To be honest:
This was my first time doing Couchsurfing in the Bahamas.
I know, I know, so sad, right?
But I did it!
And it was a wonderful experience. So, without further ado, here is my Couchsurfing experience in the Bahamas.
Couchsurfing in the Bahamas
Arriving at the Bahamas was something I had been looking forward to for quite some time.
I didn’t know what the people were like, and I didn’t know how they were so I couldn’t predict how I would approach the locals.
I needed to learn about them.
I turned to my go-to “meet locals” plan.
What is it?
I choose Couchsurfing because it is centered around helping tourists find a way to hang out with locals.
To put it plainly:
I love using Couchsurfing. I love their idea, and I love their goals.
You can read more about what Couchsurfing is about here.
After researching for someone with enough references for me to feel comfortable with contacting, I found one of the coolest looking guys with nothing but positive reviews.
So, our chatting began.
After a few weeks after, we had made a plan to meet up during my stay in the Bahamas.
The plan was simple:
- Meet in front of a McDonalds.
- Tour around Nassau for half an hour.
- Eat some local food.
The problem is:
I felt very nervous.
Something about meeting someone over the internet is a bit daunting, don’t you think?
I mean sure we have been talking for a couple of weeks, but I never got that true bond like you would with someone face-to-face.
So I waited until he pulled up in his stick shift Honda.
And Kenny took us under his wing.
Alas, my adventure has begun! Step one, completed.
We drove around Nassau admiring the beautiful architecture, learning the history about some of the buildings, and soaking up the “fun facts” about current events.
But that’s not all.
It was at this point when I realized that using Couchsurfing in the Bahamas was the best idea.
Because here is what I would have never known about the Bahamas as a tourist:
- I would have never known that the current Governor of the Bahamas is a woman.
- I would have never known that the Chinese own almost 60%-70% of real estate.
- And I would have never known that Nassau is home to the oldest Hilton Hotel which opened in 1924.
But it gets better:
After the 30-minute tour, we headed to a local restaurant called, Da Out Island Lounge.
FYI: It’s one of the BEST restaurants in the Bahamas!
With an unappealing exterior, it soon surprised me with its true attraction – the food.
Walking into the restaurant, I had realized that I don’t even know what to order.
But since I’m the tourist, I wanted him to choose my breakfast for me. No bias, no nothing. This was solely left up to him to order me an authentic meal.
Next thing you know, I got a plate of mackerel and grits in front of me.
I was shocked. LOL
I’ve never had mackerel and grits for breakfast. For me, it was so out of character.
But I will admit this:
It was one of the weirdest, yet most delicious breakfast I have ever had.
The collage of flavors was apparent as the salty mackerel was subdued by the semi-sweetness of the grits. It was absolutely mouth-watering, and I encourage every tourist to try.
The worst part?
Our time together was diminishing by the second.
From what was the best time touring Nassau like a local and spending a morning with my new local friend had concluded in becoming a tourist again.
But not quite.
I’m traveling around Nassau with more information than I did before. I’m trekking the streets of this 7-mile wide island like a local.
Because I now know about the Bahamian culture, history, and present.
And to me, that’s more than enough.
But do you want to know what the best part is?
Despite knowing these fun facts about the Bahamas, I came out of that meet up with a new local friend thanks to the use of Couchsurfing.
I think you will agree with me when I say:
Forming a relationship with someone is far more remarkable and cherishable when traveling, or even anywhere.
If you would like to read more about Kenny, read his story here!