My family and I had a blast. I will not come on here or any other site and bash such a beautiful island. I had fun, my husband had fun, and our daughters had fun.. We walked to the free beach (junkanoo) and soaked in the sun all day and walked back, bought some items and took alot of pictures. Being w my family and the sun alone was all we needed to have a great time. It was raining and cold back home (north of Chicago) Yes, we were asked to buy items and asked if we wanted to go on excursions, but it didn't bother me. I mean the people there make their money off of us, so of course they will ask and ask and ask. I mean we are there to see the island and to spend money. Anyone coming to this island, enjoy yourselves. Take alot of pictures, try the food, walk in the water and just enjoy it. There are so many people who have never even left their home state, and here we are on a island with beautiful people. Stay positive and enjoy it, bc before you know it, you'll be back at home, at work, and wishing you were back. 😉
We planned to just walk around but ran into a nice lady who gave us a taxi tour. It was great to see the island and hear about the history. And also to hear about how people live. People were friendly. And since most of their economy is from tourism many people try to get you to take tours. We told a few people “no thank you” before meeting that particular lady and people respected that. If you understand the conditions there than you shouldn’t be turned off because you understand they are just trying to make a living. I really enjoyed my time there. We ended our tour a couple of hours before we had to return to ship so we could shop. Purchased several items. Wished we had more time to explore. I really enjoyed the island and the people. I wish people would be more open-minded and stop comparing places to your city. Or how about do some research on the place you are traveling to so you don’t have a culture shock. I had to check myself at one point because as Americans we are always in a rush so I had to remind myself that I was not in the US and to enjoy the laid back culture. I can’t quite describe the vibe there but I felt so relaxed and at ease there. Enjoy the experience!
Enjoyed our time back at Nassau. Look if you aren’t all about people coming up to you asking you if you need anything then don’t get off the damn boat! Stop putting such bad reviews about this port! You give others a bad sense of this port. All the people are just working as we all should be! Being asked for drugs?? My second time back and not once asked for drugs! And if you are,politely say NO and move on. What’s the difference people there selling drugs as to Americans selling drugs!? I enjoyed the shopping and views
I was skeptical after seeing reviews for this, but boy was I wrong. Nassau was the highlight of the trip. The people are the nicest people I have ever met. They are so friendly. They are not pushy at all. I didn’t once feel unsafe. Nassau is a beautiful place. I had such a great time just browsing the markets, spending time on Junkanoo beach, visiting the bars, and more shopping. There’s tons to do. I love the cultural and real feel of it. Atlantis isn’t the real cultural experience. I’m so glad I decided against an excursion and walked around on my own. I would have missed the beauty of the people.
I loved nassau. I think people go expecting either a movie styled tropical paradise or some effect of an American city. Its not that. It's culture and city and history and I loved it.
I have been to this port numerous times and have done Atlantis twice, once with a beach day. I was never a huge fan of coming to this port so when our last vacation has Nassau on the itinerary, we decided to book an actual excursion through the ship. After looking at reviews online, we decided to try out the Blue Lagoon Beach Day. They also had options for more expensive experiences such as dolphin, stingray or sealion interactions. We opted for the beach day and I am so glad we did. When you first arrive on their boat, you dock directly beside the dolphins and the staff took it upon themselves to do some tricks with the dolphins. My 4 year old especially loved it. There were opportunities to pay additional costs for other experiences and we decided to pay 20$ for a dolphin kiss for my 4 year old and a sealion kiss for myself. After this, my sister-in-law and I were approached by staff to participate in a training session with the dolphins FOR FREE! We got into the water with 5 new dolphins who they have been working with for future dolphin interaction excursions. It was not a traditional dolphin swim, but a learning session for the dolphins themselves to get use to guests, such as ourselves. Amazing experience! Amazing facility! Amazing beach! Highly recommended.
This was our fourth time visiting Nassau and we enjoyed it just as much this time as we did the first time. I know some people say the island is dirty and the people are pushy and rude. I'm sorry but if you can't find beauty in Nassau you aren't looking hard enough (pictures to follow review). I actually thought the people were a lot less pushy this time as well. Every time we were approached to take a tour or buy something and we said no thank you, they told us to have a great day in Nassau, no one was rude. We booked a day pass at the British Colonial Hilton and it was great! The hotel was beautiful, the beach was amazing and the food and drinks were very tasty. We were lucky enough to be in port from 8 AM to 5 PM so we stayed at the hotel until around 2 PM and then headed off to do a little shopping. We also walked up to the Queens Staircase and Fort Fincastle. It was a heck of a hike on a hot summer day, but the beautiful view from the top was definitely worth the climb. We have visited many different places and took different excursion while in Nassau and everything we did this time was a first for us. Looking forward to the next time because there is always something new to do is Nassau!
I had earlier read some negative reviews about Nassau. But to the contrary, my family and I had an awesome time in Nassau. We had a tour of the city, did some shopping and chilled at Junkanoo beach. The locals were nice and friendly. We enjoyed every bit of our visit. We plan to visit again.
If you can say no thank you and keep walking, nothing about this island should upset you. We found nothing but friendly people! We shopped the Straw Market. Our kids loved trying to haggle for a better deal and the souvenirs they brought home from here are by far their favorite because they got the deal they wanted. We went to a few shops, the kids had the island soda, Goombay punch, a pineapple soda only sold in the Bahamas and at the world of coke. My husband and I opted for the traditional rum punch. It was a beautiful day of sightseeing and shopping after our morning excursion. We didn’t make it to the beach because everyone was enjoying the culture and shopping too much to want to go. Relax, look around, enjoy this beautiful stop.
We had a great time in Nassau. After reading so many negative comments about the city being dirty, unsafe etc. I was a bit nervous. We ended up doing a last minute bus tour around the city. Yes, it's a poor country. The driver was quite clear locals work in the resort areas but they don't live there. He took us through town and we saw housing conditions that were very sad. They thrive on tourisim though so not visititing the city only makes things worse. We got off the tour at Fish Fry and walked towards Junkanoo Beach. We got about half way down and two local guys had.pulled over in their car to throw out trash. We asked if we were close to the beach they let us know we were headed in the right direction and we walked on. We found ourselves in front of Crabs 'n Tings where they had beach chairs to rent and food. The owner was a sweet lady who let us run a tab and the only reason we left was thunder storms popped up. The beach was busy but it's a free beach in walking distance to the ships ( there were four in port) so that's expected. The people were friendly, the beach was beautiful and we had a great time. We walked back to the ship through the Straw Market souvineer shop section. No pushy sellers, no one offering drugs as complained about by others. It's a foreign country. Use your travelling sense and go have fun! We're. Looking forward to going back.