Nassau, Bahamas Family Vacation
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- At a Glance
A Bahamas vacation is shorthand for non-stop fun in the sun. Opportunities for water play abound, from the main attractions of swimming and snorkeling at hotels to speed demon waterslides, encounters with creatures of the sea, power boat trips, and swim-up movies. Out-of-water activities are no less enticing— kids will revel in up-close visits with flamingos, lorikeets, and jaguars; marvel at the fascinating histories of the islands' forts (to say nothing of the awe-inspiring views); enthusiastically participate in poolside dance contests; and best of all, simply soak in the welcoming, festive culture of these gorgeous islands.
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is located at one end of New Providence Island, which is located in the north-central Bahamas. The Bahamas are made up of more than 700 separate islands strung along a shallow coral reef. The population of all the islands together is slightly more than 300,000 people, and more than half of them live on New Providence. None of the islands achieves an elevation of more than a few hundred feet above sea level. They are all solid limestone (also called calcium carbonate), with shallow water tables and no rivers at all (which is why Bahamian waters are so famously clear—there's no silt to wash into the sea). Bays are called Cays and pronounced "Keys."
At this lush, vine-draped garden kids can see a huge flock of bright pink flamingos running in formation, hand-feed lorikeets and watch the amusing habits of jaguars, lemurs, and iguanas....
The island's bloody history of slave rebellions, pirate attacks, and sunken galleons full of treasure come to life at this must-see fort with a 360-degree island view from the top of Bennet's Hill....
Absolutely the best—and most authentic—way to tour central Nassau is riding in a horse-drawn carriage (or surrey). It's fun, historically accurate, and you get the benefit of a breeze to beat the heat and humidity....
Atlantis is for those who like their vacations over-the-top. Occupying almost the entire area of Paradise Island, Atlantis is sheer glitz and excitement, and definitely the place to wow jaded city kids who think a tropical vacation sounds boring. ...
Hotel / Motel
Thanks to a spectacular layout featuring a perfect swimming beach, three pools, and the Sheraton "Love Your Family" program, the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort trumps Nassau's other resorts for family-friendliness. ...
Hotel / Motel
This picturesque, cabana-style resort has been very well kept up, with whitewashed villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a pretty pool, and a gorgeous location on a strip of the whitest, cleanest sand on Nassau. ...
Hotel / Motel
A local hangout famous for its island atmosphere, Conch Fritters has taken off with tourists because of its color-splashed and festive let's-have-a-party atmosphere....
Mangos has family-friendly atmosphere, complete with fountain-splashed outdoor patio and a fun play area close enough to keep an eye on the kids while your food cooks. Wood-fired pizzas are a specialty....
Ice Cream / Yogurt
At first glace, the gorgeous beachside setting and pristine white decor might make the Beach Club seem a bit upscale for a family meal, but the relaxed atmosphere and friendly, young wait staff more than put you at ease....
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Pirates, Sharks, and Seaside FunA Family Vacation in Nassau, BAHAMAS with Babies
New Providence, Bahamas
2.The Straw MarketThe Straw Market
3.Powerboat AdventuresPowerboat Adventures
East Bay Street
4.Dolphin EncountersDolphin Encounters
P.O. Box SS-6257
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