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Treat the Family to a Fun Bahamian Getaway this Memorial Day Weekend at The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort

Nassau, The Bahamas – The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, located in Nassau, The Bahamas, is making a Memorial Day getaway to the Caribbean fun for the whole family with a twist on its popular Family Time in Paradise Package. With rates from $249 per night, the package provides guaranteed connecting rooms or a suite when available and a $50 daily resort credit.

The resort is also hosting a variety of patriotic-themed complimentary Love Your Family activities during the holiday weekend, including:

·   Patriotic crafts and sand art

·   Patriotic trivia

·   Karaoke sing-a-long

·  “Dive-in” movies by the pool

·  Fair featuring snow cones, cotton candy, pie eating contests and a petting zoo

·  Beach Olympics, balloon toss, volleyball, hula hoop and jump rope competitions

For families staying the entire holiday weekend, Sunday, May 29th is sure to be a special one, with an authentic Bahamian Barefoot Beach Party, where guests will be immersed in local culture. Attendees will receive a delicious Caribbean meal complete with Jerk Chicken “off da grill,” local fried fish, burgers, hot dogs and tasty Bahamian desserts – pricing is $28 per adult, $14 per child ages 4-12 and children under four eat for free.

Perfect for parents seeking a night out to themselves, the Sheraton Adventure Club provides daily and evening counselor-led activities that will keep kids entertained.

Easily accessible to travelers throughout the United States and Canada, the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is located 15 minutes from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport, which is serviced by a number of domestic and international carriers.

When booking the “Family Time in Paradise Package,” mention rate code FAM50. For more information or to make reservations, call  (866) 716-8106  or visit memorial-day-activities .

About the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort

Situated on a 1,000-foot stretch of one of Nassau’s spectacular white-sand beaches, the 694-room Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort is set on seven exquisite acres of stunning waterscape, including three freshwater pools with flowing waterfalls, a swim-up bar and oversized whirlpools nestled among tropical landscaping. The resort houses six restaurants and lounges serving a variety of island specialties and international cuisine. Follow the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Facebook and Twitter.


Bahamas: Grand Bahama’s “We Are Culture” Food & Cultural Festival


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The Downtown International Food & Cultural Festival will be held on June 17th and 18th, 2011. Come and taste indigenous dishes from around the world, including unique foods from different Islands of The Bahamas. Shop for native crafts on display. Experience various cultures through song and dance and join in colorful Bahamian Junkanoo parades.

Freeport, Grand Bahama welcomes you! “WE ARE CULTURE”Friday, June 17th from 3pm – 10pm, and Saturday, June 18 from 1pm – 10pm.Contact: 242.350.9164 for more details.

Bahamas: Bimini Awash with Artistic Talent Next Week


Alice Town, Bimini – Perhaps not since the days of Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey has Bimini seen such an accumulation of world class artists gathered for a fishing tournament.

Instead of men who make their living with words, these artists capture the world in bronze, marble, watercolors, acrylics, oils and photography.

Bimini hasn’t seen a group together like this in many, many years, said Ned Stone, tournament director for next week’s Guy Harvey Billfish Invitational.

In addition to Dr. Harvey, Bimini will be hosting visits from internationally known sculptors Kent Ullberg and Ed Pang (who created the tournament’s Hemingway-Lerner and Frank Johnson trophies, respectively) and celebrated marine/wildlife photographers Marc Montocchio, Pat Ford and Scott Kerrigan.

Bimini itself comprises the full artist palette a colorful feast for the eyes and senses, said Harvey, who will be competing in the tournament aboard Captain Billy Black’s El Viejo. There’s no other place like it in the world like Bimini, and little wonder that it drew men like Hemingway and Grey to its shores.

Ernest Hemingway was an early apostle to the Bimini experience in the 1930s, where he drank, brawled and wrote his way through several fishing seasons, traveling back and forth between his home in Key West and his beloved his characterizations came from a world populated by giant blue marlin, bluefin tuna and schools of sharks almost too large to count. With his literary acclaim and sporting prowess, Hemingway, together with countless other kindred spirits like novelist Zane Grey and scientist/naturalist Michael Lerner, established Bimini as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the World, home today to some 50 world record catches and counting.


Harvey, a celebrated artist, scientist and conservationist, is hosting the The Billfish Invitational at the historic Big Game Club located in Bimini’s Alice Town. The tournament will run from May 18-21.

The all release tournament will feature three days of fishing, and target all billfish species. In addition to individual prizes, the tournament format will include the award of the two perpetual trophies, to be displayed in the Club’s new trophy room lounge.

Eligible species for the Billfish Tournament include Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Swordfish.

Tournament sponsors include Woods and Associates,, which originally began in Fort Myers Beach as Woods & Oviatt in 1973, has long been a fixture in South Florida yacht and sportfishing boat sales.  A Blue Marlin Sponsor, the family-run firm joins Hell’s Bay Boatworks and Costa del Mar sunglasses (Sailfish category) and by Rybovich, the Bimini Boatyard, Johnson Marine Electronics, Seacoast Marine Finance, ACR Electronics, Luu Marine & Associates and Sky Limo Air Charters (Wahoo category).

Administered by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the IGFA, net tournament proceeds will be reinvested in Bimini and surrounding waters. For registration and further details, contact Captain Ned Store at or call 954-524-2225 (office) or 954-205-9595 (cell).

Author: John Bell

Jeanene Fox: Bahamian Actress, Supermodel Lands Role in Another Italian Film


Bahamian actress Jeanene Fox has landed a role in another Italian mini-series.

Ms. Fox is in the midst of building a stellar acting career in Europe.  Her casting as an investigative reporter in the mini-series, The Bodyguard, marks the second notable role she has earned in Italy. She also appeared recently in the Italian feature comedy, AmeriQua.

In The Bodyguard, Ms. Fox plays a member of an investigative News Team from Los Angeles that travels to the island of Malta to report on a complex murder case. Tension soon rises as the team uncovers many truths that have serious implications for the island’s justice system. Eventually, they are forced to hire a bodyguard to protect them as they reveal the truth about the case.

The television mini-series will be released in Italy in the Fall, 2011. The thriller has also been sold to Germany, Spain, England and the United States.
About Jeanene: As a smart but waif thin schoolgirl attending Nassau’s Kingsway Academy, the once shy Jeanene was often taunted with the nickname “Bean-Pole Jeanene” – a moniker she would ultimately wear proudly when those legs that spanned for days and striking appearance – catapulted her into international success.Jeanene is a stunningly splendid mix of her native Bahamian father and Italian-Canadian mother (who was a former world champion medal-winning athlete and Olympic high jumper in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics).

A gifted athlete like her mother and brother (her eldest siblings Rick Fox a three-time World Champion Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player) – Jeanene excelled in many sports including softball, swimming and track and field – the family room’s shelves quickly crowded with her awards and trophies. However, friends thought Jeanene far too feminine too pursue a career in sports – but as luck would have it, she wouldn’t have to.

Jeanene with her brother, Rick Fox

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Source: Bahamas

Bahamas Crosses 5 Million Tourist Arrivals Mark

By Chester Robards
Guardian Staff Reporter

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas has crossed the five million mark for visitor arrivals in 2010, up almost 15 percent over 2009, according to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, though he warned that the tourism industry is “not out of the woods yet.”

The Ministry of Tourism set about finding that five millionth visitor recently, narrowing down 12 people who came into several different ports of entry across the country, and pulled just one person’s name from a hat.

That person, Randy Holmes of Vancouver, Canada, won an all expense paid vacation to anywhere in The Bahamas next year.

This was only the second time The Bahamas has crossed over the five million mark for visitor arrivals and it is expected that by the end of the year, arrivals would have hit a record number.

“We expect by the end of this year that we will be considerably beyond the number we had the first time around,” said Vanderpool-Wallace.

“Most of that growth has come in the cruise sector as opposed to stopover visitors.”

According to him, stopover visitor numbers grew year-on-year by only 4.5 percent.

Vanderpool-Wallace asserted that the tourism industry, though recovering slowly, has to see the stopover visitor numbers increase, as those visitors leave more money in the country than cruise passengers.

“We all know and always remember that when we focus on tourism as an economic development tool that we want those high spending stopover visitors,” he said.

He added that the public/private sector sponsored companion airfare promotion was a huge driver of the increase in numbers of stopover visitors this year.

“We have exceeded the number of stopover visitors year over year,” said Vanderpool-Wallace.

“A substantial part of the reason for that is a fairly unique program we put together called companion fly free.

“(The) strategy is to lower the cost of access in The Bahamas to make it less expensive and that’s all companion fly free is.”

According to him, The Bahamas has sold more than 250,000 room nights because of the companion fly free promotion.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian