If your travels allow you an uninterrupted day or two in the Bahamas, take advantage! The Bahamas is home to incredible beaches, but it offers much more. While visiting, remember that the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar, and both forms are accepted interchangeably. With that in mind, here are some suggestions on what to do in your free time.
Being that the islands of the Bahamas are such a popular destination, it comes as no surprise that they are dotted with numerous airports. Some of the busiest airports include, Andros Town Airport (MYAF) on Andros Island; Grand Bahama International Airport (MYGF), Treasure Cay Airport (MYAT) and Marsh Harbour Airport (MYAM) on Grand Bahama Island; Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN) in Nassau on New Providence Island; North Eleuthera Airport (MYEH) and Governor’s Harbour Airport (MYEM) on Eleuthera Island; Chub Cay Airport (MYBC) serving the Berry Islands; South Bimini Airport (MYBS) serving the Bimini Islands; Arthur’s Town Airport (MYCA) on Cat Island; and Exuma International Airport (MYEF) serving the Exuma Islands. One thing is for sure, if you are in the Bahamas you are never far from an airport. Provide additional lead time for in-flight catering orders during “Junkanoo,” a local street parade held on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), New Year’s Day and during summer.
If you want to eat like a local in the Bahamas, locals and visitors alike rave about Fish Fry in Arawak Cay. Popular dishes include conch salad, spicy grouper and fish fritters. Conch (served with peas and rice) is also a staple. This casual, outdoor location is a “can’t miss” spot for an inexpensive, authentic taste of the islands. Fish Fry is located on Bay Street in Nassau.
After you’ve had your fill of Fish Fry, you can take a short walk over to the Straw Market, also located on Bay Street. Among the usual tourist finds, there are over 100 vendors; many of which sell authentic Bahamian crafts. The Straw Market is open seven days a week, so be sure to stop there to take home a piece of island treasure.
Just a short drive from Nassau is the award-winning One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island. Here, they boast a full menu of spa and beauty services, massage therapies and other treatments. One&Only also offers complimentary one-hour yoga classes on the beach. The “One&Only Massage” is the spa’s signature treatment in which, “two therapists anoint the body with a unique blend of five different massage styles – Japanese Shiatsu, Thai, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Swedish and Balinese.” This luxury guarantees you a massage experience like you’ve never had before.
If you have the entire day to dedicate to an adventure, consider checking out Rose Island. Sandy Toes Rose Island operates a full day excursion (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) that includes a scenic boat ride to a private island destination with a private beach. The scene is set with island music, a local buffet lunch, and beach games. A snorkeling tour is included in the excursion, as well as access to a hammock garden with shaded decks for enjoying the private view.
However you choose to spend your short time in the Bahamas, relax and remember— you’re on island time.
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