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This world-famous resort combines the mythical allure of Atlantis, the bewitching beauty of the Bahamas, a breathtaking array of facilities and non-stop entertainment. In this wonderful setting is the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, an incredible Aquaventure Waterpark encompassing a Rapids River Ride, multiple adrenaline-inducing slides including a Mayan Temple featuring a 60-feet near vertical drop into a sharp filled lagoon.
Features include spacious guest rooms and suites, restaurants, bars, 24-hour room service, Vegas inspired nightlife, casino, children’s activities, teens club, swimming pools, golf courses, land and water sports fitness centre and spa.
Located in one of Paradise Island's beautiful sandy beaches, this former colonial estate has been transformed into a luxurious resort offering the finest services and excellent facilities. Guests are accommodated in one of two colonial wings or in a number of delightful cottages and villas. All guest rooms are spacious and sublimely decorated. Amenities are plentiful and include personalized, 24-hour butler service.
Features include spacious rooms and suites, restaurants, bars, 24-hour room service, beauty salon, gaming, kids club, swimming pools, golf courses, tennis court, fitness centre and spa.
Situated in downtown Nassau, the hotel is only minutes away from the famous straw market and duty-free shopping. This elegant historical hotel offers contemporary luxury and style and is the only beach-front hotel in central Nassau that has its own private beach.
Features include spacious rooms and suites, restaurants, bars, 24-hour room service, swimming pool, private beach and fitness centre.
Entertainment or Unique Tours:
Powerboat adventures, Island hopping by sea from Nassau to visit the islands of Harbour Island, Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera and Exuma.
With a wonderful array of local shops and stores, Nassau Paradise Island is a shopper’s heaven.
What to shop:
local crafts, jewellery, clothing, and other authentic items that reflect the culture and creativity of The Bahamas.
Where to shop:
Fine fashions and designer boutiques at Crystal Court Shops and Marina Village in Paradise Island. Unique and popular shops on Bay Street in downtown Nassau. The bustle and Bahamian charm of local straw markets. you’ll be enthralled by the shops and products.
For more information visit https://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/things-to-do/shopping.
Culture / Events:
The Bahamas enjoys a diverse culture that evolved from a fusion of African with British and American influences, to a unique and colorful style of Bahamian self-expression, best described as easy-going, friendly, and hospitable!
Here are few of the most popular cultural aspects of Bahamas
Junkanoo: when thousands of people in ornate and colourful costumes and headdresses dance in the streets to rhythmic Bahamian music.
Festivals: The Bahamians love to celebrate and have fun. There is always some colorful carnival happening in the Bahamas. These are some festivals that you don't want to miss:
- Great Bahamas Seafood and Heritage Festival: this October festival offer authentic Bahamian cuisine, traditional music, and storytelling.
- New Year’s Parade: features Junkanoo and takes place every January 1st on Bay Street.
- Junkanoo June Heritage Festival: features street dancing, craft demos, storytelling, native drinks and dishes and live performances by top Bahamian artists.
Other major festivals are Andros Crab festival, held in June; Fox Hill Day festival, held in August; Bahamas International Film festival, held in December; Eleuthera Pineapple festival, held in June. Bahamas Coconut festival and Conch festival.
Regatta: a series of boat races celebrated every year, during the Bahamas Labour Day holiday weekend in June, lasting for up to three days.
Performing Arts: Music and Heritage festival is a three-day annual celebration of Bahamian culture held every November.
Music: Bahamian music developed a distinctive identity called Goombay music. This early style of music was typical for both song and dance. The derivation of the name is from an African drum called ‘goom-ba’, a membranophone made with goat skin and played with the hands.
Lime & Dine:
Native Dishes: is diverse and delicious. Common ingredients include shellfish, lobster, conch, crab, fish, fruits, potatoes, pigeon peas, rice, and pork. Here are few must try dishes:
- Starters: conch fritter, conch chowder and conch salad
- Main dishes for lunch or dinner: crack conch, stew conch and stew fish
- Desserts: guava duff, banana bread and peanut or benny cake
With more than 700 stunning islands, spread across 100,000 square miles of the world’s clearest ocean making up the Bahamas, picking the best beaches is no easy task.
Below listed are a handful of breathtakingly beautiful beaches, in no particular order, that enjoy high touristic ratings due to its unique characteristics that include quality of fine powdery sand, clear sea water, proximity to a town or settlement, and more….
- Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island
- Treasure Cay Beach, Abacos
- Cape Santa Maria Beach, Long Island
- Tahiti Beach, Abacos
- Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island
- East Beaches, Stocking Island
- Shelling Beach, Great Harbour Cay
- Fernandez Bay Beach, Cat Island
- Great Guana Cay Beach, Abacos
- Stocking Island Beaches, Exumas
- Fortune Beach, Grand Bahama
Snorkelling, scuba diving, boat Race, sea cave exploration, kayaking, parasailing, kite surfing boat race, hydro flight.
Unique to Bahamas is to join an Island-hopping excursion, in which you enjoy unobstructed views of the Exuma Cays from a boat, see the Bahamian rock iguana in its natural habitat, visit the famous Pig Beach to see the swimming pigs and splash around with them in the clear waist-deep water, swim with nurse sharks, visit turtle island to snorkel and interact with a variety of local green turtles or enjoy the beautiful isolated beaches that these Island has to offer.
If you are looking to do a lot of sightseeing beyond your accommodations, renting a car will be a convenient and budget friendly option in Nassau and Freeport. We recommend major car rental companies like Hertz, Budget, Avis and Dollar.
Bike & Scooter Rentals:
Various companies offer bicycle, motorbike, and scooter rentals for half day, a day, or a week. Those who do not want to ride, can explore on the back of a rental scooter. Bicycle rentals are available in some smaller islands.
Licensed taxis are reliable and safe. The fares are regulated by the government. You can call various cab or driver companies from your hotel, restaurants, etc.
Bahamasair operates few domestic routes. Several charter services also run inter-island flights.
Bahamas Ferries operates between Nassau, Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Andros and Abaco.
Local coaches operate on the bigger islands of the Bahamas. The smaller islands do not have public transportation.
Available in Nassau.
Major airports: Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport and Grand Bahama International Airport.
Bahamas national airline is Bahamasair. Airlines operating direct flights from the USA to the Bahamas include Delta and JetBlue. Silver Airways connects Fort Lauderdale with Bimini. British Airways flies to Nassau from the UK.
A large number of international cruise ships call at Nassau and Freeport. Various ferry operators run regular services between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama. There are services between Miami, Florida and Bimini. Travellers can also arrive by private boat to the Bahamas.
Situated on the northern fringes of the Caribbean Sea, The Bahamas is an archipelago comprising more than 700 islands and cays and displays a variety of natural habitats and unmatched beauty that is worth exploring. Most visitors are simply attracted to its world-class beaches, stunning coves and clear turquoise waters.
Bahamian Dollar (BSD) [1USD=1BSD]
English is the official language.
Drives on the left-hand side of the road
Recorded history began in 1492, when Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Guanahani, which he renamed San Salvador Island, on his first voyage to the New World. The earliest permanent European settlement was in 1648 on Eleuthera. During the 18th-century slave trade, many Africans were brought to the Bahamas as slaves to work unpaid. Their descendants now constitute 85% of the Bahamian population.
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