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Going to Nassau / Paradise Island?
  • May 17, 2019
  • By John McNamara

Nassau & Paradise Island is very accessible by air and sea

It’s easy to see why thousands of Americans flock to the Bahamas each year for a vacation. Island life offers total relaxation, breathtaking beauty, and locals who are generous and friendly.

But with so many Bahamian Islands (there are 700 of them!), it’s best to head straight to Nassau, the capital city. While Nassau is now mostly associated with glitzy all-inclusive luxury resorts, Atlantis being the most famous, the Bahamas has its own rich history, culture, and so many wonderful activities to enjoy. There’s one in particular we encourage you to experience, and we’ll talk about that in a little bit.

But first, where to stay…

Where to Stay in Beautiful Nassau/Paradise Island

Nassau-Bahamas Vacation

It’s no easy task selecting accommodations in paradise, which is why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and chosen to highlight two incredible resorts.

Meliá Nassau Beach

Melia Cable Beach Nassau

It doesn’t get more stunning than Cable Beach, which is where this gorgeous resort is located. Guests are only a few minutes from the center of the city and its many shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, and Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Should you decide to stay at Meliá Nassau Beach, you will be delighted at your bright, airy, and modern room that has a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean. And the amenities aren’t too shabby either.

Not one, not two, but three spectacular pools with waterfalls that face the sea (talk about an embarrassment of riches), lush gardens, 2 hydro-massage tubs, and 7 delicious restaurants along with 4 terrific bars are all there for guests’ enjoyment.

Melia Nassau Beach is perfect for those couples seeking a romantic getaway or those families looking for a unique vacation. In fact, this hotel offers a kid’s pool and kid’s club to keep little ones entertained so adults can do some much-needed relaxation.

Atlantis Paradise Island

World Famous Atlantis Paradise Island

Well we had to include this all-inclusive resort, because it is, simply, amazing.

At the very heart of Atlantis are the iconic Royal Towers, which are centrally-located to all of the resort’s fine amenities and premiere attractions. Best of all, included in your stay is complimentary access to The Dig & Ruins Lagoon, Aquaventure water park, 10 pools, and the Atlantis Casino.

Those seeking a bit more tranquility may enjoy staying at the Beach Tower, where the entire atmosphere is much more relaxed. The carefree, come-as-you-are Caribbean spirit thrives at the Beach Tower, and guests are invited to let their hair down and keep it down all week!

Just steps from your beautifully-appointed hotel suite are pristine, white-sand beaches with crystal-blue water. Spend your afternoons strolling along, looking for shells, catching some rays, or reading that best-seller you’ve been meaning to dive into. At night, be amazed at the sky full of stars above you.

Of course, all of this natural beauty is bound to make anyone hungry, so it’s a good thing Atlantis offers over 15 fabulous restaurants right on site.

Yeah, you simply can’t go wrong booking a room or two at this exquisite resort.

How to get to Nassau

Transportation Options In Nassau

Nassau & Paradise Island is very accessible by air and sea. There are many chartered flights out of Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), as well as by cruise ship into the Prince George Dock. Bahamas Ferry Services provides daily, twice-weekly or weekly service from several islands on a fully air-conditioned vessel, and there is weekly (or more frequent) mailboat service from all of the other islands.

Things to See and Do on Nassau

Things to do on Nassau Bahamas

As I mentioned earlier, the Bahamas offer ample opportunities for fun, sun, and adventure, but our personal favorite thing to do while in Nassau is head to Blue Lagoon Island to swim with dolphins!

Located just a few miles from Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal to some of the most amazing creatures on this planet.

Imagine spending the day surrounded by breathtakingly clear turquoise waters including a hidden lagoon, thousands of native coconut palm trees, pristine white sandy beaches, beautiful natural vegetation, tropical birds and coral reefs teeming with native species of fish. Yep, it sure does sound like a tropical paradise.

Besides relaxing in this slice of pristine tranquility, you’ll get to participate in one or more of the facility’s interactive animal programs with sea lions or dolphins. After interacting with these animals, you can have lunch, then rent some kayaks or paddleboards or waterbikes for some more adventure. You can also spend some time snorkeling to see the schools of vibrantly-colored fish. There are plenty of things to do in Nassau Bahamas.

We’ve vacationed in Nassau/Paradise Island many times and can attest to the fact it is Heaven on Earth. And swimming with dolphins in this lush oasis is something that is truly memorable.

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