The capital of the Bahamas packs quite a punch when it comes to offering natural experiences that are also Caribbean in essence. From verdant landscapes to diverse wildlife and from pristine beaches to stunning underwater life, Nassau has it all for those seeking a true Bahamian encounter:
Befriend Dolphins at the Blue Lagoon with Dolphin Encounters
Owing its humble beginning to the rescue of two Bottlenose Dolphins by a local family in the year 1989, the Dolphin Encounters today is one of the best organisations in the city for spending time with these gentle sea creatures. Focusing on the conservation and rehabilitation of sea animals, including sea lions, the facility has several programmes under which interaction with these animals is possible. A 20-minute scenic boat ride takes visitors through the popular historical sites of the city and leaves them at the lagoon where they can swim with dolphins and sea lions.
Visit the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
The only zoo in the whole of Bahamas, the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo spreads over 4 acres in the middle of the city. The gardens are perfectly manicured and boast surreal beauty and tranquillity. Over 135 animals call this place a home, of which the Caribbean flamingos are the most famous inmates, also having their own show through which visitors can know them better. A great place for families with little kids, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre offers opportunities for feeding the birds, enjoying leisurely walks and learning about the ecosystem of Nassau.
Seek Thrill at the Pirates of Nassau Museum
A little research into the history of the city will tell you that Nassau once was the base for the greatest conglomeration of sea pirates. Although the pirates have long retired, the Pirates of Nassau Museum has managed to conserve the history and life of pirates in the fun and engaging way. Perfect for families, the museum offers an interactive experience where visitors get to ride the pirate ship, go on revenge missions and loot gold. If you have to pick just one entertaining experience for your kids in Nassau, make sure it is this.
Pose along the Queen’s Staircase
The Queen’s staircase refers to 66 steps that form a staircase in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau. Named after Queen Victoria of Britain, the steps lead to a direct path into the city from the Fort Fincastle. Made of limestone rocks, the steps are a reminder of the slave history in this part of the world. Make sure you take your cameras to click those Instagram-worthy pictures that are going to make your friends very jealous.
Escape to Sandy Toe Rose Island
Picture a scenic boat ride leading to a stunning island where you can spend the day getting your tropical tan on a private beach or lying on a hammock. Exciting? Make sure you visit the Sandy Toe Rose Island to live the fantasy. Just a 15-minute of boat ride away from Nassau, the island offers a perfect escape from the city crowds and is a party hotspot for those seeking an exclusive private beach escape. Depending upon the temperament and company, one can sign up for snorkelling and kayaking adventures in the clear and warm ocean waters, swim with the pigs, follow the verdant natural trails, set camp at the fancy beach bars or opt for a relaxing beach massage here.