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Insider Guide to Nassau and Paradise Island: Top 5 Unmissable Bahamas Experiences

06 December 2017

When looking for pristine powder white sands, crystal clear turquoise waters, and some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, The Bahamas’ Paradise Island is a guaranteed escape to seaside paradise complete with an abundance of watersports activities and well-equipped resorts with breathtaking ocean views.

Beyond the blissful sands and a short journey over twin bridges, exists the vibrant capital of Nassau, preserving its architectural charm and fascinating history with an additional layer of 21st century glamour in the form of boutique shopping districts along Bay Street, interspersed with chic coffeehouses and inviting restaurants among the pink-washed colonial facades of government buildings.

The unique convergence of historical intrigue, spectacular beaches and designer shopping ensure Nassau and Paradise Island are a discerning choice when looking for a twin-centre holiday in the Caribbean combining alluring tropical environments with cultural gems and chic urban streets and minimal travel involved.

Make the most of your getaway to The Bahamas with our list below of the best experiences to be found during your stay.

Aquatic extravaganza at Atlantis, Paradise Island

Over 20 swimming areas and 11 pools inclusive of three kids’ pools, water slides, and a mile-long river ride complete with waves and rapids gives you a glimpse into the sheer size of Aquaventure at Atlantis waterpark on Paradise Island.

Spanning 141-acres of innovative water-based thrills inclusive of the striking structure of the six-story Mayan Temple, as you accelerate down a slide through a water tunnel surrounded by sharks, and more serene experience of the lazy river ride and the zero-entry pool, all within easy access to the glistening sands of Paradise Beach, there are activities to suit all preferences as part of a memorable family adventure.

Tour Parliament Square, Nassau 

One of the most popular attractions when visiting The Bahamas capital is Parliament Square in downtown Nassau.

Pink hued buildings with dark green shutter accents form a historic courtyard originally constructed in the 1700s and early 1800s by Loyalists descending from North Carolina, encompassing the Senate Building, the House of Assembly and the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, combining to symbolise the past, present and future of the islands in one glorious location.    

Arawak Cay, Nassau

After unwinding on the myriad of world class beaches on Paradise Island and experiencing Nassau’s fascinating history first-hand, it’s time to taste the authentic fruits of this tropical paradise with a visit to Arawak Cay on West Bay Street.

A diverse selection of authentic Bahamian restaurants serve up traditional island cuisine and refreshing cocktails and mocktails with a distinctive local twist, while the district’s nickname of ‘The Fish Fry’ is immortalised in the community of restaurants specialising in sumptuous seafood delicacies including grilled shrimp and lobster tails. 

Boat excursions and fishing adventures, Paradise Island

Almost year-round sunshine and warm water temperatures ensures Paradise Island provides an endless amount of fun in the sun for marine enthusiasts and fishing aficionados.

Boat excursions in The Bahamas comprise an unforgettable experience through the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the region, with half-day and full-day charters available taking you to some of the finest fishing, diving and snorkelling spots in the world, while personalised trips are also available should you want to take an extra special journey over to a private island or include lunch and watersports stops.

Golfing in paradise, Paradise Island

Spectacular ocean views and luscious greenery can make it difficult to keep your eye on the ball when playing golf in The Bahamas. Paradise Island and Nassau offer some of the most beautiful course locations to be found in the Caribbean, each suitable for beginners, amateurs and experienced golfers alike.

The Ocean Club Golf Course overlooks the glittering turquoise hues of the Atlantic Ocean and Nassau Harbour at each hole, while another option includes the Royal Blue Golf Course at Baha Mar, designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus as a signature 18-hole course exhibiting a true golfer’s paradise.       

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