Nothing is better than a relaxing vacation with all your loved ones. When you book an Abaco getaway, you are booking a fabulous beach vacation for every member of the family, even the four-legged members. We know traveling with your pets can seem daunting, but if you are prepared, it really is a breeze. Here are some of our tips for bringing your pets on a flight, whether it’s flying to the Abacos or traveling to a different destination:
- Visit your veterinarian. – Make sure you plan a vet visit a few weeks ahead of your trip. Your vet will make sure your pet has all of its vaccines and will sign a health certificate, which is required for travel on many airlines. Every state adheres to different policies, so make sure to do your research to ensure you don’t miss any important steps leading up to and during your trip. Additionally, your vet can also provide you with tips for keeping your pet calm during the flight.
- Plan ahead. – Receiving the correct documentation and confirming flight arrangements can take time, so it’s always a good idea to book in advance. If you are flying to the Abacos with your pet, you can learn more about the process and what you will need on The Government of the Bahamas website or at Bahama’s Pet Permit. Additionally, some airlines have a limit on the number of pets allowed per flight and reserving ahead of time can guarantee your furry friend a ticket before they sell-out. Don’t forget that you should also pack your pet’s favorite toys, treats, and necessities into an easily accessible bag the night before you leave for vacation.
- Think about meal time. – We all know that travel is a nightmare when we don’t feel well, and the same goes for our pets. Because of this, it’s a good idea to avoid feeding your pet a large meal right before boarding the plane to prevent an upset stomach. Also, make sure they have something to chew on during take-off and landing. This will help prevent their ears from popping and will make them more comfortable.
- Schedule play time before travel time. – Travel time can make for a long day for our furry friends, so make sure you schedule some time for your pet to run around and play before you head to the airport. This will help them release their energy, and a tired pet will rest easier on the plane.
- Fly direct, whenever possible. – Layovers are already inconvenient but imagine trying to manage a pet through a connecting flight. As bad as the wait is for you, it’s even harder for your pet. If possible, try to cut down your pet’s total air time and travel time by booking direct flights.
Flying with Air Unlimited makes taking your pet on an Abaco getaway easier than ever. Two pets are allowed on board per flight and are welcome to relax in the cabin space with you. If your pet is more energetic, they can fly on a close harness or in a pet carrier next to you. Once you land, you and your four-legged friend will be well rested and ready for fun in the sun. Call us today for more information at (407) 585-4300.
Summer is quickly approaching, so kids will be out of school soon and ready to spend more time with friends and family. Take advantage of this long-awaited break by booking an Abacos vacation with Air Unlimited. We offer a top-notch flight experience to some of the Caribbean’s most unique island destinations, perfect for the whole family.
The Bahamas has hundreds of islands, but instead of going to the overcrowded and commercialized areas, take your family to the relaxing and intimate islands of the Abacos. Here, your kids will delight in the wonders of island culture and ocean life, taking time off from their screens to enjoy breathtaking scenery and adventure. Parents can bask in the sun, enjoying some much-needed relaxation, while the kids play in the shallow, clear waters and build sandcastles by their feet.
If you’d like to go fishing with your kids, but don’t want to commit to a full day out on the water, we recommend visiting a public dock – visitors are welcome to fish at most local docks in Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town. Regardless of where you decide to drop a line, if you plan to fish without a licensed guide it is recommended that you look into the Fishing Rules and Regulations, and consider asking a local dive shop or charter guide with any questions during your trip. Once you get situated fishing, your kids will love the experience of catching their first fish, and you can identify fish together using a simple fishing guide.
Parents can also look into the Bahama Buddies Program for their younger ones to experience the island from the local perspective. This program pairs local children with Abaco visitors to explore the island together, learning firsthand how the community lives, and trying out popular island activities, like catching and cleaning fish, cracking conch and making island crafts. The Abaco Beach Resort hosts the program and participants always walk away with fun memorabilia, photos and exciting stories to tell those back home.
After a fun-filled vacation, top it off with a sweet treat that you know the whole family will enjoy. The Island Bakery in Marsh Harbour is a perfect place to cool off while enjoying baked bread and pastries that have delighted guests for decades. Cafe La Florence in Treasure Cay is another great option for the sweet tooth in your family. They’re famous in the islands for their freshly baked cinnamon rolls, which are big enough for two.
From its quaint beaches and tropical adventures to its tasty treats, the Abacos is the perfect place for the ultimate family trip. Avoid the summer crowds often found at the Bahamas’ main tourist hotspots and choose to take an Abacos vacation instead. Start your trip off with Air Unlimited to by-pass long lines and packed planes, so your trip is hassle-free from start to finish! Book online today and check out our coupon books here.
With over 100,000 miles of shimmering turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas’ Out-Islands, it is no surprise that the Abacos are considered the boating capital of the Bahamas. When you vacation in Marsh Harbour, you become immersed in a world of boats made for leisure, sporting, and fishing, as well as super yachts crafted for a day of luxury.
Marsh Harbour is the ultimate boating destination for those looking for convenience and comfort. The Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina is the largest marina in the Bahamas with 198 boat slips and dozens of amenities. This marina offers guests 24-hour security, Internet, TV, full detailing, cleaning, electricity and fueling services. Other amenities are included for your enjoyment, such as pools with a swim-up bar, free showers, token laundry, nightly entertainment, and more. Also, guests who prefer to spend the day at sea and the night on land can still stay close to the action at the Abaco Beach Resort, never missing a sunrise sail.
The Abaco Beach Resort and Marina also offers competitive pricing with rates as low as $3.10 per foot per day for a short-term slip rental and $1.50 per foot per day for a long-term slip rental. Thinking of planning a private rendezvous? Group rates are also offered, and marina experts will gladly help plan a custom event that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. The culinary team can even assist in planning an island-inspired menu for your guests when you return from a day on the water.
For less experienced boaters or travelers without their own vessel, boats can be rented daily at the marina, or through nearby rental companies such as Cj’s Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals, Blue Wave Boat Rentals or Dream Yacht Charters. With so many rentals to choose from, you are sure to find the right boat to fit your needs.
Next time you’re looking to set sail, consider a vacation in Marsh Harbour. Forget the hassle and schedule your boat ahead of time or rent one when you get there. When you fly with Air Unlimited, you can be out of the sky and on the docks faster than you can raise the anchor! Book online at www.flyairunlimited.com.
It’s that time of year again! The Abaco Islands are about to become a hotspot for fishing enthusiasts looking to duke it out to become the winner of the 2019 Abaco Black Diamond Series. This event is a three-part fishing series that kicks off on April 10th and runs through June 1st. Even though the tournament starts in just a few weeks, there is still time to book a flight to Marsh Harbour with Air Unlimited.
The White Marlin Roundup, which is the first leg of the series, begins on April 10th with a cocktail party and dinner. The real fun, however, starts on April 11th when all competitors depart from the Abaco Beach Resort marina for the first day of fishing. This leg takes place during the transition from sailfish to blue marlin season.
Between the first and second leg of the Black Diamond Series, the most elite teams of the sporting boats community are invited to compete in the Custom Shootout Invitational. This event runs from April 29th to May 4th and raises money for charities such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, IGFA, and Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.
The Shootout: Production vs Custom (P vs C), is the second leg of the competition, which begins on May 15th and runs through May 18th.on May 15th and running through May 18th. During this leg, production and custom boats will compete in a billfish tournament to settle the age-old debate over which type of boat is the best for sport fishing. The final leg, the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament, which begins on May 29th, allows participants to finally hook their lures into one of the largest fish the Bahamas has to offer, the Blue Marlin.
Throughout the competition, there will be live scoring available through links on the Skip’s Tournaments website, and participants who compete in all three legs of the series will qualify to win cash prizes and custom championship rings. There are also various cash prizes up for grabs during each leg of the tournament.
If you’re planning to attend this year’s tournament, our flights are the perfect hassle-free way to travel. You’ll feel well-rested and ready to start fishing as soon as you arrive. You can book a flight to Marsh Harbour with Air Unlimited and feel at ease knowing that you (and your gear!) will arrive quickly and safely in the Abacos. During our peak summer season, we’ll be extending our flight options to offer up to five flights per day, providing guests with more flexibility than ever. Book online today!
While we push through these last few months of colder weather, many of us are already dreaming of the sun and are looking ahead to spring break. We all know about the typical spring break destinations, but a trip to the Abacos is perfect for those of us craving a more unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. The Abacos offers something for every traveler, whether you’re looking for a destination with exciting nightlife or somewhere to relax and unwind with your family.
For people looking for ultimate relaxation, your days can be spent with your toes resting in the powdery sand or floating in the turquoise waters. The Abacos are also home to many luxurious spas, such as the Island Spirit Day Spa in Treasure Cay and the exclusive spa available at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay in Marsh Harbour.
Couples who want a romantic getaway will appreciate that the Abacos feel more private. Days can be spent enjoying the amenities at any of the high-end resorts, and once the sun goes down, evenings can be spent with a drink in hand and a delicious meal at any of the restaurants on the islands. Some restaurant and nightlife recommendations include The Bae in Marsh Harbour and the Treasure Sands Club or Coco Beach Bar and Grill in Treasure Cay.
Families and adventurers will be happy to know that fewer crowds make booking excursions easier than ever. With so many great options, the hardest part will be choosing which ones to do. Some family-friendly activities worth exploring include Cruise Abaco, which offers both charter services and day sails where guests can visit surrounding islands, and Dive Abaco for snorkeling and underwater adventures. Additionally, for those interested in art, Little Harbour is the perfect place to visit, housing a small artist colony.
On the days you don’t have an excursion booked, there is still plenty to see. Each island is home to world-class beaches, native wildlife, spectacular landmarks, such as the Hope Town Lighthouse, and quaint towns full of history. Explorers young and old can spend their trip embracing the island life, learning about the Bahamas and interacting with locals.
The Abacos have something for everyone to enjoy, and the journey there can be just as special with Air Unlimited. To experience a unique spring break this year, consider flying to the hidden islands of the Bahamas in one of our luxury aircraft and arrive at your destination in style. By booking through Air Unlimited at www.airunlimited.com, you can have an unforgettable trip and be the envy of all your friends.
Right now, many travel enthusiasts are planning ahead and booking vacations for later in 2019. For example, January through March are the most popular months to book a tropical cruise, inspiring the travel industry to dub this time of year as ‘wave season’. However, for those of us who deal with sea sickness or simply want to have a more unique travel experience this year, there is another option to consider: choosing a boutique airline. Air Unlimited offers exclusive island flights that are luxurious, intimate, and best of all, affordable.
Flying in a lavish aircraft instead of taking a cruise is not only more spectacular, but it’s also faster, allowing travelers to spend more time on vacation, and less time worrying about getting there. Break out from the traditional cruise activities to discover the hidden gems of the Bahamas, where you’ll arrive after a quick flight feeling ready to explore everything the local cultures have to offer. With our nonstop flights to paradise, you’ll have more time than ever to enjoy new and exciting activities with your loved ones.
At Air Unlimited, we prefer quaint destinations to typical tourist hubs, which is why we offer daily flights to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, located in Abaco, Bahamas. These islands are perfect for someone who is looking for a range of activities but don’t want to fight the crowds. While visiting the Abacos, vacationers can go snorkeling, diving, and boating, or relax at high-end resorts and beaches.
While the Caribbean draws in tourists with beautiful ocean views and thrilling excursions, we understand that getting there is half the fun, too. Our crew focuses on elevating the guest experience to make each trip enjoyable and efficient. Arrive at our private hangar, valet your car for free and open the doors to our friendly staff, quick-check in desk and private waiting lounge. You’ll board the plane in no time, walking into the cabin to nine standalone seats, each situated to provide passengers with window views, plenty of legroom and adequate aisle space for ultimate comfort.
From the time you leave for vacation to the memories made in each destination, choosing a boutique airline over a cruise won’t disappoint. This year, book with Air Unlimited to experience a better way to travel and more vacation time – at affordable rates. Schedule a flight to the Abacos with us at www.flyairunlimited.com.
Bahamas’ Out Islands, which are escapes from the traditional tourism hubs of Nassau and Grand Bahama, have seen a 20 percent growth in visitor arrivals. This may surprise the average traveler, but at Air Unlimited, we completely understand why more people are forgoing the traditional idea of a Bahamian vacation and are choosing to book a flight to the Abaco Islands instead.
The Abaco Islands provide travelers with a more private and quaint vacation spot than the typical tourist hubs of the Bahamas. The Abacos boast quaint towns, boutique hotels, and gorgeous white sand beaches. The best part? Even with the recent increase in visitors, travelers are always able to find a beach chair. If you’re intrigued by this, the good news is that Air Unlimited flies directly to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, two beautiful destinations in the Abacos. Our crew can get you to paradise in little over an hour.
Marsh Harbour is the perfect destination for travelers looking to blend a relaxing beach vacation with the nightlife of a Bahamian city. Here, visitors will find plenty of restaurants, hotels, and bars to entertain them during their trip. In the day, visitors can head to one of many full-service marinas and rent a boat for a day on the water.
Treasure Cay is the perfect spot for scuba diving, snorkeling, water sports, or even a round of golf. If water sports and golf aren’t your things, feel free to check out Little Harbour, a protected bay known for its small artist colony, or spend the day relaxing on the sandy beaches instead.
We hope our insight into why more people are choosing the Abacos has you thinking about your next trip. If so, Air Unlimited offers a luxury flight to the Abaco Islands in our commuter planes, which comfortably seat up to nine passengers. Fly with us and enjoy free valet parking and by-passed security lines as well. Book your getaway now at www.flyairunlimited.com and experience a new kind of Bahamian vacation.
It sounds like a dream: whisking your loved one away on a luxury plane to a tropical island and spending Valentine’s Day with your feet in the sand. This dream can become a reality, thanks to our boutique airline, which offers daily flights to the Abacos at affordable prices.
No one wants to be fighting for a beach chair on what is supposed to be a relaxing and romantic vacation, which is why the Abaco Islands are the perfect destination for any couple looking to get away this Valentine’s Day. It’s warm and tropical, without the crowds you’d expect in the Bahamas, so you and your loved one can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful weekend together.
The Abaco Islands are known for having dozens of breathtaking destinations, which are easily accessible by boat or ferry. A couple of the most popular destinations include Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town. Marsh Harbour is the perfect place for anyone looking for city-like amenities in a small town. Treasure Cay is known for its powdery, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, while Hope Town boasts quaint and historic cottages, winding village paths, and plenty of tropical greenery.
Adventurous couples can book exciting island excursions, such as boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. On the other hand, couples looking for a more relaxed getaway can spend the day soaking up the sun on the white sandy beaches with a mimosa in hand. As the sun goes down, couples can spend romantic evenings watching the sunset and dining at their resort with champagne and chocolates.
Remember that luxury plane we mentioned? By flying Air Unlimited, couples can have an intimate, one-hour flight to the Abacos on one of our luxury, commuter planes that comfortably seat up to nine passengers. Couples will have a top-notch, romantic experience from the moment they arrive at our private hangar, greeted with free valet parking and by-passed security lines. We’ll have you boarding the plane within minutes of arrival. The best part: this private and luxurious experience costs about the same as flying commercial first class!
Air Unlimited’s boutique airline is ready to help create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for you and your partner. Ready to score major brownie points? Book your getaway now at www.flyairunlimited.com. Your partner is sure to feel special with a memorable gift like a trip to the Abacos!
We’re kicking off the New Year with a new service: small parcel delivery! Now, customers looking to ship packages to the Abacos can conveniently use Air Unlimited’s private plane delivery services, which fly daily. Our parcel services start at $50, making it the latest and greatest affordable shipping option for sending packages to the Bahamas.
Through Air Unlimited shipping, customers can easily send parcels up to 50 lbs. from Sanford, FL to the Abaco Islands. Shipping typically takes 4 – 7 days from receipt of parcel, but expedited shipping may also be available upon request for an additional charge.
Customers interested in sending a package can visit our new landing page at www.shipairunlimited.com. Here, you will find a quick online form to fill out, and a member of our team will get in touch shortly to confirm shipping details. You can also read more about our Terms & Conditions and view a complete list of permitted/prohibited items for air shipment.
Our team is proud to announce this new delivery system, as we continue to expand our unique private plane offerings to better serve our fantastic customers. Air Unlimited’s full list of services now includes daily island flights, custom charters, organ transportation flights, and small parcel delivery to the Abacos islands.
Some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions involve eating healthier, losing weight and being happier. In 2019, step out of the norm and resolve to travel more instead – starting with a flight to the Abacos! Booking a trip to this tropical destination can help jump-start your 2019 travel plans and check off resolutions, such as:
- Create New Memories
- Traveling creates memories that last a lifetime, making it time well spent. You can take solo trips throughout the year for creating more personal memories and group trips to share memories with loved ones. When reflecting on all of your special memories at the end of the year, you’ll be glad that you made traveling a New Year’s resolution.
- Explore ‘Hidden Gems’
- This travel resolution will help you adventure to more quaint places, like the islands of the Abacos. These types of destinations often end up feeling extra special to guests, who feel like they discovered one of the world’s best-kept secrets.
- Experience Different Cultures
- Anytime you travel somewhere new, you have the opportunity to experience the local community’s culture. Enjoying everything the region has to offer from foods and entertainment to dialect and traditions that can teach you about other ways of life. Make it part of your travel resolutions to embrace every new culture you meet in 2019.
- Slow Down and Relax
- Rushing through crowded airports, jumping from city to city too quickly and jam-packing your schedule at every destination can make traveling stressful. In 2019, aim to slow down and relax during your trips. Choose hassle-free options whenever possible, such as choosing Air Unlimited’s private flights over commercial carriers. During your trip, plan time to rejuvenate at a local beach, park or spa – you’ll be happy you did.
- Be Adventurous
- Balancing relaxation with adventure helps keep your trips refreshing and exciting at the same time. Don’t be afraid to try something new, book a spontaneous excursion or switch up your usual plans. 2019 is the year for being more adventurous!
Take the first step toward a travel-filled year by booking a flight to the Abacos today, where you’ll start the year off by relaxing in one of the most beautiful settings. You can save on tickets by purchasing our limited-time coupon book, available in 6 and 10 round-trip ticket options. Click here for more information.
One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season is to travel with friends and family to a festive destination, such as the Abacos. These quaint and charming islands host a variety of holiday events throughout the season, welcoming guests to celebrate with the local community. Book a trip to the Abacos for the holidays, and you’ll share unforgettable memories with your loved ones while mingling old traditions with new-found ones.
Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, and Hope Town are a few hotspots in the Abacos that are offering exciting ways to celebrate the holidays in paradise this year. Each island is known for its breathtaking beaches, bustling shops, and friendly people. If you’re looking to travel to one of these tropical destinations this month, here are some of the holiday events that await you:
- 13th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival
- Date: December 4th
- Location: Baic Park in Marsh Harbour
- Details: This festival kicks off the holiday season with an arts and crafts bazaar, food court, and performances, all starting at noon.
- ‘Tis the Season in Treasure Cay
- Date: December 8th
- Location: Clipper Park in Treasure Cay
- Details: Enjoy a golf cart parade at 6:30 p.m., a tree lighting and caroling ceremony at 7:30 p.m., and delightful shopping and food throughout the evening.
- The Christmas Village
- Date: December 16 – 18th
- Location: Hope Town
- Details: From 6 – 9 p.m. each evening, enjoy seasonal treats, carolers, food, and entertainment, amongst the decorated marketplace.
- Decorated Boat Parade
- Date: December 20th
- Location: Treasure Cay Marina
- Details: Starting at 6:30 p.m., dazzling boats will cruise the marina with holiday lights and cheer.
- New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade
- Date: January 1st, 2019
- Location: New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay
- Details: Starting at noon and lasting all day, listen to the sounds of island music and enjoy the display of colorful costumes and parades to celebrate the New Year. Regular transfers by the Green Turtle Ferry from Treasure Cay will be available throughout the day.
These events, and more invite you to experience the holidays in a new and spectacular way. Book a trip to the Abacos with Air Unlimited and your relaxing vacation will start the moment you arrive at our private hangar. We offer the luxury of free parking, quick check-in, free luggage up to 40 pounds and spacious seating with window views, so there’s no need to stress during your travel to paradise.
Just in time for holiday booking, Air Unlimited is offering a coupon book, available in 6 and 10 round-trip ticket options. You can purchase online today!
We’re only a few weeks away from The Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival, a spectacular songwriter festival held each year in Hope Town, Bahamas to support local charities. Book a flight to the Abacos for this fun-filled event, taking place December 7 – 12, and delight in top musical talent with a tropical view. Best of all, know that your participation helps give back to this wonderful island community.
Friends and families heading to the event can expect to enjoy an assortment of music, food, and fun while overlooking the gorgeous island scenery. Celebrating its fifth year running, the festival has attracted an impressive line-up of songwriters since its establishment in 2013. In fact, this talented line-up has collectively written over 150 #1 hit singles! Each day special performances will take place in various island hotspots, including:
- Friday, December 7: Hope Town Harbour Lodge at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8: Harbour’s Edge at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9: Abaco Inn at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9: Hope Town Inn & Marina at 8 p.m.
In addition to enjoying the festival, island visitors are invited to try all of the outstanding beaches, restaurants, shops and excursions that Hope Town has to offer. Most destinations around the island are easily accessible by foot, but for those looking for faster transportation, Hope Town Cart Rentals offers reliable cart services. There are also ferries available for island hopping.
This time of year, travel services and accommodations tend to sell-out in the Bahamas for events like The Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival, so it’s important to start booking now to secure a spot. Flying with Air Unlimited, you can arrive in style to celebrate the brilliant songwriters and island activities taking place. Don’t wait until it’s too late, and make sure to book online today!
With daily flights to the Abacos, Air Unlimited offers golf enthusiasts the chance to experience some of the most beautiful golfing destinations, including courses situated on the quaint islands of Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Each course is a golfer’s paradise, featuring spectacular oceanfront landscapes that attract players from around the world.
In Marsh Harbour, golfers will delight in the voted #1 golf course in The Bahamas. The Abaco Club on Winding Bay’s direct views of the sea and ideal climate for enjoying the outdoors is a highly sought-after course. In addition to its 18-hole championship golf course, the club features a world-class practice facility, which allows guests to work on their perfect shot and offers instructional programs and private lessons that are led by PGA professional staff. Outside of these golfing venues, the club has created a community fit for the entire family. Locals and guests alike can enjoy luxury spa treatments, fine dining, tennis courts, water sports, travel excursions and long walks on the beach.
At the heart of Treasure Cay, the Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort is conveniently situated around local shops, restaurants, and bars for a fun day of golfing and relaxation. Golfing alongside the coastline offers a gorgeous backdrop of tropical trees, a refreshing beach breeze and the scent of salty sea air. Golf carts are available and the course is generally uncrowded, so no tee times are necessary. Stretching nearly 7,000 yards, this golf course invites guests to experience a day of golf unlike any other.
The incoming coastal winds at both of these renown golf resorts present a unique challenge for golfers trying to hit a straight shot, making it a fun test of strategy and precision. Tournaments are periodically held on each island throughout the year for players of all levels.
For golfers looking to book a trip to the Abacos, Air Unlimited can fly you there in style. Our private flights will whisk you away to a golfer’s paradise in just over an hour. You will experience the perks of flying private – including free luggage (up to 40 lbs.), free valet parking and quick check-in – at commercial prices. You can reserve a ticket online today!
Bahamas Independence Day is quickly approaching, and the locals are gearing up for week-long celebrations. This holiday commemorates the day when the Bahamas became a fully independent nation, separating from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973. Catch a flight to the Bahamas with Air Unlimited and be part of another year of historic celebrations.
The Bahamas underwent 325 years of British rule. It was a long and mostly peaceful process, and in 1964, Great Britain granted The Islands of The Bahamas limited self-government. This was after years of legal maneuvering and debates. In 1969, the Bahamas finally became a British Commonwealth, which effectively ended colonial rule. Four years later, the Bahama Islands gained complete independence from Great Britain and became its own nation on July 10, 1973. Today, the Bahamas remain a member of The Commonwealth of Nations.
Independence Day on the islands is celebrated for a week leading up to July 10th with a mix of parties and official government events. Carnival parades and Junkanoo are celebrated across the hundreds of Bahamian islands. Junkanoo – a combination of costumes, music, and dance – is an integral part of Bahamian celebrations like Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The origin of Junkanoo is still debated on frequently, but one thing is certain: the celebrations are spectacular. Colorful costumes made of cardboard and crepe paper take the streets by storm with music made by goatskin drums, cowbells, whistles, and horns.
No celebration is complete without food and drinks. Happy hour at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour is a crowd favorite where you can get fresh seafood and a tropical drink overlooking the ocean. Gaffner’s in Elbow Cay is another favorite local spot with daily seafood and drink specials, and live music located waterside at the Seaspray Resort & Marina. If you’re looking for a something more relaxing, or a way to recover from the festivities, Hope Town Inn & Marina offers yoga every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. It’s the perfect way to start your day, balanced and ready to gear up for the island fun.
Flights and hotels book fast in the Bahamas during times of celebration, so don’t miss out on a flight to the Bahamas this July. This is the perfect opportunity to be immersed in Bahamian culture and still find time to relax in the tranquil Abaco islands. Call +1 407-585-4300 to join the fun!
As we all get ready to gather with family and loved ones this Thanksgiving, the Air Unlimited team wanted to share what we’re thankful for this year. From being excited to go to work every day to helping people create unforgettable memories on our private planes, there is a lot for us to be grateful for.
Co-Founder and Pilot Chick Gregg and his wife Lisa: “We’re thankful for our family’s health after a year that has brought us closer together.”
Office Manager Melissa Manchester: “I’m forever thankful for my husband, RJ. No matter what is going on in life, he always manages to make me smile and laugh. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with our amazing team at Air Unlimited. I’m thankful for family, the time we get to spend together and for friends that have turned into family.”
Co-Founder and Pilot Mark Neubauer: “I am thankful for God, my Family, our Company and all our loyal passengers!”
We get the opportunity to not only work with a spectacular team here at Air Unlimited, but also to serve some amazing customers. The second you step into our private hangar, you become part of our extended family. Our lives are enriched by making your experience on our private planes unlike any other. We’re thankful for each and every one of you who has flown with us over the years. We look forward to continuing to serve you wherever your vacation dreams may lead you.
Alan Rodney Griffin has lived all over the globe, and three of his passions have remained consistent throughout his travels: aviation, Africa and his faith. There were many times over the course of his career where these passions overlapped in his work as a pilot. Air Unlimited is happy to have this seasoned pilot offering flights to the Abaco Islands from the Orlando-Sanford International Airport.
Alan’s passion for flying started when he was just 11 years old. He watched a film strip about missionaries who were killed in Ecuador with Nate Saint as their pilot. Saint’s bravery and commitment inspired Alan at a very young age, and he strived to consistently embody these traits throughout his career. He began his journey to become a pilot in 1968 after leaving his home in the UK to live in South Africa. He began teaching at St. Mary’s School in Nairobi where he taught the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He tirelessly worked and saved up enough money to pursue his dreams.
By 1974 he received his private pilot license in Kenya. Alan, a man of many passions, knew it was time to move on to his next goal. Before he was able to teach in Nairobi, Alan had to go through a teacher training course. He was satisfied with this career, but he had aspirations to attend a university and expand his knowledge of aviation, which would provide more opportunities. One year after earning his private pilot license, Alan moved to Texas to attend Le Tourneau University. This was the start of even greater things for Alan. He received a Bachelor of Science in aviation and bible studies, met his wife Ruth and began working at the Gregg County Airport in Longview, Texas.
His commitment to aviation education led Alan back to Africa once again. He continued his flight training and worked in commercial aviation in Kenya. During his time there, Alan used every flight as a learning experience. This is a method of thought he still practices to this day.
Now, Alan, Ruth and their two oldest children live in Orlando. Alan’s newest venture is working with Air Unlimited piloting flights to the Abaco Islands. As a contract pilot, he has made many flights to the Abaco Islands, but he is looking forward to traveling there for pleasure instead of work. Prior to working with Air Unlimited, Alan had only visited Treasure Cay, Staniel Cay and Exuma for a photoshoot of the EADS Socata TBM 850, a high performance single engine turboprop.
In Alan’s many successful years as a pilot, he has yet to visit one destination that he can call his absolute favorite. He does have one major life goal in mind, though. New Zealand is more than 8,000 miles from Orlando over open ocean, but with dedication, Alan hopes to find a way to pilot a plane there. He has more goals on the horizon like piloting more gliders, amphibian flying, and learning how to fly a helicopter. It’s easy for him to stay motivated and inspired while working with Air Unlimited. He also keeps a healthy work-life balance and spends time gardening, exercising, helping his church, and of course being a couch potato when the opportunity presents itself.
Keep an eye out for Alan on your next flight to the Abaco Islands! If you’re looking for a good story, don’t hesitate to ask him about his many travels abroad.
Aviation has always been important to Air Unlimited Pilot, Dave Owen, so it was no surprise that he enrolled in private pilot ground school at just 16 years old. His grandparents opened the very first airport in his hometown of Wabash, IN, and Dave spent much of his time there watching and learning anything he could. After completing ground school, Dave planned to continue his education and attend flight school, but was unable to afford it at the time. After a few years of hard work and a strict money-saving plan, he was finally able to continue following his dreams, and he graduated from flight school at the young age of 26. This gave him the necessary experience and qualifications to fly everything Air Unlimited offers, from scheduled service to aircraft charters.
While never letting his passion for flying falter, Dave also decided he wanted to follow another passion path he had grown up envisioning. He worked in law enforcement for many years, keeping his community safe. Once he retired from the police force, he knew it was time to make aviation his life priority once again. Dave feels like he truly found his place at Air Unlimited and definitely isn’t complaining about the perks of the job. He had never been to the Abacos before joining the Air Unlimited team, but island life quickly became something he fell in love with. He began embracing his adventurous side and started boating, water skiing and even barefoot skiing, every chance he had. In fact, he loves water skiing so much that he’d love to become a coach in the unlikely event that he ever loses his passion for flying. However, enjoying island life isn’t the only part of the job that Dave loves. He says the customers and his colleagues at Air Unlimited are what make the job outstanding.
Dave also keeps a very healthy work-life balance, which is important while working in one of the most stressful industries in America. He always tries to go swimming or work out after particularly stressful days and take many vacations with his family. Dave’s perfect vacation would be anywhere in the world with his wife and all of his kids. He has vacationed in Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay, and he can’t wait to explore more local towns during his time off. He also hopes to bring his dogs on the next vacation, as they are now “seasoned” flight dogs.
Dave says his next destination will be anywhere that has plenty of sun, sand and surf. Lucky for him, Air Unlimited is expanding its service to North Eleuthera in the Bahamas Out Islands in April 2018. Look for Dave on your next flight with Air Unlimited!
What can make your 90-minute flight to the Bahamas even better? Gadgets! As you settle into one of Air Unlimited’s comfy aircraft cabins and sink into the over-sized loungers, you’ll want a few gadgets to keep you energized and powered up for your vacation. From headphones, to solar powered backpacks to an E-reader, we’ve got it all. Check out these top must have gadgets below.
There are hundreds of headphones on the market today – in-ear, over-ear, waterproof, noise cancelling, rechargeable and the list goes on. A good choice for a flight to the Bahamas is the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. It is budget friendly and perfect for when packing light on a trip. They cancel up to 90% of noise so you can enjoy your favorite playlist.
After listening to music for an hour on your smartphone, your battery is bound to drain. The Anker PowerCore 10000 is a great gadget to have in your bag helping to keep you powered up all through the flight and long after you land in the Abacos. This is another budget friendly gadget, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank before you’re even on your vacation. This power bank is about the size of a credit card so it can easily fit into any bag or your pocket.
If you want a portable charging option that’s more versatile than a power bank, the BirkSun bookbag is the way to go. This water-resistant backpack comes with a built-in 3,000 MAH battery you can charge separately and a solar panel that creates 1% phone charge for every two minutes in sunlight. For all day adventures, such as beach hopping in Treasure Cay, this bag will hold a towel, sunscreen, two water bottles and more all while using sustainable energy to keep your phone charged all day.
A 90-minute flight is the perfect excuse to get lost in a book while flying over the Atlantic. The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is a great option allowing you to enjoy your favorite book without a glare. The Kindle is lightweight and only six inches tall, so it’s very easy to transport. The battery charge lasts for weeks, so if your ideal vacation looks like lying on the beach with a book and a tropical drink, the Kindle will be there every step of the way.
Air Unlimited is happy to offer suggestions for island activities and answer any questions you may have. Give them a call at 407-585-4300.
Charles “Chick” Gregg is co-owner and captain at Air Unlimited, and anyone who speaks with him can immediately see that he has a true passion for flying. A lover of all things plane-related, Chick knew he wanted to be a pilot as a small boy while flying right seat with his father.
After graduating from UF with a degree in civil engineering, Chick began his flying career at 27 years old piloting a Bonanza, visiting job sites across the southeast US. After many years of owning and running successful businesses in construction and homebuilding, while enjoying his love of recreational flying, retirement came early. It was then that his flying passion turned into a new career.
Having traveled to the Bahamas many times over the last 30 years, Chick had a deep connection with the island life, especially the Bahama’s best kept secret: The Abaco Islands. Knowing the travel industry lacked reliable transportation directly to and from these scenic islands, Chick joined forces with co-founder, Mark Neubauer, to launch Air Unlimited Charter Services. This airline brand is complete with an aircraft fleet that flies guests from the Orlando Sanford International Airport directly to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay in the Abaco Islands in less than 90 minutes without the “big airport” hassle. Aside from the scheduled island service, Air Unlimited is also known for its customizable and dependable charter service, featuring a private jet where you can often find Chick positioned in the left seat as Captain.
Chick has always loved to travel, so being able to pilot his own private jet to Hope Town, or take his family to one of the nearby famous sights in the Abacos, is just another perk of the job.
On any given day, you can find Chick sitting behind the desk at his airport office working the numbers for the business or solving problems, and always wearing many hats. “Our customers are the reason I continue to work hard to improve Air Unlimited’s service each day,” said Chick. “They often become like family.”
Another favorite “job” he routinely performs is quoting and piloting charter and private jet flights.
Chick is committed to growing new services, such as their Organ Transport Medical Flights. “These flights are making a difference in people’s lives, which we take very seriously,” said Chick. “The responsibility means a lot to our entire team.”
When Chick isn’t flying, he’s usually still thinking about flying – as a true pilot would do. In his spare time, he is building an aircraft with his three sons. Chick is dedicated to his work, but he does know how to relax and often travels to his home in Colorado with his wife, Lisa, and their two yellow labs, who travel in style, thanks to their “pilot dad.” While there, he enjoys relaxing, as well as skiing and entertaining friends. He frequently enjoys spending time with his four children and their spouses, four grandchildren and his amazing mother-in-law. Closer to home, Chick’s other go-to destination is his farm in Georgia, where he flies routinely with his brother and other good friends to hunt or work the land.
Chick and Lisa enjoy traveling nationally and internationally, often with groups of friends to celebrate important milestones. Chick’s list of destinations is quite extensive, but says his favorite trip involves visiting Napa Valley, California.
While Air Unlimited’s focus is on flights to the Abacos, Chick’s dream destination is to pilot his private jet to Europe with his wife. He has the ambition and the tools so it probably won’t be long before it becomes the Gregg’s next big adventure!
A bachelorette party in a tropical land; a last-minute vacation for a family of five; an important business trip a few states away. What do all of these have in common? Each of these trips – no matter how different their intent, length or party size – could all benefit from travelling via an aircraft charter. The difference in flying via a commercial airplane or an aircraft charter could mean the ability to guarantee a family with small or nervous children the chance to fly together in privacy. It could be the perfect start to a weekend in paradise instead of experiencing the hassle of lost baggage and delayed flights. It could even mean more presentation practice to ensure sealing a big business deal while arriving stress-free before a very important meeting.
Air Unlimited may be known for hassle free and easily enjoyed scheduled seating, but the airline also offers custom chartered flights. Both options receive the highest amount of customer service and the benefits of flying privately, but a charter service is the best way to have a completely customizable flight experience. Charters ensure that your party is the only one on the aircraft, which is why they are the perfect option for families or groups looking for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Flying with small children can already be a challenge, and unneeded pressure is added when fellow passengers deliver disgruntled stares if a child is in distress. When flying via an aircraft charter, there are no passengers on the plane, so children can be comforted without the addition of parental stress. Chartered flights can also be more enjoyable for groups like college friends travelling back to their alma mater and want to vocally reminisce the whole ride there.
Passengers of chartered flights are not limited to travelling strictly from Sanford, FL to Marsh Harbour or Treasure Cay either. Because these flights are completely customizable, you are able to pick which airports you leave from and fly into, as well as the date and time for all flights. If you are flying to a destination for a very short amount of time, you can even arrange for the pilot and aircraft to wait for your party and fly back the same day. Talk about VIP!
What could be better than flying to your vacation destination with four of your best friends in a private aircraft charter? Doing all of this while eating bruschetta and drinking champagne at 39,000 feet! Gone are the days of peanuts and ginger ale, aircraft charters with Air Unlimited allow catering services for the ultimate luxury experience.
For more information about the aircraft charters offered at Air Unlimited, head here and be sure to call us for additional information at (407) 585-4300.