196 Photos - Jul 26, 2013
Photo: Quick flight to Nassau from BostonPhoto: We stayed at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino in Cable Beach, just a short trip from the airport (note: book the shuttle in advance and buses will be waiting for you when you arrive.)Photo: The main pool, swim up bar, and gorgeous ocean beyond.Photo: A few shots of the grounds ...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It rained one day and we were lucky enough to spot a rainbow!Photo: Photo: Photo: The hotel next door is connected underground. The casino is located there (and I won a good chunk of money playing the SLOTS -- financed the food and beverage portion of our trip!)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It was just after Thanksgiving and the holiday decorations were going up.Photo: Photo: Photo: We had breakfast at the buffet. Lots of choices but be prepared to pay quite a bit for it. If you aren't a big breakfast eater, this may not make sense for you.Photo: There are a few cats that live there. They get VERY close.Photo: We ate lunch mostly at the outdoor Dolphin Grill.Photo: Photo: You have to try this at least once while you are here. We asked if they could add some rum to it but the answer was unfortunately, no.Photo: Photo: Burger and fries were quite good!Photo: Photo: The fire roasted island corn with sweet barbecue thyme butter was really delicious too!Photo: This is the outdoor bar connected to the pool.Photo: Try the local beer, Sands is one.Photo: And definitely try the conch fritters. They are heavy so you probably don't need much else for lunch.Photo: The basic lunch menu ...Photo: Photo: The pina coladas were quite good!Photo: Photo: Also try Kalik, another local beer.Photo: A few days they had reggae by the pool.Photo: Photo: We did not have an ocean view room yet we had an ocean view! A nice surprise!Photo: Photo: And the view at night.Photo: One of the cloudy days, we headed into Nassau. Just take the jitney that stops right outside the hotel. It's efficient and cheap. Just hang on tight! It can be a wild ride!Photo: Downtown Nassau is very busy and very crowded. All the cruise ships let their passengers off here.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We had breakfast/lunch at Via's, a really modern yet comfy place right by the cruise ship terminal. It wasn't crowded for some reason.Photo: We shared the ham and swiss and on a baked baguette and ...Photo: ... the banana  french toast dipped in pina colada banana mix. Both were really good!Photo: A nice mug of cappuccino.Photo: We walked around town some more to see the government buildings.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Looks like a dinosaur!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: There were gorgeous bright colors everywhere!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Instead of jumping on the jitney, we decided to walk to Junkanoo Beach.Photo: Photo: Photo: Street art on the way ...Photo: Photo: Photo: I know it looks like Party Central, but it was pretty quiet when we were there.Photo: Photo: I so waned to take this home with us!Photo: Photo: Photo: That is quite the bargain! And kids are free!Photo: So just a little warning: this beach is fairly close to the cruise ship terminal. You can definitely smell the gas. But it's a great local beach with lots of character!Photo: Coral is so amazing.Photo: I wish I put this in my pocket and took it home with me!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We chose this little shack a bit down the beach. It was clean and comfy and the ginger switcher was super tasty!Photo: As I said, comfy.Photo: Photo: A good view of how close you are to the cruise ships.Photo: Photo: Photo: Again, instead of jumping on the jitney, we decided to go check out the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay. It's a short walk from here.Photo: The real action is definitely at night but it was great to see it in the daylight.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: We of course came back at night!Photo: Photo: Photo: Some more conch fritters!Photo: And fried grouper which is really, really good! Definitely give it a try.Photo: Conch salad is everywhere and we had a front row seat here to see how it was made.Photo: Photo: Lots and lots of chopping! And we got to see what conch looks like when taken right out of the shell. No idea why anyone would have said, oh that looks good! But it is!Photo: Photo: Photo: So I had been here before back in 1990(!) and visited this place which is famous for its marching flamingos. As in National Geographic famous.Photo: But first, there were other animals to see.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Squee! We're getting close!Photo: And there they were! Just walking wherever the so pleased. You can get right up to them. But they won't let you touch them. I tried!Photo: Photo: So close!Photo: Photo: Here I am sneaking up on them!Photo: Photo: Look at the bones in the neck! So awesome!Photo: A mama peacock and her babies!Photo: SO beautiful isn't it??Photo: Photo: And there was a white one!Photo: We also fed the lorry parrots!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: So cute!!Photo: And then it was time for the marching flamingo show!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Guess who got picked to be of the show??? Notice my finger is pointed out. I was still trying to touch them!!Photo: One evening we went over to Paradise Island to the casino at Atlantis. You'll have to take a cab because the jitney stops running around 6pm.Photo: Not a lot of photos but I will just say it seemed like Disney World and you could hardly tell you were in The Bahamas. If that's your thing, then stay there.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some of the Chihuly's in the casino. No one yelled at me for taking photos either.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gorgeously decorated for the holidays. The place is huge and you really need to see the manta rays in their "aquarium." Again, its totally over-the-top so think about what you want to get out of your Bahamian vacation.Photo: On our last night, we took a cab out to the western part of the Island to visit a place that looked very appealing to us.Photo: Compass Point was built by the guy who started Island Records. It looks like a lot of the places in Negril, Jamaica where we go every year. I highly recommend taking a trip out here.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Love this!Photo: We had dark 'n stormy's instead!Photo: Free snacks!Photo: And a gorgeous sunset! This time of year note that it sets over land. Just in case that is important to you.Photo: Photo: Photo: Best pizza I've ever had in my life. Pretty sure it was the view!Photo: One of the jitneys I've mentioned.Photo: And, most importantly, The Daiquiri Shack (Daq Shack) right across the street from the hotel is a MUST!Photo: Photo: They use only fresh fruit!Photo: The banana daiquiri is the best ever! So fresh! So yummy! And they don't skimp on the rum. The place was very lively, I might add!Photo: Photo: There is also a small straw-type market next door if you are looking for some local souvenirs to take home.Photo: Photo: Again, the colors are everywhere! A beautiful place to visit!