Hotel Sheraton Nassau/Melia Nassau Beach
Time to leave Miami and take a flight of 35 minutes to this beautiful paradise.
We stayed in the Sheraton Nassau resort (now the name is Melia Nasau Beach) for 7 days, and because it was our honeymoon they gave us a nice room with ocean view, so it was just perfect!
This hotel is located in the north of the island, on the stunning Cable Beach, with its fine, white sand and turquoise waters, close to the center, shops, restaurants and night spots. This hotel is the ideal base for discovering an authentic tropical paradise and one of the top tourist destinations in the world!
A trip to the Bahama's isn't complete without experiencing the thrill of snorkeling. Nassau, capital of the Bahama's, is home to some of the greatest snorkeling sites in the world. The brightly colored corals will delight your eyes as you gaze into the limitless ocean. This is an easy activity that the entire family can enjoy! Nothing is as easy, fun, scenic and relaxing as snorkeling.
Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis Paradise Island is an ocean-themed resort on Paradise Island. It features a variety of accommodations built around Aquaventure, a 141-acre waterscape, which includes fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, marine habitats, water slides and river rides. I think everybody knows this place from the media. So I needed to see this when we visit the Bahama's. You can book a tour to this water park in your hotel, but then you paid way to much. We take the hotel bus to the center and from there a taxi cab. You can buy a day ticket at Atlantis; adults 161 dollar and children 99 dollar, so it's a little bit expensive, but it's so amazing it's worth it!
Downtown nassau, the center for all activities in Nassau. Thousands of people visit this place daily, to shop, have a diner, sightsee and to enjoy the tropical climate of the city. The busiest part of downtown is the Bay Street, with the wall-to-wall boutiques, restaurants and clubs. Downtown and Bay Street offers some of the best duty-free shopping in Nassau. Cruise ship passengers flock here to buy some jewelry, clothes and perfume. The straw market is also a busy place on a regular day, but more about this place at my other recommendations. One of the best way to discover this beautiful place is to take a horse-drawn carriage, you will find them at the Harbor. This year (2013) the Bahama's celebrating 40 years of political independence, that's why the city is ornate.
Dining in the Bahama's is as much about the atmosphere as it is about the food itself. Nassau offers several restaurants, these are the places I recommend:
Fish Fry - Arawak Cay:
To get a true taste of paradise, head to Arawak Cay on West Bay street. This popular place (Fish fry) defines a gathering of small colorful stands and shacks where cooks prepare authentic homemade Bahamian cuisine. Some of the most popular sit-down restaurant is Twin Brothers. The food is excellent, the service is good and the location is great!
I just love this place! You can sit along the ocean with a great view. All the signs at the ceiling are hilarious (check out my photo gallery). If you've ever been to a Señor Frog restaurant, anywhere around the world, you already know that this is a place where you can dance, sing and have a great diner. The fish and chips are so delicious!
I love Italian cuisine, so this was a great choice! From the outside it looks like an upscale Italian ristorante with an attractive open terrace. You can order sandwiches and salads for lunch, but the diner is also great here; spaghetti with pesto, chicken with sage and wine sauce, I really recommend this Italian restaurant!
The Bahama's has some of the most beautiful beaches. Pure sand, turquoise water and most importantly, many of hem are almost always empty. Some of the beaches are private beaches or belong to a hotel, but they are beautiful:
Paradise beach; from Pirates of the Caribbean to James Bond's "Casino Royale and Thunderball" have appeared as the gorgeous backdrop to some of the most iconic films in the world!
Cable beach; This four mile stretch is not only the longest on the island, it's also the beach where you can find the most hotels and resorts.
Goodman's bay; Just before entering the resort area of Cable beach, you will find Gooman's Bay, a popular beach for kids with recreational facilities.
Western Esplande Beach; Close to downtown and the harbor. The alternate name for this beach is; Spring Break Beach, Long Warf Beach or Junkanoo Beach. There many stands with beer, rum drinks and burgers.
At the Bahama's there's always a perfect place to lie back, relax and enjoy!
Other things to do:
Other nice things you can do at the Bahama's:
Straw market; This is a historic market building where you can shop hats, baskets, colorful fabrics and many other souvenirs. After a fire in 2001 it has been rebuilt to a new, modern look. A nice place to stroll.
Queens Staircase; Take an historic walk up or down the stairs of the Queens Staircase, Nassau's most visited attraction.
I like this place especially in the evening, because in the evening it's cooler, so local people do their workout here.
This place is cut by slaves into solid limestone in the late 18th century and has 66 steps. From the top of the staircase you can ride the elevator to the top of Fort Fincastle, the highest point on the island.
Crystal Palace Casino; This casino is nice for a night out. To drink something and gamble. We had a great time here!
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