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Exuma, Bahamas Wedding

I was recently invited to attend the wedding of two close friends. Actually, when they told me of their engagement several months ago I suggested that they have a Bahamas wedding. They jumped on the idea with exuberance and immediately started planning it.

They chose the Exumas, having been there once before and remembering it as the “most beautiful place on earth”. It was a late afternoon ceremony on one of the most stunning beaches I have ever seen. There were just seven guests and a small local band. The ocean was a brilliant blue and the sun was just low enough to cast that sweet golden light that makes everything¬† so beautiful.

The bride wore a long simple, strapless gown and the groom was in chinos rolled up to his knees with an untucked shirt. Both had bare feet, in fact so did I, enjoying the soft white sand between my toes.

The hotel had supplied a lovely gazebo decorated with palm leaves and colorful bougainvillea flowers, which matched the bride’s bouquet. They had also put together a remarkable beachside reception with tiki torches and delicious island fare. The band kept playing long after sunset. It was a beautiful ceremony, and a memorable night.

I flew back to Nassau the next day, but the newly married couple are still in Exuma for another week enjoying a romantic honeymoon in paradise.

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Summer Festivals and Regattas In The Bahamas

Summer is considered the slow tourist season in the Bahamas. Peak tourist season is typically winter… and winters are wonderful in the Bahamas. But the balmy summers of the Bahamas have their charms as well. The temperature only varies about twenty degrees Fahrenheit between summer to winter so a tropical vacation can be enjoyed year-round but summer brings on a schedule chock-full of regattas and fun family-oriented festivals. In fact, you can find festivals and regattas occurring all throughout the islands of the Bahamas.

Regattas are an annual activity and an eagerly anticipated aspect of summer in the Bahamas. Amateur captains from all over the world make their way to the islands to participate in the sloop races. But for those more comfortable on the shore there’s an abundance of land-based festivities going on before, during and after the regattas.

Here is a list of just a few of the many festivals and regattas coming up:

Pineapple Festival in Eleuthera
June 01 – 05, 2011

43rd Annual Long Island Regatta
June 02 – 04, 2011

Cat Island Rake & Scrape Festival
May 25- 30, 2011

South Andros Regatta
June 3 – 5, 2011

Grand Bahama Regatta
June 17 – 19, 2011

Junkanoo Summer Festival in Marsh Harbour
To Be Announced

Bay Fest in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera
To Be Announced

Black Point Regatta in Exuma
July 30 – August 2, 2011

All Andros Regatta
June 03 – 11, 2011

Cat Island Regatta
July 30 – August 2, 2011

All Abaco Regatta
July 01 – 09, 2011

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