By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri. Aug. 10, 2018: There something to be said for taking a trip to the Caribbean, soaking in the sun, bathing in the ocean, chowing down on great food, sipping on a coconut rum cocktail and being back in your home or hotel before the stroke of midnight.
A Cinderella wish right? No, it’s not!
It’s reality for many travelers from Fort Lauderdale who can hop aboard a fast ferry and be in the Caribbean island of Grand Bahamas, Bahamas in a matter of hours. And return home hours later as well.
Baleària Caribbean offers residents of South Florida as well as visitors this exciting yet cost-effective option. Book for as little as USD 115 per person and in 3-and-a-half-hours later you will be in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
There – for at least five hours – you can check out the shops and restaurants at the International Bazaar or take a taxi from the port to the Port Lucaya Marketplace where you can chow down on a conch lunch.
Then head over to Banana Bay beach in Lucaya for a coconut rum cocktail at the bar and a swim in the turquoise water that beckons. Here the beach of white sand seems to stretch for miles into the ocean so even non-swimmers can feel they are way into the sea without having their feet leave the sand.
The ferry operates up to 6 times each week and there is a bar on board that offers both food and drink or you can take your own. You can walk around the ferry; put back your seat and take a nap or wander out on deck and gaze at the dark blue swell of the waves as the ferry cuts through the sea towards The Bahamas.
Customs is a bit slow in getting on to the ferry once you land in the Bahamas so be patient. But day-trippers are waved through and don’t have to have their passports stamped.
However, non-US citizens must have their passport and a valid visa that will let them return to the US. U.S. citizens and green card holders must also have their passports and green-cards, respectively, to get back into the US.
Upon arrival back at Port Evergaldes in Fort Lauderdale, you will be required to go through US Customs before being allowed to re-enter the US.
Baleària also does have the option to stay over night if you choose and they also do offer excursions and parties on land for an extra cost.