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COPA BAHAMAS ADVENTURE 2019

Fly Your Cirrus to Treasure Cay, Abaco Island

COPA Bahamas Adventure 2019

May 1-5, 2019
Treasure Cay Resort & Marina/Bahamas Beach Club
Treasure Cay, The Bahamas

We are excited to announce the dates and highlights for the COPA Bahamas Adventure 2019.  This will be the 15th year COPA has organized a trip to the Bahamas, and it promises to be a great trip.  We have two terrific hotels to choose from with fun events planned. 

If this is your first time going to the Bahamas, don’t worry.  We have arranged for a flight briefing on Wednesday, May 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to provide an easy and fun experience in international flying.  And flying with a group of fellow COPA members and their families is a great way to meet new friends and learn how easy it is to travel to and from the Islands of the Bahamas.  We'll stay overnight in Fort Lauderdale and depart on Thursday morning, May 2 for Treasure Cay airport (MYAT).

Treasure Cay is one of the most popular destinations in the Out Islands. Off Great Abaco's east coast, it boasts not only 3 1/2 miles of spectacular white sand beach, called by National Geographic to be among the top 10 beaches in The Bahamas, but also one of the largest marinas in the Commonwealth.  Best of all, it’s only about 150 nm from the Florida coast to Treasure Cay Airport (MYAT) so it’s only about a one hour flight until you are enjoying the sun and fun of Treasure Cay.

Once again, we are offering two hotels – the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina and the Bahamas Beach Club.  The hotel rooms of the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina are on the Marina side with the shops and main restaurant but the resort’s beach and a beach club/restaurant/bar are just a 5-minute walk from your door; The Bahamas Beach Club is on the beach and offers 2 to 5 bedroom condo rentals. Both are beautiful hotels with pools, restaurants and beaches.  You will pay a little more at the Bahamas Beach Club because it is on the beach and the units have multiple bedrooms. You also might want to consider sharing the room cost with another couple. Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina is more economical and has the traditional old Bahamas experience. We will be having events at both hotels which are located next to each other.  The distance between the two hotels are about a 15 minute walk - -either down the road or down the beach!  Or you might also want to inquire at your hotel choice about renting a golf cart for transportation.  Please check out both hotel descriptions below as well as the hotel web sites to select your hotel. 

Destination Hotel Packages

May 1-5, 2019

Please make hotel reservations directly with both Bahamas and Florida hotels by March 15th.

In order to get the special group rates and discounts, you must call the hotel directly and cannot make reservations via web sites -- except the Fort Lauderdale hotel which you must make the reservation using the online link.  (Taxes, gratuities and resort fees are not included.)

Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina (May 2-5,2019) – Enjoy the old Bahamas out-island experience at economical rates.  Hotel has multiple restaurant options, Typsy Seagull bar; pool, beach club and village shops including a grocery store.  Accommodations at Treasure Cay Resort include standard rooms, deluxe rooms and 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suites; offering a choice of garden or marina views. All rooms feature amenities to ensure a comfortable island stay. Suites also offer complete kitchens, a living area with private balcony and multiple bathrooms. COPA received 20 percent discount from room rates. For reservations call 1-800-327-1584 or 1-954-525-7711 and ask for Yesy and request the COPA Bahamas Fly-in rate.  For more info on the hotel, go to TreasureCay.com

Bahama Beach Club (May 2-5, 2019)  - Bahama Beach Club offers a variety of modern luxury beachfront condominiums for rent. Condo windows open to island breezes and private screened lanais overlook palm trees and the sparkling turquoise Bahamian sea. For your comfort and convenience, all our spacious, luxury condo rentals include fully-equipped kitchens, cable TV, FREE & Unlimited in-room Long Distance calling to the USA & Canada, FREE high speed wireless internet, laundry, and daily housekeeping service. COPA is offered a special rate of: $358.50 for a three-bedroom/two bath condo unit but you may also inquire about other unit configurations and separate pricing.  For reservations call 1-800-284-0382 and mention you are seeking the special “COPA pilot group” discount.  For more info on the resort, go to www.BahamaBeachClub.com

Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Ft. Lauderdale  (Wednesday, May 1, 2019)  - Please make your reservation via this group registration link to receive the COPA special $109 per night group rate. No need to rent a car.  COPA has arranged with Banyan FBO to provide a transportation shuttle from the FBO to the hotel on Wednesday as well as return transfer from the hotel back to the FBO for our Thursday morning departure to the Bahamas. Please note this rate is available on April 28 if you want to come early and enjoy a few days in Fort Lauderdale.

REGISTRATION & DINNER TICKET PLUS OPTIONAL BOAT TRIP
Cost
: $90 per person covers airport transfers in Florida and welcome receptions in Florida and Treasure Cay.  During registration, you will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Friday night COPA Bahamian Night Dinner on the beach for $75 per person.  On Saturday morning, we are offering an optional boat trip to Green Turtle Cay to visit the town, shop and have lunch. The cost is $50 per person. The registration fee, dinner tickets and boat trip fee are refundable if cancelled prior to April 1, 2019.  Hotel reservations are not included.  You must make hotel reservations directly with the hotel. 

There is a discussion thread on the COPA website here (members only).

Optional Add-on Trip to Dominican Republic May 5-8

OPTIONAL ADD-ON TRIP TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AFTER BAHAMAS: COPA is once again partnering with Caribbean Flying Adventures to offer the opportunity for COPA members to fly even farther south in the Caribbean to the Dominican Republic. In 2013, we had eight COPA members fly their airplanes to the "DR" after the Bahamas and all had a fantastic time so don't miss out on this unique experience. On Sunday, May 5 we will fly from Treasure Cay, Bahamas (MYAT) to La Romana (MDLR) in the Dominican Republic (includes fuel stop in Stella Maris, Bahamas - MYLS). Jim Parker has arranged to have the Dominican Republic waive airport fees and departure taxes for our group. Even better, we have a tremendous all-inclusive hotel rate of $239 per person at Casa de Campo, a four-star luxury resort. Please go to the website to check out the wonderful resort. There will be an optional side trip to Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital and the oldest city in the western hemisphere. We are also exploring a side trip to an eco-resort with zip lining if there is enough interest. If you are interested, click here for more details on the trip and register directly on the Caribbean Flying Adventures website. The registration fee is $425 per plane and includes cost of optional side trips. We will make sure COPA members are identified to Caribbean Flying Adventures. The return flight to the US is on Wednesday, May 8 (or opt to stay longer on your own).



Click the "Logistics" and "Itinerary" tabs for more information


Itinerary

Wednesday, May 1 - Group Arrival Day in Florida

TBD - Arrive on your own during the day at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Banyan Air Service FBO.  Banyan will provide shuttle transportation to Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Hotel. 

6:00 PM – Welcome Reception and Bahamas Flight Briefing, Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, 555 NW 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL


HOTEL – Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, 555 NW 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Special COPA rate of $109 per room.  Please make reservation via web link under "logistics" tab.

 Thursday, May 2 – Depart for Treasure Cay Airport, Bahamas

7:00 AM – Shuttle Transportation begins to Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE).  (There will be multiple trips to take the entire group.  The airport is a short 5 minute ride.)

Morning – Individual departures for Treasure Cay Airport (MYAT).

On Arrival – Welcome Refreshments hosted by Bahamas Tourism Ministry at Treasure Cay Airport (MYAT) & Taxis to hotels.

7:00 PM – Welcome Reception hosted by Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.  Then dinner on your own at one of Treasure Cay's excellent restaurants.

Friday, May 3, 2019

7:00 PM – COPA Bahamian Night Dinner on the Beach, Treasure Cay Hotel Beach Club.  Please buy dinner ticket separately when registering online for trip.



Saturday, May 4, 2019
OPTIONAL SIDE ACTIVITY
9:30 AM – Boat trip to Green Turtle Cay for shopping, touring and lunch.  Meet at Treasure Cay Marina Dock.

7:00 PM  - Cocktails at Bahama Beach Club.  Then dinner on your own at one of the Island's great restaurants.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Return to U.S. (or Stay in the Caribbean).


10:00 AM – Taxis to Treasure Cay Airport (MYAT)

Note: if participating in Optional Add-on Trip to the Dominican Republic, a separate itinerary will be email to you.

Late morning – Individual departures for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE).

On Arrival – U.S. Customs Processing then return to home airport.

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