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Playing in Nassau

Playing in Nassau

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Bay St. is lined with shops offering the typical selection of upscale luxuries and downscale knickknacks, but Nassau is probably best-known for its Straw Market. There was a time when nobody could leave the port without a straw hat, basket, or handbag, but not every visitor is enchanted by the experience. The stalls and crafters of the market fill a city block between Bay St. and the waterfront—its narrow quarters are shaded by a huge, temporary awning.

The soft, white sands of Nassau are a major attraction. The nearest public beach to the wharf is Western Esplanade, along West Bay St. Famed Cable Beach, with its hotels, casino, and water sports, is more attractive and just a few miles farther down the road. Paradise Island has many first-class beaches, best visited as part of a shore excursion. Remote South Ocean Beach is a $33 cab fare from the wharf, or rent a car. Its quiet beauty may be worth the journey.

Casino action centers on Paradise Island’s fancy Atlantis Casino and the older Crystal Palace Casino on Cable Beach. A day in either spot offers beach lounging, water sports, and similar distractions for those family members too young or disinclined to gamble. Water taxis serve both destinations from Prince George Wharf.

The Atlantis Resort (http://www.atlantisbahamas.comoffers aquariums and sea life exhibits to go along with the casino, recreation, and dining. All-day exhibit admission may be available for walk-ups, but does not include their water park—for that, you need to do the Atlantis Aquaventure excursion (see page 258) or get a room at either Atlantis or Comfort Suites Paradise Island that includes use of the resort’s facilities for up to 4 guests/room (http://www.comfortsuites.com).

Nassau offers too many scuba, snorkeling, boating, and sea life encounters to list here, but Disney’s shore excursions (see next page) offer a good cross-section of these activities. Golf, tennis, fishing, and other sporting opportunities abound for those willing to do it on their own. Fortunately, you have a long day in Nassau. For details, visit the Bahamas’ official site at http://www.bahamas.com.

“Goombay” and “Junkanoo” have become well-known Bahamian catchwords. Goombay is a local musical style that gets its name from the African term for rhythm. The Bahamas famed Junkanoo parades take place when your ship is out of port, but you can view a Junkanoo exhibit right on Prince George Wharf.

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Top Photo Slice: The beautiful Atlantis Resort in Nassau (℗ 49695) Photo contributed by © goofyboysmama


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