Layover: 24 Hours in Nassau

Catherine Maisonneuve By Catherine Maisonneuve / 26 April 2019

Layover: 24 Hours in Nassau

Catherine Maisonneuve By Catherine Maisonneuve

Let’s face it: we had almost forgotten about the Bahamas for a while. When the massive Atlantis resort opened in Nassau 25 years ago, all eyes were on the Bahamas. A beachfront resort with a casino and thematic pools? What a revolutionary idea it had been! Tourists were flowing to this colourful Caribbean island, which is only 32 km wide and located 300 km south of Florida. Afterwards, other Caribbean destinations appeared out of the shadows and Nassau and its popular Paradise Island slowly became forgotten.

Cable beach, Nassau
Photo credits: Catherine Maisonneuve

However, for a little over a year now, the capital of the Bahamas has been booming and a few interesting
new appeals have been surfacing at a rapid pace. There has never been a better time to visit Nassau,
especially considering that it is only a 50-minute flight from Fort Lauderdale. With that in mind, it would be a shame to miss it. But, what is there to do on your next layover in Nassau? First of all: a visit to the resort that is mainly responsible for the revitalization of tourism on the island since its opening in 2017 is a must!

The mega-complex Baha Mar, inaugurated with great fanfare north of the island of Nassau, provides an
incomparable offer to tourists wishing to live an extraordinary vacation experience with luxury,
entertainment and exclusivity at the rendezvous. Indeed, Baha Mar has become, since its inauguration,
the newest and most impressive resort in the Caribbean. Home to three luxury hotels (the Grand Hyatt,
the SLS and the Rosewood), 10 pools, two miles of white sand beach, the largest casino in the Caribbean
and an impressive collection of restaurants and bars, it’s a must stop if you are in Nassau, even if it’s only to admire the spectacular grounds.

Dario Cecchini from Carna restaurant in Nassau
Photo credits: Catherine Maisonneuve

But again, SLS Baha Mar , the very first hotel of the luxurious SLS boutique hotel collection in the
Caribbean, recently inaugurated the first “tout of Italy” restaurant of the most popular chef/butcher in Europe: Dario Cecchini. Carna is indeed the first “exported” restaurant concept of the chef, who has chosen to join the popular resort destination of Baha Mar in Nassau. The contemporary steak house-style restaurant offers meats and recipes from the famous butcher. If you enjoy less meat, Costa, located nearby, is a great option, offering local flavours, fresh fish and seafood in an ocean-inspired setting (think: cabanas on stilts and water ways with koi fish under your feet).

SLS Baha mar hotel, Nassau
Photo credits: Catherine Maisonneuve
Costa restaurant, Nassau
Photo credits: Catherine Maisonneuve

In terms of attractions to visit, lets agree it’s a good thing that the island is only 32 km-wide. It is
therefore easy to explore Nassau’s main appeals in one day: the Parliament Square, where you can
admire the pastel colours and the neo-Georgian architecture that make the island famous, the perfect
“photo op” Queen’s Staircase, the historic Fort Fincastle and the Fish Market.

Nassau beach, Bahamas
Photo credits: Catherine Maisonneuve

Moreover, considering that there are four national parks, three historic villages and a bustling downtown
area all gathered in a place with an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, beautiful white sand beaches,
crystal-clear waters and a world-class dining and entertainment offer, it’s then safe to say that you’ll most likely want to extend your stay in Nassau beyond a simple layover.

If you want to come visit what’s new in Nassau, book your flight and plan a lay over in the Bahamas.

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