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September
13

Snorkeling Spots - The Bahamas - Morley

One of the greatest things about being a homeowner in the Bahamas Islands is the almost endless supply of beaches, reefs, and underwater adventure opportunities. Whether you're already a snorkeler or have no idea how it differs from scuba diving, you'll find plenty of hotspots near Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. To give you a bit of a head start, our agents have compiled a quick list of some local favorites:

  1. Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
    We're going to start off with a hotspot that many consider the best place for snorkeling in all of The Bahamas. Spanning 176 square miles, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is recognizable to many James Bond fans as the backdrop for parts of Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. In addition to snorkeling, you'll also find side attractions, including a 22-square-mile park and the luxurious Sandals Emerald Bay resort.

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July
25

Ice Cream Shops - Nassau, The Bahamas - Morley

Some say heaven is a ballfield in Iowa or country roads in West Virginia. For our agents, it's ice cream on a beach in The Bahamas. Get your favorite creamy treat at one of these wonderful shops near Nassau homes for sale.

  • Main Street Ice Cream Parlor - Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Tucked away on the second floor above a souvenir shop, Main Street Ice Cream Parlor is as charming as the name sounds. With nearly three dozen flavors, including premium brands such as Edy's and Haagen-Dazs, choose your favorite or find a new one. Try the signature rum cake sundae and take home some of the handmade fudge. Enjoy your ice cream out on the balcony seating for some prime people-watching down below. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily.

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June
27

Retaining Wall - Landscaping Tips - Morley

Retaining walls are an integral part of your landscape that enhance the aesthetic and protect your home. Installing a retaining wall is a cost-effective investment that our agents strongly recommend. Once installed, you'll enjoy many benefits, including, but not limited to, the following five things our clients frequently mention.

  1. Increased Property Value
    Retaining walls don't sell the property, but they are definitely something prospective buyers notice. A properly built retaining wall that's well-maintained enhances the property's curb appeal and preserves the property's value by protecting the landscape and the structure from erosion and flooding. Further, because you can design the retaining wall as desired, you can create a retaining wall that creates an aesthetic that enhances the home's appearance. Whether you choose a straight, tiered, or curved wall made from concrete, stone, or brick, you can design and build a customized wall that fits seamlessly into the property. In fact, the wall will become the anchor that will frame the landscape around your home.

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June
13

Running Trails - Visiting The Bahamas - Morley

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful place for a run than Nassau, The Bahamas. Located on the stunning New Providence Island, Nassau is most famous for its beaches, resorts, golf courses, and nightlife. But it also has some great running routes. 

When you're ready for a jog in Nassau, you have countless miles of roads, trails, and beaches to choose from. So lace up your running shoes, and join our agents for a run near our Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale.

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June
10

Island Living Misconceptions - The Bahamas - Morley

Our agents know that few experiences are more exciting and enjoyable than moving to a beautiful tropical island such as those you'll find in The Bahamas. Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale provide buyers with all the beauty of the unspoiled tropics alongside many "mainland" amenities.

Whether you've visited The Bahamas for long periods before or simply researched it, you likely have a good idea of what to expect. Yet, some things about island living could continue to surprise you even when you've been here for quite a while.

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June
1

Parasailing Adventures - The Bahamas - Morley

The best views of The Bahamas are from above. If you're visiting The Bahamas, one of the first things on your to-do list should be to go parasailing. There's no experience quite like strapping yourself to a giant sail and soaring over the water like a bird. The experience is thrilling, and the views are breathtaking. Our agents have compiled a list of the best places in the Nassau and Paradise Island areas to go parasailing.

  1. Paradise Ocean Sports Ltd. - East Bay Street
    A Nassau-based company, Paradise Ocean Sports offers a variety of water activities, from jet skiing to banana boating to snorkeling. However, one of their most popular activities is parasailing over the crystal blue waters of Paradise Island. Good for beginners, you can spend between 3 and 5 minutes in the air—either riding by yourself or in tandem with someone else. Then when you're done, enjoy a lunch of barbecue chicken and rum punch or fruit punch.

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May
23

Open-Air Markets - Nassau, The Bahamas - Morley

Nassau, The Bahamas has plenty of open-air markets that are not only fun to visit but also sell a variety of interesting goods. From hand-woven items to fish that's offered for sale straight off the boat that's been used to catch it, you'll find plenty of tempting purchases at these markets.

Our agents suggest making a stop at the following open-air markets in Nassau.

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May
16

Backyard Composting - The Bahamas - Morley

Composting your yard and food waste is a great way to reduce the amount of trash that goes into landfills and incinerators. On top of that, the compost you create can be used to nourish the soil in your garden beds or yard, leading to happier and more vibrant plants. If you've always wanted to try your hand at backyard composting, there has never been a better time. Composting works well in the humid, tropical climate of The Bahamas, and our agents have some helpful tips to share.

  • Mix Your Greens and Your Browns
    Generally speaking, there are two different types of materials you can add to your compost. The first is "greens," which include high-nitrogen items such as vegetable peels, yard clippings, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and freshly fallen leaves. The other is "browns" or low-nitrogen items, which include waste paper, cardboard, straw, and wood chips.

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April
18

Gardening in The Bahamas - Homeowners - Morley

Many Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale have lovely backyard gardens. If you purchase one of these homes, of course, you'll want to keep the garden looking fresh and healthy. You may even want to improve the landscaping and add more plants and features to the design. Gardening in The Bahamas does come with a few intricacies, but if you follow the tips below, you'll be off to a good start.

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April
11

Live Music - Bahamas - Morley

Music filling the air is one of the hallmarks of island life. When our agents want to get in the groove, they head out to one of these great spots that feature live music around Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. 

  • The Green Parrot - Harbour Front, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Is there a more perfect visual to identify with the islands than The Green Parrot? This restaurant started as a simple grill top at the Hurricane Hole Marina Bar. In 2006, The Green Parrot moved to a larger building near East Bay Street homes for sale to accommodate the ever-increasing number of customers. Indulge in their signature lobster specials while listening to bands like Long Island Connection, appearing on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, while the bar is open until 11:59 p.m.

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April
4

Top Dive Sites - The Bahamas - Morley

The Bahamas is rife with beauty at every turn. Between the gorgeous views, amazing people, and exciting activities, Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale often get snatched up quickly. Many residents and people visiting The Bahamas love diving into one of the many hotspots located in the area, and our agents would like to share some of their favorites.

  • Mermaid Reef - Abaco
    A gorgeous little reef is located in the Sea of Abaco, Mermaid Reef is perfect for beginning divers. Every day, you'll find the place filled with snorkelers and paddleboarders who love taking in the sights. When you dive, you'll come across many friendly fish that are comfortable with humans and will come right up to you. It's basically like diving inside a fish tank, and some visitors bring small pieces of food such as frozen peas to feed some of the fish that get near them. Be sure to tour these Abaco homes for sale after your dive.

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March
18

Historical Destinations - The Bahamas - Morley

Visit The Bahamas, and you might just decide to become a lifelong resident. Nassau alone is home to so many fascinating historical sites, which shed light on the community's past and make for great places to visit in the present day. Some of these sites are even still in use today, serving as centers of public life in Nassau. Our agents have the details on six Nassau destinations where you can step into the past and learn more about local history.

  1. Fort Fincastle – Bennet's Hill
    One of three historic forts found near Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale with stunning views of Nassau, Fort Fincastle was constructed in 1793 atop Bennet's Hill by Lord Dunmore, a British captain looking to protect the area from pirates. You can still see the many cannons that were never once fired. Guided tours are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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March
16

Restaurants for Tropical Drinks - The Bahamas

There are so many things to love about The Bahamas that it should come as no surprise that Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale have always been extremely popular. One thing that you can't escape is the lost list of tropical drinks available throughout the islands. To give you an idea of what to expect, we've put together six of our favorite places to grab a drink, enjoy a meal, and have fun.

  1. The Daiquiri Shack – West Bay Street, Nassau
    With a name like The Daiquiri Shack, you probably already get the gist of what this place is all about. Newcomers are always delighted by the large amount of fresh fruit that adorns their walls—and the pleasant scene is amazing. They feature a great little outdoor bar where you and friends can hang out and are especially known for their coconut and watermelon daiquiris. Just keep in mind that it's a small place, so it can sometimes get a bit crowded at peak times. Plan a visit after looking at West Bay Street homes for sale.

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February
7

Resort Sunrises and Sunsets - Visiting The Bahamas - Morley

It's no secret that when people visit The Bahamas, they're usually struck by how beautiful the islands really are. When clients look at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, they're always impressed by the natural beauty. The sunrises and sunsets are particularly breathtaking, especially when you take the time to enjoy them at one of the following resorts.

  1. The Cove: Queens Highway, Eleuthera, Bahamas
    The Cove is a lovely, quiet resort on the island of Eleuthera. It's a great place to see the sunset after looking at Eleuthera homes for sale.

    The resort itself is situated between two white-sand coves. You can gaze out onto the water as the sun sets lower in the sky. Kayaking and paddleboarding are also available, along with an infinity pool.

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January
31

Restaurants for Seafood and More - The Bahamas - Morley

Restaurants throughout The Bahamas offer more than just seafood. If you're looking for some authentic Caribbean cuisine, amazing dining experiences, and, of course, a wide menu selection, you won't have trouble finding an option around Nassau and Paradise Island. In fact, there are several within a short distance of these beautiful Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale.

With so many great options, it can be hard to choose one, so here are some recommendations from our agents.

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January
24

Art Galleries - The Bahamas - Morley

Do you enjoy looking at artwork? Immersing yourself in others' creations can be so relaxing and eye-opening. Nassau has a vibrant art scene, along with some incredible galleries displaying paintings, drawings, and sculptures. If you're looking at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale, you may want to stop by some of these art galleries along the way. 

  • Sixty 2 Sixty: Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
    Sixty 2 Sixty
    is an art gallery that seeks to support artists of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the work within can be considered modern art. The gallery even hosts Paint and Sip classes during which you can sip wine and create your own acrylic painting. The cost is $50 per person and includes wine and all necessary art supplies.

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January
17

Wildlife Around the Bahamas - Morley

It seems like a dream, but it's real: You're looking at Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale. You're moving to the Bahamas. There are so many great things to see and do here! One of the biggest draws is the wildlife. Here are a few you might run into.

  • Pigs. This will seem odd when you first see it. Pigs are farm animals and not native to the Bahamas. You would never think you'd see one swimming in The Bahamas. Yet there they are, pigs of all shapes, sizes, and colors, all along the beach, on the island of Big Major Cay—part of the Exumas Islands. No one is entirely sure how they got there, but they're an amazing sight to see.

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November
30

Christmas Shopping - Nassau, Bahamas - Morley Realty

The holiday season is here! For many people, gift-giving is a big part of the holiday celebration. And if you're going to give gifts, you need to find a great place to shop. Nassau is brimming with local shops and businesses where you can find all sorts of unique clothing, accessories, decor, and more. Here are some of the top spots our agents recommend for Christmas shopping around Nassau and Paradise Island.

  1. Marina Village at Atlantis
    Marina Village, located directly next to Atlantis, features more than 65,000 square feet of retail space, making it the perfect place to shop for Christmas gifts. The outdoor marketplace is beautifully landscaped with palm trees and native plants, so even walking from store to store is a lovely experience.

    Some of the key retailers at Marina Village include Paradise Blue Surf Shop and Pirana Joe Resort Wear. You could buy a loved one some jewelry at Columbian Emeralds International and then stop for a burger at The Village Burger Shack.

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November
22

Golf Courses - Nassau, Bahamas - Morley Realty

The Bahamas is famous for its white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, and the capital city of Nassau is instantly recognizable for its pastel-colored British colonial architecture. But there's another reason to get excited about the Bahamas: golf. 

Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island are home to some of the world's most stunning golf courses. If you're looking to play a round while in the Bahamas, these are our agents' favorite courses in the Nassau area. 

  1. Royal Blue Golf Club
    With its unique two-courses-in-one design created by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, the Royal Blue Golf Club is one of the absolute must-play courses in the Bahamas. This 18-hole, par 72 course is equally suited to championship or recreational play, with dramatic ocean views on the first nine holes and a back nine bounded by dense jungle. The Royal Blue Golf Club is just minutes from many Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale and offers challenges for golfers of all skill levels.

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November
16

Work From Home in the Bahamas - Morley Realty

Our agents know that the beauty of the Bahamas is becoming attractive to more Americans who no longer need to worry about commuting to work. Working remotely saves the average person thousands of dollars each year to reinvest for a better life.

Many remote workers now have the opportunity to become fully location-independent. Freed from the shackles of an office, they can do whatever they do from a world away. It's no surprise that the blue skies and sun-drenched beaches of the Bahamas are getting more attention.

Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale are getting a closer look. However, not everyone realizes that a home in the Caribbean really is attainable. They worry that they will not be able to buy property in the Caribbean or that it will be a very different process than they're used to.

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October
19

The Bahamas is a beautiful country with a unique culture and a different lifestyle than one you may experience in the United States. It is not too far from the States, as a 45 minute flight from Miami will get you to the capital city Nassau. However, the pace of life is different in the Bahamas, and is unlike anywhere else in the world. There is a reason why millions travel there every year to get a break from their regular life. Purchasing a home and actually living in the Bahamas year-round can legitimately improve the quality of your life for many reasons. 

1. The Weather Is Consistently Incredible

The Bahamas is located in the sub-tropical climate zone, which means that it is warm and sunny all year. Each day in the Bahamas, a short-sleeved shirt and shorts is acceptable attire. The wet season lasts from May to October, and the dry season usually occurs during the November to April time frame. Winters can be quite brutal in other parts of the world, causing you to stay inside just to keep warm. There is no such thing as a cold, sad day in the Bahamas.

The perfect weather makes swimming, hiking, eating outdoors at restaurants, and a plethora of other activities possible every day. Staying active and getting outside are factors that can only improve your quality of life. 

2. Life Moves at a Different Pace in the Bahamas

The world can be a stressful place; everyone is in a rush, deadlines have to be met, and responsibilities have to be taken care of immediately. This can wear down a person and decrease his or her quality of life. In the Bahamas, the pace of life is considerably slower than anywhere else. Bahamians and tourists alike love being in the Bahamas because it gives them a chance to step back, breathe, and move at the pace they want to move. 

The lifestyle is less demanding than modern lifestyles in other countries. It is very natural to feel mentally relaxed in the Bahamas. The presence of many spas and resorts in the country also allow for physical decompression. A laid-back lifestyle with less stress and more time to chill is great for life quality. 

3. Low Taxes

The Bahamas is known for having very low taxes for its citizens. In fact, there is no income or corporate tax existent in the Bahamas, making it a fine place to seek employment. Capital gains and inheritance taxes are also not required by the Bahamian government. Taxes on goods and services are also relatively low compared to other countries like the United States. 

4. The Natural Landscape Is Unbelievable

There is an abundance of beaches, cays, and nature trails all over the Bahamian islands. This promotes an active lifestyle with plenty of exploring and adventures to be had. You can swim with stingrays, visit underground caves, stroll through amazing flower beds, and take long relaxing walks on the beach. The irresistible nature helps maintain peace of mind while also keeping you active and fit. 

5. The Luxurious Properties 

Whether you are just visiting or planning on moving to the Bahamas, the living arrangements in this nation are rather grand. There are many resorts and homes located near beaches and trails. They are very affordable but modern and stylish. You can find a very upscale home in the Bahamas with super-advanced appliances and amenities. 

Morley Realty will find the right place for you in the Bahamas as soon as today. Living in a unique tropical environment offers undeniable mental and physical health benefits, and the Bahamas real estate market is booming. If you are seeking a stress-free, Bahamian lifestyle and want to know about the properties for sale in the Bahamas, contact Morley Realty today. 

June
23

Achieving a lush, healthy lawn in our tropical climate, almost seems a no-brainer. Warmer climates however, place unique demands on yards and gardens. Sunnier, high-humidity environments like ours result in faster plant growth than in relatively cooler parts of the world; but watching your grass grow and grow and grow can be just as problematic and watching it dry off and die. Extreme humidity, intense heat, and heavy rains are other issues that frequently plague tropical climate lawns and other plants. To ensure your lawn does not resemble a jungle, it is important for maintain regular pruning and other upkeep, throughout the year.

 

During the hot humid months, from April through to October, lawns are in their element as regular summer storms bring torrential rain. This usually means lush green leaf growth that, at times, appears to be out of control. Good lawn maintenance can keep this rapid growth period at bay as well as maintain a green, healthy lawn during the cooler months.

An important part of lawn maintenance is checking the pH of your lawn during the wet season. Fertilizing is not recommended at that time, as it will promote vigorous leaf growth, which, for now, is not necessary. More than likely, you will already be watching your lawn grow before your eyes yet be unable to mow due to the rain. Instead, you can apply lime and gypsum to the soil as these acts as a soil conditioner and keeps the pH up. Due to the region's high rainfall, soils can become very acidic which can affect the health of the plant growth. The addition of lime to your yard care routine, maintains a good pH balance and promotes the uptake of soil nutrients. Gypsum is a clay breaker. One of the reasons soils is compacted and like concrete in most backyards is due to initial building activity. Usually, much of the topsoil is taken away during home construction and the ground is compacted making it difficult for water to penetrate the soil. Gypsum is good for breaking down clay soils enabling the water to penetrate. 

Another wet-weather-must is to keep lawn mowing equipment in good working order. There is nothing worse when there is a break in the weather, and you are unable to mow because of failing lawn equipment due to poor maintenance. Be prepared by having mowers and other equipment fueled and ready to go. Sharp mower blades are essential to ensure the lawn has a clean, even cut. Unbalanced, blunt blades often leave a yard looking hacked and untidy. The success to an even, tidy lawn is weekly trims in the summer months, whenever possible. This will keep lawn clipping to a minimum. During the cooler and less wet months, mow every two to three weeks to keep the lawns immaculate.

After the wet season around October-November, is the perfect time to apply good a quality slow-release fertilizer to keep the lush growth achieved during the wet season. Once you have applied fertilizer, water in well as this will help keep thick leaf cover, reduce moisture loss, and keep your lawn actively growing. Pull the mower deck up one notch to leave more leaf on the grass, as this will also help reduce moisture loss within the soil.

In November, reapply the slow-release fertilizer before generally cooler temps set in. This is a must-do job as it will keep lawns green and healthy throughout the tropic's mild winter.  Depending on your variety of turf, follow a recommended water schedule; whether weekly or fortnightly. This watering method is better than small top ups every night as it promotes the deep root system growth needed for a healthy lawn.

April is another good time to apply slow-release fertilizer as it will help the recovery from the winter months. Again, a good, deep watering is required. Now is the time to lower the mower deck back to the summer mowing height.

May brings spring and a burst of activity, completing the annual cycle. Birds are building nests; flowers are blooming, and worms are getting ready to launch their attack on lush green lawns. Healthy green lawns are perfect sites for pest eggs. An environmentally safe pesticide should be on hand during springtime to counterattack and ensure a healthy lawn, year-round.

June
16

Summer's finally here! Time for cookouts, backyard parties, outdoor sports, and time by the water. All this time outside can lead to potential dangers, if we aren't prepared. With proper preparation and a safety plan in place, you'll be set for, what could be, your best summer ever.

To avoid accidents and pricey repairs, prepping your home for the summer months is a must. From steamy temps and unexpected storms to the general wear and tear on the inside and outside of your home, there are quite a few things to get ready for. First, we must take inventory of what home maintenance is overdue. From repairing broken appliances to cleaning out your air conditioning filters and ducts, summer upkeep projects can save you money in the long run and keep everything running smoothly. Conduct a home energy audit once every year, to determine where upgrades can make a difference in lowering your carbon footprint and utility bill.

To help keep the outside of your home looking great while keeping your family safe, be sure to add these to your to-do list:

 - Install sunshades or tinting to your windows to deflect heat.

 - Reseal any cracked caulking or weather strips on external windows and doors to prevent leaks.

 - Inspect outside your home for cracks and any overhanging tree limbs that could fall during a storm.

 - Double-check that flood insurance is included in your home insurance policy.

 - Spray your yard and home to protect it from pests and other creatures. Set traps and other deterrents, where necessary.

 - Schedule a yearly inspection to help catch termites before they cause major damage to your home's structure.

 

 

Keeping bugs at bay often entails the use of chemicals or pesticides, so safe usage should be top-of-mind. If you choose to use pesticides in and around your home, ensure children know to avoid any treated areas after application, for as long as manufacturer's instructions dictate. Always explain the dangers of all potentially harmful products to your children. This can help prevent injury from accidental exposure. Placement of a first-aid kit, with poison control information, and fire extinguisher on every level of your home is a smart idea - having them nearby helps you respond as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency.

 

    

 

Security and Monitoring

As temps rise in the summer months, unfortunately so do the rates of home break-ins and theft. On average, there is an 11% increase in home-based crimes during the summer months. And though we are now staying home more than ever before, this increase is enough to make one nervous during a weekend getaway. Thankfully, smart home technology has vastly advanced, giving homeowners control over their home protection and monitoring capabilities. Recent additions to the smart home market include indoor and outdoor cameras, motion detection lighting, and automatic locks that can alert you on your phone any time someone locks or unlocks a door. These devices are not only helpful for identifying and stopping burglaries, but they're also great for monitoring your children's activity throughout the home. Some devices even allow you to speak to your children or play music directly through speaker systems. Ultimately, the purpose of smart devices is to help streamline your life, making everyday tasks easier.

When we are around more often, like during the summer or shelter-in-place orders, our homes, appliances, and devices go through something known as home strain. And with a global pandemic keeping us homebound more than ever before, home strain is reaching new heights. As sheltering in place continues and as more people opt to work from home, this issue is likely to persist. The most needed repairs come from issues with power surges, broken appliances, and damaged electronic devices. To help counteract the effects of home strain, it's important to thoroughly clean your home, appliances, and other devices. Electronic devices and other household appliances run faster and last longer with regular cleanings. Regular cleaning also allows you to inspect for damage and fix small issues before they grow.

 

 

Grilling and Fire Protection

Grilling is an especially popular summertime activity. Improperly operated grillware can be extremely dangerous. This is especially true when there are young children in proximity, as they can accidentally injure themselves or others. A few things to consider before grilling this summer to keep your family and home safe:

Never leave a fire unattended. Constant monitoring will help keep the fire under control and prevent any potential injuries from children or pets getting too close to the flame. It is recommended to keep your grill at least 10 feet from your home or any other structures, and away from any overhanging trees.

When returning indoors, it is important to extinguish the fire. Never let it a grill burn out. While it is recommended to keep a fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies, a grill can be put out with water once you are done. It's also a good idea to keep a first-aid kit nearby in case of accidents or burns.

 

 

Pool Safety

Whether you have an in-ground pool, hot tub, above ground, or inflatable pool, children should always be supervised while swimming. If possible, enroll your children in swimming lessons early or teach them yourself. As they are learning, a life jacket or other flotation device should be put on before getting in the water. Become CPR-certified and always keep an extra flotation device and first-aid kit nearby. To ensure you know when your child is near the water, consider adding back door and gate alarms to alert you of any movement near the pool or hot tub.

Setting Safety Rules

The safety of their child is the goal of every parent, but it can be easier said than done. It is important to talk with your kids about summer safety, including the limits you've set for how far they can venture out or what activities they take part in without you nearby. In addition to installing safety measures like gates around the pool and locks on medicine cabinets, it's important to let your children know what type of play is and is not allowed. Playing in a parked car, for example, can easily turn dangerous in the summer heat. Always lock your car when it's not in use, even if it's just in your garage or driveway.

As children get older, they'll likely want to venture out to play with friends away from home. Before going out to play, establish ground rules for how far they can go and for how long. Ensure they are aware of the potential dangers of your area. Mobile numbers should be memorized in case of an emergency.

Whether your yard is relatively empty or full of toys, an inspection should be part of the pre-play routine. This allows you to address any issues you find before letting your children run around.

With summer in full swing and shelter-in-place orders continuing, you'll likely be spending most of your time at or near home. This makes total home safety more important than ever. While you may be able to make most repairs yourself, some things are better left to the professionals. Carve out enough time for cleaning and repairs - plus time for summer fun too!

June
9

When discussing energy efficiency, it is common for experts only to consider improving the savings results for homeowners in colder climates. It is a topic that our neighbors to the north and west must give consideration as most energy needs will increase when temperatures begin to fall. Having an energy efficient home, however, is also incredibly important in warmer climates. With the proper energy-saving strategies and smart design choices, Bahamian homes can become just as energy efficient as those in other regions.

BUILDING DESIGN & LAYOUT CONSIDERATIONS

For the highest energy efficiency, a home should be designed from the ground up with respect to how the light and other natural elements will affect energy needs. For example, West and East facing glass windows and doors can have about five times the heat gain of north-facing glass. For the most favorable outcome, a home should be constructed so that windows are positioned within 20 degrees of North or South, wherever possible. Choosing colors for your home, that are reflective as opposed to absorbent for roofing and siding can also help to control the heat inside the home.

SMART LANDSCAPING

Landscaping should be planned to work with the design elements of the home. Where there are windows or doors installed on the west or east sides of a house, trees and shrubs can be positioned to block the sun at the hottest times of the day.

Shady trees also work well for controlling heat gains in the home. During the warmest months, the trees will have leaves and block out sunlight. During the cooler months, the trees will lose leaves and allow greater heat gains. Shrubs and trees can also shade pavement so that sunlight is not reflected indoors.

CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS

Materials selected for the walls, floors, and roof, the type of windows and doors, and many other construction elements can all have a major impact on home energy efficiency. Materials with low heat conductivity should always be used and be thick enough to keep out any unwanted heat. Windows should be shaded or tinted to keep out the heat as much as possible, possibly even using a recessed window design for consistency. Ceramic tile floors are best for energy efficiency in hot climates, with carpeting typically raising the average temperature inside the home.

INSULATION FOR SAVINGS

Proper insulation is important for hot climate energy efficiency. About two inches of foam insulation is generally sufficient to help keep heat gains out and keep cool air inside. A carefully sealed building is of utmost importance.

ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES

Investing in Energy Star appliances boosts your home's energy efficiency. There are other ways to reduce energy expenses with your current appliances, as well. The refrigerator is often the leading energy user among a home's appliances, so it must operate efficiently.

ADJUST TEMPERATURE SETTINGS

The smallest temperature changes can greatly impact your home's energy efficiency. Adjust the thermostat to 68 degrees or lower on cooler days, and 78 degrees or higher during the summer so that you use less energy.

ADJUST WATER HEATER SETTINGS

This is typically something homeowners do not consider doing. However, this small change can go a long way in saving you money. A maximum temperature of 120 degrees is adequate for most homes. This prevents accidental scalding and is proven to slow the buildup of minerals in your water heater tank.

ADJUST REFRIGERATOR SETTINGS

The temperature of the refrigerator itself should be set to 35°-38°F, and the freezer to 0° F. The refrigerator is often the leading energy user among a home's appliances, so it must operate efficiently. Keep the door closed as often as possible. Check the door seals to ensure they are tight and secure. If a dollar bill placed between the door gaskets slips out easily, the seal is not as tight as it should be. Consider replacing it.

UNPLUG ELECTRONICS WHEN NOT IN USE

Always remember to unplug rarely used appliances to decrease energy usage around the house. Unplugging electronics like charging devices for phones, tablets, and digital cameras can increase your energy efficiency. Using a power strip with an on/off switch makes it easy to decrease electricity use by powering off multiple electronics at once.

Beyond construction, landscaping choices, and other big-ticket items, there are many ways homeowners can save. Lowering your energy bill can be accomplished by improving the energy efficiency of your home. Simple lifestyle changes go a long way to impact and improve your bottom line. When followed consistently, these practices could lead to substantial energy savings and lower utility bills. Making use of the strategies outlined above will help you and your family to live more energy efficient and boost the savings you see on your monthly energy bill.

 

May
12

Between Mother's Day just recently and Earth Day, there's been a lot of focus around family and our health. There's also been a lot of talk about sustainable food practices on a local level. All this chatter has us thinking - where can we source natural, homegrown foods? The answer is simple and right under our noses - when it comes to local markets in New Providence, all roads lead to the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market!

Now open on Fridays and Saturdays, between 8am - 4pm, the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market is packed full of wholesome goodies, entertainment, and educational opportunities for the kids (and big kids)! And while the main focus is on fresh fruits and veggies, we're happy to share that here, you'll also find fresh-made juices and teas, homemade sweets and treats, and a healthy dose of delicious Bahamian fare! What better way to spend a Saturday morning :) 

As you enter the grounds, first up, you'll find JR's Farm. Farmer Jetta Rolle has a farm on Cowpen Road west, where she grows a long list of healthy vegetables and leafy greens. Originally a Grower with the Ministry of Agriculture for several years before developing her farm, Ms. Rolle has years of experience and knowledge when it comes to local farming practices. At The Market, she sells $1 seedlings like beets, lettuce, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet pepper, tomatoes, onions, and herbs. She also sells her greens, veggies, and herbs but claims proudly that most people come to her, particularly for her broccoli and cauliflower. 

Fresh Produce at the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market

For Whitlyn Miller, farming comes naturally. A horticulturalist and retired teacher by profession, Ms. Miller sells the fresh fruits and vegetables at her stand. She also sells vegan and vegetarian snacks and desserts, plus veggies for small-batch pickling. You'll find her at her farm stand, where she's always eager to share her knowledge and chat about growing and harvesting techniques, weather conditions, new recipes, and the great varieties of fruits and veggies we can grow. A little-known fact - she invented "cracked coconut." If you haven't tried it, you're definitely missing out! 

Not only do freshly-grown veggies taste better, but they're chock full of nutrients without any added unwanteds! They don't need to have a long shelf life to make an international trip. They're harvested straight from the soil, cleaned, and ready to go! Natasha Adderly would agree. With her Bahama Island Farms, she's another one of the local vendors at the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market. She specializes in salad mixes and microgreens and also stocks her farm stand with seasonal veggies and delicious wines she makes from native fruit. 

Natasha Adderly | Bahama Island Farms

At the Edgar family's farm stand, you'll find fabulous Bahamian fare, including conch fritters, hearty soups, sauces, and homemade juices. With their farm being only a mile or two away from the Market, they proudly stock their stand with the seasonal veggies they've produced and even create delicious homemade sauces from over-ripe produce. Chock full of sun-ripened tomatoes, onions, peppers, and fresh herbs, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything in a store that can rival this great sauce. When it comes to their juices, you can enjoy ice-cold refreshing and homemade selections ranging from tamarind to ginger beet, sorrel, soursop, moringa, passionfruit, and more!

Herb gardens are an easy weekend project for any novice grower, and there are some essential fruits and vegetables we can also grow at home. A quick visit to Olga and Reggie Munroe's stall, and you'll discover all you need to know. This couple is passionate about cultivating plants from Non-GMO heritage seeds. 

When it comes to dairy and poultry, you're sure to find everything from locally-grown organic eggs to live birds, coops, and even fresh local meat for sale.

Fresh eggs available at the Gladstone Road Farmer's Market

Other interesting stalls you'll want to check out:

  • Mr. Farquharson's fresh hand-cranked sugar cane juice 
  • Ivamae Adderley's delicious souses
  • Kowsher Ital's refreshing native Bush Teas
  • Edible flowers by Sunshine Organic Farms
  • Baked crabs and seafood 
  • Various homemade fruit tarts, pastries, and bread
  • Homemade jams, honeys and butters

 

The Market is a wonderful place for farmers to showcase their passion and their products to their visitors. It also allows them to come together and exchange ideas and recipes, to trade growing secrets and learn from one another. 

Breads, pastries and more at The Gladstone Road Farmer's Market

For us visitors, The Market isn't just a place to purchase freshly-grown, naturally-made foods. It's also a place for us to learn about our local food system and share unique experiences with our children about food sustainability, local culture, and agriculture. This is down-home Bahamian living at its finest, and if you haven't visited yet, you need to make sure The Gladstone Road Farmers Market is on this year's bucket list. Come for an hour, stay for the afternoon. Explore, learn, share and grow with the outstanding farmers here.

The Gladstone Road Farmer's Market is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm, and entrance to the grounds is free. Standard Covid-19 Protocols are in place (masks, social distancing). Be sure to bring those reusable bags - you'll be glad you did!

May
5

Bahamian Bistro

So here's a story that will make any heart happy. In the middle of Covid-19 lockdowns last summer, our agent, Melissa received a phone call from a past client, with a new culinary vision he and his partners were looking to develop.  They needed a truly unique space for a restaurant concept they hoped would turn heads and fill bellies!

Today, thanks to their ingenuity, we're happy to report they have created a little bit of culinary magic just outside of downtown Nassau. Maybe you've heard of it, and perhaps you know the secret already. If you don't, it's time you do. 

Bahamian Bistro - an uber-creative culinary concept that's been creating a buzz around town since they opened at the end of 2020. Here, you'll find the perfect blend of people, food, culture, and hospitality all under one roof. In their own words, Bahamian Bistro is a food archipelago - the country's first "Multi Restaurant" in one great location. Here, you can choose from 8+ restaurants but pay with only one bill. And when it comes to the menu items, food fans are in for a real treat. Offering everything from Bahamian delights to international cuisine, including Haitian fare, Italian, BBQ, Sushi, Chinese, and staples like a good ole' burger. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; you're sure to find something for everyone - whether you're into super-healthy, antioxidant-rich, fresh-pressed juices, or a mouthwatering traditional plate of bacon and eggs, or a signature Bahamian boil. Their cocktail/mocktail menu is long and varied with libations for everyone to enjoy. Order online for pick-up or delivery, or stay and enjoy a meal outdoors! 

Bahamian Bistro

Established in 2020, Bahamian Bistro is the creation of Cutelle Mikula, Jewel McIntosh, and Jamal Stubbs. Together, they are a dynamic team of young Bahamian entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds in operations, finance, hospitality, information technology, and the culinary industry. During the pandemic, this trio decided to create a genius concept that would address the growing demand for food and beverage delivery to consumers, while also providing small business owners with a way to operate at lower costs. "Initially, it was travel that brought on the idea for us. After visiting a few food halls around the world, we saw the growing trend and thought to bring it back to Nassau. Then Covid happened, and during the lockdown, it provided time for research, and we also saw the concept of virtual halls growing in many countries. It was an excellent idea for small food businesses to save on overhead expenses," says Cutelle. And so, the group designed the country's first communal kitchen, allowing multiple vendors to retail their products using a single sales platform. "We made it our mission to create and nurture an environment where small businesses could grow and expand their profitability while also presenting our customers with quality food options at an affordable price," says the group. 

 

Concept down and vision ready to go, the group knew they needed to find just the perfect spot within their budget. Having recently worked with Melissa on a separate search for office space, Jamal knew she was the right person to call. "When Jamal contacted me and explained the concept of Bahamian Bistro and what they were looking for, I was excited as I also loved dining in these gourmet food emporiums while away," says Melissa. "Looking for a restaurant space during a pandemic was tricky. Having a large outdoor space was a requirement, as indoor dining was not, and is still not permitted. We found a space that worked and fit the budget in a central location and they got to work as soon as the lease was signed! Everything you see there, they did themselves - from building to design and painting - they did it all. They took a huge leap of faith during a challenging time, so it has been wonderful to see their business grow and flourish and become so successful. Cutelle, Jewel, and Jamal have created a new niche of dining, and the group has given small F&B businesses a platform to introduce themselves to Bahamian consumers. I am thrilled for them."

Melissa Farrington and Cutelle Mikula 

Pictured: Melissa Farrington & Cutelle Mikula at Bahamian Bistro

And of the process for the team? Well, they couldn't be more pleased. "Melissa was amazing. She continuously updated us on available sites that might fit our needs. She was always accessible and willing to research any information we might have needed."

So where is this space?

You'll find them on Christie Avenue, between Dowdeswell and Bay Streets!  Vibrant island colors, a chill and welcoming atmosphere, feature in this 'good vibes only' spot! "Our goal was to make every seat in the space instagrammable, or picture-worthy for our guests. A place you feel good in and want to share with friends and family. We again looked to our travel experiences for inspiration - we're always looking for local spots to capture photos when we're away, and we knew we had to do the same with our location," says Cutelle. Bright, cheerful colors, sand-lined floors, fun and funky furniture and even an indoor swing are just some of the highlights.  "Bahamian Bistro's distinctive yet cohesive and dynamic vibe is a true reflection of our partnership. We knew we wanted the space to offer a laid back, colorful and diverse culinary experience. This uniquely tailored atmosphere is a perfect blend of our three varied backgrounds and personalities." 

 

As to how things are going so far, we can report only great things. Noting that the most popular aspects of Bahamian Bistro among its patrons are the quality, variety, and pricing of the food paired with the great atmosphere, the team feels they've nailed their concept. "The reception we've received from our local customer base has been very welcoming from day one, which we're extremely happy and grateful for," says Cutelle. "Opening any new business requires huge risk, especially during a pandemic, but people are looking for new and exciting experiences, and we're going to continue to provide just that!" 

More good news? Moving forward, the group intends to continue to grow. "We'll be adding a few more vendors to the food archipelago. The goal is to have every food cuisine available," they've told us. We can't wait to see what the future holds for Bahamian Bistro and the fantastic team behind them, and we're grateful to have played a part in helping this dream come true! From Melissa and the Morley team, we wish our friends at Bahamian Bistro every continued success.

Ready to check out this great spot? Head to:

Web: bahamianbistro.com

FB: www.facebook.com/BahamianBistro

IG: www.instagram.com/bahamianbistro

April
21

Earth Day is tomorrow, and the global theme is Restore our Earth, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world's ecosystems. With almost 365 days of sunshine along our shores, as a nation, we are in a unique position when it comes to benefitting from renewable and solar energy. As we expand our horizons, we are increasingly moving towards environmentally-friendly technologies and ways to reduce energy consumption, save on costs, and increase our sustainability practices. 

 

At Home

Our homes today are relying more on solar-powered technologies. Existing residences are swapping out the old with the new where they can, and new residential builds are incorporating these capabilities from the ground-up. 

While some are installing state-of-the-art solar energy systems, like this Turnberry home, others are introducing this technology in smaller doses to save on electricity bills and to cut back on their carbon footprint. Today, we have a host of options ranging from a solar panel for hot water or air conditioner to solar-powered sprinkler systems and outdoor lights for your yard. Even something as simple as swapping out those regular light bulbs for LED ones can help! Regardless of your budget, there are ways you can save!

 

For your Business

Across the country, many of our businesses have also started making the transition to more sustainable energy solutions - some in small ways, by changing out light bulbs to LED, replacing HVAC units with energy-efficient ones, and having programmable thermostats in offices. Others have adapted on a larger scale, with whole energy management systems and solar power systems. Going green with your business can help you cut costs on energy, but it can also have a positive impact when it comes to your company name and community relations. 

 

For us All 

On a larger scale, we've seen many initiatives unfold over the last several years to increase our green living as a country.

In 2013, the National Energy Policy was developed to connect the energy and economic sectors and create opportunities to use renewable energy in as many areas nationwide as possible. Policies outlined in the National Energy Policy pave the way toward achieving renewable energy targets for 2033, including the use of renewable energy in:

  • Transport: discouragement of inefficient motor vehicles, lowering import duties on electric and hybrid cars, encouragement of carpooling, and implementation of "effective mass public transit transport system" among other initiatives.
  • Construction, housing, offices, and hotels: energy-efficiency building code standards which include the use of efficient lighting, sustainable materials, energy-efficient building code standards. Considerations for providing incentives for constructing carbon-neutral buildings.
  • Finance: Finance ministry to develop and implement incentive programs and fiscal measures to support investment in modern facilities, infrastructure in the energy sector.

Some of these initiatives exist today, with the plans implemented and off the ground: 

Thomas A. Robinson Solar Parking Lot

In 2019, the Thomas A. Robinson National stadium officially unveiled its solar parking lot. The 925-kilowatt grid-tied solar system will displace 310 thousand liters of diesel fuel annually, which should save the island 350 thousand dollars and offset 856 tons of carbon emissions annually. The lot has 324 parking stations and an additional two electric car charge ports for electric vehicles.  

Family Island Solar Program

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) launched the Family Island Solar Program with support from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Carbon War Room's Islands Energy Program. This program proposes to develop "solar-fueled power systems" on the Family Islands of Andros, Bimini, Eleuthera, and Inagua with hopes of meeting 30% of the electricity by the year 2030. 

 

On the Horizon

Good news for our family, friends, and customers in Abaco and Grand Bahama! According to a report released by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the initial funding for electricity restoration on islands hit by Hurricane Dorian has been bolstered by the receipt of $9.739m in grant funding from the EU's Caribbean Investment Facility. The even better news is that this restoration is set to produce a 50 percent increase in renewable energy installed and battery storage capacity for additional resilience. Some of this funding is set to be allocated to installing a 4 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and energy storage, which will supply energy to the Marsh Harbour government complex and the Marsh Harbour's hospital. In Cooper's Town, the medical clinic will have a Solar PV plant of approximately 0.25 MW, including a storage capacity of close to 2 MW.

In New Providence, this funding will also be used to subsidize rooftop solar PV installations for a total additional renewable energy capacity of 2.5 MW. This will involve five commercial and 50 residential installations of 50 kilowatts (kW) and 5Kw, respectively, plus 20 systems for community buildings with a 100 kW capacity.

April
7

Palm Cay Marina | Photo by: palmcay.com

Located on the eastern shores of New Providence, Palm Cay spans over 69 acres, including 1200 ft of white sand beaches. It is home to more than 300 exquisite and expertly-designed stand-alone homes and condos. A host of amenities cater to their community of "ocean-loving adventurers," as they proudly say, and it's one of the aspects we love most about this community. Here's a closer look at what you can expect to find at Palm Cay.

A boater's paradise, Palm Cay offers everything any boating enthusiast could want - including a full-service, deep water marina, and the best location for accessing Rose Island and the Exumas - only 28 miles away! The 194-slip marina is considered world-class and has a fuel dock, Starbucks cafe, and concierge service. The marina partnered with NavTours, who specialize in sailboat charters in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, including our beautiful Bahamian islands. The Palm Cay marina is now home-base for the company's fleet of sailboat and catamaran charter boats.

Adding to the allure of this seaside community is the Pink Octopus Restaurant, the beachside Ink Bar and Palm Cay Club, which offers both an adult and family pool, as well as the Member's Beach Club. "Palm Cay's Members Beach Club recently underwent a $2 million transformation. This included the construction of a stunning beach bar, an opulent 80 ft. lap pool and a private section of luxury cabanas, as well as ample dining and entertainment space. Surrounded by white powder beaches and crystal-clear ocean, the members beach club is an embodiment of serenity and sophistication," states the developer.

A Dermalogica Spa is one of the newest additions to the seemingly endless list of amenities. Health and fitness enthusiasts enjoy a full complement of health and fitness options, with the gymnasium, tennis courts, water sports, and children's playground. 

With an array of awards and achievements, including "Developer of the Year," by the Bahamian Contractor Association, and "#1 Marina" by FirstChoice Marina, over the years, Palm Cay continues to expand. The One Marina project is now complete, and development continues, with new opportunities coming soon. 

Palm Cay Club House and Pool Deck | Photo by: palmcay.com

Whether you're looking for a vibrant neighborhood to relocate your family to, or you're looking to purchase an investment property that you can put on the vacation rental market, this is the place. Bahamian tourism is on the rise again - a welcome update for us all. As we've seen already for the month of March, our tourism numbers exceeded most expectations, and it's true when they say our islands are a hot destination(but we already knew that). There continues to be growing interest in VRBO and Airbnb properties these days, and the Palm Cay community is thriving, making this both a great place you can escape from it all AND somewhere you can  look to for strong investment opportunities. 

But don't take our word for it! Discover for yourself the excitement that lies along the shores of this neighborhood. Check out our video tour with Melissa here, and explore this Anchorage condo, now available for rent! 

If you're interested in building in this great community, here's a property that's perfectly placed close to the community tennis courts and playground! 

March
31

It's Easter in the islands! A time when nature seems to be at its finest – as though it's putting on a show. Lush tropical greens, bright blue skies, crystal-clear aqua waters, and vibrant shades of pink, purple and red of the bougainvillea line the streets, all welcoming you and letting you know that Easter has arrived, and there's no better place to celebrate than here!

You can feel the excitement in the air and the quiet buzz of activity starting to pick up. Easter is a celebration, after all, and one that's often a mix of religious services, an opportunity to spend quality time with those you love, and here especially, it's a time for celebrating some of our favorite culinary traditions! Here are the top choices among the islands:


Dish It Up!

Get your Easter holiday weekend off to a great start with delicious Bahamian hot cross buns and fresh fish on Good Friday!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Getty Images


Seriously. Is it even Easter without a delicious hot cross bun?? Move over chocolate (just for a quick minute) – make way for these delectable delights! These mouth-watering bread rolls are rich and golden and full of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and sweet raisins. They are also decorated with their trademark design – the "Mark of the Cross" – a simple yet significant emblem made using sugar icing.


These buns have a long history - they originate from ancient English traditions of Easter, and have been shared with our islands by the British since the late 1600s. Similar practices of baking hot cross buns can still be found throughout the UK and Australia, with almost no variation from our Bahamian version! Typically enjoyed on Good Friday, hot cross buns can be found in most local bakeries and grocery stores throughout the islands as Easter draws near. But don't wait till the last minute, or they'll be gone!

If you're feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at making some from scratch? Here's a recipe by Bahamian chef and writer Kenria Taylor!


Fresh Fish


The culinary tradition of eating fish during the Easter holiday is another custom belonging to the Christian faith. Although this practice originated in the Catholic Church, these days, you'll find this custom is almost as much a cultural one as it is religious. There are no restrictions when it comes to the type of fish or style you prefer to cook, but as you likely already know, Good Friday is usually a day reserved for some delicious fried Grouper, Jacks, Snapper, or Wahoo - to name a few! Of course, boiled fish or stewed fish are also great alternatives. You can even get creative and try a Masala fish curry dish! Vibrant, full of flavor, and ready for you at Taj Mahal!
If you're on the hunt for some delicious seafood options you can prepare yourself, head to Heritage Seafood, on Carib Road, just off of Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Palmdale! You'll find fabulous fish cuts and more. Here are a few recipe links for Bahamian boiled, steamed, fried, or curried fish that you can try!

Ham


For practicing Christians in The Bahamas, Easter is a time for celebrating and giving thanks, and what better way than with a beautiful meal to be shared with those we love. Traditionally, meat was restricted for members of the Catholic Church during the Lenten Season, making the main dish of "Easter Ham" a very welcome main feature! Today, a typical Bahamian Easter lunch will be sure to include all the fixings of down-home local favorites, including peas and rice, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, plantains, coleslaw, and more. And don't forget the dessert! When it comes to sweets shared on this cherished day, you're sure to find Coconut pie or tart, pineapple tart, rum cake, and more! And yes, of course, no Easter would be complete without those delicious chocolates and jelly beans!

Find the Fun!

Nassau is abuzz with activity this weekend – great outings (social distancing and mask in mind) and local island finds are the order of the day!

Here's a quick look at some of the things happening: 

Drive-In Movie at Ardastra Gardens
Saturday, April 3rd | 6:15pm

This Saturday, take the kids to see "Peter Rabbit" at the Drive-In Theatre at Ardastra Gardens! This feature is an adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. Fun for the whole family! Visit www.ardastra.com/recreation for details.


Authentic Bahamian Pop-Up Shop at The Island Store
Beginning March 31 – 9am – 5pm

Head west for beautiful Bahamian straw goods – authentically made by hand by some of the island's most talented creators! Visit The Straw Shack or The Island Store for details!


Dress Your Tables
Now – Saturday, April 3rd

Dress your tables and create a magical backdrop for your Easter celebrations with beautiful accessories and decorative pieces from local retailers like Bahama Hand Prints and Maison Décor!


Whatever your plans, or who you choose to celebrate this holiday weekend with, we at Morley wish you the happiest, hoppiest of holidays!

March
24

This week, the Bahamas National Trust marks the 10-year celebration of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve - a world-class Bahamian Botanic Garden in Eleuthera founded by Shelby White in honor of her late husband, Leon Levy. The Preserve is quite appropriately referred to as "a living part of Bahamian history."

 The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve | Photo: Raymond Jungles

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve | Photo: Raymond Jungles

Both Leon Levy and his wife, Shelby White were lovers of the natural environment and way of life in Eleuthera – Leon was particularly interested in native plants used in bush medicine. After his passing in 2003, Shelby wanted to honor Leon, and his devotion to the island, while "contributing to a better future for all Eleuthera." She chose to do so by creating the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve with the Bahamas National Trust's help.

 

In April 2019, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve became the first institution in The Bahamas to be designated as an accredited Botanic Garden by Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This tier of accreditation recognizes institutions for their achievements in plant conservation.

 

Today, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is an internationally recognized botanical garden that spans 30 acres. It is the first and only national park on the island of Eleuthera. Located in Governor's Harbour, it features gardens and wetlands designed by world-renowned landscape architect, Raymond Jungles, and serves as a showcase for traditional bush medicine, a facility for propagating indigenous plants and trees, and an educational center focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the Bahamas' biodiversity. The LNPP "helps to preserve the natural history of Eleuthera and showcases the unique flora and fauna of The Bahamas to the world," states the Bahamas National Trust.

Bahamians and visitors are welcome to walk miles of trails through the native habitat and view the beautiful orchids, birds, insects, medicinal plants, and hardwood trees that you can find here.

While few of us can claim to have achieved such great feats, it can be said that many of us islanders have a deep appreciation for our natural environment and the beauty that can be found in our local tropical landscapes. Whether you're planning a trip to Eleuthera this Easter holiday, or you're looking for a little inspiration for creating your own native plant oasis in your back yard, you'll want to learn more about the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.

Find them online in any of these spaces:

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

Bahamas National Trust

Facebook

Instagram

December
1

It's true when they say they're more than a group of businesses working together. They're family. A family that has grown together, that encourages one another and supports each other. That's the Tin Ferlcommunity. With their Pop-Up Park at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts grounds on Mackey Street, this family of like-minded small business owners has banded together to provide us with a creative twist to traditional dining! Featuring approximately 15 different food and beverage vendors on any given day, lunch becomes a true experience of culinary genius here! With everything from juicy burgers to seafood tacos, pasta dishes, curries, jerk chicken, stuffed buns, guava duff and fresh-made teas, juices and coffees, there's no limit to the fun you can have out here at the park! With the recent update to our COVID-19 Regulations, now we can stay awhile and dine outdoors in the park as well! 

Officially opening the gates to the Pop Up Park at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts in March of this year, Tin Ferl was founded in June 2019.  Three friends –  Kendrick Delaney, founder of The New Duff, Brandon Kemp, founder of the Nassau Night Market, and  Alicia "Puppy" Robinson Treco, founder of Pup Star Entertainment – came together to discuss some of the issues facing the pop-up community. They decided to start a collaborative that would "advocate for the pop-up community, be a centre for information and networking, and provide the community with opportunities to develop their businesses and sell their products," according to a recent online article by BahamasLocal. "We want this to be the home for Pop-Up vendors, where they can work full-time at building their businesses because they have an affordable, ideal location from which to build a strong following. We are very grateful to our sponsors, Aliv and Sign Island, for their support in helping make the Pop-Up Park a reality."

The result of their creation? An organization that provides training and education, business and marketing assistance to their vendors. Starting with a free consultation, Tin Ferl offers their vendors far more than just a place to set up shop. They are committed to helping their members grow their business models – offering everything from booth support (concessions including ice and gas deliveries, electricity to their booths, etc) to photography, advertising and marketing, social media management, and overall brand development.

Of their business concept, Brandon says "the Tin Ferl community is actually composed of 80 different participants, which expands beyond food and beverage, into arts, crafts and other Bahamian-made goods. Our Pop Up Park includes 30 vendors overall. Our members are home-based business owners. Our model works because we all work together to support each other and we've created a community. We operate under the motto 'Together we are stronger. United we'll succeed'. Our name Tin Ferl – (Bahamian for Tin Foil) – is what we are all about. A single piece of foil is easy to tear. But when you layer foil, stacking one piece on top of another on top of another, it becomes very strong. Tin Ferl is dedicated to uniting and supporting small businesses and to providing the pop-up community with affordable, stable, and rewarding locations to sell their products."

The Tin Ferl group welcomes vendors looking for a stable base in which to grow. They've designed an easy and straightforward registration process, which outlines vendor requirements, their weekly schedule, their procedures and guidelines, COVID-19 safety measures and available supporting services. They also offer several packages for those vendors interested in increasing their online presence and exposure in a professional, polished and affordable way. 

As for us patrons, we can only tell you wonderful things await as you enter those Dundas gates. We're not sure whether it's the delicious aromas that draw the crowds (all with social distancing measures, mind you!), the tempting photos, the recommendations of others, or previous experiences that keeps the park busy, but if you haven't checked out the Tin Ferl Pop-Up Park and the many delectable delights, you're definitely missing out!

Here are a few of the vendors you can expect to find there:

Black Pearl Bubble Tea, The New Duff, Tipsea, Junior's Jerk, Cabana Club, Natural Scrubs, Fancy Jonsa, Vell Monkey Foot, FoodPlay Cafe, Gim Sum, TK Grill Yo, Simply Good Hotdogs, Sky Juice King, Happy Hour Java, Tropical Smoothies, TZ's Bay View, Island Pops, Chops Conch Fritters, Island Sushi, Saige, First Choice Grill, Natalie's Caribbean Cuisine, Blue Flamingo Cafe and Bell's Takeaway, among others. 

As of this past weekend, the Pop Up Park is open on Saturdays as well as Monday – Friday!

Coming Soon:

As the holidays draw closer, we're told we can also expect to see some (socially-distanced and COVID friendly) Junkanoo entertainment to add a bit of festive cheer!

If you know, stay in touch. If you didn't know before, now you do. Follow the Tin Ferl group on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and happenings! 

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