Sometimes you just need to stick your toes in the sand. I was only too happy to make a visit to Nassau Island in the Bahamas are a wonderful place to have a family vacation. This was my third time to Paradise Island and I was anything but bored. Each trip offers new discovers and new opportunities for unplugged family time.
On this trip I was able to venture into Nassau. This was the first time I’ve ventured off Paradise Island to explore and it was time well spent. Find out more about our stay at the Comfort Suites and our time at Atlantis on this post.
Nassau has a wonderful beaches and a popular fish market area with small restaurants. It’s also a shopping hub full of galleries and small boutiques.
Nestled above the cliffs of the shopping area is the Graycliff. It’s a grand hotel with a rich history. Apparently, a pirate first owned the property back in the 18th century. Now it’s a luxury hotel and I was lucky enough to get the full tour. I loved the rich décor loaded with antique and private nooks. Though it is purported to be family friendly, I would want to escape here with Mr. Momtrends for some well-earned R & R.
The hotel boasts twenty unique guest rooms and spacious suites. We got to tour a luxe suite and I gaped at the antiques and artwork. Another favorite spot was the glorious breakfast room—it made me a little jealous that I wasn’t a guest.
If you were looking for me at this resort you might also check the pool. The 25-meter pool is set amongst the verdant local backdrop. Simply breathtaking. This is the larger of the two swimming pools and I’m told it was the first pool to be built in the Bahamas.
There’s a lot of industry going on the property too. In addition to two restaurants (which we didn’t eat at) Graycliff Restaurant and the Humidor Piazza, the Graycliff Hotel has a studio where Cuban immigrants (some of whom rolled cigars for Castro), craft coveted cigars. And then there’s the chocolate.
I admit I was more interested in the chocolate the cigars. We got a full chocolate making history on our tour and class. The Graycliff imports the beans from Costa Rica and then blends their own chocolates on the property. In our class we experimented with both dark chocolate and milk chocolate using Graycliff molds. The results were delicious and the kids absolutely loved this experience. It’s a great rainy day excursion and you don’t have to be a hotel guest to book the experience.
Pirate Museum Bahamas
If you encounter more rain, or if you just want to take a break from the sun, head to the Pirates of Nassau Museum an interactive museum focused on the Golden Age of Piracy. Let’s be honest, it’s more fun than educational, but it is extremely well designed. As I stepped inside I really felt like I was boarding a ship. The kids loved winding their way along the pirate ship “Revenge.” It’s teaming with treasures and stories that will sweep your kids back in time as they imagine what it meant to be a lawless pirate out on the sea. It’s a great spot to spend an afternoon, and don’t miss the gift shop.
While Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is known for having some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world don’t think it’s just about turquoise blue water and huge resorts. There’s tons to explore and a variety of hotels from ultra-exclusive to family-friendly. Our visit only touched on two of the Bahamas 39 islands. I’m inspired to keep exploring and to plan my next trip.
More notes:Delta is one of many air carriers that fly direct to Nassau. Here we are onboard with our upgrade to business class. I was thrilled with the short, direct flight to the islands.
And it was so easy for us to get there. There are more than 40 non-stop flights into the Bahamas. The flight is less than an hour from South Florida and two and a half hours from New York City. For more information, visit www.NassauParadiseIsland.com.
NOTE: You don’t need local currency. Dollars are accepted everywhere.
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