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Port of Call – Nassau & Paradise Island Bahamas

by Lori Eastes
Photo by Quin Bisset

Dreaming of a destination with white sand beaches, bright turquoise waters, and incredible night life? Then come to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, and the adjoining Paradise Island, the perfect destinations for guests who love to relax by the beach during the day and spin the roulette wheel at night. 

The bustling city of Nassau is known for providing an experience where the ease of the tropics meets the hum of city life. There is so much to be explored beyond the beautiful beaches including the island’s Heritage Museum of The Bahamas, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, and the traditional changing of the Guard, a tradition since 1958 and a reflection of its time as a British colony. Nassau lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring access to the amazing Paradise Island, home to many large resorts including the famous Atlantis Paradise Island. This ocean-themed resort features fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools, waterslides, casinos, restaurants, and more throughout the 100-acre retreat.  

The Bahamas has wonderful weather with an average high of 91 in the summer and a low of 64 in the winter. With the mild winter temperatures and the least chance of rain between December and March, the best time to visit the Bahamas is from mid-December to mid-April.  

To begin your luxury yacht vacation, you will cruise the Atlantic Ocean before landing in the Bahamas. There you will anchor off the island to enjoy a delicious fresh lunch served topside and made by your onboard professional chef. After lunch, you can spend the rest of the day lying in the sun and enjoying the most spectacular view from the deck. Once you are ready for dinner, you can make your way to the aft deck for a gorgeous sunset and a handmade cocktail while your meal is being prepared. What better way to commence an amazing vacation?  

After a good night’s sleep and a delectable breakfast, it is time for an adventure. To kick off the second day of your vacation, your captain will take you to their favorite snorkeling location. The Bahamas is well-known for incredible snorkeling. You will feel at peace floating in the turquoise water amongst the magnificent coral reefs filled with bright neon fish. If your group is interested in a casino night, your captain will dock at The Atlantis Marina. Here you will disembark for a night of fun, starting with dinner at Nobu and followed by a night of drinking and gambling at the Atlantis Casino.  

Get ready to spend a beautiful day in paradise at a Four Seasons Resort after the night’s fun. You will have the choice to either relax by the pool at The Ocean Club or spend the day golfing at The Ocean Club Golf Course. This gorgeous golf course has views of the Atlantic Ocean and Nassau Harbor at every turn. For those who choose a relaxing pool day, there are three pools to select from: a lagoon-style family pool, an adult-only pool that offers an elegant sanctuary, and the Ocean Pool which is the ultimate lounging pool. Whichever adventure you choose, you will have a fantastic day. Next is another sunset cruise with dinner and drinks on the aft deck to unwind from the day. Enjoy the quiet of the waves lapping while you are sitting with your favorite people and savoring the exquisite meal your chef has prepared for you.   

If you crave a real adrenaline rush, you can schedule diving with sharks through Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas. The company’s Shark Adventure is a 2-tank dive program that will introduce thrill-seeking divers to wild sharks. If the shark adventure isn’t your speed and you would rather swim with majestic dolphins, you can do that at the Dolphin Cay at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Dolphin Cay showcases one of the largest and most sophisticated marine habitats and animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities.  

No matter what adventure you fancy, you can do it in Nassau and Paradise Island. With so much to do, there is something for everyone from history buffs to adrenaline junkies to poolside sun seekers.  

Photo by Quin Bisset
Photo by Quin Bisset

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