The story of Nassau and Paradise Island is filled with pirates, British Colonialists, Spanish invaders, Junkanoo celebrations and more. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is located on New Providence Island, a bustling urban hub with plenty to experience in terms of culture, history and fun. To the north lies Paradise Island and its name says it all! Beaches, golf courses, modern resorts…..everything a visitor would want. It is also home to one of the most iconic buildings in The Bahamas – Atlantis Resort. Two bridges connect Paradise Island to the city of Nassau, over Nassau Harbour.
Whether exploring the quaint backstreets of downtown Nassau, relaxing on the powdery white sands of Cable or Cabbage Beach or enjoying the buzz of the gaming tables at the largest casino in the Caribbean, there is never a dull moment in Nassau and Paradise Island.
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas is the heart of Bahamian history. Explore its narrow streets, the old British Forts, climb the Queen’s Staircase and stroll through sections of town dating back to the days of slavery and beyond. You’ll find plenty to do in this little gem of a town - from marching with the Flamingos at Ardastra Gardens to looking for souvenirs in the colourful straw market. Learn about the dramatic and exciting world of the pirates that once frequented this town at the Pirates of Nassau museum. Dine in the rich and historic atmosphere of the elegant Graycliff Mansion, built in 1740 by a famous pirate, the wine cellar here boasts some of the world’s rarest vintages.
Shopping is a delight with plenty of tax-free designer boutiques and if you happen to be in Nassau on alternate Fridays, stand-by for the Changing of the Guard. To honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and Royal Bahamas Defense Force Guards perform a marching display and precision drills as the new guard replaces the old. Ask us to check specific dates before you travel.
Widely considered one of the best beaches in the Bahamas, Cable Beach lies three miles west of downtown Nassau. The calm waters make it a perfect place for families and the miles of fine white sand are perfect for a stroll. Plenty of resorts, restaurants and water-sports are also there to enjoy.
Before World War II, Paradise Island was known as Hog Island, and was the private estate of a Swedish entrepreneur. The island was purchased in the 1980s and subsequently sold to Merv Griffin – the US media mogul. It was last sold to the current owner, Sol Kerzner who’s vision was to create the ultimate beach playground. Atlantis is arguably the most iconic building in The Bahamas. If Paradise Island feels a tad familiar, no doubt you’ve seen it in a film or two. The Beatles' Help! was partially filmed on Paradise Island as were the James Bond films Thunderball and Casino Royale.
Resort options on Nassau and Paradise Island
To give you an idea of the calibre of hotel and resort, here are a few of our favourites. By no means is this the complete list, please call us to discuss your options.
The Ocean Club, A Four Season Resort - the epitome of luxury, exclusivity and service, not only on Paradise Island but in the whole of the Bahamas. Suites and villas are simply divine - each with a personal room attendant. A host of amenities and secluded five mile stretch of beach complete your stay.
Melia Nassau Beach - All Inclusive - a prime Nassau location right on the white sands of Cable Beach with plenty to keep you busy including three pools, seven restaurants and four bars. Enjoy themed evenings and live music every night. Jump on the shuttle to Baha Mar for a spot of luxury shopping or casino action.
Graycliff - this historic mansion dates back to the 18th century has hosted famous guests during its heyday from Al Capone to Winston Churchill. Set in a historic part of Nassau town and short stroll from restaurants and shops, you'll fall in love with its huge, elegant pool, gracious fine-dining restaurant, extensive wine cellar and old-fashioned service.
Atlantis Paradise Island Resort - is one of the most recognisable resorts in The Bahamas. The pink buildings are home to three beaches, twelve pools, twenty-one restaurants, an incredible water park, lagoons, aquariums, interactive sea-life experiences and a flashy Las Vegas-style casino. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and a boutique-style resort, this most definitely isn’t it. If you’re seeking an epic resort with endless facilities - you’ve found it.
Paradise Island Beach Club Villas- this tropical oceanfront resort consists of 44 villas perched above the dreamy blue waters of Cabbage Beach. Each villa sleeps up to six people and either looks over the lush grounds or out to sea. When you’re not catering for yourself, there are plenty of places locally to dine out.
Compass Point Beach Resort - when music mogul Chris Blackwell sold Island Records back in the 1980s, creating small boutique hotels became his passion. Compass Point is one of those. Quirky, colourful and completely unexpected, the property is made up of huts overlooking the water. A bit bohemian and unusual, it's the perfect antidote to the mega resort.
Breezes Resort & Spa - this all-inclusive resort is popular amongst the young and young at heart. If you enjoy lively music,dancing the night away and Pina Colada on tap......this is the place for you! This unpretentious resort is set on a spectacular part of Cable Beach and only a short bus/taxi ride into historic Nassau. Free weddings are available at this resort.
A Stone's Throw Away B&B - This quaint ten room Bahamian style inn is perched above the ocean, but tucked in and surrounded by tropical gardens with the beach a quick stroll away. It doesn't get more authentic. Ideal for people who prefer to give a large resort a miss, but don't want to compromise on amenities.
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