Here is the list of amazing things to do in Nassau during a cruise.
The Bahamas is one of the most popular cruise destinations, and cruise ships often drop anchor at Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, and you can go on exciting shore excursions. If you are wondering what attractions and sights await you, here are a few things that you should know.
|1. Roam the Ardastra Gardens
|2. Relax at the Beaches of Nassau
|3. Enjoy Authentic Bahamian Cuisine
|4. Go Diving with Sharks
|5. Explore Clifton Heritage National Park
|6. Get Some Retail Therapy
The tropical Ardastra Gardens have the distinction of being the first ever zoo in the Bahamas. It is home to more than 200 tropical animals and can be a visual treat. The zoo has been breeding the Caribbean flamingos since the 1950s, but you can also see parrots, domestic pigs, and lemurs. The gardens also have a number of tropical plants.
Nassau has beautiful beaches with white, soft sand. Nassau experiences nearly 300 days of sunshine each year and it is the perfect destination to bask in the sun and swim in the turquoise waters. You can go snorkeling and scuba diving in protected coves. There are many ship and airplane wrecks in the water that you can explore. The surrounding coral reefs are teeming with tropical fish and if you are adventurous, you can go swimming with sharks and stingrays.
If you are yearning for authentic Bahamian dishes, head to Arawak Cay in Nassau. This place is always teeming with locals, so you know that the food is great and affordably priced. You will find restaurants that serve authentic Bahamian cuisine. Be sure to try the iconic cracked conch and other seafood dishes.
If you have certification for scuba diving, you can head to Stuart Cove, where you can dive and swim among Caribbean reef sharks. It is a thrilling experience. Your guide will also demonstrate a shark feeding session using fish and a pole.
If you are curious about the history of the Bahamas and its people, head to the Clifton Heritage National Park. The park is west of New Providence and allows you to find out more about the history of the region. Comprising a diverse landscape, you will be fascinated by the replica buildings of the Lucayan people, who were the first settlers of the islands. You will also be able to see old plantations, left over the slave trade era.
Nassau has its own straw market, where you can buy products made from palmetto straw and sisal fiber. Make sure you bargain to buy the handcrafted local craft items and other items before finalizing the deal. There are other markets on the Bay Street, in the vicinity of this one that you can also explore. If you are looking for a more refined shopping experience, visit the duty-free shops in the downtown. You will be able to buy your souvenirs and gifts for loved ones here.
These are some of the exciting activities in Nassau that await you when you go on a Bahamas cruise. Make the most of it.