• Cindi Villard

How Traveling with Summit to Sand can Help the Bahamas Recover from Recent Historic Storm

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

Swimming pig
Swimming Pigs in Exuma were not harmed by Dorian's nasty antics. Image by Lisa Larsen on Pixabay.

September 1st, 2019 Hurricane Dorian hit the Abacos in the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 mph. By September 2nd the storm had created a 20-foot storm surge across Grand Bahama Island where it stayed for over 24-hours causing massive damage. Dorian was the worst storm in the nation's history, leaving the northern Bahama Islands devastated. Have you ever been to the grocery store with shelves left barren before a storm? Then you will understand the powerful effect that mainstream media and the news has on our decision making. The destruction on the islands was only the first blow. Travel and Tourism make up over 50% of economic contributors in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, what the news hasn't been promoting are the 14 islands not in the catastrophic path of the Hurricane and how they are welcoming travelers. These other islands play a crucial role in the country's economy and are doing their part to help rebuild homes and lives ripped from their brothers and sisters in the north.

Sky View of that gorgeous blue water.

So why choose the Bahamas for your next getaway? When the weather starts to cool and you miss that warm sun kissing your face, the Bahamas will make you feel like you're in a different world. With incredible hues of blue surrounding you and fine soft sandy beaches that seem endless, there are hardly any reasons not to go. Have you ever been on a jet ski safari through countless cays?

A multitude of adventures awaits you, from kayaking and paddle-boarding over crystal blue waters, to diving below the surface into multiple blue holes and shipwrecks waiting to be explored. From basking in the sun and enjoying the water by sailboat or catamaran, or relaxing at a secluded beach, to teeing off at one of the most scenic golf courses in the Caribbean, an array of activities are here for your next trip. With 700 islands making up the independent Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and 14 ready to make you a part of their family, your perfect vacation is covered.

In a short 6 1/2 hours, Denver readers will have wheels touching down in Nassau on Paradise Island. Here you will find yourself just a hop, skip and jump from the other islands with fast ferry or hopper planes. Those headed to swim with the wild pigs in Exuma the flight into Georgetown is only 8 hours and 45 mins.

A few of our preferred partners have been highlighted below who are playing a massive role in the rebuild of The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island, while also taking positive strides to care for our planet.

This is something written into Summit to Sand's values and plays a major factor when we are deciding the perfect fit for your customized vacation.

Couple connecting over the sea. By Anton Romaniuk

The Sandals Foundation has organized relief efforts in addition to pledging a match donated to their Bahama rebuilding effort. Fly into Nassau with your honey, and check into Sandals Royal Bahamian known for creating a top-notch romance setting while taking all-inclusive to a whole new level. Want privacy? How about a private island, only for guests? Still trying to figure out which golf course it is that arguably has the best views in the Caribbean? Catch a flight into Georgetown, Exuma Island to stay at the luxurious Sandals Emerald Bay, where butler level suites staying over 4-nights have access to unlimited green fees to a course you won't soon forget, among many other included activities. Another virtuoso preferred resort that has sent staff to the World Central Kitchen and started a relief fund for monetary donations is the regal Ocean Club Four Seasons Resort on Paradise Island, who definitely has bragging rights with the ocean-view golf course stretching over 7,000 yards along the coast. Thinking of a way to travel to the Bahamas and love your sea days? Let's check out a couple of cruise lines making a difference.

In one trip, Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Sea brought 10,000 bottles of water and meals accompanied by generators, flashlights, diapers, and medical aid. They continued to provide over 20,000 meals a day to the community of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. In addition to the resources given, Royal has donated over $1,000,000 to recovery and relief efforts in the Bahamas. Let Summit to Sand plan a "Perfect Day at CocoCay" with sailings from multiple ports to the Bahamas and their private island chock-full of fun adventures.

A partner of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines with a more intimate small ship luxury itinerary is SilverSea, ready to take your expectation of service and experience beyond perfection. Silversea has donated over $1,000,000, with a $500,000 match. Partnered with Pan America Development Foundation, both companies are continuing their fundraising efforts. Norwegian Cruise Lines has also stepped up to bat for the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian, pledging a minimum of one million dollars and orchestrating ships full of supplies donated by the company, and also by rallying the city of Miami to help their neighbors. Depending on your style Norwegian offers multiple Bahamian itineraries with ports in New York City or Miami with ships to match the style from the city it sets sail. It seems like a private island is the name of the game, as Norwegian has its infamous Great Stirrup Cay the first-ever private island offered to cruise guests back in the 70s.

NYC inspired Norwegian Breakaway at sea.

Ready to book your trip to the Bahamas?!

Summit to Sand wants to help, not only with curating your ideal trip but with the rebuild process and helping get homes and lives back after this historically damaging hurricane terrorized the people of Abacos and Grand Bahama Island. For any VIP or referral that books their getaway to the Bahamas by December 31st, 2019, we will pledge $100 to the fundraising efforts of our partners making a difference in the rebuild efforts. Not ready to travel there but want to help? Financial contributions are the best way to help the rebuild process that a multitude of organizations have in place that you can check into here. Don't forget to keep the Bahamas in mind when thinking of the next family reunion or business retreat to warm beaches with azure waters as your backdrop for that perfect Caribbean sunset while you dig your toes in the soft sand.

In love of travel,

Cindi Villard

Founder | Summit to Sand

“When you start giving, instead of getting, you make a difference. You can always give a warm smile, a sincere hello, a positive vibe… your attention, your time, your love, and kindness to those around you.” ― Roy T. Bennett

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