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I’ve been listening to the Beach Boys sing “Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama…” since 1988, and I have finally experienced some of that Caribbean beauty in a recent visit to Nassau in the Bahamas.
There is no doubt that the islands appeal to beach aficionados, and while I wouldn’t be included in that group, I do love to spend time at the beach, enjoying the sun and sand and seas.
The beach area in front of the condo where we stayed was not very deep, however, because of a rocky formation, making it not particularly conducive to pulling up a lounge chair to sunbathe.
At high tide the rocky area was covered with surf, but when the tide began to go out, the marine life that clung to the rocks was very interesting. Striped snails hid in holes in the rocks, tiny sand-colored fish swam in the small pools that remained and tiny jellyfish moved about in the shallow water.
One of the biggest challenges about traveling around Nassau is the fact that the driving is British-influenced on the left side. Many cars are fitted with left-side driver’s seat/steering wheels like American cars, but many of the cars are like the cars in England and have right-side driver’s seat/steering wheels. Added to the left side driving is the fact that most major intersections are roundabouts, so keeping in the proper lane can be a real challenge when in the left lane needing to go right.
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