As I said in my previous blog post ‘My Trip to Las Vegas’, I was lucky enough to fly from Vegas, leaving my family there for a few more days, to the island of Nassau in the Bahamas to meet a group of good friends who had been competing in the Cheerleading World Championships in Florida while I was in Vegas. We had all planned to have a chilled 5 days there before heading back to England.
There were 11 of us in total and we stayed in a beautiful Air BnB villa owned by a lovely lady named Cathy. The house has a little swimming pool and is directly on the ocean with steps right into the sea. We took advantage of the huge BBQ and cooked an absolute feast one evening. The house was about a 20 minute drive from Downtown Nassau which was great because we were in a quiet residential area amongst the locals. We didn’t feel like we were missing out being away from the main part of the island, in fact we felt like we were experiencing the real island life. The locals were absolutely lovely and made us feel so at home; we all took a trip to the supermarket on our first day and two lovely ladies offered us all a lift back with all our shopping!
TIP: We did have a slight issue with buying alcohol, they don’t sell alcohol in their supermarkets so we had to find liquor stores, there aren’t many on the island and they close quite early unless you are in downtown Nassau – so that is definitely something to bear in mind!
Taxis into paradise island and downtown Nassau were reasonable, we had to get mini buses to fit us all in, but it cost around $4 each, each way. Cathy provided us with multiple taxi numbers and brochures with activities to do on the island.
On our first night we went for an incredible meal in Lukka Kairi Restaurant, they have an amazing selection of traditional Bahamian food, great cocktails, the staff were so much fun and there was also live music with a panoramic view of Nassau Harbour. I recommend trying Conch which is a local Bahamian food, I had the Conch fritters from Lukka Kairi and they were so good! We then got a taxi to Atlantis on Paradise Island where were partied in the bar and watched all the hotel guests try their luck in the hotel Casino! We wish we had the time and money to go back to Atlantis and do more things there, they have an amazing water park, Dolphin Cay, spa etc that we would’ve loved to do.
We spent most of our days chilling and sun bathing at our villa, swimming in the pool and the sea because it was the perfect setting. On day two we made a huge BBQ for dinner before heading out for drinks at the famous Señor Frogs. We had been recommended to go here by a friend and had also seen it on trip advisor – I would also recommend EVERYONE to go here if you want somewhere to party on the island. There was a good mixture of locals and tourists all wanting to have a good time. We drank huge cocktails out of plastic tankards and danced for hours. The best part about the night was when the resident DJ got on stage and declared a twerking competition on stage, we obviously made one of our girls take part and it was hilarious, his commentary was second to none! When Señor Frogs closed we headed to Bambu night club, this was more like your typical club with a dark, small dance floor but it was open late so it was just what we needed to finish the night (and it has a podium which provided us with some brill entertainment haha :)).
My favourite day of the trip has to be spending the day at Tikki Bikini Hut. This is an absolute hidden treasure located on Junkanoo Beach. We paid $40 each and got unlimited drinks, a souvenir bracelet, a sun bed and a meal of our choice off the menu. And when they said unlimited drinks, they meant it – we were looked after by an incredible lady who just kept bringing us shots and cocktails every 5 minutes, we must’ve tried every cocktail on the menu. The staff also put on some beach games for everyone on the beach – hula hoop, limbo and drinking competitions. With an amazing atmosphere and cheap drinks we couldn’t have asked for a better day, we stayed there and saw the most beautiful sunset, drinking beers and taking in the beauty of the island.
On our final day we went into the town and did some imperative souvenir shopping – the only place you need to go for this is the Nassau Straw Market, it is full of different little family ran stalls and you can get some quirky Bahamian goodies for great prices! We then headed back to the house where we had organised for Chef Sweeting (recommended to us by Cathy the AirBnb owner) to come and cook a fantastic three course Bahamian meal for us. This was such a great idea, for just $40 per person we got a starter, two main dishes, two dessert choices and cocktails all included. Chef Sweeting visited us the day before to speak with us about how we would like on our menu, he helped us decide we were able decide what we would like. Of course we wanted traditional dishes and we loved that it was all made from scratch by the chef. For such a good price our menu was amazing; caesar salad starter, jerk chicken and lemon cod with rice and peas and macaroni cheese for main, and Cheesecake for desert, all accompanied with Bahama Mama cocktails. This was the perfect end to the trip, with no cleaning or clearing up to do afterwards!
One thing we all wished we had time to do was take a trip to the famous Pig Beach, but unfortunately it would’ve taken 2 days out of our trip because Pig Beach is on another island!
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