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Nassau Paradise Island
Bahamas, Caribbean
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Nestled within a group of islands poised between the Atlantic and Caribbean—and only a few hundred miles from the United States’ southern coast of Florida—Nassau Paradise Island in The Bahamas has sheltered everyone from pirates and freed slaves to blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers over the centuries. And although times are peaceful now, we still cherish a tradition of people making their own rules under sunny skies.

In this very special year, The Bahamas’ 50th year of Independence, tourism has never been more important as a sustainable driver of the local economy, accounting for 40% of total employment. The destination of Nassau Paradise Island plays a critical role not only as a job provider in its range of hotels but also as a gateway to the many other tiny ‘out islands’ that form part of the Bahamian island chain. 

The resorts of Nassau and Paradise Island celebrate the incredible artistic talents of the local people through impressive art installations, exhibitions, Junkanoo parades and high-quality local gift shops that can all be enjoyed by the international visitor, whilst culinary walking tours offer the opportunity to learn about and understand Nassau’s fascinating history whilst also getting a taste of its local food and drink offerings. See how the Baha Mar Resort (including Grand Hyatt, SLS and Rosewood) celebrates diverse cultural traditions and artistic expressions of The Bahamas through its foundation. 

Nassau’s marine environment is one of its greatest assets, and of course, it’s most threatened by climate change.  The name Bahamas comes from the Spanish ‘baja mar’ or shallow sea, and these low-lying islands are extremely vulnerable to changes in sea temperature, water levels and pollution.  For this reason, the larger resorts invest heavily in protecting the marine environment, using their built-in attractions not only to educate and entertain but also as a base and as a fund-raiser for marine research and conservation.  

With very little All-Inclusive product to keep you cossetted in your hotel, you are encouraged to get out and about, head to the fish fry, use public transport, drop into the Straw Market for some haggling on local crafts, ride a bike or take a Segway tour.  Whether you hop on a local bus, cross the harbour in a water taxi or meander down through the islands on a ferry, you’ll find the vibe is easy-going, friendly, and welcoming – you’ll soon feel right at home!

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons ESG programme
Sandals Royal Bahamian
EarthCheck Certified
Rosewood Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

7-night Sustainable Nassau Paradise Island Itinerary

from £2,745pp!

Price includes; return direct flights, return private transfers, 7 nights in a Double Queen Room with a Fountain View in 4-Star Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, ATOL protection and a free £275 donation to the charity of your choice.

Suggested itinerary

Arrive into Nassau on a direct non-stop flight from London Heathrow with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic (there are daily flights from London)

Get your bearings in Nassau with a short local bus ride to the Nassau Botanical Gardens and Fort Charlotte for some of Nassau’s maritime history, before heading across the road for a lazy local lunch at the Arawak Cay fish fry.  A spot of local shopping in the Straw Market and exploring the narrow alleys between Bay Street and the waterfront will complete the day.  

Head back into downtown Nassau and the Educulture Junkanoo Museum then meet up with your tour guide for your Culinary Walking Tour of Nassau.  You’ll need a snooze on the beach back at your hotel after this!   Dine at locally owned restaurants such as Bimini Road or Anthony’s Seafood & Ribs, both on Paradise Island.

Get an early start for the Fast Ferry to Harbour Island.  Enjoy a fabulous day on the water crossing over to Harbour Island, once the capital of The Bahamas, where you’ll experience the genuinely pink coral sands the island is famous for.  Or for larger family groups charter your own boat for a half or full day visiting the islands and cays that make up the islands of The Bahamas.  Private Charters – Harbour Safaris

Today can be spent UNDER the water, on a diving or snorkelling trip either out on the open water with world renowned Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas or among the fascinating ruins of Atlantis Paradise Island. Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis | Nassau Paradise Island 

The Current: Baha Mar Gallery and Art Centre could easily fill your morning as you enjoy the latest exhibition of local art and craft.  Locally made, high quality souvenirs can be found for those last-minute gifts. Alternatively book in to Bahama Barrels at Graycliff and become a winemaker for a day.  For a last blast local dinner, head to Café Johnny Canoe on Cable Beach.

Surely you deserve a rest by now!?  Relax on the beach then book into one of Nassau’s many luxury spas, including Espa at Baha Mar, Mandara Spa at Atlantis, St Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville, or the Spa at The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, before your late evening flight home to London. 

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with our team of expert travel agents via the button below, or email us at [email protected]. Or take a look at the Sustainable Caribbean Supplement of Charitable Traveller Magazine for more sustainable travel ideas!  Don’t forget – every time you book a holiday with us you can donate 5% of the price to the charity of your choice for free!