Nassau Journals

Fun, Sun, Drinking, and Dancing! Part 2

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An August 2006 trip to Nassau by lashr1999

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre Photo, Nassau, Bahamas More Photos
Quote: When we headed for Nassau we thought it would be like other Caribbean islands where the only thing to do is lay in the sun. However, we found a whole lot more to do than what we expected.

The Flamingo café

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Flamingo Café Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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The Flamingo café has been described as ‘a little bit of Havana in downtown Nassau.’ Inside there is a bar area and some tables with chair. It is a small place where you can relax and sit and have a drink. Try a Mojito if you haven’t had one before. They are good but not like the great ones I had in Barcelona, Spain where they crush the mint leaves in. We went back here to party all 3 nights we were here. They play a mixture of Cuban and Spanish music. Outside there is a stage that you can dance on. That’s what we did the first night we were there. Be warned they do tend to play the same CD over and over and some nights the crowd isn’t there. On some Friday and Saturday nights a band or singer ...Read More

Atlantis at Paradise Island

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Atlantis Photo, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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We went to Atlantis to visit the property and see what everyone was talking about. We took a 10 minute cab ride over to the hotel from Nassau. Sol Kerzner built an amazing hotel, he spared no detail to make everyone believe this was the real Atlantis. The marine exhibits, the Chihuly glass, the sculptures, and lagoons were amazing. This resort has over 2000 rooms in three main Towers: the Beach Towers, Coral Towers and Royal Towers. It is considered the largest island resort in the world. When we went we walked around the shops and the restaurants which were a bit overpriced. We tried the casino. The Wheel of Fortune machine I like didn’t give anyone too much of a good payout when I was there. I...Read More

The Fort and Water Tower

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View of the Water Tower from the Fort Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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The water tower, which also serves as a lighthouse, is shaped like a white saltshaker. It stands 126 feet high and it 216 feet above sea level. From it you may see a 360 degree view of Nassau and Paradise Island. It cost 50 cents to take the elevator up or you could climb a circular staircase. I unfortunately could not go up the water tower since it was closed the day I went. I walked down to the fort which is near the base of the water tower. Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore. He named the castle after his second title Viscount Fincastle. It has several cannons which were built to protect all the ways the enemy could have made a landing. It had cannons to cover Hog Island (the no...Read More

Cable Beach

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Cable beach Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Cable Beach was an unnamed beach until 1907 when it became the landing point for the Trans-Atlantic cable. The cable connected The Bahamas to mainland America in Florida. Today, a myriad of upscale resorts line it. The Nassau Beach Hotel, Radisson Cable Beach Resort, Breezes, Sandals, Nassau Marriott and the Crystal Palace are located here. It's the ultimate playground for fun in the sun. It’s what we came to the Bahamas for. There are long white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The sand is a bit course but there are no rock and garbage in it. If you are no staying at a cable beach hotel do not worry, the beach space is public. There are plenty of lounge chairs and thatched-palm umbrellas for s...Read More

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre

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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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Ardastra means striving towards the star. The Garden was created in 1937 by a Jamaican Botanist, Hedley Edward who trained his famous flamingos. In 1982, a local purchased it and the zoo was born. In the 1990s, a conservation center was born. Here, they exhibit and breed endemic Bahamian animals. There are a variety of plants in the garden. It was nice to walk and see a waterway surrounded by plants. Be on the lookout for the national tree and flower. The Nation tree of the Bahamas called the lignum vitae can be found in 2 places. Look for it near the petting zoo and near the caimans exhibit. The yellow elder, the nation flower of the island can be found near the green gate by the exit. ...Read More

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

Straw Market Nassau  Photo, Nassau, Bahamas
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In the 1940's the sponge industry came to a close in the Bahamas. The locals searched for another way to make a living. Women started painting and decorating dried palm and plant leaves to create baskets, bags and dolls. Thus, the straw market was born and soon more women began to make these items for tourists. In 2001 a large fire destroyed Nassau's straw market. Today, the straw market is smaller in size and held in a large tent. There are many merchant with tables of items for sale in a small space. You can find handmade mats, baskets, fabrics, hats, jewelry, woodcarvings, and guava jellies. When here, I brought a straw Hello Kitty bag for one of my sisters. It does seem like many of the item...Read More