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Favorite Caribbean Island Destinations: Bahamas Area

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One of my all-time favorite destinations in the Bahamas area is Tiamo Resort, which is located in South Andros Island ( ).  Tiamo is  a world class, leading-edge luxury eco-resort located in a very pristine (and eco-sensitive)  area of the Bahamas.  Approximately two years ago my teenage son and I stayed at Tiamo Resort for a four night father-son bonding trip to get away from the everyday distractions of our very busy lives.  We had a wonderful time there as we were able to take part in numerous outdoor activities (e.g., guided fishing, snorkeling, hiking, sailing, swimming, etc.) that we both thoroughly enjoyed.  Tiamo is great from the standpoint that you can be as active (or inactive) as you want during your stay there and still come away thoroughly relaxed due to its laid-back, pristine environment.  My son and I stayed very busy during our entire four-day stay there and had a wonderful  time.   In addition, we both came away very pleased with the quality of the food and services there, as they were both excellent.

On the “green” side, I came away very impressed with how Tiamo’s management is able to create a strong tandem of ecological and economic sustainabilities while producing a high quality vacation experience at the same time (i.e., with minimal impact on the eco-sensitive environment).  Apparently the southwestern part of Andros Island is one of the least explored areas remaining in the western hemisphere, and it serves as an important habitat for many different species of coastal based wildlife.  In fact, during a guided fishing trip there I felt like I was in one of the last remaining bastions of “God’s country”, as the abundance of fish, endangered sea turtles, birds, and other wildlife species in this pristine environment was something to behold.  Anyway, Tiamo Resort should be commended for its dedication to the ecological sustainability of this eco-sensitive area while enabling vacationers to enjoy this environment without inducing any measureable damage to it.  Finally, taking the “behind the scenes” tour of the self-sustaining operations at Tiamo serves as a great way to see for yourself how an eco-resort can be operated the right way (i.e., from a self-sustaining, ecological standpoint) while maintaining economic sustainability at the same time.


Written by Larry Fry, CCP, MBA

July 14, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Favorite Caribbean Island Destinations: Northeastern Part

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Per the northeastern Caribbean area, I prefer the island of St. Martin/Maarten; friendly people, interesting cultures, and beautiful scenery permeate throughout the entire two-nation island.  With the tandem Dutch culture on the southern side (capital Phillipsburg) and French culture on the northern side (capital Marigot), St. Martin/Maarten makes for a very interesting cultural setting which is encapsulated all on one small island.  The Dutch side is known for its great nightlife and shopping, whereas the French side is known for its excellent restaurants, luxurious hotels, exotic beaches, and high-fashion boutiques.  And seeing the French flag flying amongst the palm trees while dining at a cafe in laid-back Marigot was quite a surreal sight to behold for my family and me during our one day excursion there.  So in a nutshell, even though St. Martin/Maarten is thoroughly developed and somewhat busy, it is still worth looking into as a very enlightening vacation stop  (i.e., if even for only a day or so).

Written by Larry Fry, CCP, MBA

July 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm