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Welcome to Dream Vacations, a lifestyle column on travelling to amazing destinations with practical advice and my revelations about locales from years of personal experience. It was hard to watch the horror that unfolded in The Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian ravaged the northern islands of this Atlantic paradise. However, now is not the time to avoid The Bahamas, but time to support it by visiting Harborside Resort at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

Relatively Untouched

While the world watched in awe and horror as Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, much of the southern Bahamian islands came through the hurricane with only mild flooding and damage or none at all. The idyllic Paradise Island just off Nassau, New Providence Island was one of those areas that saw relatively little damage and were open for business throughout and after the Hurricane landed. Check out our 7-day Bahamas Itinerary and Money-Saving Tip articles for ideas for your trip.

Atlantis Paradise Island

 

Make it a Home, not a Hotel Room

Harborside Resort at Atlantis provides all the same access to the Atlantis property, activities and waterpark, and it offers you the amazing ability to live in luxury and comfort as if you were at home. While the other towers of Atlantis are hotel rooms and hotel suites, Harborside offers you 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens (kitchenette in the 2-bedroom lock-off villa’s 1-bedroom suite), laundry facilities in all suites, dining areas and separate bedrooms (2- and 3-bedroom units). These savings will help you spend more on the local economy and help Bahamians recover from this tragedy.

Sea Turtles in the Bahamas

Helping Bahamians

Why is tourism so important to The Bahamas and its recovery? First and foremost, any donations or economic support to the region will help the small island nation recover from the staggering estimated $7 billion in property losses, not including the cost of rebuilding Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. As a service economy, tourism is a massive part of their gross domestic product (GDP), accounting for as much as 60% of their entire economy.

 

After Dorian, the nation’s Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism have both asked that visitors keep their plans to non-affected areas as it will ensure the quickest path to recovery for the country. Dream Vacations has 1 unit available for November and lots of options for the cold winter months in the north.

 

You can also help by donating directly to charitable organizations involved in the relief effort. The CharityNavigator platform offers a great way to navigate these organizations.

 

A significant part of vacationing is learning about and supporting the local culture, learning from their traditions and expanding your horizons. What better way to help The Bahamas then keeping your vacation plans? Feel free to call me about any of our Harborside Resort rentals.

 

 

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