Escape to Nassau on a budget
According to Conde Nast, the Bahamas are one of 2018’s must-visit destinations. If you’re considering a tropical vacation, why not Nassau, the Bahamian capital. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island, which is accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. A popular cruise-ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for beaches as well as its offshore coral reefs, popular for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, like the pink-hued Government House.
Travel site currently Skyscanner lists a variety of flights from New York to Nassau for under $200 round trip as well as hotel rates at under $200 a night during the month of February.
Here’s a list of some of the flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Nassau to get you excited about your next excursion.
Cheapest Nassau flights
Direct flights between New York and Nassau can be found around $400 per person throughout the month of March
If you can plan travel the first week in February you can find round trip flights as low as $380 per person round trip!
Top Nassau hotels
Regarding where to stay, here is one of Nassau’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Melia Nassau Beach Resort (West Bay Street)
The Melia Nassau Beach Resort has a four-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $189.
Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is situated near both Cable Beach and the Cable Beach Golf Club.
The Reef at Atlantis, Autograph Collection
If you’re looking to treat yourself, consider . The The Reef at Atlantis which has a four-star rating on TripAdviser, and rooms are currently available for $420 in February.
Accommodations at The Reef run from stunning studios to three bedroom suites with kitchenette or full kitchens, washer/dryer in unit or adjacent and magnificent ocean views.
Featured Nassau restaurants
If you’re looking to snag a bite at one of Nassau’s many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner’s listings that will help keep you satiated.
The Mesa Grill (1 Casino Drive West)
If you’re looking for a local favorite, head to The Mesa Grill, which has an average of five stars out of five reviews on Skyscanner. Bobby Flay’s Bahamas outpost of the Mesa Grill chain, also present in Las Vegas, is situated in the Atlantis Resort. Southwestern and Caribbean cuisines blend and the meal finishes with desserts like Cinnamon Dusted Churros.
“Fantastic service, excellent food and wonderful decor,” wrote visitor Michelle. “The crab corn chowder was amazing and the pork tenderloin was perfectly prepared.”
The Poopdeck at Sandyport (Sandyport Marina Village)
Also worth considering is The Poopdeck at Sandyport.
“The food and atmosphere great,” wrote April. “Has a local band often and the beach views are fabulous.”
Cafe Matisse (Bank Lane)
Finally, there’s Cafe Matisse.
“Cafe Matisse has one of the most sparkling reputations in the Bahamas — and for good reason, ” wrote Ramona.”Make sure you ask for a table in the picturesque courtyard so you enjoy beautiful scenery while a team of impeccably trained chefs and servers deliver gourmet dishes, like lobster ravioli and hearty rosemary steaks, that are guaranteed to impress.”
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Featured Nassau attractions
Not sure what to do in Nassau, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.
National Art Museum
The top-rated visitor attraction in Nassau, according to Skyscanner, is the National Art Museum.
“This is my go to place every time I visit Nassau,” wrote visitor Donna. “The building is beautiful and the exhibits are true Bahamian art. … Be sure to ask about the history of Amos Ferguson — it’s a very interesting story. His works tour the Bahamian islands.”
Love Beach is another popular destination.
“The name says it all,” wrote visitor John. “This beach is romantic and evocative.”
Finally, spend some time at the Bacardi Distillery.
Free tours of the site where this famous rum is made is on offer. To take the tour and learn about the brewing process, make a reservation in advance.
“Rum and sugar cane — the staples of the islands,” wrote visitor John. “If you don’t drink rum, at least have some Bacardi rum cake!”
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