“Because There’s Nothing More Beautiful Than The Way The Ocean Refuses To Stop Kissing The Shoreline, No Matter How Many Times It’s Sent Away.” -Sarah Kay
Let’s Blog Over The Bahamas…
I’ve been meaning to get around to this post so here goes… This year I missed a lot of scheduled and booked trips because of work. I remember feeling really bad about ditching my friends, but knew that with everything on my plate for work it was probably the best idea to stay. A few weeks later some girlfriends and I were having an evening filled with incredible wine, sitting by the pool and Amanda suggested that we should just say screw it. Screw work, screw life, let’s just leave the Houston life behind and go to the Bahamas. So I booked a flight.
Nassau quickly became one of my favorite places. The culture, and food, the people and varied landscapes quickly made it a favorite destination of mine. Thanks to the vibrant culture, colors, sounds, tastes and the amazingly hospitable climate I was really able to thoroughly explore this incredible city. Here are some of my favorite spots to hang, eat, sleep, and play.
British Colonial Hilton Nassau– Right in the heart of downtown, this hotel boasts the only private beach in downtown Nassau, Bahamas, and is located walking distance from dining, and tax-free shopping.
Meliá– This hotel is all-inclusive and absolutely gorgeous. Overlooking the famous and beautiful Cable Beach. There are many activity options offered, and perfect for an unforgettable sunset dinner.
Atlantis– When most people think of the Bahamas they usually tend to think of Atlantis and for good reason. Atlantis offers a water park, casino, an aquarium and so many other options that are both fun for anyone at any age range.
A 10-minute ride west of downtown lands you at the Arawak Cay Fish Fry, a seaside stretch filled with hand-painted wooden stands, dinged up food trucks, and rainbow-hued standalone restaurants, all with deep roots in Caribbean history.
Goldie’s Conch House – This Technicolor oceanfront operation is a fully immersive conch experience, where the entire life cycle of the sea-snail can be taken in. Plucked from the sea, extracted from pink shells, tenderized, cooked, and brought to the table, a pile of discarded shells is always visible from the dining area.
Twin Brothers– Keen-eyed observers might recognize this bi-level restaurant was the site of a notorious grease fire on an episode of Top Chef All-Stars. Infamous TV incidents aside, Twin Brothers sets itself apart from the rest of the fish fry vendors with a fully functional website, and a reservation line. If you’re planning on heading to Arawak Cay with a less than adventurous crew, this place (and its killer daiquiris) will keep everyone happy.
Daiquiri Shack– This was by far one of my favorite places. Right on a beach front, and daiquris made with fresh fruit of your choosing, and made right in front of you.
I found that getting around the Bahamas was fairly simple. There’s no Uber, but you could take a cab for $14 each way, or you can easily hitch a ride on the bus for $1.25. It takes you as far as you want to go and will of course pick you back up.
Pink Sand Beach– If you’re a mermaid like me, and just want to relax in the water or walk the beach while looking at beautiful scenery this beach is it! The pink stands out more in the wet sand at the water’s edge. Unlike other parts of the world, the sand here is always cool, so you can walk about freely with bare feet. Snorkeling and swimming are made safe and easy by outlying reefs, which provide large areas of relatively calm and shallow waters. Horseback riding is also a popular activity
Exumas– If you’re an animal lover pigs to be exact you can go to Pig Beach and swim along with them!
The Queen’s Staircase– This was probably my favorite part of my trip. There’s so much history behind this staircase, and so much beauty!
Straw Market– I got some wonderful things here at this market. You will see artisans everywhere making everything right before your eyes. One of a kind pieces.
John Watling’s Distillery– If you want to some Bahamian Rum this is the place to go!
Graycliff Hotel– The Graycliff offers cigars, chocolates, has an incredible restaurant and beautiful views!