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  • Boats & Water Sports

    Nassau Favorites

    All the beaches in the Bahamas are public. No one can stop you or charge you for using a beach. You can access the beach on a little path at the side of what is now the Riu Paradise Hotel (used to be Sheraton). What you are charged for is if you want a tour of the Atlantis property. That is $25.00. You can not get up from the beach to their...

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  • Out islands

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    The beaches are unbelievable. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are on Green Turtle Cay, off the coast of Abaco. Green Turtle Cay is paradise. It is a small island; the natives are very friendly; the island is "away from it all". Travel is done mostly by golf cart; there is very little intenet service, most cell phones do not work...

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  • Nassau Town

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    If you have some time to stay in Nassau, and are not coming for just a few days at a big resort, you may be looking for a less expensive option where you can settle in. I'd suggest the Orange Hill Beach Hotel. It's clean, reasonably priced, and in the safe West Bay Street area, not far from the airport. We stay there a lot if we get stuck in Nassau...

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  • Grand Bahama

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    Travel tip.. If you are not staying in the Port Lucaya area, it is about $5 usd per person for taxi service to the Lucaya area where everything is at. Be sure to look in the phone book for the excursion companies and call them about picking you up at your resort. We stayed at the Island Seas, great place but a ways from Lucaya and the markets, and...

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  • outside Nassau

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    I remember that when I was tired of walkingI took a bus - they call jitneys - a great way to see most of the shore in an inexpensive way. The driver was ver friendly ansd gave me a real tour about the island. I missed have a better camera to take better pictures. Well, something to miss, right?

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  • Nassau

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    My brief visit to Bahamas was... excelent. The first impression was the contrast between the expected american way of life, and the british colonial look of the reality (even driving in the left hand). A taxi circuit along the island made me feel in Africa, and that was a stupend sensation. "America" was in the other side, in Paradise Island,...

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  • Paradise Is.

    Nassau Favorites

    Visit Paradise Island. The biggest hotel there (I sort of forgot the name but you can see it as you cross the bridge from Nassau to Paradise Island) is phenomenal. I have never seen a nicer hotel. Even in Las Vegas. It truly was Paradise. I would love to stay in Paradise Island the next time I come to the Bahamas.

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  • Beach

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    The beach was the most beautiful I have ever seen. The sand was pure white and soft like baby powder and the water was crystal clear and calm. It washed up on the shore and blended with the sand like a pastel painting.

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  • Atlantis/Paradise

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    The pools and water slides of the atlantis resort are amazing and definately worth going to even if you're not staying there. (day passes are sold in the shopping center by the hotel and access is granted when you are staying at the comfort suites or other adjacent hotels). The whole landscape is incredible and the man-made beaches and waterfalls...

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  • Cruise

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    Atlantis...its indescribable just how beautiful the place is. We got off our cruise ship, didn't book an excursion trip with the cruiseline (this was our 3rd cruise and we knew we could get it cheaper through the locals), found a local at the end of the pier and got a city and Atlantis tour for $20 ea. We took a trip around the island, saw the...

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  • Underwater

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    Even without snorkling you can swim along and see the most amazing sea life, from different neon clored fish to sea urchins... Giligans Lagoon (where they filmed for Giligans Island) and the hermit crab races where they would bet money on which crab would finish the race first!

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  • Parasail

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    Blue lagoon and Majestic private island snorkling trips. Atlantis in paradaise island. Parasailing, snorkling...etc... Raddisson cable beach is an all inclusive resort. You can not go wrong. 7 restaurants and 3 huge inter connecting pools.

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  • Boat & Fish

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    We rented a boat one day and went out and found hundreds of sand dollars on the sand bars out in the ocean. The water was crystal clear and we went snorkeling and saw all kinds of pretty fish and stuff and found a starfish that was at least a food around.

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  • Sunsets

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    When you go to the Bahamas, must take an excursion to the blue lagoon island. You can spend the day by relaxing in the hammock , snorkling, swimming with the sting rays, and baking in the sun. My fondest memory from Bahamas is watching the sun go down from the cruise ship. It is the most unobstructed view you can have. Have your camera ready for...

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  • Colonial look

    My brief visit to Bahamas was... excelent.The first impression was the contrast between the expected american way of life, and the british colonial look of the reality (even driving in the left hand). A taxi circuit along the island made me feel in Africa, and that was a stupend sensation. "America" was in the other side, in Paradise Island, that...

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  • Don't forget your sunscreen

    You can easily get sunburn in The Bahamas even if the sun does not feel too hot. Make sure you wear sunscreen lotion when you are going outside. Even if you do not stay on the beach or by the pool, you can easily get burned. Your arms and face will turn hot red in less than 2 hours for sure if you do not wear sunscreen lotion :)

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  • Nassau

    The area that was to become Nassau was first settled in 1606, and was called Charles Town at the time. In 1695 the town was renamed Nassau in honor of a Dutch Prince of the House of Orange-Nassau. He later went on to become King William III of England. The new settlement was a rough town with mud streets, and inhabited by British settlers,...

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  • Cruising to Nassau & Freeport...an okay...

    Atlantis...its indescribable just how beautiful the place is. We got off our cruise ship, didn't book an excursion trip with the cruiseline (this was our 3rd cruise and we knew we could get it cheaper through the locals), found a local at the end of the pier and got a city and Atlantis tour for $20 ea. We took a trip around the island, saw the...

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  • Visiting the Bahamas by Boat

    For someone on a cruise that goes to Nassau and wants to take pictures of wildlife and beaches, you might do a bike tour, or a birding tour. Caroline Wardle runs birding, and biking tours out of Coral Harbour. "Half day on New Providence or Paradise Island, starting at your hotel at 7 am or later until around noon. Included are use of binoculars,...

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  • Travel Tip

    Travel tip.. If you are not staying in the Port Lucaya area, it is about $5 usd per person for taxi service to the Lucaya area where everything is at. Be sure to look in the phone book for the excursion companies and call them about picking you up at your resort. We stayed at the Island Seas, great place but a ways from Lucaya and the markets, and...

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  • Close but super expensive

    I would most definitly say that there is a lot more to the Bahamas than my experience. All I had to deal with was bad service, over expensive food, mediocre place and crappy weather (not anyone's mistake) Most definitly the huge resort of the Atlantis is most definitly the largest resort I have ever been anywhere.

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  • Early morning WOW

    You know that one of my favourite experiences on my first cruise was arriving in Nassau early in the morning. The pilot came aboard and took us in slowly. The shorelights, the peace and tranquility.... worthwhile memories. After many cruises this would rate behind entering the lagoon in Venice and arriving at Ushuaia, South America. It is worth...

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  • Beautiful Place

    The beaches are unbelievable. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are on Green Turtle Cay, off the coast of Abaco. Green Turtle Cay is paradise. It is a small island; the natives are very friendly; the island is "away from it all". Travel is done mostly by golf cart; there is very little intenet service, most cell phones do not work...

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  • Be A Local For A Day

    Eat like the local's! There's this little area of Nassau, underneath Potter's Cay Bridge, which the Locals call, "The Docks." Ask any cab driver. The locals go there to get their bowl of fish stew, or some conch fritters. Take your camera with you. The docks are a very colorful bunch of wooden shacks that house locals that will cook you up some...

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  • Choppy Waters

    Beware if you not a sailor, the waters can be choppy on the way back from the Bahamas. The first time was really bad on the Big Red Boat and I thought with RC it would have better stabilizers to minimize it...not so. Take extra seasickness pills during these times.

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  • Just relax and enjoy the ride~ it was a...

    I enjoyed everything from the cruise with the food, entertainment, company, crew members and more to the Bahama Island and all it had to offer! I would do it again in a heartbeat. My favorite part of my trip, well the funniest part was that the cruise was running behind schedule and had to do high speed on the way back to Florida from the Island...

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  • Too many things to choose from

    There are too many things for me to choose one 'must,' though taking a ride on a glass-bottom boat is a wonderful way to get a close-up view at the ocean flora and fauna (coral reefs and fish, in particular). The swimming is of course fabulous, with lukewarm turquoise waters on white beaches, and definitely be sure to sample the local cuisine,...

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  • Beer Festival

    After the personal subs we passed a shopping mall on the main road that runs across the north side of the island. There was an international beer festival going on. Each country had 1 or 2 beers as representatives and some had food. It was a great thing to do after a busy afternoon. It was VERY crowded though so parking was fun. We actually had...

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  • Public Holidays

    These are the Bahamian public Holidays:New Year's DayGood FridayEaster MondayWhit MondayLabour Day (first Friday in June)Independence Day (10 July)Emancipation Day (first Monday in August)National Heroes Day (12 October)Christmas DayBoxing Day

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  • Communication and Internet

    Both on Grand Bahama Island, and in Nassau there are internet cafes. This is WAY WAY cheaper than communicating by phone if the people that you want to communicate with have internet/e-mail. You can use their computers or bring your own.

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  • Enjoy the great weather

    Enjoy the great weather,the beaches,the sun and of course the rum.This picture was taken in front of a house that we rented and lived in for a while. it was near the ocean front and a good ways from town at the opposite end of the island from the airport.WE were 5 guys and had a native house lady who did our washing, cleaning and cooking. Those...

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  • Some of the best snorkiling I have seen!

    Even without snorkling you can swim along and see the most amazing sea life, from different neon clored fish to sea urchins... Giligans Lagoon (where they filmed for Giligans Island) and the hermit crab races where they would bet money on which crab would finish the race first!

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  • More than Just Nassau and Freeport

    It upsets me when people post tips and travelogues as though the Bahamas is limited to JUST Nassau, as if the rest of the Bahamas did not exist or matter at all.If someone had never been before, I would take them first to visit the Family Islands or Out Islands because that's the 'real' Bahamas. There is so much more to the Bahamas than just...

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  • Waterfalls and waterslides

    The pools and water slides of the atlantis resort are amazing and definately worth going to even if you're not staying there. (day passes are sold in the shopping center by the hotel and access is granted when you are staying at the comfort suites or other adjacent hotels). The whole landscape is incredible and the man-made beaches and waterfalls...

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER

    My family and I did the Sea Island Adventures snorkeling trip. It was outstanding! Rose Island is their private island and the reef is right off the beach. I took dry dog food and the fish ate out of our hands. Their were also water crafts and lounge chairs. They provided a bar-b-que lunch that was delicious. The beach on Paradise Island in front...

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  • Go swimming at Paradise Beach....

    Go swimming at Paradise Beach. SEE PHOTO Today there are huge Resort Hotels there. When I was there there was nothing but beach. The hot weather after a cold flight from Canada in the rear of a unheated B 24 bomber, dressed in a heavy fleece lined flying suit and helmet.------------------The gal was selling fruit but under the fruit was a bottle...

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  • Bahaman Money

    Their money looked wierd, totally different from what I was used to. They may use different monies now, it was 1989 when I went.

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  • Warm water and sharks!

    There are plenty of opportunities to get wet and see sharks on Grand Bahama. Your resort or hotel will most likely be able to hook you up with a dive operation whether you are an experienced diver or if you want to learn. Most resort courses will have you diving on your first day. In addition to sharks you will see eagle rays, morays, ship wrecks...

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  • Explore the whole city if you...

    Explore the whole city if you can Seeing the sites,the shops and one of the best was CoCo Cay,where we sat on the beach and sunnying ourselves. While local folks were selling Coco Locos(love that name)

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  • Duke of WINDSOR (Governor of the...

    Visit the Gardens at The Royal Victoria Hotel. Seeing The X King of England 'Edward' on several occasions and Mrs. Simpson the Lady he abdicated his throne for to wed.The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

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  • Walk the length of the beach...

    Walk the length of the beach from the Atlantis resort all the way to the right.. extends out to a point and the sand gets progressively softer and finer.. like its being sifted as you go.. at the end is powdered sugar.. delicious on the feet!! There's places to stop for a drink and it only takes about an hour. Each way. :] Ooohhh hands down it's...

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  • Walking around the Nassau...

    Walking around the Nassau Area. Lots to see. From Lighthouses, fishing boats , Cruise ships and people.

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  • On my first trip I ran into...

    On my first trip I ran into this Friendly Lady. If everyone was this friendly, it would be a great world.

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  • Visit the out islands, where...

    Visit the out islands, where the locals are friendly. My best memory is of a cruise on a bare sail boat to the east side of Andros Island. We put in at the mouth of South Bight and were welcomed by Leroy Bannister who was the owner of the only restaurant. The restaurant had an opening in the side where a turtle pen was located. He showed us how he...

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  • The Bahamas offer such...

    The Bahamas offer such diverse activities in such varied locales it is difficult to say what the favorite site would be. I personally would suggest a bare boat dive trip to the out islands, but I know that not all visitors are divers. I would suggest visiting some of the out islands such as Andros, Acklins, or Crooked, instead of going to Nassau or...

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