How many times have you caught yourself staring at photos and postcards of exotic sandy beaches and turquoise sea of Bahamas? Have you ever dreamed of exotic beaches of New Providence and Paradise Island? Do you believe your tropical dream can come true?
Luckily, Bahamian islands are not far from Florida, USA, and you could easily reach them from Miami. From Europe there is a direct flight from London to Nassau.
1. Nassau and New Providence
Nassau is the capital and also the biggest city, located on the island of New Providence. Interesting fact is that the city is spread across the whole island. It has a downtown with restaurants and shops, mainly influenced by the American heritage and numerous beaches and resorts on either side of the island. I tried Sandyport beach, Cable beach and Compass Point beach. I enjoyed the most the Compass Point Resort with its beautiful white sandy beach and colorful huts all around where you can stay during your holidays. The beach is private and they charge 5 $ if you are not staying at the resort. Everywhere you go you can pay in Bahamian or US dollars which are equal in value.
2. Atlantis and Paradise Island
On the northeast side New Providence is connected to Paradise Island by a bridge, where you can visit the sprawling Atlantis. Atlantis is considered one the biggest resorts in the world where many films were shot and some interesting events took place, like shows of the most famous artists and Miss Universe. It has a free walk-in aquarium with many fish of the region, the most typical being stingrays, which you can even encounter while swimming. Inside of the resort they have designer shops and outside there is a shopping village with many souvenir shops. The restaurants in Atlantis are classy, but pricey, with some of the best fish I have ever tried. You can also enjoy Atlantis water park, casino and night club.
3. Junkanoo parade
New Year’s Eve celebrations can be enjoyed either in Atlantis or downtown where the famous Junkanoo parade is held during the whole night, starting at 1 am until 10 am. It is a celebration of the Bahamian art and culture with amazing costumes, music and dancing. I spent my evening on the pool of the Atlantis resort where a local band was playing popular songs and where after midnight I witnessed a mini Junkanoo parade in all its glory.
From New Providence you can get to some other Bahamian islands and enjoy the beautiful pristine waters, white beaches and some other activities like snorkeling, swimming with dolphins or stingrays. On my next trip to Bahamas I am planning to do something I missed out this time: to take a dip with dolphins!
Have you heard of the Junkanoo parade before?
Have you visited the Bahamas? What’s your favorite Bahamian island?
Story by Jelena Krešić, a fellow traveler & the blog guest.
Jelena is an avid traveler, who is fluent in English, Italian, French and Croatian. Currently residing in Luxembourg, she is in love with the whole World.