This past December, NoStandSTILLS had the opportunity to spend Christmas in Nassau, Bahamas. When we travel, we are not the type to just lay around a resort watching the days go by. We both prefer to immerse ourselves in the culture and try new things. With that said, here is a short list of 7 things to do while visiting Nassau, Bahamas!
1. Eat Authentic Bahamian Food at the Fish Fry (Arawak Cay)
As you know, we love food… especially seafood! There is nothing off limits and we thoroughly enjoy trying new things. The Fish Fry (Arawak Cay) is filled with amazing restaurants and the food portions are insane! One plate at almost every restaurant will feed two people. From red snapper to jerk chicken, you name it, they have it!
Also, we’ve been told that you didn’t REALLY visit The Bahamas if you didn’t try the delicious conch salad. The Fish Fry is the perfect place to do so. Oh, and don’t forget to get some ‘sky juice’ to top off your meal!
2. Climb Queen’s Staircase
Nassau, Bahamas is filled with rich history and Queen’s Staircase is one of the main attractions. The limestone staircase was created by slaves over the course of 16 years and stands at 102 feet.
The stairwell gave soldiers easy access to the nearby Fort Fincastle in case of an attack. Once you successfully climb the staircase, you can also tour the fort and learn about its history as well. Be sure to bring your camera as you will catch some amazing photos of the gorgeous scenery.
3. Tour John Watling’s Distillery
Rum is known as ‘The Spirit of The Bahamas’, and once you’re on the island you will understand why. John Watling’s Distillery offers complimentary tours at its home, the Buena Vista Estate, in Downtown Nassau. Here you can see the different variations of rum, how they are made & packaged, and of course, at the end of the tour, you are able to taste the product. These tours are absolutely free, which is the best part. Also, if you are a 007 fan, this site will look familiar as the opening scene from Casino Royale was filmed at this distillery.
4. Enjoy the Amazing Beaches
Filled with crystal-clear blue water, and white sandy beaches, Nassau is home to some of the most amazing beaches. You can relax and do water sports at the quieter Cable Beach or you can find entertainment on the lively Junkanoo Beach. No matter what beach you decide on, you will be satisfied. We often spent the mornings and early afternoons relaxing and enjoying the views. Again, make sure you have your camera ready because the beach is where you will get some of your best Instagram photos!
5. Spend the Day on Paradise Island at Atlantis
From Nassau, you can take an $8 round-trip ferry to Paradise Island. Here is the home of world-famous Atlantis resort, where you can enjoy the Aquaventure water park. There are tons of water slides, pools, and other attractions to keep you occupied for an entire day. If you are the gambler, Atlantis has a casino as well. At the Atlantis, you can also enjoy shopping, The Dolphin Cay and much more. If you are feeling adventurous (like we were), don’t be afraid to experience ‘The Leap of Faith’; which is a 60-foot almost-vertical drop into a tube full of sharks, from the top of the iconic Mayan Temple.
6. Experience ‘The Caves’
As we mentioned, we like to immerse ourselves in the culture and the local experiences. When we arrived, many of the locals talked about ‘The Caves’ so we decided to take a quick visit. If you enjoy photos, this a place to capture some great visuals. If you think you’re up to it, you can go deeper into The Caves but enter at your own risk, because there are bats and other animals inside! Don’t forget to take a picture of the seashell chair that is nearby.
7. Buy a Souvenir at the Famous Straw Market
Before you leave Nassau, you must stop to buy a souvenir at the Straw Market. The Straw Market is a traditional open-air market selling handwoven straw crafts, Bahamian souvenirs & tourist trinkets. They have straw hats, bags, dolls, conch shell jewelry, and wood carvings. If you are the master negotiator, this is the place to put your skills to the test as you can usually bargain for more reasonable prices.
Nassau is filled with rich history and amazing people. These 7 things should be able to get you started, but trust us, there is plenty more to do and much more to see! This was our first trip to The Bahamas, but it won’t be the last. There are still more experiences in our NoStandSTILLS journey and we cannot wait for a return trip to Nassau, Bahamas. Be sure to view the rest of our photos from Nassau!