Welcome to the Port of Nassau, Bahamas!
Cruise port information
The Bahamas is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world. With miles of stellar beaches, chic shops, luxurious resorts, quaint towns, and friendly people, it’s easy to see why travelers come from around the globe to experience our islands. In fact, The Bahamas has one of the highest repeat visitor rates in the entire region.
Covering 100,000 square miles of the clearest water in the world, the 700 islands and 2,500 cays that shape The Bahamas create a fabulous destination for sun-seekers, water sports enthusiasts and everyone who appreciates first-class hospitality.
History and Culture
• San Salvador (first landfall of Christopher Columbus in the New World in 1492) is the exposed peak of a submerged mountain
• The first English settlers of Eleuthera shipped Braselitto wood to Boston as a thank you for their support. The proceeds from the sale of this precious wood went to purchase the land for Harvard College, which eventually became Harvard University
• The Lucayan Indians were the original inhabitants who lived throughout The Bahamas for about 600 years before the Spanish arrived
• Junkanoo (which has been compared to Carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans) is a colorful and uniquely Bahamian parade held on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
• The Bahamas has the world’s third longest barrier reef
• Five percent of the world’s coral can be found in the seas around The Bahamas
• Mount Alvernia on Cat Island at 206 ft (63 metres) is the highest point in The Bahamas
• Bimini is a mere 50 miles from Florida
About Nassau/Paradise Island
• Town/Settlement: Nassau
• Size: Stretches over 21miles
• Population: Approximately 248,948
• US dollars and Bahaman Dollars; cash is recommended as some local establishments/taxis do not always accept credit cards
Local dining & dishes to try
• Some signature foods to try are offered at many locations: Bahamian Fish Fry, Fresh Conch Salad, Conch Fritters, local Bahamian beers like Kalik and Sands, “Sky Juice” a cocktail with coconut water mixed with condensed milk and gin, a Bahamian dessert called “guava duff,” and of course locally caught seafood and fresh fruit.
• For specific restaurants would depend on budget, etc. more on dining is here: https://www.bahamas.com/islandinterestdetail/dining-nassau-paradise-island
• Atlantis, Paradise Island – Atlantis Paradise Island is considered to be one of the most treasured vacation resorts to many around the world. The all-inclusive resort is a grand experience in itself, boasting six amazing accommodations to choose from, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, a 141-acre waterpark, 11 incredible pools, four miles of breathtaking beaches, an 18-hole oceanfront golf course, the Atlantis Casino and much, much more. atlantisbahamas.com
• Baha Mar – Baha Mar offers three uniquely designed luxury resorts with amenities including the Caribbean’s largest casino, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, ESPA flagship 30,000-square-foot spa, convention center and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges. bahamar.com
• British Colonial Hilton Nassau – As it sits downtown on the shores of Nassau Harbour, British Colonial Hilton Nassau is the embodiment of regal elegance mixed with contemporary style. The historic hotel features an exclusive private white-sand beach, a freshwater pool, and stunning views of the cruise ship harbor. hilton.com/en/hotels/bahamas/british-colonial-Hilton-Nassau-NASHIHH/index.html.
Points of Interest
• Arawak Cay/The Fish Fry – This popular community is home to a variety of authentic Bahamian restaurants that specialize in seafood delicacies, and serves up the famous refreshing Bahama Mama drink, and Kalik, “The Beer of the Bahamas”.
• The Beaches of Nassau Paradise Island – The dazzling beaches of Nassau Paradise Island include includes Cable Beach, Montagu Beach, Paradise Beach, Sandyport Beach, Western Esplanade and Junkanoo Beach.
• Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre – Caribbean flamingos, extravagant peafowls, Lory parrots, native iguanas, and Madagascar Lemurs – all of these exotic animals can be found at the only zoo in The Bahamas.
• Queen’s Staircase – Located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau, this awe-inspiring stairway is a major landmark prominent for its historic significance and captivating beauty.
• Nassau Botanical Garden – This alluring garden is brimming with more than 600 flora species, perfect for nature-loving tourists.
• Festival Place –Bahamian artists and artisans offer hand-made crafts, quirky souvenirs, and sweet Bahamian treats at this colorful market.
Things to Do
• The Bahamas is an amazing destination for outdoor adventures with fishing (saltwater fly fishing and deep sea fishing), boating, sailing, scuba diving in some of the clearest water on earth
• With 19 main islands, many cays and semi-private islands, island hopping by motorboat or sailboat is a popular activity
• The Abacos and The Exuma Cays are significant archipelagos with the archipelago of The Bahamas, visitors can island hop without actually leaving “Abaco”
• The Bahamas has ‘severe clear’ weather most days of the year and is a very popular destination for private pilots
• Professional sailing competitions and regattas take place on multiple islands; the Family Island Regatta is held in Exuma each year
• Rake ‘n’ Scrape is the local Bahamian music and each June the Cat Island Rake ‘n’ Scrape Festival celebrates the music and its culture
• The Bahamas Marathon draws participants from around the world for one of the most beautiful marathons anywhere, the 2018 marathon (January 14) includes runners from 13 countries
• Would recommend the fast ferry service from Nassau to Harbour Island where you can enjoy Pink Sands Beach and the iconic restaurant Sip Sip, etc.
Getting around with local transportation
• There are several options to help you get around Nassau & Paradise Island. Rental cars, motor scooters, buses and, taxis are the most common means of public transportation. Bicycles are not generally available for rental, but some hotels will offer them for the use of their guests. Pedestrians should remember to first look right and then left before crossing streets.
• For more information, please visit bahamas.com/islands/nassau-paradise-island/getting-around