October 28, 2020
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Nassau

About Nassau

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. A popular cruise-ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for beaches as well as its offshore coral reefs, popular for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, like the pink-hued Government House. 

Size: 79.9 mi²

Languages: Bahamian English

Currency: Bahamian Dollar

Cruise Port: Prince George Wharf, Nassau

Our time in Nassau! (Blog entries)

Arriving in Nassau

I like to consider Nassau a place for new cruisers to get their feet wet in cruising. While in Nassau, you are still right next to Florida in the Atlantic Ocean and not really far from the mainland. In fact while in Nassau you will see lots of yachts and smaller boats where Florida residents come over to enjoy the day or weekend. However you won’t find many seasoned cruisers in Nassau as most people who have experience in cruising tend to avoid Nassau & Freeport. They are personally my least favorite 2 ports and we avoid them.

When you dock in Nassau, you’ll be docking right in the heart of the city downtown. When you exit the ship, you’ll be right at a local straw market where the locals will be all over you trying to get you to buy something, or come see what they’re selling. As soon as you leave this area, you will find taxis lined up to take you places, or you can take the water taxi over to Paradise Island. 

Here are some of the most popular things that cruise passengers do in Nassau:

  1. Climb the Queen’s Staircase
  2. Go to John Watling’s Distillery
  3. Dive at Stuart’s Cove
  4. Go to Rose Island
  5. Visit Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island
  6. Visit Cable Beach on New Providence Island
  7. Visit Junkanoo Beach in downtown Nassau
  8. Visit Love Beach
  9. Play at Atlantis at Aquaventure Waterpark
  10. Go to Blue Lagoon Island
  11. Go to Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center
  12. Sea Lion Encounter at Blue Lagoon
  13. Go to Arawak Cay
  14. Visit Fort Charlotte
  15. Tour Fort Fincastle
  16. Swim with pigs at Pig Beach

Eating in Nassau

There are quite a few places to eat in Nassah. You’ll find most cruise passengers rush to Señor Frogs, so if you want to be with everyone from the ship, just go there. However there are some really good options you can check out. Here are a few of them:

  1. Poop Deck
  2. The Fish Fry
  3. NOBU
  4. Ristorante Luciano’s of Chicago
  5. Bahamian Club
  6. Cafe Matisse
  7. Aquafire Grill
  8. Curly’s Restaurant & Bar
  9. La Caverna (east and west)
  10. Lukka Kairi Waterfront Bar
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