Yesterday I talked briefly about a cruise I had taken to the Bahamas. In today’s Tuesday Travel Review I will talk more in depth about a direct flight trip to Nassau, Bahamas that I took as well.
This was probably one of the first trip’s I planned without an agent. My friend and I found some random dates that we could take off of work and we decided to take a trip. I used various third party travel sites such as Expedia, Priceline, and Travelocity to compare the prices on hotels on the island. After lots of back and forth we decided to stay on Cable Beach. We booked our flights a la cart. I had a flight credit from a previous trip that I didn’t take and used it toward the flight for this tip. As for the hotel, I was a Starwood hotels member and used my member number to get a discounted rate on our room. ( I suggest signing up for these. Most are free and they offer discounted rates to members.) Once we arrived at the resort, I was able to get us upgraded to an ocean view room which was amazing!! (Sometimes all it takes is just asking!) Overall I believe the flight and hotel was around $500.
If you aren’t familiar with Nassau, it has two main tourist areas where hotels are located: Cable Beach and Paradise Island. Paradise Island is what most people hear about. That’s where the Atlantis resorts are located. Cable beach is on the other side of the island and much calmer. (See picture above for Cable Beach) Paradise Island (The Atlantis Resorts more specifically) tends to be more expensive because it gives that luxury feel and it offers lots of activities within the resort. However, Nassau isn’t a large island so you could easily stay in Cable Beach and take the bus for $.25 and ride to that side of the island in about 15-20 minutes.
We chose a Sheraton Hotel in Cable Beach which has now been renamed since our stay. The hotel was oceanfront and offered water sports as well. Locals would also offer jetskis on the beach for various prices. As you can see in the picture, the beach was clean and clear. Right across the road from the hotel was a little market area that offered souvenirs and other local items. My friend and I also stumbled upon a nice hidden gem called The Daiquiri Shack. It was a little hut that offered fresh frozen fruit drinks or daiquiris. The staff was very friendly and the drinks were very reasonable priced.
My friend and I ventured out on the local bus to explore more of the island. We ended up friending a local who was also pretty well known on the island for being apart of their Olympic Track team. We met him in local restaurant as we chowed down on rice and peas, fried conch fritters, and fresh fish. (soooo good) He decided to be our tour guide for the rest of our stay. He took us for a quick tour of the Atlantis property that same day. There are certain areas that the public can explore at no charge such as the outdoor aquarium and the shops inside. They have a really nice water park that can be utilized for an additional fee as well. Atlantis is beautiful so if you aren’t actually staying there, I suggest at least going to tour it.
The next day he took us back over to Paradise Island where we met up with some of his friends to ride the jet skis. The water on Paradise Island is a lot rougher than Cable Beach so if you aren’t a dare devil like me, I suggest getting a local to guide you on water sports over there. We rode jet skis for hours and had a blast thanks to our new friend.
On our last full day on the island, we were able to go horse back riding on Junkanoo Beach. It’s a small beach in the middle of the island where most of the locals hang to avoid tourists. Our friend owned his own horses and allowed us to ride them along the beach for a discounted rate. The horses were beautiful and our friend was very helpful in telling us how to properly ride them. A lot of the people coming off of the cruise ship admired the horses as they walked by. It was definitely a great experience.
Nassau is a beautiful island with lots to offer. The locals take pride in their island and ensuring that visitors have a great time. If you have the chance to go as a direct trip (not a cruise) I suggest really exploring the island as a local. This saves on your pockets and you really get to see all this island has to offer. The food is delicious and every Friday night they have a big outdoor party called Fish Fry. I definitely think it was $500 well spent for the memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you Naassu, I will be back soon.
(If you would like to connect with my friend who showed us around, please let me know. He is always willing to show others the island and he is a great guide.)