Nassau Travel Tips
Get Fresh-From-the-Sea Fare at Potter’s Cay
Beneath the Paradise Island Bridge is a little-known market that thrives with the freshest seafood you can imagine.
Every morning, fishing boats from the Out Islands arrive and start to unload fresh crab, spiny lobster, grouper, mackerel and even (the endangered) sea turtle. It's a fascinating sight to witness.
Even better, see if you can strike a bargain with the fishermen for some of these fresh-from-the-sea delicacies. Then, you can grill them yourself on the beach for a fresh, light lunch.
Once a Prison, Now a Library
Shhh. The Nassau Public Library and Museum has a secret. Want to know what it is?
Well, it’s not just any old library. The building used to be a jail in the 1700s, so when you walk in, you can actually see small prison cells lined with books. What a great photo op!
History buffs will love this stop as well since the library is home to many historic prints and old documents from the colonial era.
Roll a Cigar at the Graycliff Cigar Company
If the sight of 16 Cuban-expatriate cigar makers rolling up 10 different styles of cigars isn't enough to entice you, then the cigars will!
That's right, you can actually watch the cigar-makers roll cigars at the Graycliff Cigar Company. Whether you're a cigar aficionado or just a curious tourist, you'll love visiting this factory and smelling the rich, musky, well-rounded cigars.
If you’ve got a few extra bucks to spend, there’s a 16-inch “big bamboo” cigar priced at $50 that would make a great souvenir or gift.
Shop ‘til you Drop at Solomon’s Mines
Calling all fashionistas! This flagship store is one of the largest duty-free retailers in the Caribbean.
What does that mean to you? Well basically, it means that you can get top-of-the-line brands like Ferragamo, Bally Lalique and more at a great discounted rate. There's no better place to treat yourself to some great new shoes while you're on vacation! That's a much better souvenir than just a regular, old shot glass.
If you're looking for some exquisite keepsakes to take home, you can also find some luxury merchandise not available in the US, such as African diamonds.
Best Snorkeling Site: Goulding Cay
At Goulding Cay, the water is so clear and the coral heads are so shallow that it’s a top secret filming spot for filmmakers – it’s been featured in James Bond movies as well as in 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea.
It's easy to find too, just off the island’s western tip. If you're a serious snorkeler, you've got to snorkel Goulding Cay as it's known as one of the best snorkeling sites in the world.
See if you can spot exotic fields of hard coral like elkhorn to complete your snorkeling experience.
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