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Paradise Island Information
Paradise Island Overview
Paradise Island is just like heaven on earth. Located less than a half mile away from Nassau (and connected to the mainland by only by two 600-foot bridges), this tiny island is known as the entertainment mecca of the Bahamas. From its famed white-sand beaches to its myriad of restaurants, shopping, nightclubs and historical attractions, there’s something for just about everyone. Once you get there, you’ve got to check out the coastline. Why? It’s peppered with miles of beautiful beaches like the resort-lined Cable Beach or the white-sand Paradise Beach. Off the coast, you’ll find tons of opportunities to go sailing, diving, fishing, snorkeling and more. And on land, you’ll find just as many things to do, from shopping straw markets to exploring historical museums to going on outdoor adventures like horseback riding. Whatever you want to do during your vacation, we’re betting you’ll find it on Paradise Island – it really is a vacationer’s paradise!
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Mapping Out the Bahamas
With over 700 islands and 2,000 cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas can be kind of confusing without a guide. Lucky for you, we've got you covered.
The most popular islands you've probably heard of are New Providence, home to Nassau and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama Island.
However, there are numerous other small islands that make up the Bahamas, and they're typically known as the Out Islands. These beautiful, more pristine islands are true gems in the Caribbean. The most popular tourist region in the Out Islands is the Abacos. But whether you stay on the mainlands or adventure to the Out Islands, you'll love every minute in the Bahamas.
All In at Atlantis Paradise Island
Live it up in the lap of luxury with delicious food, great shopping, exciting activities, and a casino just waiting to cater to your every whim. This humongous resort is definitely a vacationer’s paradise.
Exploring its waterpark and marine habitats alone could take an entire day. Then at night, you can test Lady Luck at the casinos or just strap on your sexiest heels for a night clubbing.
Even if you aren’t a guest of the resort, you can still purchase day passes so you can get a little taste of the action without spending all your dough.
Martinis Shaken not Stirred at Café Martinique
Do you like your vodka martinis shaken or stirred? Now you can play James Bond at this elegant and upscale French restaurant. It’s an exact recreation of the real Cafe Martinique in France, made famous by its appearance in the 1965 James Bond film "Thunderball.”
Sneak a quick pic of you posing next to its iron birdcage elevator or slinking up its grand mahogany staircase. You’ll be the envy of all your friends.
Then make sure to order the fancy cheeseburger made of filet steak and truffled mayonnaise – it’s what all secret agents eat!
More than a Marina
Shopaholics, head straight here. There’s no better place to start spending your hard-won casino money than at Marina Village.
For starters, you can choose from several high-end labels, including Versace Jeans Couture and a Dooney and Bourke shop. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, the Marina also boasts Solomon’s Sea Treasures and a John Bull gallery where you can find sparkling jewelry, perfume, cologne and other treasures to take home.
If you don’t really have money to burn, just stroll along the dock, admire the yachts, and grab a bite to eat at one of several delicious restaurants.
Sunset at the Cloister
Strap on your camera and stroll amidst the majestic remains of a 14th century French Monastery. This beautiful piece of architecture was brought over from France to the United States, stone by stone, in the 1920s. Now, the remains sit on the top of a hill on Paradise Island.
Walk through the stone columns and pose for great pictures while overlooking Nassau Harbor. Or, take a romantic stroll at sunset as the warm yellow light turns this old French Monastery into a glowing scene, just like something out of a movie. This is one of the most popular places to watch the sunset, after all.
Also, this lovely landmark is a popular site to say “I do" if that's something you've been planning. But if marriage isn’t in your cards, this is still the perfect place to enjoy the memory of a Bahamian sunset.
Paradise Island Quick Facts
120 volts AC; American appliances are fully compatible
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Bahamas.
Water is safe for drinking
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
December to May