Picture your life in The Bahamas and it might involve an image of you on your shaded verandah, sipping an icy-cold cocktail, overlooking an empty beach and a twinkling ocean. Ultimate relaxation. But where was I...
Ah yes, fitness. Because as much as it is most certainly that, The Bahamas is not only a place to kick back and let life's cares wash away. It also offers the chance to engage in a variety of sporting pursuits which can be a fun and healthy way to enjoy your free time while you are in the islands - and we're not only talking about the more traditional sports fishing, boating and diving you might have had in mind. If you're an active person who enjoys getting your heart rate up on the weekend or diving into a bit of thrill seeking, your interests are well catered to.
Here's a selection of some of Engel Völkers Bahamas favourite outdoor events in The Bahamas:
Last event - January 14th 2018
Next event - January 20th, 2019
The Marathon Bahamas, which includes a full marathon and half marathon event, has gone from strength to strength since its inception seven years ago. The flat, scenic route allows you to take in some of the best coastal views of Nassau as you battle it out for the finish line. A great, family-friendly atmosphere with competitors of all ages, sizes and levels of seriousness, it's also a Boston marathon-qualifier event, for those into that sort of thing. Each year it attracts a growing number of local and international participants, making it a great way to meet a diverse crowd of people.
Ride for Hope -
Last Event - March 10th 2018
Next Event - To be confirmed
If long distance cycling and/or charity fundraising is your thing, put this well-organised event in your calendar. This Ride for Hope has become a mainstay for many locals and ex-pats alike over the years. Originally hosted on the quaint island of Eleuthera, it has recently moved to Nassau, allowing more people to participate and becoming the one day of the year when bicycles rule the capital's roads.
And on the subject of cycling
The Enjoy! Cycling Club is a group of biking enthusiasts in New Providence who meet six out of seven days of the week in the mornings and afternoons for long distance rides around the island. Do this on a regular basis and you'll be in tip top shape in no time (and feeling less guilty the next time you indulge in some of the Bahamas' many rich culinary offerings).
Potcake Man Triathlon
Last event - April 15th 2018
The triathlon scene has expanded rapidly in The Bahamas in recent years, with an ever growing number of converts and events - and why not? When you've got waters like those in The Bahamas to train in, it hardly seems like exercise anymore! Evidence of the popularity of these triathlons can be seen not only in their growing participation but also recent attendance by top celebrities including tennis champion Serena Williams along with best friend and former world number one tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki. Each event draws both serious athletes and those looking to have a bit of fun with the family and all include longer and shorter distance races and relays - meaning there's no excuse not to get involved.
The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend
Last event - March 16th-18th 2018
Next event - to be confirmed
The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend (GAFFW) is a fantastic weekend-long sporting extravaganza which takes place in the idyllic setting of Treasure Cay, Abaco. As much a getaway from normal life as it is a sports event, many competitors fly in from Nassau and the U.S. to Abaco for the occasion, bringing family and friends along too. The weekend has a great community atmosphere and includes a one mile, long distance swim, two triathlon events, a stand-up paddle-board race, kid's fun run and a 10km fun run walk. Based out of the tranquil and welcoming Treasure Cay Resort, all of the water-based events use the unbelievably stunning Treasure Cay beach as a launching-off point, making this arguably one of the most scenic sporting events you'll ever experience.
The Chiccharney Challenge
Last event - July 2017
Next event - To be confirmed
If you're into something a little more unconventional that combines sporting endurance with a bit of problem solving and teamwork, the Chiccharney Challenge may be your event. The newest occasion on Nassau's sporting calendar, inspired by the international obstacle course/mud racing craze, this charity-fundraising challenge allows participants to take on obstacles while taking in the sights and sounds of Nassau's popular Clifton Heritage Park, a place where hundreds of years of Bahamian history, culture and natural beauty are preserved for visitors to enjoy.