Nassau Travel Guide

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Nassau Highlights

  • Pro
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     Sun surf and sand; food drink and laughs 

  • Con
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     Awfully touristy 

  • In a nutshell
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     Kick Back and Down that Bahama Mama! 

Nassau Things to Do

  • Atlantis at Paradise Island

    We had understood from past reviews that we would be able to go into the lobby of the Atlantis resort, but were told by our tour guide that the pressure of cruise ship and other tourists in the place was so great that they had decided to close off most areas of the resort to outsiders. We were able to go in through the casino, and down the hallway...

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  • Fort & Water Tower

    Like a lot of people, we went to Fort Fincastle. We liked it. It was only a dollar, is the highest point on the island, so great photos, and it's right next to the Queen's Staircase, so a two-fer...Plus, there's a reasonably clean public bathroom there, which we took advantage of.

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  • Straw Market

    After our little historical loop we make our way back down the hill to the Straw Market. This is not the old Straw Market we remember as the original burned some years before. This one is a warehouse type building. It's true what we've read much of the goods are imported from Asia , with a sprinkling of local crafts. I was please to buy some local...

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Nassau Hotels

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Nassau Restaurants

  • Bahamian Food

    Out of all the restaurants we ate at, Twin Brothers was the best. We loved the conch fritters (Bahamian specialty) and the strawberry daiquiris (the best). The drinks (non-alcoholic) were made with fresh ingredients. You can mix and match your desired fruit i.e. mango/strawberry, pineapple/mango, etc … The first time we went the waitress was nice,...

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  • Senor Frogs

    For the young at heart that don't mind a crowded place with loud contemporary music blaring and people trying to karaoke. Small dance floor, enjoyed this place immensely even though the age group was younger. A good place to let your hair down and dance & sing the night away. Ordered several appetizers. The grouper was delicious, the nachos so-so,...

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  • Paradise Island/Atlantis

    My family and I were strolling on Bay Street when we spotted a resturant called "Skam's". The service was excellant, the lunch menu was large filling and delicious. Thay have the best conch fritters. The also have a childrens menu that was wonderful for my seven year old. Good food, good people and wonderful music. The seafood platter

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Nassau Nightlife

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  • Party Bus Dinner Tour

    So my friends and I just did the party bus dinner tour in Nassau and had an awesome night!!!!Our evening began with a pick up at our hotel (the Sheraton). We hopped on the bus and were greeted by Jay the bartender. With the sounds of calypso music playing, 2 of my friends made a B-line straight to the stripper pole...eh-hem...correction "stability...

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  • Nautical Themed Bar

    Schooner's is a nautical themed bar with nice ocean views. It's a nice quiet place and there isn't aot of people since it's a non-smoking bar. Liz and I spent some time here relaxing, enjoying some drinks and watching the waves outside the window. Casual

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  • Insulting Racist Management

    I was appalled to go to this club/restaurant and find out it is just like the old "South Africa". I went for a nice Friday night out and was abused and insulted by the Management as I tried to enter around midnight. It seems they have a "private" policy not to allow ANY BLACK BAHAMIANS into this establishment and guise it with rude antics and...

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Nassau Transportation

  • Jitney Bus

    Bus number 10 is by far the cheapest tourist attraction in Nassau! For $1.50, it can take you anywhere between downtown Nassau and Gambier Village (on the west side of New Providence Island) along West Bay Street. The scenery is beautiful the entire way and includes beaches, palm trees, luxury homes and hotels (including the entire Cable Beach...

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  • Taxicab

    I just used this taxi service in Bahamas. Booking the taxi was as easy as visiting the Jermaine Taxi website, sending an email with flight details and that's it! Jermaine was there.. right on time.. and same for the way back! Ahead of time! Very reasonable! Always forthcoming about what he is going to charge (in accordance with government...

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  • Cruise Ship

    We booked this 3 day cruise for great price and even better used our points to cover it. We weren't sure what to expect , so we went with open minds ready for anything. All easy on arrival....parking across the street and we just wheeled our luggage aboard. The boat is a bit older ,but kept up and really clean. Our room with window is comfortable...

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Nassau Shopping

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  • 500 local vendors

    The Straw Market is a covered market place where hundreds of locals will sell you all kind of souvenirs.Business hours:Mo-Sa: 9AM - 6PMSu: 9AM - 5PM Woodcarved birds, toys made from Coca Cola tins, postcards and more.

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  • Cheaper souvenirs

    Around the water tower on the top of the hill in Nassau are a number of street stalls selling souvenirs.If I recall well I bought 3 T-shirts for just $10.00 in 2003. Souvenirs. Lower prices than in the rest of town.

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  • Souvenirs Made in the Bahamas

    Both the Sea Grape and the Plait Lady specialize in some items made right in the Bahamas. The Sea Grape is a vendor for Androsia batik fabric, made in a small factory on Andros (do visit the factory and outlet store if you visit Andros). The Plait lady sells baskets and other straw work made on several of the out islands. The Sea Grape is a part of...

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Nassau Local Customs

  • Scorched Conch-Local sushi style conch

    As I've mentioned elsewhere in other reviews, our tour guide, Joe of Nassau Transportation Services took us down to the dock by the end of the bridge returning from Paradise Island where he bought a sour orange, lime, sweet onion, red hot pepper, and hot white ghost pepper, then at the live conch fisherman's stand we watched the conch being removed...

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  • Junkanoo

    Junkanoo is a festival which takes place several times each year [Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Day and summer time] and involves elaborate costumes, street parades, music and parties. It reminds me a lot of Mardi Gras in New Orleans - especially the costumes. As the Junkanoo parade moves through the streets of downtown Nassau in the wee...

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  • Dress Code

    Depending on the cruise ship and the duration of the cruise; there is a dress code for the Main dining room. On this particular cruise there was only one formal night. Formal Night means suits for gentlemen and dressy attire for ladies. No jeans, shorts or sneakers are permitted in the main dining room.Most passengers comply with these rules but we...

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Nassau Warnings and Dangers

  • Taxi charges

    beware - Taxi tried to charge me an additional $60 to transport my quiet and friendly dog (in his cage) when I arrived at the airport in Nassau (Jan 08, 2011). I asked the airport taxi attendant on duty for clarification and he said "taxis are public transit and must charge this surcharge, how much did your airline charge you to bring the dog to...

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  • The Diamond center/Parklane Jewelers.

    On a recent trip to Nassau Bahamas my husband and I decided to do some shopping in the downtown area. We couldnt help notice how many jewelry stores there were and decided to check out what these shops had to offer. In one shop we found what we were looking for and were more excited about the price! A 2.5 loose yellow diamond! We also found a...

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  • Outrageous taxi charges to transport a...

    beware - Taxi tried to charge me an additional $60 to transport my quiet and friendly dog (in his cage) when I arrived at the airport in Nassau (Jan 08, 2011). I asked the airport taxi attendant on duty for clarification and he said "taxis are public transit and must charge this surcharge, how much did your airline charge you to bring the dog to...

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Nassau Tourist Traps

  • The whole island of New Providence is a...

    Nassau is basically an incredibly expensive *** hole. It's tourist hell number 1 of the whole Caribbean. Hordes of the lowest class of cruise customer swaggering around being ripped off by every stallholder, shop and restaurant. I ate two of the worst meals of my entire life in Nassau and paid a fortune for them.Oh, and the service is LOUSY...

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  • Blackbeard's Island- Sea Ray Adventure

    We went to Blackbeard's Island and had a great time. While there you can also pay extra (maybe $20pp?) to swim with some sea rays. We were sitting on the beach, watching the people play with the sea rays in a cordoned off area of the beach and I told my wife that it would be funny if some sea rays swam up to the public area of the beach. Sure...

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  • Hair Braiders

    This isnt really a trap, they earn their money doing this little trade in the streets as soon as you get off your boat. I just felt some were a bit pushy. We even felt that some were just plain rude. This isnt a trap, its just a bit frustrating. Just be polite and travel on, you will get hounded, but this the way they earn a living.

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Nassau What to Pack

  • Packing for Island Fun

    Just a carryon is good. Flip flops, sandals, water shoes are good for the feet. Pack a bathingsuit if you plan on hanging at the beach or pools. Light, cool clothing is best to deal with the heat. It does rain here on occasion so it would be good to pack a small travel umbrella.For evening pack a suit, a nice formal dress and get ready for a nice...

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  • Pack Food

    When going to Nassau you should pack some food in your suitcase. It will save alot of $$. Me and my sister went last January and didnt listen to the reviews and spent a lot more money on food then we expected. So definately pack food.

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  • packing musts

    Make sure you bring a lock for your luggage, even though the airlines won't let you use them for the flight. We kept our belongings locked up every day in our suitcases since our hotel didn't have a working safe in the room. Be sure to bring a sweater if you are traveling during the winter months. Nights can be quite cool, in the 60's. A storm...

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Nassau Off The Beaten Path

  • Nassau Town

    This area is alongside the water on the Nassau end of the bridge to Paradise Island. There are smaller versions of some of the island eateries, like Two Brothers, and some that look like maybe one of a kind as well. further on down this street are produce stalls and around the corner at the end of the street the boats are tied up and fishermen have...

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  • outside Nassau

    This place isn't recommended for cruise passengers just making a quick stop in Nassau, but for those who are staying for some time and/or happen to come to the area west of Cable Beach, The Caves are a small oddity worth seeing: they won't set you back more than five minutes... unless you stop to have a fruit smoothie at the stand just outside....

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  • Paradise Is.

    IMHO the most beautiful spot on Paradise Island is the Versailles Gardens, just east of the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island Drive. On the north side of Paradise Island Drive, the Versailles Gardens form a set of tiered lawns with hedges, flowers, ponds and statues. Aside from a couple of gardeners and maybe 2-3 other tourists, we had the...

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Nassau Sports & Outdoors

  • Tennis Lessons

    In late December 2012 I traveled to Nassau on a Costa cruise ship. I called the National Tennis Centre from the information desk at the cruise port and booked a lesson; the telephone number is 242-323-3933. I drove in a taxi to the NTC. Denzel Brown was the driver. The trip took about 15 minutes. Denzel agreed to come back in two hours for the...

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  • beaches

    If you want to head to a beach - there's a fine and long one near Nassau.. it's called Cable Beach and it's the one right on front of the many all-inclusive posh resorts of the island. basically it's a fine beach, but it can get very crowded.If you're looking for a quier beach, head to the neighbouring Paradise Island: cabbage beach is just as...

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  • scuba diving

    there might be no better place in the world for scuba diving or snorkeling then the Bahamas. even minimal expirience let you have a colorful time underwater. scuba diving schools are everywhere, so brush up your skills or learn new ones. such rewarding and peaceful passtime activity. buying the snorkeling gear in Nassau is very cheap

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Nassau Favorites

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  • Boats & Water Sports

    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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  • Nassau Town

    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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  • outside Nassau

    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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