Activities

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Sunset at Compass Point Restaurant

DINING

Poop Deck — Highly recommended by locals and tourists alike.  Fresh seafood – grouper a favorite.  Two locations – bridge by Paradise Island and Sandyport.  Most say downtown location better.  Enjoy view overlooking Marina.

Fish Fry — Located at Arawak Cay, an eclectic mix of Bahamian cuisine and a popular spot for locals.  Great people watching.  There are several small restaurants that make up this area—try Oh Andros, Seafood Haven, Fish Fry, or Twin Brothers.  Grouper, conch fritters, peas n rice are well liked favorites.  Lunch served as well.

Graycliff — For the special occasion.  Elegant 5 star world famous fine dining restaurant located downtown Nassau.  Beautiful garden settings, and exquisite entrees.  Great selection of wines.  Be prepared to spend some cash but well worth every penny.  Also known for their extensive selection of cigars.

Nobu  At Atlantis Resort. Japanese and suishi cuisine, but a bit pricy. Excellent black cod entrée.

Luciano’s  good Italian food, nice atmosphere, pretty reasonable.

Cricket Club — Great spot for lunch – across from Arawak Cay/Fish Fry – check out a cricket match while munching on grouper fingers and conch chowder soup.  Casual atmosphere.  A flare of British cuisine as well. Excellent seafood pot pie.

Compass Point — Maybe the best Steak on the rock, great seafood selections, and certainly one of the great places to watch a sunset. Located on West Bay Street on the waterfront towards Lyford Cay.   Live music on weekends.  Great outdoor bar for watching games and the food is outstanding but also expensive.  One of our favorites !!

Bahamian Drinks — A must—savor the locally brewed beer, Kalik.  Rum drinks abundant.  Try da yellowbird, bahama mama, or a goombay smash. Top it off with a Bahama rum cake or guava duff for dessert.

Bars — Visit Senior Frogs !!!!!  Fun place for Happy Hour or late night dancing……downtown Nassau on the waterfront.  Upside down margaritas are flowing.  You may even get a tattoo as you enter.  Party atmosphere and tunes crank.  Bars seem to come and go but found a fun spot for live music and rock n roll just East of PI Bridge called Crazy Johnny’s.  Caught some live reggae music at a local joint nearby called Hammmerheads.

Bahamian Food Tasting Tour — Slow down and explore the city’s charming off-the-beaten path sites and experiences on our signature Bites of Nassau Food Tour. You’ll enjoy delicious authentic food and drink tastings from 6 local restaurants, specialty stores and ethnic eateries (beyond the classic touristy spots) in the heart of this storied downtown neighborhood. We’ll also satisfy your appetite with a hearty dose of fascinating Bahamian history, architecture and culture.  Approx. 1 mile walking tour.  Reservations required.

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Booze Cruise by Breezes Hotel

RECREATION

Scuba — Experience the thrill of marine life down under the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas.  Contact Stuart Coves or Bahama Divers for half day or full day excursions.  Quick certification for the newcomer. Also check out Sub Bahamas – 40 mins piloting your personal scenic underwater bubble along bottom of ocean to view spectacular reef in 15 ft of water.

Snorkeling  Contact Brian from Netty Watersports (info at the house) who will come to Shangri-La beach and pick you up for a reasonably priced 2 hr snorkel adventure.

Golf — A new Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Baha Mar Resort coming soon. Currently the only course open to the public is The Ocean Club at Atlantis on Paradise Island which is a bit expensive to play.

Out Island – Exuma — Full day excursion aboard high speed vessels. It takes 55 minutes to hop over to the Exuma Cays for a day of drift snorkeling, shark and stingray feedings, nature walks and wild boar encounters. Two Island stops, one inhabited by large iguanas. Lunch, open bar and snorkeling equipment included. Boat departs at 9am and returns at 5pm. Cost for adults is approx. $200/kids 12 & under is $140 but ask for discounts. Reserve with Powerboat Adventures or Island World Adventures. A day to remember and well worth the cost!!

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Deep Sea Fishing

Out Island – Harbour Island — Take the Bo Hengy Ferry over to Harbour Island (about a 2 hour ride) to see breathtaking pink sandy beaches.  Rent a golf cart to get around the Island.  Lunch or a cocktail at The Sip Sip restaurant on the waterfront.  Worth a trip to The Lone Tree for a photo opp.

Booze Cruise — Half day adventure. Boat ride, short snorkel stop, lunch included, beach stop, dancing with live DJ. Very amusing – catch boat by Breezes Hotel – 10 min walk down beach from Shangri La. Runs $40-50 per person. Noon departure, returns around 6 PM.

SuperClubs Breezes — Day Pass for Non Motorized Water Sports — This is an all-inclusive resort which offers $65 day pass or $75 night pass for non guests.   It’s a 10 min walk down the beach next to Baha Mar Resort. Kayaks, boogie boards, windsurfing, circus trapeze, rock climbing. Meals and bevs included with day pass. Use of tennis courts also included.

Catamaran Cruise — Cruise through the turquoise waters on a high-speed catamaran to a beautiful private island where you can swim with the dolphins or sea lions.

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Jet Ski Rental

Fishing Charters  The Bahamas is well known as one of the great Sportfishing destinations of the world.  We have calm water most of the year and very little travel time to get to the fishing grounds. Less than a quarter mile off Nassau and Atlantis’s Paradise Island you are deep-sea fishing.  On the north side of Nassau and Paradise Island, you are in 1,000 feet of water 15 minutes from the dock and 4 miles off you are fishing in 6,000 feet of water.  You’ll discover that sport fishing off Nassau is unlike any other big-game fishing experience you’ve ever had.

Jetskiing, parasailing, kite-boarding, paddle boarding  Test your skills in the bay by the house!!

Birding/Nature Tours Discover Nassau’s natural beauty on a half or full day tour.  Explore forests, wetlands, seashore, fresh water ponds, nature reserves to find your target birds or just enjoy visiting various habitat areas.  Ecotour guide, binoculars, refreshments supplied.  Bicycling tours also available upon request.

LEISURE

Casinos — Roll the dice, place your bets, get lucky at the penny, quarter or $1 slots.  There are two casinos in Nassau.  The Crystal Palace Casino (at Baha Mar Resort) is located in the Cable Beach area.  Atlantis Casino (a bit larger in size) is located across the bridge on Paradise Island.

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Atlantis Paradise Island

Atlantis — If you love waterparks and pool activity, a non-guest day pass is available for $125/Kids $100.  Scope out the huge yachts docked at Marina Village.  Excellent photo opp at the Big Chair.  The Dig/Aquarium is cool to cruise thru–huge stingrays in the tank.  Normally tickets sell for $25-$35 but if you go later in the evening, you can usually walk thru for free.

Shopping — If shopping suits your fancy, there are tons of duty free shops along East Bay Street featuring bargains on designer goods.  Or for the real bargain hunter, browse through the main straw market at the waterfront downtown Nassau. Vendors carry a colorful selection of carvings and souvenir items. Visit the smaller straw market located across the street from Baha Mar Resort at Cable Beach.

Ardastra Gardens & Zoo — Stroll around acres of beautiful tropical gardens. Watch world-famous marching flamingos perform daily (very amusing). Guests are invited to feed the Lory parrots daily show times. There are also iguanas, snakes, monkeys, birds, including the rare Bahama parrot and even a Vietnamese potbellied pig. Open daily 9am-5pm.

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Shopping at Straw Markets

Dolphin Encounter — The newest inhabitants of Atlantis at Dolphin Cay, one of the world’s largest man-made dolphin habitats. This 14-acre attraction includes an informative orientation session and shallow or deep water interaction with dolphins.

Forts — Two forts located in the downtown area – Fort Fincastle and Fort Charlotte. On the West End of Nassau is Fort Montagu. Worth a visit to learn a little history of the island.

Hair Braiding — The Hair Braiding Pavilion, Prince George Dock, is the place to change your look. At this government-sponsored pavilion, visitors can have their hair braided or corn rowed by certified hair braiders. Prices range from $2 for a single braid to $120 for a full head of hair.

Queen’s Staircase — Nassau’s most visited attraction. Climb the 65 steps, recently renovated, carved out of solid limestone in the late 18th century, between 1793 and 1794.

Pirates of Nassau Museum — Located in downtown Nassau, Pirates of Nassau is a true landmark nestled in three historical buildings: The Slave Kitchen, which is approximately 200 years old; the Lofthouse, which is approximately 150 years old and the Marlborough Arms which is approximately 100 years old.

TRANSPORTATION

Jitneys, Cabs, Ferry Ride — Getting around Nassau doesn’t necessarily require renting a vehicle.  The jitneys (or commuter buses) are a great way to get to and from destinations.  They run daily from 6 AM to 6 PM along Bay Street.  Cost of a ride is only $1.50 and you can catch the #10 right in front of Shangri La.  Just say “Bus Stop Please” and they will stop anywhere along their route into downtown Nassau.  They do not, however, cross over the bridge to Paradise Island and don’t go as far West as Lyford Cay.  Cabs are abundant but do get pricy if you are in and about several times a day.  Take a ferry ride from downtown Nassau over to Paradise Island (cost is $4 per person) but they stop running at 6 PM.

Horse & Surrey Rides — Downtown Nassau. View the sights of picturesque Nassau from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. A 20-25-minute ride costs $20 for up to two adults and $10 for children. Max passengers: two adults and one child or three small adults. Rates for additional passengers and extended trips should be negotiated beforehand. Horses rest 1-3pm from May-Oct and 1-2pm from Nov-April.

Site seeing Tour — Hire a taxi service and ride around the island of New Providence for 2.5 hours. Visit residential areas, historical buildings, the Atlantis Hotel Tourist Attractions, The Queen’s Staircase, Parliament Square and centuries old forts once used to defend Nassau against the Spanish.

Rental Vehicle  Option to rent a vehicle thru our local property manager at additional fee. Rates will be less expensive vs. airport rates.