One of the elementary stops on any southern Caribbean cruise, Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and offers oodles of things to see and do for all kinds of cruisers. Whether you’re a get-up-and-go traveller who always wants to be doing something fun, or a chilled-out sailor who wants to take it easy; you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in Bahamas tropical paradise Nassau.
Top 4 Things to do in Bahamas Tropical Paradise Nassau
1. Aquaventure Water Park
No matter how amazing the water slides are on your ship (and there really are some incredible ones) they don’t hold a candle to the stuff you’ll find at Aquaventure Water Park. Created by the fun-loving minds who dreamed up the water park of the same name in Dubai, this must-visit attraction offers the perfect balance of high-speed water slides, child-friendly splash zones and peaceful chill-out areas. It’s perfect for everyone – even families who never agree on anything.
2. Blue Lagoon Island
For something a little more authentically Barbadian, check out Blue Lagoon Island. Promising visitors a taste of the real Bahamas, this idyllic island features the white powdery sand; thick green forests and glistening aquamarine waters characteristic of the Caribbean. Here you can take it easy and do nothing more than doze in the sunshine before soaking up the surroundings during a leisurely stroll; or embark on a real once-in-a-lifetime experience by swimming with the dolphins; or trying your hand at training some sea lions.
3. The Queen’s Staircase
Bahamas tropical paradise Nassau isn’t all water parks and beaches – there are some historic gems, too. Set inside the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex, The Queen’s Staircase is one of the city’s biggest landmarks. It is also a great place to get away from the scorching Caribbean heat; while learning a bit about Nassau’s past. The staircase is comprised of 65 steps (there were 66, but the last one was buried under asphalt) covering 31m and was built by slaves during the late 1700’s. Decades later, the staircase was named after Queen Victoria who abolished slavery upon her ascension to the throne. Each step represents one year of her reign, plus one extra for luck.
4. John Watling’s Distillery
You can’t visit the Bahamas without trying their most popular drink – rum! And where better to try the tipple than Nassau’s most visited distillery? Situated within the magnificent grounds of the Buena Vista Estate, John Watling’s Distillery runs complimentary tours which you can hop on for the chance to learn how the hand-crafted small-batch rums are created. And then sample a cocktail or two made with the delicious liquor at the end.