Nassau – Paradise Island, The Bahamas

Nassau is an easy flight from the Carolinas and teems with both a Bahamian and British (from its Colonial British days) vibe. It’s the capital of The Bahamas and is home to a variety of new hotels, increasingly sophisticated dining choices and more historic attractions than you would think. Of course, the white-sand beaches within minutes of the city and world-class shopping in downtown Nassau has its appeal too!

WHAT TO DO: Paradise Island is connected to Nassau by two bridges. The island plays hosts to several resorts, but is dominated by the huge Atlantis resort with its casino, the Aquaventure water park and an extensive marine habitat. You don’t have to stay at the Atlantis to enjoy the water park or marine habitat, but you do have to purchase a day visitor pass. The pass is only available to Atlantis preferred partners which include a selection of hotels – both on Paradise Island and in Nassau, and select cruise lines.

Cable Beach. Close to downtown Nassau, Cable Beach offers powder-fine sand, see-through turquoise waters and except for peak periods like spring break, has plenty of room for everyone.

Shopping. Nassau’s famous duty-free shopping culminates along Bay Street. At the end of Bay Street and in direct opposition to the high-end duty free shops is the Straw Market where locals hawk their traditional handmade wares.

Pirates of Nassau. Near Bay Street, this museum about pirate history in Nassau, has a scale replica of Blackbeard’s Revenge, animatronic pirates, plus exhibits on marooning and walking the plank. It provides just the right combination of history and entertainment and is fun for kids and adults.

John Watling’s Distillery. Watling’s is a new Bahamian rum manufacturer and is housed in the beautifully restored 18th century Buena Vista Estate. You can take a 15-minute tour of the house and distillery, then head to the stylish bar to quench your thirst.

EAT: The Fish Fry. Located on Arawak Cay, the Fish Fry is how locals refer to this colorful collection of conch stands, bars, jerk joints and seafood restaurants. Twin Brothers and Drifters are popular choices with inside seating, but everywhere is good and the semi-permanent vans are a better way to interact with the locals.

Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant. The Graycliff started as a pirate’s mansion in the 1740’s and became a hotel beloved by celebrities and royalty (Winston Churchill stayed there). Today, it has one of the best wine cellars and restaurants in the Caribbean. It’s also home to the Graycliff Cigar Company and Graycliff Chocolatiers – both worth a visit.

STAY: RIU Palace Paradise Island. An adults-only, all-inclusive resort with 350+ rooms, a reserved beach area, two pools, watersports and a Renova Spa. 

Warwick Paradise Island. Set along Nassau Harbor with views of Nassau and Paradise Island, the 12-floor, 250-room Warwick provides adult guests with an unpretentious all-inclusive vacation experience. A highlight of the Warwick is its 10,000 sq. ft. Warwick Sunset Terrace, overlooking Nassau Harbor’s marinas. 

Atlantis Paradise Island – The Coral. The New Coral at Atlantis is dedicated to multi-generational family fun. The complex sits beside the white sand beaches of Paradise Island and has the closest proximity to Marina Village – filled with new Bahamian dining and cultural features, with options for everyone in the family.  

AAA Travel can help you plan your Nassau vacation! Our expert agents can book your flight, hotel arrange transportation, reserve tours, and so much more. Call 1-800-444-8691 or visit your local AAA Travel office to discover more about Nassau.


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