, founder + creator of The 700 Experience is a destined-to-be authority of resort travel, style & connoisseurship in the islands of The Bahamas. As a direct descendant of United Empire Loyalists, a family that dates back 6 generations to landfall in the Bahamas in 1789, she travels through time with all of the strength and power of those who came before her  to herald the islands’ beauty, sanctity and progress.

Ralph Lauren once wrote “It strikes me that many people may dream of leaving high-profile lives in New York or London to go and live on a tropical island, but very few actually do it – or have the imagination and creativity to make it work.”

These are words for which she did not gain a true respect for until her departure from New York City in the Spring of 2010, a time when she would return to her birthplace, Nassau the capital of The Bahamas to do just that, make. it. work.

And so the story goes…

After completing an education abroad with a degree in marketing Vanessa sought the quintessential New York experience – living and working in the fashion capital of the world. In Summer 2009, she accepted an internship turned career at Full Picture, a full-fledged multimedia company at the crossroads of the fashion and lifestyle industries. This is where her career first took shape as a publicist to high-profile clients Victoria’s Secret, Hilary Rhoda and fashion week title sponsor Mercedes-Benz (USA).

However, fate and irony would have it, that she’d find her road to self-discovery was not to take place in a metropolitan city rich with sidewalk culture but on a familiar island shore. As writer George Moore once said, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” Once back she’d land on her feet at the famed mega-resort Atlantis and there she’d join a dynamic team with a cutting-edge understanding of the value in creating, marketing, and publicizing one-of-a-kind experiences. Overtime though she would become familiar with the 20/80 career rule, bringing her to the decision to leave the tug of the corporate world behind to launch The 700 Experience.

“I realized The Bahamas was my dearest subject and given my career to date the next logical step was to establish a platform on which I could publicize + market the authentic experiences, unique lifestyle and rich culture of The Bahamas. There are unchartered waters here for me, much of The Bahamas I have yet to discover, and to some degree the same can be said about myself. But here is what I do know, from here on I choose to be island bound and with each step discovery will take place on a different shore, unlike many things in our lives that are over-commercialized, the unique experiences of The Bahamas are not one of them.”

As she leaves she intones, “as my dearest form of expression my blog continues to evolve and I with it.”

Be a part of the experience.

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  • Laura Young

    Amazing Vanessa! Congrats on everything!!! Xx

    • Vanessa

      Thank you for being such a fan! x

  • Page

    I expected nothing but the best from you!! Its Fabulous!! You should be so proud!!

    • Vanessa

      The highest of compliments! Thank you for all the support sweet gal. x

  • Jessica Dexter

    Your blog makes me miss the island! Beautiful work.

    • Vanessa

      Thank you. Must say, they make for quite an easy subject! x

  • Caru Jones

    Looks AMAZING Ness!!! Best of luck!! xoxoxo

    • Vanessa

      Thank you sweet gal! x

  • Noelle Pursel

    Vanessa, this is so wonderful and inspiring! I can’t wait to see what is to come! You go girl! xoxo

    • Vanessa

      Noelle, thank you! Hope you find some Island “I DO” inspiration on here! x

  • Susan Stein

    This is a beautiful story about a beautiful and special woman.
    Vanessa is inspirational.

    • Vanessa

      Susan – as are you. Thank you for the kind words and support. x

  • http://www.jeanniemcqueeny.com Eugenie Nuttall

    As one Island Gal to another: there really is nowhere like home! I know that you’re going to go far and wide with this, but the sand will always be in your shoes. You make us all proud!

    • Vanessa

      Genie, from one Island Gal to another – you are such an inspiration! Thank you for the constant support and encouraging words. xxVP

  • jackie Bell

    Beautiful Ness xxxxx

    • Vanessa

      Thank you! x

  • Frances Aberle

    I think you have created a wonderful site and insite to the Bahamas for many people. Good luck and I know you will succeed.

    • Vanessa

      A true labour of love! Thank you. x

  • Bill Patterson

    How cool! Keep it up and good luck Ness!

    • Vanessa

      Bill, thank you! x

  • http://www.caciqueweddings.com shawn m. sawyer

    Finally – Vanessa opens the pandora box of style – class – inspiration and authenticity all of which I she will master in and throughout this site!!!! Sheer Brilliance Vanessa – you have my vote and keep that island buzz alive for us!!!

    • Vanessa

      Shawn, the highest of compliments coming from the man of style + class. The creator of buzz worthy inspiration + authentic experiences! Thank you. x

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bahamian-Art-Culture/177752425612038 Dionne Benjamin-Smith

    Love your site. It’s lovely to look at and a very interesting read. Keep up the great work!

    • Vanessa

      Dionne, thank you for such a lovely comment. I love reading the Bahamian Art & Culture newsletter. Keep it up and hope our paths cross in the future! xxVP

  • http://sindhichef.blogspot.in/ Bharat Mirchandani

    Loved reading your blog-it’s so inspiring and BTW-I tried your Jade Vodka recipe-turned out awesome!!!

    • Vanessa

      Bharat, so excited to hear you are following + find the blog inspiring! Experiencing a serious case of envy over here, loving your photographs and your ability to capture food + objects so beautifully, great Flickr page as well! That Jade Martini is sinful, glad you enjoy it! xxVP

  • http://www.hgchristie.com Elizabeth Higgs Mabon

    Hi Vanessa:
    Your website is creative and so well done and thought out. Kudos to you!

    • Vanessa

      Elizabeth – Thank you for such the lovely compliment and for following! The experience continues! xxVP

  • http://facebook.com/lilredhouse Kayla

    loving this site!! My husband Jake and I enjoy everything about the bahamas and after our first trip to Eleuthera it was clear that we had to make it our home. Our friends think we are nutty for taking such a big step but the “Lil Red House” has given us heaven on earth. Cant wait to hear more from you.
    facebook.com/lilredhouse

    • Vanessa

      Thank you Kayla! Love that you and your husband took such a big leap and you couldn’t have chosen a better island! Will be sure to let you know when I’m next headed your way! xxVP

  • http://tribune242.com Jenny Pinder

    Yo Da Bomb!!! Keep up the Fantastic work!! Love reading about the adventures!

    • Vanessa

      Thanks for all the support Jenny! xxVP

  • jason kalen

    After having dinner with you at mohagany and hearing you were going to planning this blog and here it is! Well done I love reading it xx

    • Vanessa

      Jason – that seems forever ago as so much has changed now that the blog is a reality! So glad to hear you love reading it, I love writing it! Please let me know when you are next on the island as I would love to see you! xxVP

  • http://www.lubberslanding.com Austin

    Next time you’re in Abaco stop by and check us out at Lubbers’ Landing… Abaco’s Eco-Resort with a very cool bar/restaurant on the water. Your first fresh squeezed margarita’s on the house:)

    • Vanessa

      Austin – when I was last at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge Mike Hartman was raving about your resort – will be sure to get there on my next visit! I taste a WindDown Wednesday cocktail in the works! xxVP

  • Carla McCombe

    Just discovered this. Fantastic. Now a favourite. Thank you!

    • Vanessa

      Thank you for being a part of the experience Carla. xxVP

  • Susan Kelly

    Vanessa – Amazing is all I can think of right now!!!!! I am so proud of you and so thankful Jill let me know all about the 700 Experience. I will be keeping an eye on you…LOL Peace & Love, Susan

  • Brud/Lori Hodgkins

    Finally checked out 700 X. Will become the one stop Bahamas source for ” Taste”. If it’s good Vanessa will know it, and let us know about it. ‘brud’& Lori

  • Lauren Greaves

    So great meeting you today! Youre Amazing!!!!

  • Shelley Malone

    Sophisticated and fun. Enjoyed the website.

  • http://www.Meganwallin.com megan Wallin

    Hello my name is Megan. I am getting married in Harbour Island May 25th, 2014 @ Coral Sands.

    I am having a very difficult time finding bands to play at the reception.

    I appreciate any guidance you can give me.

    Thanks, Megan

    • Vanessa

      Hello Megan – congratulations on our upcoming nuptials, such a beautiful location. I have sent an email to you with the contact information for Rocky + Ersley and Daddy D.

      Please let me know if I can help with anything else.
      xxVP

  • Natalie

    Great blog Vanessa!
    My husband and I are leaving soon for our very-delayed honeymoon to the Bahamas; I stumbled across your blog and promptly spent the entire day reading every post and jotting down notes of what to do, where to go and what to eat! Thank you so much for this informative and gorgeous blog and the feature on island weddings makes me wish I had considered a destination wedding! I look forward to reporting back back to you with all of our adventures during our stay- thank you so much for all of your help and your prompt replies have been greatly appreciated by my husband and me!!

  • Davide Orlando

    Hello Vanessa, today we carefully browse your blog…wow! Bellissimo! we are the Italians of Frangipani Restaurant in Exuma and we hope to know you soon. Your way of Sharing a great experience of life is amazing, congrats!!
    Thank you
    Davide and Francesca

  • Michael Knowles

    Your motivation and island swag is truly inspiring.

  • Sandra

    Vanessa i finally sat my bungy down to read this blog!! It is incredible many congrats!! I love that you love the islands the way I do you are just much more eloquent than me!! Keep up the amazing writing! congrats again

  • Elisa

    Your blog is fantastic….I dream with your photos….Eleuthera…I’m coming!!!!

  • Becky

    I love your posts and updates, especially the wedding coverage! Will try to make a trip out there soon xx