8 Hours in Nassau

You’ve only got one day in port. Here’s how to make the most of your time and explore the best of what the Bahamas has to offer.
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Nassau perfectly blends the buzz of a city with the laid-back vibes of island life. You’ll find tons of options for shopping, dining and adventure. We’ve narrowed it down to the must-dos along with a healthy dose of silky-soft sand and crystal blue waters.

If you’re a foodie:

The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay

Time it takes: 25-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride from the port

Nassau’s famous Fish Fry isn’t just one restaurant, it’s a group of restaurants and bars serving up traditional, fresh Bahamian food, including the signature ingredient, conch. Try conch salad, conch fritters or stewed conch, and make sure to finish your meal with guava duff, a dough spread with guava, then rolled, steamed and served with a vanilla sauce.

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The Tiki Bikini Hut

Time it takes: 15-minute walk

The Tiki Bikini Hut is a hidden treasure located on Junkanoo Beach. Here you’ll find cheap drinks and food and an atmosphere people rave about. Pace yourself, though: Their most famous special is three beers and three shots for ten dollars. You can also enjoy the sounds of local music while lying on the beach.  

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Graycliff Chocolatier

Time it takes: 1 hour excursion

The Graycliff Chocolatier Boutique doesn’t just sell chocolate delicacies; it also allows guests to take a leisurely tour of Graycliff factory or suit up in coveralls and craft their very own chocolate masterpiece.


If you’re a beach bum:

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Junkanoo Beach

Time it takes: 15-minute walk or 8-minute taxi ride

This free, public beach (with affordable lounge-chair and umbrella rentals) is an easy 15-minute walk from the cruise dock, and offers a taste of the Bahamas’ famous blue waters and soft sand with a hint of local flavor. Both residents and visitors gather here to sip a few Bahama Mamas and while enjoying the day under the sun.


Blue Lagoon Island

Time it takes: 4-hour excursion

Junkanoo is a great option if time is of the essence, but for an even more remote and serene beach experience, venture just a bit farther from port to swim in the calm waters of Blue Lagoon Island, relax on a hammock, float on a water mat and enjoy a low-key BBQ lunch. You can also swing by the animal facility to watch sea lions and dolphins doing their thing.    

If you’re an adventurer:

Atlantis Aquaventure

Time it takes: 5-hour excursion

Truth time: You can’t talk about Nassau without talking about Atlantis, the unrivaled (and huge!) luxury resort and water park on Paradise Island. During a day at Atlantis, you can shoot down intense water slides — including one that goes straight through a shark tank — swim in 20 pools and swimming areas, explore fascinating marine life exhibits and jet through the rapids river on an inner tube. Need a break? Pull up a chair on Atlantis’s private beach.  

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Dive Bahamas

Time it takes: 5-hour excursion

Certified divers will love the chance to check out the turquoise waters of Nassau up close and personal, especially since this beloved local dive site is situated in an area that enjoys great water conditions year round. View tropical fish, sea turtles and even reef sharks up close.    

If you’re a history buff:

Pirate Museum

Time it takes: 8-minute walk

Explore the seedier side of Bahamian history at the Pirates of Nassau Museum, where costumed staffers answer questions and pose for photos as you browse the exhibits and learn about the days when pirates ruled the Caribbean waters. Learn the Pirate’s Code of Conduct (including which offenses could get you “marooned”!) and see replicas of a pirate ship’s galley and mates cabin.   

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Queen’s Staircase

Time it takes: 2 hours

This stately landmark is located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex and is a great place to snap the perfect selfie while on a tour of Nassau’s highlights. The staircase, named in honor of Britain’s Queen Victoria, was built from solid limestone between 1793 and 1794.


Whatever adventure you choose, there’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with the views and the people of the Bahamas. Ready to start your vacation? Explore more of Nassau here.