Anyone who has visited Nassau in the Bahamas via a cruise ship will all likely tell you the same thing. The shore excursion they took through the cruise line was well worth it compared to doing the visit on your own. I have been to Nassau, Bahamas three times in the last two years, each time for only one day. If you only have one day to spend in Nassau, here are the places to spend your time that are worth the money.
How to Enjoy a Day in Nassau, Bahamas
If you are traveling by cruise ship, I recommend you get off the ship as early as possible. While Nassau is an island, it is fairly big.
All of the best parts of Nassau are on Paradise Island, and Atlantis is no exception. There are a variety of attractions for visitors including a world famous casino and resort, aquariums, and even a water park. This is one thing you won’t want to miss if you are traveling to Nassau. You will need to purchase a tour from your cruise company or through Atlantis as access to some sites is restricted. You can purchase a tour pass for about $20 or $30 per person depending on your cruise line.
Take a Ferry to Blue Lagoon Island
A short ferry ride from Nassau is Blue Lagoon Island, a private island resort that lets you come face to face with ocean life! If you book your excursion through your cruise ship, you will have transportation provided. Otherwise, you will have to go to the Atlantis Resort before you can even go to Blue Lagoon Island.
Spend your Day at the Beach
There are many beautiful beaches in Nassau, however many of them will require you to cough up some cash. Junkanoo Beach is a well known beach within walking distance of your cruise ship. This beach is a popular, so get there early. There are many beaches located throughout the island that are both free and paid. While a free beach might be really tempting, heed my warning. Don’t skimp out. We tried to enjoy our day at one of the free beaches, but ended up spending most of our time avoiding broken glass and making sure no one was going through our stuff.
Do some Shopping
Nassau has no shortage of shops to enjoy. From the minute you step foot off the boat there are tiny shops and kiosks ready to sell you something. My recommendation is to skip the local shops you’ll find in the mainland and head over to Paradise Island. There you’ll find more shopping, with less sketchy alleyways. If you’re looking for luxury items or local souvenirs, you’ll find a little bit of everything on Paradise Island.
Regardless of your budget, there is something for everyone to do in Nassau, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Your main cost factor will be the transportation from the mainland to Paradise Island, so be on the lookout for excursions through your cruise line or deals when you first get off the boat.