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Things We Love (and Hate) About Nassau

Visiting Nassau for a few hours during our very first Disney cruise, we got a fairly good glimpse of the vibrant Bahamian capital as well as a sampling of the good and the bad. Here are the things we love and the things we hate about the port city.

 

What We Love:

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Conch fritters, jerk chicken and curry chicken | Photo: Michelle Rae

  1. The Colors. The colonial houses and buildings that line Nassau’s streets all flaunt pastel pink, yellow, blue and green colors, making them simply adorable to look at!
  2. The Food. We loved the food so much that we had to bring home some Bahamian spices with us. Try the conch fritters, jerk chicken and curry chicken with the Bahamian rice and plantains for a hearty meal, and get an afternoon boost with a cup of Bahamian coffee. The small restaurants at The Fish Fry serves authentic Bahamian cuisine while The Pasion Boutique sells terrific coffee beans.
  3. The Pirates Museum. Sure, it’s a little cheesy and definitely touristy, but looking at the exhibits, learning about piracy and trying to guess the answers to the trivia questions was pretty fun and a good way to kill an hour.
  4. The Beaches. Fine sand plus warm, blue waters equals best beach day ever. Just be careful as the waves can get pretty strong.
  5. The Historic Buildings. Admittedly, the forts are small and not that impressive, but we love them just the same. They are, after all, a part of the city’s intriguing history. We adore the Queen’s Staircase too!
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The Pirates Museum | Photo: Michelle Rae

What We Hate (Dislike, Really):

  1. The People. We can honestly say that out of a few places we’ve visited in the Caribbean, the locals in Nassau are the least friendly and the most aggressive, especially when it comes to making a sale.
  2. The Straw Market. There’s not much to it really. We did enjoy the little albeit overpriced toy turtles made from coconut husks.
  3. The Tourist Area. Much like the Straw Market, there’s nothing special and authentic about the main commercial strip, despite the hundreds of tourists everyday it draws everyday. However, if you’re careful, you might find hidden gems that sell local products.

 

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Michelle Rae is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor and photographer with a bad case of Wanderlust. She writes for a number of websites, including Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Travelage West and The Phoblographer. She is the Head of Content and Editor for family travel site, MiniTime.com.

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