Written by two cruisers on 27 Jul, 2012
Nassau is the most unique of the four Caribbean ports we visited. It is flat like Fort Lauderdale, being made of layers of limestone deposits with out the benefit of volcanoes and earthquakes. Kinda blah, but the Bahamans have made up for that by building…Read More
Nassau is the most unique of the four Caribbean ports we visited. It is flat like Fort Lauderdale, being made of layers of limestone deposits with out the benefit of volcanoes and earthquakes. Kinda blah, but the Bahamans have made up for that by building beautiful resorts and private homes often using that limestone.We bought a shore excursion for this port. It was listed as an easy walk and that fit our needs and those of another couple on crutches. That easy walk was a very looooong walk and the guide set off at a very fast clip. We were led through the Festival Place where a very clever vendor had tubs of iced bottled water for sale. Thinking we were boarding our excursion boat on the otherside of the building we paused to buy some. Water is precious and it was much cheaper here than on board the cruise ship. Bill was not able to keep pace and I walked keeping an eye on him and an eye on the group way ahead. He managed to get there just as we were finished boarding. The other couple turned back and got a refund. Advise: look that salesperson in the eye and ask if it is reallllly an easy walk before buying tickets.The excursion was a glass bottom boat ride. The first part of the ride was between Nassau and Paradise Island. We saw fabulous private homes of such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Nicholas Cage, Michael Jordan and Meyer of Meyer's Rum fame. We also saw the huge pink Atlantis Resort and luxury condos and high-rises bordering it. On the other side of the ship where the typical marine areas, boatyards and mail ships. Our glass bottom excursion boat was part of the Sunshine Cruise line. There was an inclosed viewing deck and an open air viewing deck for the trip out to "Fish City". This was our nickname for the part of the bay where we ended up. The crew invited everyone to go below deck and enjoy the view through the glass windows. There was a waist to chest high rail around the windows that provided stablitly and kept fingerprints off the windows. Here is my piece of advice about fish viewing from a glass bottom boat: When you see brochures or aquariums the fish are viewed from the side and you can marvel at the coloring and shape. In a glass bottom boat you are looking down at their spine. They are very narrow and at first I had trouble seeing them from the background of seaweed and antler coral. But once I caught on, it was fascinating to watch them move around. The colorful coral were the scene stealers. They had a wide range of shapes and colors from deep purple and orange to pastels.When we returned to the dock, Bill opted to do a slow walk back to the cruise ship. I zipped around the shopping areas looking for something Caribbean. The StrawMarket is a huge building with many stalls. Each one a repitition of the one before it. The vendors were as agressive as the ones on Antigua. I moved on. The rest of the shops along Woodes Rodgers Walk were tacky. T-shirts with off-color suggestions, not even the coffee mugs (one of my favorite souvenirs) were tacky. I skipped Bay Street where the ship shopping lady told me all the good jewelry stores are. On a side street I found the Tortuga Rum Shop. How could you miss it with that pirate standing out front? I bought a small bottle of rum and a six pack of flavored rum cakes (Key Lime, Banana, Pineapple, Coconut, Chocolate and Original). The sales clerk had been handing out samples and it was yummy. If I have a chance to buy more I will buy the original, it is outstanding.My time was limited so I returned to Festival Place. It was crowded and lively with a band performing in the central area. I made two passes around the shops to make sure I didn't miss something good. Then I also returned to the ship. There were three Carnival ships and one from another cruiseline docked today. I was very careful not to get on the wrong one. Always referr to your ship by its name (Freedom) as if you just go by the cruiseline name (Carnival) you could end up in the wrong place. As we departed Nassau we had a lovely sight. There is a small lighthouse near the end of Paradise Island. The island seperates the aqua colored waters of ithe inlet from the ultra-marine colors and beyond the grey colors of the Atlantic Ocean. Very striking view to see the changes. Another point of interest is a breakwater made of cylindrical shaped pieces of concrete or limestone borings. From a distance it looks like a flotilla of wine corks. Close
Written by lashr1999 on 16 Sep, 2006
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,…Read More
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 shade. Just pull up a chair and soak up the sun. We stayed by the beach area near the Crystal Palace. You can see little fish in the clear waters, so you can snorkel pretty close to shore if you wanted to. There are companies that offer other water activities such as para-sailing and diving. After hours in the sun and water, we had a drink at the bar/pool at the Breezes. Non-Guest can purchase there drinks here. We purchased a drink from here before heading off to eat.
Cable beach is just a few minutes away from downtown Nassau. You can hop on the #10 bus for $1 to get here.
There was one thing we missed doing. My friend Liz said that if we walked down a bit more we would probably find a beach party, which she went to a couple times when she came to Nassau last year. We missed doing this because we wanted to eat and check out other things
Written by lashr1999 on 24 Aug, 2006
Warning, this journal has spoilers, don't view it if you are going to do it!Exhausted from the previous night, we reluctantly woke up the next morning to go to the powerboat adventure. The bus was a bit late coming to the hotel to pick us…Read More
Warning, this journal has spoilers, don't view it if you are going to do it!Exhausted from the previous night, we reluctantly woke up the next morning to go to the powerboat adventure. The bus was a bit late coming to the hotel to pick us up. It picked up people from other hotels then dropped us off to a shop near Nassau Harbor. Here, we were given a disclaimer to sign. Basically, if you get hurt, they are not responsible. My friend Jessie read the part about a possibility that a shark could bite and was apprehensive about signing the papers.
Getting on board some groups were given a pink ticket and some were given a yellow tickets. We were then split to go into two boats. On board we were given a brief safety talk and told where to find the life vests. The crew did not pass them around so Jessie screamed for one of her own.
Once you leave the dock the boat speeds even faster. The destination is the Exuma’s Cay about 38 miles away. You feel the wind and salty air hitting your face. It was exhilarating. The journey to the first stop took us about 45 minutes so we were doing about 40 miles an hour on average. When the boat finally stops you feel your face tingling for several minutes due to the air and salty hitting your face. It feels funny.
The first stop is Allan’s Cay here you see an island of Iguana Dragon lizards. These prehistoric looking creatures actually come out to see you from the bushes to be fed. We were warned that the Iguanas bite and to only feed them with a long branch so they won’ have you as a snack as well.
Watch out, the Iguana will try to nibble on your toes if you get too close. The beach and water here were crystal clear you could see fish in the waters close to the beach.
After a while we headed to the boat to continue on to our second destination, Ship Channel Cay, a private island. Along the way we did several racing maneuvers with the second boat. We were having fun being bounced around a bit.
A short time later we reached Ship Channel Cay. When the boat stopped we could see stingrays and sharks close by.
We headed to the base with a renovated fishing cottage. Here, we had access to unlimited drinks, beer, cocktails and snacks. We tried a couple of drink but we kept coming back for a drink called ‘that thang’. The guy at the bar joked about how much we loved that thang in his island accent.
A few drinks we headed to relax on the beach with drink in hand. The sand was a whitish pink powder and the water was a crystal clear blue green. You could see small colorful fish swim right by you.
About an hour later the guide called us to fed the sting rays.
We were warned not to step on their tail or we could get stung. The creature are not aggressive unless they feel threatened or hurt. Those that wanted to feed the stingrays were given small pieces of fish. We held our hands under water and the stingrays sucked up the fish. Jessie was scared to feed them so I held her hand under water so she could feed them. She was terrified but she feed them. Liz was somewhere far from the stingrays.
Next, the guide started to lure the sharks close to the shore with a big bloody piece of fish.
Many sharks headed towards the beach, we were told it was a very good day.
There were not usually this many. You have to see how close they got to believe it.
The guides had to scared the sharks off with a stick if they got to close to them or us. This was exciting and scary at the same time. Jesse and I stayed up close.
Liz the wiser of our trio stayed further behind. Little children were trying to go up closer to the sharks than their parents.
After this the guides invited everyone to scuba with them. Not being able to swim Jessie, Liz and I stayed behind to drink and relax on the beach. We everyone came back it was time to eat. A buffet of salad, rice, grouper, bread and meat were served. The food all tasted very good as we continued sipping on That Thang.
Jessie after having a lot of liquid courage amazingly went with the guide when he asked if anyone wanted to scuba dive. Liz and I still having our senses partially intact stayed on the beach and relaxed. When Jessie finally came back we got to hear what an amazing time she had how she saw a shark in the water. Then, she started to convince us to go scuba diving the final time they were going. She said she was the most terrified member of our group and a hypochondriac and if she could do it we could as well. After awhile of hearing this and drinking some more Liz and I decided to go. I was afraid of drowning since I could not swim and Liz was afraid of the sharks. We headed to the water with the group I had a life vest and inner tube on as well as the scuba gear. Liz went back to the boat as soon as she went in. Jessie and I continued. I had always wanted to try this but I could not swim. Everyone was getting further away from Jessie and I since the current was strong. Then Jessie was closer to the group than I was. I was floating above the water scared the inner tube and the vest might somehow fail at the same time and I would be pulled underwater. Anyway, I did manage to dip my head underwater with my scuba gear and was amazed by the fish and the clean water that I saw. It was looking at a topical fish tank there were colorful fish swimming in different places and different plant. At one point I saw the fin on a shark but that didn’t bother me. Panic was setting in because the group was far away and I was not going towards them since the current was so strong. I was trying to paddle as hard as I could but I would only move a few inches. Visions of open water shot through my head at the same time, since yes these were shark infested waters. But I kept looking at the water and was calmed by the sea life around.
I knew the boat was nearby and was watching us. Everyone else was headed to shore. Since the current was strong the boat picked Jessie up and then came for me. For some reason the ship line had become tangled with me and it was pulling me and I had problems getting on. Boy, was I scared that I would go under. When I finally did manage to get on board I plopped on board like a dead fish. The rope was still tangled with me, it took awhile to get it off. It was a terrifying experience towards the end but I am glad I got to experience some of the beauty of the Caribbean sea. However, I don’t think I will be trying to scuba again anytime soon.
It was about time to leave the guide showed us a video of our adventure which was pretty good. I brought a copy. After another that thang it was time to leave and we had to say good bye to the crew.
We sped back the way we came. It had been a great day it was well worth the $200 each we spent to go on the trip. If I go back I would have to do this trip again!
Written by Jose Kevo on 05 Nov, 2001
My IgoUgo passport information details how frequent travel became my escape to/for sanity from working full-time and "on call" in the inner-city. Whatever the reasons, for those of us who've caught the Travel Bug and got it bad, it's not about trying to be…Read More
My IgoUgo passport information details how frequent travel became my escape to/for sanity from working full-time and "on call" in the inner-city. Whatever the reasons, for those of us who've caught the Travel Bug and got it bad, it's not about trying to be part of the "jet set" - even for a ghetto boy transplant like myself who's given the term "Harlem Globetrotter" a whole new meaning! But I'll be the first one to admit - it's all but uppity and obnoxious to say you spent the day on a tropical beach in the middle of winter...no matter which circles of people you might associate with.
Over time, I've gotten less cocked eyebrows and loaded questions from my staff and students when disclosing I'd be gone...AGAIN for a few days. They've simply learned that travel is my thing; my passion and motivation as well as my greatest means of surviving the often day in - day out tense and hostile environment they accept as normal. Unfortunately though, travel has too long been associated as something ONLY for the rich and famous despite the obvious changes. For someone like myself living and working with the poor, and not really any better off financially, it's potentially caused a Grand Canyon-sized perception gap I've worked to educatively close.
The key word has been "BUDGET" plain and simple and I'm not just talking about what/how I spend money once I arrive somewhere. Financially budgeting of my meager income is the bottom line to ensure my priorities and love for travel are going to be met as often as possible. And it's been quite interesting to see how others have watched, questioned and began to learn how they, too can fulfill their desires of life whether travel or something different.
While most of my people wouldn't think twice about booking a highly inflated, last-minute ticket to go see family in the islands, they never would consider spending $137.50 to spend a day in Nassau just for the heck of it; one of life's rewards which we've all certainly earned.
Of course, they would and do regularly spend more for gold chains, new pairs of Timberland boots/sneakers, or other necessary ghetto gear known as "props"...not to mention lottery tickets and other addictive sources that drain cashflow. And for those youngsters illegally "working" on the street corners making more in a single weekend than I will in two or three weeks, don't you know I've a full arsenal of ammunition based on turning the tables when it comes to my travels vs. their excesses and extremes of poor investments.
Living in the inner-city is a trap only a small percentage will ever fully escape - something evident whether I'm returning from the day or a two week trip half-way around the world only to annoyingly find everyone exactly in the same spots I left them. It never ceases to amaze me how I'll round-up a group of these born-and-bred New Yorkers to take them out and about in the city...to places they've only seen and heard of despite just being a short subway ride away! And I'll never forget one 11-year old's astonishment standing on the corner and looking up for his first close-up glimpse of the Empire State building...something he'd only seen everyday of his life looking out the bedroom window of his upper-floor Projects apartment 78 blocks away. These children, teens, and even some adults can still find unexplored adventure and excitement right here that seems as far away as the stuff I've always got to get on a plane and go seeking. But when it comes to such lessons in life, I've got to believe they've been blessed with a well-practiced role model; a budget traveler at that!
Once they figured out I always came back from my many trips and wasn't trying to give them the slip in abandonment, their apprehensiveness turned to eagerness based on learning more about where I'd been, what I'd done and what things I might've brought as behavior incentive rewards. Some have even "dared" to venture out beyond the city with me for summer camp, day trips and weekend camping trips up and down the East Coast.
You'd likely be amazed as I how these adults and youngsters daily face in the 'hood assorted forms of crime and violence, cat-sized rats, humongous cockroaches and such to think nothing of it. But the "we bad" homeboy facades quickly melt into the innocent, scared people they really are with every spider, shadow and thing that goes bump in the night in other new, strange environments...like most of you would be terrified visiting where they/we come from!
With NYC's lacking public schools, I've also became the stand-in geography/history teacher through my travel stories and photos...something desperately needed since students can stand on the banks of the Hudson River and see the cliffs of New Jersey but couldn't find their neighboring state on a map - if they even knew it was Jersey to begin with! 'Home Field Advantage' is a curriculum I've developed teaching "boring" U.S. geography using what they already know about professional and college sports with the insignias and mascots that fill their clothing. Otherwise, don't talk sports unless you can find the city and state on a map and know if it's the capital or not!
I can't imagine life without traveling, but the double bonus is not only being able to see the world but also bringing it back to teach and inspire. There's a whole lot more out there than what we often settle for...regardless of WHERE we come from. So why would I write to tell you this? Consider - are you really any different than people from the inner-city when it comes to acknowledging and fulfilling your greatest desires of life? And for this audience, that would likely involve a long-list of "yet to see" or "ready to return" travel destinations. Whether extremely excessive or seldom; budget or first-class, it's only up to you. I'm a firm believer that regardless of backgrounds and circumstances, if there's something we want out of life but don't have it - we simply didn't want it bad enough! Now, about that winter day on a tropical beach...
Written by jlmadnick on 26 Aug, 2004
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…Read More
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 to be manmade but there's enough to see. There were Sargent Majors, Jewel fish and Angel fish. Also some sea anemones. We were told that a barracuda and a small octopus were spotted the week before but we didn't see them.
Orange Hill BeachThis is a small beach off the side of the road past Sandyport and before the Love beach area. There was not much hard coral here. The water was shallow and calm. We stopped because we saw a few others snorkeling here. There were a few sea anemones and some small fish.
Honeymoon Cove at AtlantisWe walked here from the public beach access next door to the old Sheraton. The Atlantis beach is private but nobody bothered us. Walk all the way down the beach and then across the bridge to honeymoon cove. About 3/4 around the cove is a good sized coral reef with a deep cut. There were a few large fish and some smaller ones around the reef. The main Atlantis beaches are clean but crowded. This one is a bit of a walk and was nearly empty.
We had fun at these smaller reefs but they didn't compare to the Sea Island Adventures Rose Island trip we took. These are fine for an hour or two and for some practice before you head out on a snorkeling tour. They are also great if you want to hit the beach for a couple of hours either before or after some other exploring of the island.
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…Read More
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 now Paradise Island) as well as the town and the road to the east. These cannons never had to be fired. The fort provides a good lookout spot, since it was built on Bennet Hill and overlooks the town. The front of the fort is shaped like the bow of a ship and is made to look like a paddle-wheel steamer, which you can see on the Mississippi. The fort has not been carefully preserved and you have to watch out for broken glass on the sidewalks. The cannon are nicely intact. Truthfully, the fort is not much to look at but it is in the middle of the water tower and queen’s staircase so you may as well check it out while you are here since it is free. If the water tower is closed you can get some good shots of Nassau from here. Lots of cruise ship tours come here, you can listen in if you want to learn more on the history.
The fort and tower are located on Elizabeth Avenue, you can reach this fort by way of the Queen’s Staircase a few blocks up from the harbor on E Fort Fincastle. You can walk here from the harbor or the Hilton. I would suggest to take a cab up since you might not know your way around, then if it is still sunny out walk back down towards the harbor walk along the harbor to get to the straw market, Senor Frog’s and the Hilton.
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…Read More
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. In fact I lost 40$ before leaving. We continued on to the Dig. We went around 7pm since several of my friends had told at this time and after you can go to the Dig without paying the $29 fee. You do not have a tour but you do get to see everything the tour would have taken you to by just walking around. I have to say the attention to detail at the dig was amazing. The Dig's has a system of interconnecting tunnels, underground rooms and chamber. These rooms are filled with ancient artifacts and stone carved hieroglyphics depicting the Lost City of Atlantis. I loved the jelly fish exhibit here. When we finished the dig and as we continued walking outside you could enjoy many lagoons and gardens.
For me Atlantis was nice for a visit but I wouldn’t want to stay here. It felt like Vegas or a Disneyland in the Caribbean, it was too busy. The Caribbean should be nice, relaxing, with a few people. I got the feeling you we closed in away from the natives and outside. I like walking around. The people who would enjoy staying here are people with children. Then, the family could enjoy the activities Atlantis offers for its guest such as sailing, paddle boats, aqua bikes, kayaks, glass bottom boats and the Discover Channel Activity zone for kids. There are activities for adults to enjoy such as a nightclub and a spa
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…Read More
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 may perform on stage late at night. On the Friday night we went, the signer performed beautifully. However, when she asked my friend to dance, my friend Jessie who normally is the first one to dance had to shy away because she was too sunburned. We all called it an early night because we all felt the same. On Saturday, when we went we were all feeling better, we listened to the singer perform and danced the whole.
We walked between this place and Senor Frog and even were going to go to the Fluid Lounge which was too crowded so we headed back. We ended up staying until the placed closed 3:30am. Thank goodness our Hotel the British Colonial Hilton was on the same block. It was brutal catching the 6am flight the same morning but that’s the price of fun I guess.
Senor Frog's is probably the most well known party place in Nassau. It is a Mexican chain restaurant which can be loaded with tourists looking for a good time depending on the time of day.
On one side is the restaurant area with tables and silverware.…Read More
Senor Frog's is probably the most well known party place in Nassau. It is a Mexican chain restaurant which can be loaded with tourists looking for a good time depending on the time of day.
On one side is the restaurant area with tables and silverware. It was here we ate one night. This area is very beautiful and scenic since it overlooks the harbor and you can see ships in the distance. We ate chicken fajitas with rice which was pretty good. They give nice portions for prices which ranges from $12 to $25. I would call these dishes more Tex-Mex rather than authentic Mexican fare.
There is a bar and dance area where they play some good music at times. Here there is music and dancing, conga lines, karaoke, and a party atmosphere. Remember, free drinks are given to those that join the conga or karaoke. This is a really fun place to stop for a cold drink. Stay away from the Strawberry Daiquiris they were a bit too syrupy sweet for me and my friends taste. There are some cool glow in the dark neon signs hung around the place that are funny to read.
For us this place was hit or miss depending on the time we went. When cruise ships disembark many of their passengers walk here. I suspect during spring break the party would last the whole night through.
The Hilton is a reasonably priced hotel in the downtown Nassau area. The hotel staff members were pretty pleasant during our stay and always answered our question. The only problem we had is that they forgot to ring us for a wake-up call we requested.…Read More
The Hilton is a reasonably priced hotel in the downtown Nassau area. The hotel staff members were pretty pleasant during our stay and always answered our question. The only problem we had is that they forgot to ring us for a wake-up call we requested. They apologized the next day for this.
The hotel itself is about 100 years old. It has been undergoing renovations, and some of the décor is a bit dated. I think it adds to character of the place and makes for some nice photos. The weekend we were there, two brides were taking their wedding pictures in the hotel on the staircase.
The rooms are quite comfortable, with all the essentials you will need. The bathroom is quite large and has both a bathtub and a shower. The staff kept the room pretty clean during our stay.
On the outside there is a private garden and beach area for hotel guests. There is also a pool and a bar area as well. We spent some time here and were happy with is. The drinks offered were great. The hotel has several bars and restaurants. We ate at one of the restaurant here, which had a seafood buffet. Everyone was happy with our meals and service. I have to say that the desserts were excellent, and I loved their chocolate.
The thing that makes this place a great place to stay is its location. It is just a few blocks from the straw market, so you could buy your item and keep them back at the hotel. It is also on the same block at the Flamingo Café and Senor Frogs. After a night of partying, you can easily find your way back to your hotel. The Fluid Lounge, where tourists and natives listen to hip-hop and other music, is about 2 blocks from the hotel. You can take a 5-minute walk to take the boat ferry to Paradise Island or take a cab, which takes 10 minutes to get there. The restaurants at Fish Cay and Ardastra Garden is about 5 to 10 minutes by cab or the $1 #10 bus.