If you’ve ever taken a Caribbean cruise, chances are that you’ve enjoyed at least one port of call in Nassau, Bahamas. One of the easiest of the Islands of the Bahamas to visit by cruise ship, ferry or plane, Nassau is a popular vacation destination for many in South Florida and beyond! While recently in the Bahamas covering the 16 Couples, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day wedding event, I enjoyed one beautiful day in Nassau before departing for my stay in Andros Island. Whether you’re visiting Nassau during a Caribbean cruise or simply flying in for a tropical vacation, I think you’ll enjoy this short and sweet list of 3 Things to Do in Nassau!
If you are visiting via a cruise ship, you’re in luck! You’ll be let off right in front of John Bull shopping district, and while shopping there is definitely fun, I am going to take a wild guess and assume that what you really came to the Bahamas for is the beach!
Just a short walk away lies Junkanoo Beach, which is a free public beach complete with public bathrooms, lounge chairs, a small straw market, vendors selling their Bahamas crafts and jewelry and a snack shack.
If you’re feeling sporty, there’s even a volleyball court!
I recommend trying the conch fritters, they’re to die for!
The walk from the cruise port to Junkanoo Beach is just about ten minutes and there are signs on the main street leading the way. Of course, you can also follow the rest of your cruising compatriots – when I was in town, there was a steady stream of folks with beach bags heading that way!
Depending on how much time you have in Nassau, I recommend checking out the Junkanoo Museum and Resource Center. Junkanoo is one of the biggest celebrations in the Caribbean, and is the biggest festival in the Bahamas.
At the Junkanoo Museum and Resource Center, you’ll take a stroll through the museum and learn about the history of the festival and see firsthand the incredible detail presented in the Junkanoo costumes!
Junkanoo costumes are made entirely by hand, and the only materials allowed when competing in the festival contest are various forms of paper and glue. These costumes take so long to create, with some being as big as fourteen feet wide! People join up to create teams and come up with brand new designs each year. The attention to detail and overall creativity are truly amazing!
At the end of the tour, you’ll be led to a simulated Junkanoo shack, where you’ll experience what it is like to work on a costume and take part in a Junkanoo music-making routine. It’s a lot of fun!
If you only eat at one restaurant while in Nassau, it should be The Poop Deck.
Located right on the water, The Poop Deck has such beautiful views that there was actually a wedding taking place on the patio the day I had lunch there!
Everything at The Poop Deck is delicious, but you must try the Conch Fritters!
One of the things that makes The Poop Deck so amazing is they only serve fresh fish…that was caught the very same day!
While in Nassau, conch and other seafood are popular items on every restaurant’s menu and you can’t go wrong with a little fish fry, rice and peas and cole slaw!
You can learn more about all of the things to do in Nassau at Bahamas.com.