At the end of October, my boyfriend and I went to Paradise Island on Nassau, Bahamas for his cousin's wedding (which was amazing and beautiful). The wedding was October 31st and since we met 10 years ago that day (we met on Halloween 2015), we decided to go a few days early to enjoy Paradise Island by ourselves. Here are some highlights of that trip:
We stayed in the Royal Towers at the Atlantis and while pretty much everything at the hotel was expensive, it was a beautiful and fun resort. It basically felt like a huge theme park with slides and pools and lots to explore. There's also a beach and a casino. From the airport, we took taxi instead of paying $35/pp for the Atlantis shuttle. A taxi is $36 for 2 people so I don't know why you would opt for the shuttle. The cabs are right outside the airport. They are unmarked but if you ask anyone, they will help you. Our cab ride was great and the driver was eager to tell us fun facts about the island.
The roof of the lobby:
The view from our room:
The mayan temple with the 'Leap of Faith' slide and two others. You slide down at about 80 degrees, it's awesome!
The aquarium at the resort. It's free admission and it's a great aquarium.
We played a few dollars on the slot machines and while I didn't actually win anything, I did find a $100 chip on the floor! And no, I did not gamble it, I cashed that sucked and pocketed the money.
After exploring the resort the first day and going on a bunch of slides, we went to downtown Nassau to get a sense of the culture. We went to Queen's Staircase and walked from there to the area where the cruise port is and Junkanoo Beach. Keep in mind that the locals WILL try to get your money any way possible. I'm not saying they will steal it but they will try to get you to buy anything. Do not fall for it and do not accept the price they give you if you do choose to buy something.
One of the days we ate at this place called Twin Brothers and it was delicious! I definitely recommend it!
Kalik is one of their local beers. They also have a local cocktail type drink called Fayou that is delicious. It comes in pear and pineapple and the pear was my favorite.
I discovered I love Pina Coladas! Also, the ocean water is crazy blue in Nassau!
The beach at the resort. So beautiful. I didn't want to leave.
Seeing how everything at the Atlantis is expensive and all reasonable places to eat close by around 5pm and the reasonable restaurants are closed during off season I HIGHLY recommend getting most of your food in downtown Nassau. It was a $12 ride from the resort and a full meal is about $6-$12 as opposed to $60+ at the resort. Keep in mind, however, that the rooms do not have a microwave or real refrigerator. The moon has a mini fridge packed with things you have to pay for with a tiny area left over for your own items - it fits about 2 bottles of water. The local food is absolutely delicious and consists of mainly rice and peas, jerk chicken (more barbecue than Jamaican chicken - it's fantastic), some seafood like conch fritters (I tried them for the first time at Twin Brothers and they were delicious), and this great macaroni casserole that's their version of mac and cheese but a million times better. They have plenty of other dishes but these were my favorite.
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Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!