Experience a unique vacation to most of the Bahamas Island’s gritty alter ego – Nassau. It’s the city considered as the commercial centre of the country. Tourists from any part of the globe flock to experience its tropical climate, frolic in its themed resorts, browse its duty-free downtown, and bask on the creamy sands. Still, it keeps its colonial charm despite its recent development with its candy-coloured colonial buildings, grand hotels, and old forts.
Let Me Wander
You will have a large dose of excitement with the varied activities and attractions in store for you anywhere across the city.
A Panoramic Paradise Island
Traveller’s hub Paradise Island, formerly Hog Island, houses the grandeur Atlantis resort and other hotels, a golf course, and private homes. It is connected to the mainland by 2 bridges forming its harbour. At the island’s western tip towers the 1817-built Hog Island Lighthouse. Other prime attractions in the area include the Marina Village, the Versailles Gardens and the French Cloister.
Classic Caribbean Cable Beach
With its conjuring classic feel, the beach became iconic along with the resorts lining its coastline. Spend few hours wandering around and chill by the sea as it maintains its public access. Swimming is pretty safe with its crystal-clear waters.
Secluded Blue Lagoon Island
Water sports are popular in this private island with up-close encounters with sea lions and dolphins. It’s mostly preferred as a favourite side trip from Nassau. You may take part in its Dolphin Encounters programme to learn about these animals and interact with them. Just relax in hammocks located along its palm-lined beach. Snorkelling and swimming are also best here. The inflatable toys packed in the water park will surely keep your little ones occupied.
Culture-Painted Downtown and Bay Street
The areas of Downtown and Bay Street welcomes visitors with a mixture of restaurants, street hawkers, and shops. Some of the best duty-free shopping are in downtown Nassau. You’ll better stop here for souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Along this strip is where the Pirates of Nassau Museum and the straw market are located.
Funtastic Alantis Resort
Atlantis Resort is characterised by an aquarium, entertainment, water park, and a luxury hotel. This Bahamian experience portal allures families and guests with its white sand, turquoise waters, and its brightest sun. What’s in here? Get to explore its open-air marine habitat (the largest in the world), its incredible pools, its oceanfront golf course, the remarkable Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith slide, and the Atlantis Casino.
Lush Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
This tropical garden is home to approximately 180 animals from different species. Those that will please the crowd are the endangered Bahamian boa constrictors, the Madagascan lemurs and the West Indian flamingos marching and strutting their stuff at specific times day after day.
Tasting Nassau Food Treats
Treat your taste buds with the culinary servings native to the island. Enjoy the delicious tastings from family-owned eateries, specialty food stores, and other distinctive dining venues. Taste its savoury Bahamian macaroni and cheese, classic conch fritters, and its locally sourced teas.
Advise Me When Best to Go
Many find it appealing to visit Nassau because of its pleasant and warm climate year round. It’s best to come during its peak season though – between December and May. If you want a less crowded and less noisy stay, plan for a trip from May to October.
Guide Me Around
There are a lot of ways to roam around Nassau. You can rent and drive a car but this can be challenging as driving here is on the left side of the road. The best bet for you then is to hop on a jitney (a medium-sized bus), ferry boat, or a taxi. Remember that you can have a healthy half-hour walk over the bridge from downtown Nassau. The rum-happy locals, the endless cruise-ship passengers’ waves, and the bawling straw-goods vendors – all of which will excite you enough to put Nassau on your bucket list.