haiti. This guide includes information on the casinos and shopping of Nassau, restaurant and accommodation options to suit all budgets, and thorough coverage of surfing spots, and good areas for windsurfing.

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A handy introduction provides the basics on this flung-like-a-string-of-pearls archipelago, spreading 750 miles from the south tip of Florida to the north shore of Haiti. Helpful information includes a primer on island geography, climate, ecology and history--plus present-day social, cultural and religious practices. Find out when to go, what to bring, plus suggested itineraries for weekend/weeklong stays to popular tourist spots. (Also included: a delightful list of recommended fruits to sample, including jujubes, soursop and the aptly named ugli fruit.) A superbly detailed outdoor section gives the low-down on diving, snorkelling, fishing, swimming (with dolphins!), kayaking, bird-watching and much more besides.

Having laid the groundwork for a rewarding trip, Barker devotes the remainder of his guide to an island-by-island, "Best-Of-The-Bahamas" romp. Read up on nightlife bars (where you just might sample a Goombay Squash--one of many local alcohol-and-fruit concoctions), mum- and-dad inns with spectacular views, or Hemingway's haunts on North Bimini Island. -- Martha Silano


For reliable and authoritative travel information, reach for your Lonely Planet guide.-- The Times (UK) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars??? Well, I don't know about that. 17 Sep 1999
By James N. Holland - Published on
Found the book useful as a starting point. Complete, thorough. Interesting tidbits. But when it came down to actually scheduling trips and tickets, I found out that most of the information was already out of date.
BahamasAir wasn't familiar with the AirPass, so I had to fax them the section where the author cattily railed on them. All they had to say was "interesting."
The suggested weekend and week trips were a little sketchy as well. In fact, when I had acutally arrived, I never used the book because of the terrific tourist infrastructure already in place.
Overall, I felt the author was a little harsh on his take with Bahamian culture, keeping a good sense of humor but almost crossing the line of offensive in some places.
People should remember that these tour books are a subjective peephole into their place of destination, and should always keep an open mind to discover for themselves.
I had a great time there.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the operative word is lonely... 12 Jan 2003
By David Laufer - Published on
I am usually a fan of Lonely Planet, but having just returned from Grand Bahama, I would not recommend this guide. Published in 2001, which means it was researched before that, it is quite out of date given the tough post 9/11 economy. Examples: Running Mon Resort- closed. Hydroflora gardens- closed. Rand Nature Center- closed. Many retailers- closed, moved, renamed, etc. Restaurant prices - way out of date.
Some of this is just irritating, but some is more dangerous- eg. LP suggests that, to get to Water Cay you drive the 'dirt road' to the 'north dock' and hire a boat from a local. Do it their way, and you may be a lot lonelier than you bargained for: That dirt road takes 45 minutes on a rutted logging road, lots of forks, no signs, and there is no dock- just a narrow ramp and a couple abandoned cars. High tide there swamps a good 2-300 yards of the shoreline. Time to do a new edition, guys!
I thought the maps provided were inadequate. For some reason, LP takes the trouble to make a map of Downtown Freeport with some of the restaurants (including a Burger King!?!) and attractions located and numbered, but they don't put the map number with the review! Add that to the Bahamian's indifference to street address numbers, street signs.

Conclusion: Not up to LP's usual standards. Though useful for background information, be prepared to check everything by phone or on the web before you depart. Or skip the guide and start with the web...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Budget,coverage basic, but gives days, times-real use info. 8 Jun 1999
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Excellent maps. More budget minded then most guide books. Gives actual prices for hotels, not just $ signs. Easy to read, and honest evaluations. Gives ideas of ways to cut costs. Full coverage of all islands, including out islands. Complement with one other guide and you'll be complete. Site coverages basic, but real use information such as days, times, how to get there.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! A truly in-depth guide 5 Jun 1999
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This guide actually covers the out islands of the Bahamas with detailed coverage. The guide has most every place in the Bahamas covered down to the grains of the sandy beaches.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book 2 Mar 2001
By Christopher Grindstaff - Published on
This is one of the best travel guides that I have read. I thought the political information about the Bahamas was really interesting. Just the level of detail--which is probably too much if you're just cruising to Nassau--but it really explains a lot about why things are the way they are in the Bahamas. I dont really use the Lonely Planet guides while on vacation because you dont need that much information. However they really help a lot when you are reasearching a destination.
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