Nassau, Cable Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Reggae music fills the air as the Majesty of the Seas pulls into the Port of Nassau in the Bahamas.  With only six hours in port, our group of eleven splits up to see several different Bahamian sites.  Three of us decide on shopping the straw market downtown Nassau; others take a water taxi to the Atlantis on Paradise Island.  And the bathing-suit clad group make their way to Cable Beach in Nassau.

The Majesty of the Seas Trio

Majesty of the Seas Trio

Where to shop:

If you’re looking for diamonds, gem stones, or a combination of the two, go shopping downtown Nassau.  Their duty free shops, like Diamonds International, sell the best in blue color diamonds, turquoise stones, Ammolite from Alberta, Canada, and beautiful brilliant Tanzanite.  You will find an array of authentic time-pieces from John Bull, selling fine watches, all duty free.

Diamond International

Diamond International

Venetian Jewelers is considered the Number 1 Diamond Store in the Caribbean, featuring Sophia Fiori’s Venus Ring, a different style for the discriminating buyer.  Just think, maybe your vacation will end on a sparkling note.

Paradise Island:

One of the biggest attractions in Paradise Island is the Atlantis Hotel and Casino.  A short ferry ride from the port of call in Nassau, or a brief taxi ride, will get you there to the front door of the Atlantis in approximately 15 minutes.  The Atlantis is the most beautiful construction on Paradise Island, with its pink stone and pink sand, you’ll think you arrived in heaven.   Atlantis is a total vacation for the whole family: with three featured hotels on the property, several swimming pools, the largest aquarium in the world, and some of the best restaurants indoors and out.

Be sure to be there to watch feeding time as sharks and stingrays alike live in the same ecosystem that can be viewed from several places, including restaurants inside the hotel and outside at poolside.   You’ll be amazed!

For a fee of $40 per person, you can take a guided tour of the Atlantis property, and be admitted to the beach, pool, and aquarium for just the one price.  The casino welcomes players at any time, day or night.

The Atlantis

The Atlantis as seen from the Port of Nassau

 

Cable Beach:

Several hotels and beach clubs accept cruisers for a day-stay on their property.  There are also several public beaches on Cable Beach, with boating excursions, parasailing, and banana boats rides, if you’re tempted to try such a feat.

The beaches on Paradise Island and Cable Beach are great for snorkling (equipment can be rented on a daily or hourly basis).  So let the sand run through your toes, while the sun drenches your skin, maybe even get a braid or corn roll beaded into your hair.  It’s the Bahamas, enjoy the culture, the cuisine, and make it time well spent on your vacation.

Downtown Nassau
Downtown Nassau Police Officer
Next time, we’ll be back at the port of call in Miami and South Beach.  Still more to see and do.   Visit my articles frequently and find out what’s going on with winter getaways.

 

Photos:  Patricia Florio

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