Dan Heching

Correspondent

  • New York City, New York, USA

Dan Heching is a correspondent who lives in New York City and covers Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Bahamas for Forbes Travel Guide. An avid traveler, writer, film buff and yogi, Heching is originally from New York City. After college, he moved to Paris for three years to learn French, to fall in love and to write (not necessarily in that order). He has traveled all over Europe, and has spent considerable time in the Bahamas and the Middle East. Now back in the Big Apple, he enjoys writing for various print and digital publications, including the Sundance Channel, Next Magazine and Wetpaint.

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  • On September 17, 2012
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    Where are the best beaches in The Bahamas?

    With miles of sandy shoreline, there’s a different beach for every kind of beachgoer in The Bahamas. As this archipelago is principally made up of coral, there is often exposed limestone outcroppings on the beaches or just a few steps out into the water, creating pleasantly warm tidal pools that sometimes contain colorful fish or crabs.
     
    One of the most distinctive beaches in all the islands is the pink sand beach on Harbour Island, with sands the pale russet color of the sunset you’re bound to see if you decide to linger through the afternoon.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from The Bahamas?

    Besides a suntan, one of the best things to bring home from The Bahamas is seashells. The shells both on the beach and in the water all over The Bahamas are as breathtaking as fine jewelry, and make excellent souvenirs and or decoration back home. It’s important, of course, to make sure you’re not removing a live animal from its natural habitat, so the best way to go about your shelling expedition is to just marvel at them during your beach walk, scuba dive or snorkel, and then make sure to pick up the pink conch shells, sand dollars and sea biscuits that are sold on the seashore, and practically everywhere else.
     
    As for ‘quick-fix’ tourist souvenirs, there’s always the hustle and bustle of the Straw Market in Nassau, where you can find bags, fans, baskets and other straw products sold by ever-bargaining craftsmen.
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    What are the five best Bahamas food experiences?

    As expected, The Bahamas is a wonderland for the seafood lover, but that is only the first stop on the remarkable culinary tour these islands have to offer, boasting West African, Caribbean and European influences all mixed together to mouthwatering and robustly flavored perfection. Forbes Travel Guide recommends these food experiences for the best taste of The Bahamas.
     
    1. Conch. Pronounced ‘conk’, this is the absolute top seafood staple of The Bahamas, emerging from the iconic and beautifully large shells and served pretty much everywhere in a whole variety of ways: grilled, in salads, gumbos, as fritters or as a chowder (this latter form is a house favorite in many establishments). In late October (a lovely time to visit The Bahamas), catch the Annual Conch Festival, when local chefs compete with their most original conch dishes. Free samples as well as other culinary events and music make this a very popular foodie happening.
     
    2. Nassau Grouper. A more classic fish getting its name from the Bahamian capital, dishes prepared with grouper are delicious and often prepared with local spices, or breaded and in a sandwich, like at The Prop Club at the Grand Lucayan in Freeport.
     
    3. Spa food. The Bahamas are a great place to retreat and rebuild, and nowhere is better for that purpose than Paradise Island’s Sivananda Yoga Ashram. The center’s communally prepared lacto-vegetarian meals — served twice daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. — always offer a surprise dish of the day, often inspired by the flavors of India and always fresh and healthy. Make sure to take a beach or dockside yoga class beforehand to work up your appetite.
     
    4. Crawfish. Known as ‘Bahamian Lobster’ but with no claws, crawfish (also called Spiny or Rock Lobster) is the largest food export of The Bahamas and is another near-permanent fixture on most beachside menus. One place with guaranteed scrumptious crawfish is the thoroughly popular Iries Restaurant, also located at the Grand Lucayan.
     
    5. Native ‘Sugar Loaf’ Pineapple. At Pineapple Fields on Eleuthra Island, get your hands on the famously sweet and succulent pineapples known throughout The Bahamas, in season starting in June. The nickname ‘Sugar Loaf’ makes perfect sense when these large fruits arrive, sliced and served on a plate like a loaf of bread. Pineapples are delicious on their own of course, but also make the perfect accouterment to a tropical cocktail, avec umbrella.
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    Where is the best nightlife in The Bahamas?

    Looking for the best nightlife in The Bahamas? The casinos and nightclubs at Atlantis and The Crystal Palace on Cable Beach are buzzing with people into the morning hours. For those seeking the night beach scene, head to Pete’s Pub & Gallery in Abaco. This is the island’s quintessential beach bar, a community-conscious and family-owned business open daily and not closing “til everyone goes home.” Deliciously fresh seafood, good beers on tap, live music on the beach — it’s the ideal Bahamian experience. If you arrive early, make sure to check out The Foundry — this family of sculptors runs the only bronze foundry in all the islands, continuing a tradition of artistic expression begun by the family patriarch.