Visit the Bahamas – Nassau
Atlantis – Paradise Island – The Atlantis in Nassau is a great place to spend the day. Catch an inexpensive van from the cruise port directly to the hotel. The lobby area and the indoor saltwater aquarium viewing area are free. Watch scuba divers feed the fish, manta rays and sharks. This hotel has had celebrity guests like Michael Jordan, who rented the Bridge Suite for $25,000 per day. You’ll need to purchase a day pass to visit the fabulous beachfront areas. Up to the high tide line the beaches are public in the Bahamas, though. This hotel is truly amazing.
Snorkeling – Athol Island, Cable Beach, Love Beach
Tour the Town – Government House, Nassau Straw Market, the Junkaroo Museum, Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle & the Queen’s Staircase, Fort Motagu, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Pirates of Nassau, Heritage Museum of the Bahamas,
Bahamas – Cruise Ship Private Islands
Many cruise ship lines have their own private islands in the Bahamas:
- Castaway Cay – Disney Cruise Line
- Grand Stirrup Cay – Norwegian Cruise Line
- Half Moon Cay – shared by Holland America and Carnival
- Princess Cays – Princess Cruises
- Coco Cay – Royal Caribbean
Visit the Bahamas – Hotels
Visit the Bahamas – Freeport
Lots of Beaches – Lucaya, Taino, Coral, Barbary, China, Silver Point, Smith’s Point, Churchill
Lucayan National Park Tour – caves, birds
Garden of the Groves – botanical garden
Pirate’s Cove Zipline and Waterpark
High temperatures from November to April average 80 F (27 C), while lows average 72 F (2 C). Rainfall is low during this period. The Bahamas are positioned in the Gulf Stream, making them susceptible to hurricanes from June to November. As with most Caribbean islands, the Bahamas are extremely popular from December to April. Tourism peaks at Christmas and spring break.
Visit the Bahamas – By Air
Lynden Pindling International Airport is in Nassau. Granda Bahama International Airport serves Freeport. Flights from Miami or Fort Lauderdale take less than an hour. During the height of the tourist season there are charter flights from several other cities.
Visit the Bahamas – By Sea
Cruise ships make regular stops at Nassau and Freeport. Many cruise ship lines also have their own private islands in the Bahamas. It’s easy and inexpensive to take a shuttle from the port at Prince George Wharf in Nassau to the Atlantis Hotel for a day trip.
Visit the Bahamas – Background
The Bahamas are a chain of hundreds of Caribbean islands. They are very close to southern Florida. The Bahamas are famous for their turquoise waters. The shallow seas cover a far greater area than the islands that make up the country. Nassau is the largest city and capital. It is located on the island of New Providence. Nassau has a permanent population of under 200,000. Paradise Island is joined by a bridge to New Providence and is the location for the famous Atlantis Hotel and its Atlantis Aquarium. The other major city in the Bahamas is Freeport, which is on the island referred to as Grand Bahama.