Win a Trip to The Bahamas Travel Contest

by Sandra Foyt on February 23, 2012

in Travel Ideas

bahamas-pierAs a Virgin Islander, even an Albany, NY transplanted Virgin Islander, I’m not ever, ever going to say that “It Really is Better in the Bahamas.”

I might admit that the Bahamas has the clearest ocean water that I have ever seen, with visibility that extends seemingly forever, making for extremely exciting shark and dolphin encounters and amazing family adventures.

I’ll even concede that Bahamas Atlantis rates at the top of my kids’ list of favorite family vacations, and I’ll be forever grateful to the dear friends who invited us to attend their wedding in the Bahamas. The wedding was a great excuse to discover so much to love about the Bahamas, and yet I still can’t say that this idyllic bit of the Caribbean is better than the islands where I was raised.

But for those willing and able to say that “It Really is Better in the Bahamas,” The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has a sweet deal of a contest for you.

“Really Better Vacation Contest”

In preparation for the launch of their new brand campaign, which is designed to give audiences a taste of what the 700 islands of the Bahamas are really about, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is putting a new twist on the typical casting call by searching for every day people to star in their ads. From Feb. 15 – March 15, real travelers can enter the “Really Better Vacation Contest” by sending in a photo or video of their favorite vacation experience via the “Better Vacation Contest” tab on The Bahamas Facebook page.

Winners will be selected from four vacation categories – family vacation, romantic escape, guy’s adventure and girl’s getaway – to win a one week all-expenses paid trip to experience the best of The Bahamas.

Following the entry period, a panel of judges from The Bahamas will select finalists in each category who will film their “cast” showcasing why they should star in the next Bahamas campaign. Casting videos will be uploaded to the “Better Vacation Contest” tab to be viewed and liked by other consumers. Judges will interview finalists to select winners, taking into consideration fan feedback.

The four winning groups will be whisked away to The Bahamas to enjoy the islands’ most exciting activities, breathtaking sights and luxurious accommodations. A documentary film crew and photography team will join the winning groups to capture their island getaway for consumer ads, which will begin airing in late summer. The print ads will allow readers to follow the winner’s adventure by scanning a bar code or visiting

Of course it won’t be all work and no play. The winners will have time to relax among gorgeous scenery, enjoy high-end accommodations and participate in activities like swimming with the dolphins for the family, picnic on a private beach for the couple, fishing trip for the men and spa treatments for the girls.

Hopeful entrants looking for more information on the various islands can view videos on The Bahamas YouTube site to see why it really is better in The Bahamas and begin daydreaming about their potential island getaway. Or you might enjoy our family vacation in The Bahamas blog post series.

Good luck!

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Joyce Nichols August 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

It would be wonderful to win a girls getaway

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