In the heart of the Caribbean sits one of the most gorgeous and relaxing vacation getaways around. Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas is truly a paradise island escape. Andrew Rivkin loves this beach city on New Providence Island, as it offers both exciting activities and fun sandy beaches.
Once known as Hogg Island, Paradise Island is 685 acres of pure bliss connected to Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. The island was developed almost exclusively to delight and accommodate visitors, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino rounding out the amenities. Very few private residences exist on the island. A relaxing 20-minute sail from Nassau, Blue Lagoon Island has several programs that allow visitors to interact with dolphins. Andrew got to meet these loving mammals, getting up close and personal right next to them in the ocean.
Still, the real highlights of Nassau are the beaches. Cable Beach is New Providence’s premier resort area, a hotspot of activity and energy. Some of the public areas are very popular with the locals, especially at weekends, and can become a little crowded at times. It is perfect if you want to hang out with a group of friends or simply make new ones, with plenty of food, entertainment, and shops in and around the beach. Yet, like everywhere in the Bahamas, the sand is fine and white, and the water is warm and blue.
Another center of activity is Cabbage Beach. Think Vegas in the Tropics (perfect for Andrew and his friends.) It seems as though most of the sunbathers dozing on the sands here are recovering from the previous night’s partying, and it’s likely to be crowded near the mega-hotels.
However, if you are looking for a bit more solitude, you can find peace and quiet on the beach’s northwestern extension (Paradise Beach). The beauty of it is that it is accessible only by boat or on foot. Lined with palms, sea grapes, and casuarinas, the sands are broad and stretch for miles, perfect for relaxation and getting away from the crowds and noise.
Both Cable and Cabbage beach are great for those vacationers looking to stay active and enjoying the sun. You can play games on the beach, rolling around in the soft sand, or you can hit the water. Take time to snorkel in the clear water, diving down to the sandy bottoms or watching the tropical fish swim by. If you are looking for a little more speed, Rivkin and his friends take advantage of the jet-ski rentals, zooming around on the ocean. From below the water and on top of it, there is a chance to soar above it as well. Take some time to check out parasailing, where you can glide over and the above the water checking out the great views of the island.
As Andrew Rivkin attests, Nassau is a perfect getaway for friends seeking warm weather, soft beaches, blue water, and lots of fun people. The beaches there offer no shortage of activity and excitement.