Port of Call: Nassau, The Bahamas
A popular stop on a Caribbean or Bahamas cruise is Nassau. Nassau is famous for Paradise Island which is home to the Atlantis Resort. Paradise Island is a three mile stretch of land that protects Nassau’s harbor. Nassau is the capital city of The Bahamas, and there are lots of really fun and interesting things to do here even if you are only here for the day.
Nassau was contested by the English, French, and Spanish, so there are lots of different cultural influences around the area. There are several museums that showcase the different parts of Nassau’s history, including historic villages that were settled by liberated slaves in the 1800s. Perhaps the most intriguing part of their history, though, has to do with pirates. Blackbeard himself resided in Nassau and you can learn more about Nassau’s history with pirates at the Pirates of Nassau museum, which is a must-see. There is also Pirate Republic Brewery, which is the only craft brewery in The Bahamas, where you can grab a beer after taking on the pirates.
Nassau is also a great destination for adventure activities. There is great snorkeling and scuba diving areas here. You can kayak, snorkel, scuba dive, swim with stingrays or dolphins, and much more.
The weather is always nice, and you can have a great time just walking around the downtown area and looking at the shops.
Things To Do In Nassau
– Visit the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. If you’ve never seen the Atlantis, it is worth taking a taxi or the ferry over and walking around. The Aquaventure Water Park is also a popular place to spend the day, however it is pretty pricey. There is also golfing, a casino, plenty of restaurants to choose from, an aquarium, and lots more.
– Pirates of Nassau. We really enjoyed this museum and it was much better than we thought it was going to be. It is also a quick walk from the cruise dock. If you pick up a map when you get off the ship, you should be able to easily find it. The museum is self-guided with many interesting recreations of battle scenes and how the pirates lived during their heyday.
– Straw Market. There are lots of souvenir shops (and of course jewelry shops), but the Straw Market is fun to walk around. This is one of the most famous markets with many different vendors that you can bargain with. Unfortunately the vendors can sometimes be a little aggressive, which makes some people not like going into there. They are trying to change this so that it can be a more pleasant experience for everyone.
– Cable Beach. Cable Beach is one of the nicer beaches in Nassau. It is located a couple miles from the city center, so plan on taking a taxi. You can do lots of fun water activities or just work on your tan. There are upscale resorts along the beach as well as a casino.
When you are visiting Nassau on a cruise, you can also take a shore excursion through the ship. These excursions can be a great way to see the city or experience something different. We suggest going through the ship if you are doing something that requires a lot of travel time or is more adventurous just because if you are late the ship will wait for you. If you are on your own and lose track of time, the ship might not wait and then you’re stuck. If you plan on just walking around you can absolutely do that on your own. There is a ferry to Paradise Island that costs $4 per person each way so where you can explore on your own. Just make sure you know what time to be back!
Have you been to Nassau? What did you like/dislike? Let us know in the comments!
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