We’ve all seen the heartbreaking photos of the Bahamas — specifically Grand Bahama and Abacos — after Hurricane Dorian hit hard last September. For a nation where tourism accounts for more than half of the economy and six of 10 jobs, an event like this can be catastrophic.
But not all of the Bahamas’ 700+ islands were badly impacted. New Providence & Paradise Islands and lay well south of the storm’s track and sustained little or no damage. Home to Nassau (the nation’s capital) and Atlantis (perhaps its most famous resort), these locales continue to attract visitors, and their tourism dollars are needed now more than ever.
You can help these islands get back on their feet by visiting, and you’ll find plenty to see and do. Nassau has a rich history spanning more than 300 years. Historic landmarks include Christ Church Cathedral, Vendue House, Nassau Public Library, Parliament Square, the Queen’s Staircase, and historic forts Charlotte, Montagu and Fincastle.
Underwater sports enthusiasts enjoy the area’s many shipwrecks, blue holes and swim-through caves, and serious divers tackle the 6,000-foot-deep Tongue of the Ocean that separates New Providence and Andros Islands. For nature lovers, Retreat Gardens boasts one of the largest private collections of rare and exotic palms in the world — about 170 types spread across its 11 acres — and bird watchers flock to New Providence to see dozens of rare species. Tourists in search of shopping opportunities head to Nassau, which offers everything from local crafts and foodstuffs to duty-free items such as jewelry and watches.
Paradise Island, home to the expansive Atlantis Resort, offers family-oriented activities such as water parks, dolphin encounters, white sand beaches and restaurant options that encompass everything from grab-and-go quick bites to fine dining. Atlantis Marina guests enjoy all the features and services of Atlantis facilities, and day passes are available for non-guests.
WHERE TO DOCK
Located at a protected harbor in the heart of Atlantis Resort, the largest of the marina’s 63 slips are 220-foot finger piers with a 37-foot beam, plus several lay-along-side berths with no beam restrictions.
Hurricane Hole Marina
Recently renovated and near restaurants, shopping, golf, casinos, nightclubs and Atlantis, this 90-slip marina offers a swimming pool, restaurant and bar, and many concierge services.
Bay Street Marina
This 89-slip marina is in the center of Nassau near downtown to the west and Paradise Island to the east, and it accommodates vessels from 40 to 500 feet.
One Particular Harbour at The Pointe
Guests staying at Margaritaville Beach Resort can access The Pointe’s deep-water marina, and renters of a luxury residence at One Particular Harbour have preferred berthing rights to one of the marina’s 40 slips.
Palm Cay Marina
On the southeastern aside of New Providence, this 194-slip marina is adjacent to the Palm Cay Resort, which offers beach club amenities including a clubhouse, fine dining, tennis courts, playgrounds, spa treatments and more.
WHERE TO DINE
Set in an historic building in Nassau, the Italian menu changes every six months, presenting an array of dishes to pair with the restaurant’s extensive wine list.
Sapodilla describes itself as “sophisticated island style with colonial influence,” offering continental cuisine in old Nassau. You can dine indoors in one of four charming rooms or outdoors under the stars.
This Nassau restaurant has four dining rooms and a garden dining area with each room’s decor reflecting the era when Graycliff was a private home. After your meal, relax with an after-dinner cognac or cigar.
The Bahamian Club at Atlantis offers fine cuts of steak, chicken and fresh grilled seafood in a “warm and inviting club-like atmosphere.”
The chef puts his legendary spin on everything from roasted Bahamian lobster and wood-fired Wagyu beef to Nobu-style ceviche and cracked conch.
Are you adding New Providence & Paradise Islands to your new itinerary?