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An August 2004 trip to Nassau by jlmadnick

Westwind II Welcome Party Photo, Nassau, Bahamas More Photos
Quote: Nassau is a great place for a family vacation. We found something for everyone. This journal describes some of the places we visited and some of the activities we enjoyed. I've included a few tips that would have been nice to have known ahead of our trip.

Sunshine Paradise Suites

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Sunshine Paradise Suites - NOT RECOMMENDED Paradise Island Road Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas $120/night This is a small suite hotel on Paradise Island down the street from Atlantis. The first impression was "this isn't so bad" ... but it was. Luckily, it was only for one night! The suite looked like it had recently been painted. The furniture looked nice but not fancy. The pool was clean. Then, the problems started ... The bedroom window vertical blind was missing a couple of slats. No problem, I covered it with a beach towel. Then we found a very large roach in the bathroom. Ok, we all get bugs once in a while. The springs on th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Sunshine Paradise Suites
Paradise Island Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-363-3955

Westwind II Club

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Hotel

Westwind II Club Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Best Things Nearby:Coral reef, Crystal Palace Casino, Cafe Jonny CanoesBest Things About the Resort:The BEACH, The VILLA, The STAFF .. the resort is wonderful!Resort Experience:Westwind II Resort Highly Recommended We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Westwind II. The staff is extremely friendly and the resort is small which we liked. Valencia and Donita are in the office and Wanda and Lovely run the cafe. Everything is "No problem." You are definitely on vacation at Westwind II. The Resort Westwind II has two pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts and a nice beach. The grounds are nicely landscaped a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Westwind II Club
Cable Beach
Nassau, Bahamas

Cafe Johnny Canoe

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Restaurant | "Johnny Canoes"

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Cafe Johnny Canoe Nassau Beach Hotel West Bay St Nassau, Bahamas Cafe Johnny Canoe is brightly decorated with a junkanoo theme. There are junkanoo masks on the walls. The restaurant is a short walk from the Westwind II resort. The menu is Bahamian with some American dishes. The entree prices run from $10 - $18 and higher. We shared an order of Conch (pronounced conk) fritters. It's sort of like a clam fritter with chopped pieces of conch mixed in a batter and deep fried. The Bahamian chicken and peas n' rice were big hits. Be sure to try the Guava Duff. It's a Bahamian specialty dessert. You can get it at most restaurants o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Cafe Johnny Canoe
West Bay Street, Cable Beach
Nassau, Bahamas

Winfield's

Restaurant

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Winfield's Café – RECOMMENDED Adelaide Rd, just past the Coral harbour roundabout This is a "locals" cafe, more like your typical neighborhood sandwich or pizza shop in the US. You can take away or eat it here. They have a couple of small tables inside and a few picnic tables out on the deck. The menu includes cracked conch (pronounced conk), steamed grouper, baked chicken and ribs. They also have a selection of sides such as peas n' rice, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw. I tried the cracked conch. It was a bit like fried clams but a little chewier. Everyone else had the baked chicken, which they said was good. The prices were reasonable at $8-$9 per entree...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Winfield's
Adelaide Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Anthony's Caribbean Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Anthony's Caribbean Bar & Grill"

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Anthony's is more of a family restaurant, so don't let the "bar and grill" name deter you. The restaurant is brightly colored with Caribbean prints on the walls and island motif tablecloths. There was a live performer playing soft tunes and island music the night (Saturday) we visited. The menu ranged from burgers to steak, chicken to fish, salads and pasta. We ordered a burger, coconut shrimp and Caesar salads. All of the meals were well prepared and flavorful. It was a little slow from the time we ordered until the food arrived but after all, what's the rush, you're on island time! The total for four (two adults, two teens) was $110 including soft drinks and dessert...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Anthony's Caribbean Bar & Grill
Paradise Island Shopping Plaza Junction of Paradise and Casino Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-363-3152

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murry Murray’s NY Deli RECOMMENDED Atlantis Resort Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas Murray’s Deli is a NY style deli set along side the marina at Atlantis. The menu is definitely NY Deli with items such as corned beef, gefilte fish, whitefish salad and chopped liver. And I can’t forget the chicken soup with matzah balls. There are also less ethnic choices such as hot dogs and chicken breast sandwiches. The matzah ball soup was tasty and included lots of noodles and one softball sized matzah ball. The matzah ball wasn’t as good as my wife’s but very good for a ny deli in the Bahamas! The corned beef ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Murray's New York Deli
Atlantis Resort
Nassau, Bahamas

The Poop Deck at Sandyport

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Restaurant | "The Poop Deck at Sandy Port"

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poop The Poop Deck at Sandyport HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 327-3325 about 3 miles west of Cable Beach, off West Bay Street The Poop Deck at Sandy Port is located just over the Sandy Port bridge, a couple of miles west of Cable Beach in the upscale community of Sandy Port. The restaurant is unpretentious and nicely decorated. You can dine either inside or out on the deck. We chose inside seating. On the way to your table, the Maitre’d brings you by the display of the day’s catch of lobster and hog snapper. The menu includes fish, lobster, chicken, steak and lamb. All of the dishes sounded so good, it was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

The Poop Deck at Sandyport
Sandyport Marina Village, West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
(242) 327-3325

Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour

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Attraction

Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour – Recommended Bacardi Rd Nassau, Bahamas FREE The tours are at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The tour only takes place if there are at least 10 people. The day we went the 11:00A tour was canceled. We were told this happens often to the 11:00A tour but rarely to the 2:00P tour. We returned for the 2:00P tour. The tour starts at the visitor welcome pavilion. Here you're offered a sample from a variety of Bacardi products, including the $200-a-bottle Bacardi Casa 20-year-old rum. I tried the Nassau Royale Rum Liqueur, which is available only on the island. The tour is a short walking tour and has a few interesting points, but is not tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour
Bacardi And Carmichael Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-362-1412

Snorkeling On your Own!

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Honeymoon Cove Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Snorkeling on your own!If you are not a big time snorkeler and are happy with a shallow reef and a few fish, here's a few places to try.We brought our own gear (mask, snorkel, pfd) with us. The snorkel and mask cost $19 at sports authority and the pfd's were $20 at Namco. By bring our own, we could explore the beaches and snorkel at any spot that looked interesting.Westwind II SnorkelingThere is some sea grass and a few fish in the area marked as the Westwind II swimming area. But a better place is to walk next door to the Radisson's beach. There are 3 small reefs a short distance from shore. The reefs appear ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Westwind II

Attraction | "Jet Ski Rental"

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Jet Ski Rentals Westwind II Beach - Recommended Hang out on the beach long enough and the jet ski vendor will come to you. If you say No, they will give you a "No problem, man" and leave you alone. But if you seem interested, they'll start offering you a deal. If you hold out, they'll lower the price. The going rate on Cable Beach is $50 for half an hour. I paid $40 for half an hour. Ask for "Rocket Man" from Cable Beach Aquasports. His real name is Levon. The jet ski we rented would hold two. I have no idea how fast it went but it gave my teenage boys a thrill. We did get it airborne once or twice. For reference, I was told the rate at Atlantis/Paradise Isl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2004

Westwind II
Cable Beach Nassau
Nassau, Bahamas
+866-369-5921

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino

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Attraction | "Discover Atlantis Tour"

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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atlantis Discover Atlantis Tour Highly Recommended Atlantis Resort Paradise island, Nassau, Bahamas $29 per person The Discover Atlantis Tour is a guided tour of the Atlantis aquariums and "The Dig". The aquariums contain thousands of Caribbean and exotic fish. They are shown in the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis. The guided tour lasts about an hour and then you are free to explore on your own. The admission charge does not include access to the beaches, water slides or pools as they are reserved for Atlantis guests only. The highlight of our tour was Rosie, a 800 pound, 2 year old ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino
One Casino Drive
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Crystal Palace Casino

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Attraction | "Crystal Palace Casino - Wyndham Hotel"

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crystal The Crystal Palace Casino RECOMMENDED Wyndham Hotel Cable Beach West Bay St Nassau, Bahamas The Crystal Palace is not quite as glitzy as Las Vegas or as elegant as Foxwoods but it is nice. It needs a little "polishing" to bring it up date. We arrived at about 7:30 PM on a Sunday night and headed for the blackjack tables. There were quite a few open spots and some completely empty tables. We chose one with a $10 minimum and a couple of other players. We were playing single deck black jack. The rules to avoid card counters were tighter than I had seen at other casinos and included not joining the table in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Crystal Palace Casino
West Bay Street at Cable Beach Post Office Box N-8306
Nassau, Bahamas
+242-327-6200

The Caves

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The Caves Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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caves The Caves NOT RECOMMENDED West Bay Street The caves are ancient caves said to once have been the homes of the original inhabitants of the Bahamas. Now, they are home to hundreds of bats. The caves are right on West Bay street with a small parking area. You are more likely to spot the chair made of shells that sits in front than the caves themselves. The caves are somewhat dirty with litter and other junk and not worth a special trip. If you’re going by, take a moment to see the bats. There is a small beach across the street from the caves. We took the time to walk the beach and collect a few small sea shells....Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

The Caves
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre

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Attraction | "Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Center"

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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ards Ardastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Center Highly Recommended Chippenham Rd off West Bay st, Cable Beach 323-5806 $12 adults Ardastra Gardens is a 5 acre zoo, conservation center and botanical garden. There are a variety of native and exotic wildlife from all over the world. The main attractions are the "World Famous" Marching Flamingos and the Lory (parrot) feedings. You visit the 50 exhibits by following a marked, self guided tour. The flamingos were originally brought to Ardastra gardens by a wealthy conservationist. He decided to train them to march and the tradition has continued. The flaming...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2004

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
323-5806

Nassau Taxis

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Taxi Airport to Westwind II The taxi rates are set by the government. The taxis are metered but some runs are flat rate. The published fare for the airport to cable beach trip is $15. BUT, this rate is for two people. Add $3 per person for extra people and there are also extra charges for more luggage or large suitcases. We were charged $30 for four adults, five pieces of luggage and a wheelchair. I think the driver charged $30 and included his tip in the amount. I tipped him on top of that, but it won't happen again. Ask if the amount they tell you includes a gratuity. Here's another hint, If you use a porter to bring your luggage from the carousel ...Read More
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We decided not to rent scooters. But I did get the info on the cost. I'm including it here because I could not find the rates online anywhere. The major scooter rental company appears to be Gibson Scooters. Their phone number is 423-7445. They advertise rates of $55 for 8 hours and $75/day. The hourly rate is $25 for the first hour and then $10 per hour for extra hours. (A day car rental is less expensive!). These are regular scooters, not mopeds like you can rent in many places. There are no mopeds available on the island. All of the scooters can carry two people. There are also scooter rentals available all along the Cable Beach strip. I did not get their prices. ...Read More

Car Rental Info

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It's not necessary to rent a car to get around but it makes it much easier. The buses do not run late into the night and the taxis can get expensive, so we opted for the car. All of the rental places I called will pick you up at your hotel and bring you to their office. You can drop off the car at the airport. A compact car is typically a Suzuki Ignus (looks like a small version of the Samurai) or Yuris and the subcompact is a Suzuki Swift. Avis considers a Toyota Corolla one size larger than compact. The main rental choices and weekly rates are: Avis 322-2889 Compact $329.95, Sub Compact $319.95 Budget 377-7405 Compact $336 Orange Creek 323-4967 sub compact...Read More

Groceries

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City Market Grocery Store - Somewhat recommended West Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas The City Market is located about 3/4 of a mile from the Westwind II resort. Turn right out of the resort and walk along West Bay street, it's on the left about 3/4 mile down. You can also take the #10 bus. It picks up across the street from Westwind II and will drop you off across from the store. On the way back, the bus will pick you up across from the store and drop you off at the driveway to Westwind II. The bus costs $1 each way. The City Market is a small supermarket. It's bigger than a convenience store but not anywhere near as big as a typical American supermarket. City Market carries ...Read More
Westwind II Welcome Party Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Welcome Barbeque at WestWind II - Recommended Warm waters, cool breezes, island drinks and calypso music ... it must be the welcome barbeque at Westwind II. On Monday evenings, the resort hosts a welcome party for the guests. You need to make a reservation by 10:00am on Monday, we didn't call until almost 1:00pm but it was "No problem". The cost is $17 per person, you get a choice of chicken, steak or grouper. The sides included baked potato, coleslaw, salad and rolls and butter. Drinks were available at the bar. The calypso band plays island and other types if music. Valencia, the office manager, and Wanda, the bar tender, both sing with the band. They introduce anyone celeb...Read More
fish1 Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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sea island adventures Sea Island Adventures 325-3910 $60 per person Nassau Yacht Haven, Nassau, Bahamas www.seaislandadventures.com Highly Recommended This trip picks you up at your hotel for the short bus ride to Nassau Harbor. You then take a 30-minute catamaran ride to Sea Island's private facility on Rose Island. The trip includes lunch consisting of ribs, chicken, hot dogs, peas n' rice, salad and fruit. You can purchase alcoholic drinks at the bar. Complimentary fruit punch is available throughout the day. The best part of the day is the snorkeling! There is a shallow...Read More

Westwind II Resort Continued!

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Westwind 2 Bath Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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westwindII Westwind II Resort            Highly Recommended We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Westwind II. The staff is extremely friendly and the resort is small which we liked. Valencia and Donita are in the office and Wanda and Lovely run the cafe. Everything is "No, problem". You are definitely on vacation at Westwind II. The Resort Westwind II has two pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts and a nice beach. The grounds are nicely landscaped and well maintained. The resort has 50 units, 25 lower units with 2 bedrooms and 25 upper villas with 1 bedroom and a loft. The Villas We had an upper v...Read More