Published On: Thu, Aug 31st, 2017

Go Past the Seashore in Nassau Paradise Island

PHOTO: Discover the proper memento on the Straw Market. (picture by way of Flickr/faungg)

WHY IT RATES: Immerse your self within the Bahamian tradition when visiting Nassau Paradise Island.—Codie Richards, TravelPulse Affiliate Editor

With its sugar white seashores and crystal clear waters, Nassau Paradise Island is well-known as a calming tropical getaway, however the island affords extra than simply solar, sand and sea.

Nassau Paradise Island has a wealthy historical past with Spanish, West African and British influences which have created a singular mix of island tradition. From eating like a neighborhood to celebrating the Junkanoo competition, guests can expertise quite a lot of cultural choices that present perception into the island’s deep-rooted historical past.

Discover Island Historical past

Lengthy earlier than it was a trip vacation spot, Nassau Paradise Island was a playground for pirates, explorers and entrepreneurs whose cultures blended with these of the native Bahamian folks. One among Nassau’s most visited historical attractions is the Queen’s Staircase, fabricated from 65 steps that have been hand carved from limestone by slaves within the 18th century.

One of many oldest constructions on the island is Christ Church Cathedral, which was inbuilt 1754 after three earlier church buildings have been destroyed and changed, and continues to carry providers at this time. Christ Church Cathedral is fabricated from regionally sourced limestone blocks, that are held collectively primarily by their dimension and the drive of gravity.

One other vital institution is the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, named in honor of a brave slave, Pompey, who lived on the Rolle Plantation on Steventon, Exuma, Bahamas. Situated at George Avenue in Downtown Nassau, Pompey Museum paperwork the influence of slavery in The Bahamas.

Twice devastated by hearth, in September 2001 and once more in December 2011, the museum is devoted to the preservation and interpretation of the expertise of the enslaved all through the ages, significantly transatlantic slavery and its aftermath in The Bahamas.

The constructing dates again to across the 1760s when the power was used as a market, from which commodities of every kind, together with slaves, have been offered.

Historical past buffs may go to the Bahamas Historical Museum, Fort Charlotte, the biggest of three forts on the island, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, or Balcony Home, the oldest picket residence nonetheless standing in Nassau.

Social gathering within the Streets

Much like Mardi Gras and Carnival, Junkanoo is an enormous celebration that options brightly costumed folks dancing to the rhythmic music of cowbells, drums, horns and whistles.

Junkanoo is a extremely spirited parade that historically takes place within the early morning hours of Boxing Day, celebrated on December 26, and New Yr’s Day. Although the celebration is carefree and enjoyable, the festivities are additionally aggressive, with awards going out for finest efficiency, costume, dancing and music.

For guests who need to study extra in regards to the custom throughout the remainder of the 12 months, cease by the Educulture Junkanoo Museum in downtown Nassau. The reveals depict an informative and attention-grabbing historical past of Junkanoo and The Bahamas, that includes costume items, conventional materials, music, and extra.

The Educulture Junkanoo Museum additionally affords a memorable interactive expertise the place friends could make colourful masks and dance to Bahamian music.

Discover a Cut price

Nassau’s well-known Straw Market is designed to accommodate roughly 400 distributors promoting every part from straw craft souvenirs handy carved items. Only a brief stroll from the high-end outlets on Bay Avenue, it’s the largest straw market on the planet and is the proper place to cut price with distributors for genuine handmade Bahamian crafts.

Style Native Delicacies

Organizations like Tru Bahamian Food Tours and Islandz Tours present guided excursions that give guests the prospect to immerse themselves within the vacation spot via native meals and tradition. A terrific introduction to Nassau, the excursions depart vacationers with an appreciation for Bahamian culinary custom and historical past.

To get a real style of paradise, vacationers can head to Arawak Cay on West Bay Avenue in Nassau. This widespread place is dwelling to quite a lot of genuine Bahamian eating places, that includes conventional dishes from the Islands and ice-cold drinks with a neighborhood twist.

Named after the unique West Indian inhabitants of the island and recognized regionally as “The Fish Fry,” Arawak Cay dates again to 1969 and options a number of eating places serving basic Bahamian dishes, together with lobster tails, fried snapper, grilled shrimp and naturally, conch.

The place to Keep

In Nassau:

Baha Mar

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Rosewood Baha Mar *Opening Spring 2018

SLS Baha Mar *Opening Fall 2017

Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island

Graycliff Lodge

British Colonial Hilton Nassau

Marley Resort and Spa

Meliá Nassau Seashore – All Inclusive

In Paradise Island:

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Seashore Tower

Coral Towers

The Cove Atlantis

Harborside Resort

The Reef Atlantis

Royal Towers

Consolation Suites Paradise Island

One&Solely Ocean Membership

Bay View Suites Paradise Island

Harborside Resort at Atlantis

Paradise Harbour Membership & Marina

Paradise Island Seashore Membership

Dawn Seashore Membership & Villas

Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas

For extra data on native websites, guided or strolling excursions, solo excursions and properties, go to

SOURCE: Nassau Paradise Island press launch.

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