Hello my friends! Today I’m at the Best Beach in Nassau. I hope you are having a nice relaxing day in anticipation of the upcoming holidays!
This is the time of year I think about finding a spot for a winter break. When I want a relaxing break, I head for Nassau in The Bahamas. Nassau is relaxing, affordable and very convenient!
Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas but it is cosy with only 275,000 residents. It was founded in 1670 as “Charles Town” but was renamed after William III in 1695. “William of Orange” along with his wife, Mary, were the rulers of England following the “Glorious Revolution”. Dutch-born William was from the House of Nassau and this German name replaced Charles Town.
Nassau was a wild town from its very beginning and has always had a notorious reputation with its neighbour, the United States. From 1703 – 1718, it had no appointed governor so it became a haven for pirates. In fact, in 1713 the pirates banded together to name Nassau the capital of their Pirate Republic. Perhaps the most famous pirate of The Bahamas was Edward Teach, better known as “Blackbeard”. During and after the American War of Independence, Nassau became home to displaced loyalists from the nearby former British colonies. Then, during the American Civil War, Nassau supported blockade runners from the secessionist southern states who were supplied by the British. Again, The Bahamas profited extensively from American Prohibition in the 1920s as a major producer of rum. Finally, after the USA stopped allowing travel to Cuba in 1960, Nassau developed casinos and resort hotels. Nassau has thus enjoyed a reputation for being unruly, fun and edgy!
Here’s a pro-tip: Nassau has rebranded itself over the past twenty years as a place for family fun but it is also an inexpensive tropical getaway for giving yourself some much needed pampering!
The Queen’s Staircase is cut from a single rock!
Fort Charlotte is the official name of Old Fort Nassau
Reaching Nassau is very simple with non-stop flights from the United Kingdom and many services via Miami, Fort Lauderdale and other cities on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Nassau’s airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport, has pre-clearance with the United States and saves time when travelling to or from the USA. Once you arrive, there are taxis available but no ride-sharing services.
Here’s another pro-tip: Nassau is compact so you will probably walk instead of take taxis. However, if you do need a taxi, book from the hotel and don’t hail from the street as there can be fake taxis that take advantage of visitors.
Hotels in Nassau are excellent and offer a wide range to fit any budget. Atlantis is the largest hotel on nearby Paradise Island and has a fabulous casino as well as family fun with great waterparks. The SLS Baha Mar is the newest hotel on Cable Beach and it is an excellent and relaxing property. Breezes and the Sandals offer all-inclusive resorts. Other properties are scattered throughout New Providence and nearby Paradise Island.
Conch Salad is Nassau’s answer to Ceviche
The Fish Fry is a party area – not just for dinner!
Nassau is relaxed and always ready to party. In addition to Fish Fry, mentioned above, I love the Daiquiri Shack (aka the “Dak Shack”) which is iconic with an enticing set of fresh and colourful fruits to mix the perfect daiquiri. Fat Tuesday Bar and Restaurant is fun for relaxing afternoons and Aura at the Atlantis is a fantastic club for late night dancing to celebrate your wins from the casino!
So, what is the best beach in Nassau? Some will swear by Paradise Beach or Smuggler’s Beach on Paradise Island. Others like the exclusivity of Jaw’s Beach close to Lyford Cay. Sandyport Beach is relaxed but sees lots of stingrays and sharks – stingrays in the morning and tiger sharks at night. For me, though, Cable beach with its golden sands is still the best in Nassau. Regardless of which relaxing beach you visit, you’ll find the locals to be friendly and helpful!
Beautiful Cable Beach is perfect for relaxing!
Enjoy welcoming Nassau, it is fantastic and beautiful in The Bahamas!