Day 1 in Nassau
Welcome to Nassau! Upon arrival at the airport, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check-in and head out to explore! There is so much for you to see and do!
We recommend you get acquainted with the island and familiarize yourself with downtown Nassau, which features a mixture of old architecture and brightly colored Caribbean buildings. Downtown is where the main shopping thoroughfare on the island can be found. Stop in the cute authentic shops and pick up some souvenirs, and be sure to check out the renowned straw market.
Grab something to eat in downtown Nassau, Bay Street is lined with fantastic dining options, choose from local authentic restaurants, waterfront dining options, bars, pubs, and more. Enjoy a delicious lunch with menus including fresh fish, seafood, and local favorites such as `johnnycakes` similar to cornbread made with peas and rice. Conch served in chowder, grilled and fried grouper, conch, and rock lobsters. Guava duff (a guava filled pastry) topped with rum or brandy butter sauce is a delicious dessert and rum cakes.
Take a walk up the Queen's Staircase, which leads to the top of Bennet’s Hill, the highest point on the island providing you with some breathtaking panoramic views. Fort Fincastle can also be found on Bennet`s Hill, an 18th-century limestone Fort, constructed in 1793 to protect historic Nassaus town and harbor.
The next stop is the Pirates of Nassau Museum, where you can learn all about The Bahamas rich pirating history! Climb aboard a replica pirate ship, and listen to stories of swashbuckling tales and see interactive exhibits. Nassau was a notorious pirate haven in the early 18th century and its heyday was the `Republic of Pirates`.
There are several sightseeing tours available in downtown Nassau including a bus tour with interesting information about the island and different points of interest. Informative walking tours segway tours, and food and cultural tours are all on offer, choose one that appeals to you.
Head down to the beach to catch a visually pleasing Bahamas sunset. Cable Beach is loved by locals and visitors, stretching for 3 miles, this pristine beach offers an excellent strip of sand bordered by crystal clear waters. Take a stroll along the sand, dip your feet in the water, and find a shaded spot to watch the sun go down. Sip on a tropical drink served up in a shell and immerse yourself in this tropical paradise.
Choose from one of the eclectic beachside restaurants, huts, or bars to enjoy some Bahamian fare for dinner. Freshly caught fish and seafood are found on most of the menus in Nassau, try some conch fritters with an ice-cold Kalik beer, and listen to Caribbean vibes as you dine.
Day 2 in Nassau
Spend your morning at the beach adjusting to island time. Cabbage Beach is located on Paradise Island, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area and named one of the best beaches in the world. A wide two-mile stretch of soft white sands lined by swaying palms, Australian pines, and sea grapes, a perfect location for sunbathing and swimming with a plethora of activities on display. You can go parasailing and see Nassau from the skies, waterskiing is an exhilarating adventure, and rentals are available for everything from jet skis to floats, so make the most of your time at the beach.
While on Paradise Island, check out the fantastic Atlantis Resort! This cool coral colored tower is an iconic landmark in the Bahamas and is filled with incredible sights and activities including the Atlantis Aquaventure with a Lost World theme, an incredible aquarium, and waterslides that jet through shark-filled tanks.
The shores and Caribbean seas of Nassau offer visitors a grand opportunity for many adventures. Exuma Cays are a spectacular scenic sight and can be accessed via a sailing trip, the shore excursions here allow you to swim with the pigs! These friendly ocean-loving creatures live on Big Major Cay at Pig Beach and you can enjoy a special experience swimming with them.
Diving, snorkeling, sailboats, airboats, jet boats, and more provide opportunities to get out on the water and see marine life with great underwater experiences. There are excursions offered and also options to hire your private tours. You can fish, snorkel, water ski, party and more. Stuart`s Cove is located on the southwest side of New Providence island, a cozy, hidden cove filled with fun activities such as diving lessons, options to dive with sharks, snorkeling, and wall dives.
Visit the John Watling`s Distillery located in Historic Downtown Nassau by the beautiful pink Government House, on the newly renovated Buena Vista Estate, it was named for a 17th-century buccaneer and produces the namesake John Watling`s rum. Take a tour of the distillery, sample some of Watling`s small-batch, barrel-aged exceptional rums and visit the gift shop for some unique authentic souvenirs.
Find a beachfront restaurant to sit down with a view of the beach and waters and sip on a rum cocktail and dine on delicious cuisine, while you watch the sun sink on the horizon. There are plenty of nightlife options found in Nassau, you can visit iconic locations like Senor Frogs for some evening fun or choose from an abundance of bars, pubs, and clubs, whatever tickles your fancy.
Day 3 in Nassau
Today visit the Blue Lagoon also known as Salt Cay, a pristine private island located just off the coast of Nassau offering visitors a plethora of activities including watersports, and dolphin encounters at the island`s three-acre marine mammal facility. Swim in the tranquil turquoise lagoon waters, do some snorkeling, lounge on the beautiful beaches and participate in land and water activities. The heart of this tropical island paradise is filled with lush verdant vegetation where brightly colored tropical birds can be seen and the waters are filled with vibrant coral reefs. Check out the Dolphin Encounters where you can interact with these friendly mammals and watch them do tricks with their professional trainers.
Visit the Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant, housed in a historic colonial mansion surrounded by colorful gardens and immaculately manicured grounds. Step back in time and attend a semi-formal lunch or dinner at the enchanting and expansive property, where 5-star French cuisine is served in the classically decorated interiors. After a delicious meal, wander around the lush tropical gardens, the cigar factory, Humidor Churrascaria, the wine cellar, and the Chocolatier to enjoy free samples of the hand made chocolates.
Visit the stunning Ocean Club spa for some pampering in the ivy-clad bungalows where you can enjoy a wide variety of services influenced by Bahamian culture. Splurge for an oceanfront cabana massage or try some yoga on the sunny beach deck and swim in the New Ocean Pool.
Head to one of the resorts by the beach for a sunset viewing along with drinks and a nice dinner. Then check out the island's local casino to play some slots.
Additional Days in Nassau
If you are able to spend additional days in Nassau do some island hopping, the Bahamas Out Islands are also known as the Family Island and can be reached via a boat trip. Rose Island is a secluded, unspoiled strip of sand perfect for a quiet, laid back beach day.
Go golfing at the 18 holes Tom Weiskopf designed course that covers 7,100 yards stretching along the ocean.
Attend the Junkanoo festival, a fun, vibrant carnival dating back to the 18th century featuring elaborate dance routines, traditional music, and colorful costumes. This event takes place between Christmas and New Year`s Day every year.
Your Last Day in Nassau
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.