Fly To Nassau, Bahamas
There’s a good reason why Nassau is such a popular stop for cruise ships hopping around the Bahamas. The city is bustling, busy and the perfect antidote to a laid-back beach vacation. You’ll meet people from around the world here, brushing shoulders as they shop in the busy streets and stop along the way for some local street food.
Nassau has a gritty sort of energy to it, perhaps because of the 17th century pirates that used it for a break from life at sea, or perhaps because of its slave trade history. Either way, it’s a great city in which to experience a wonderful beach holiday combined with fun and excitement.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do not need a Visa to visit Nassau, Bahamas and you won’t get a temporary Visa on arrival either. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your return date.
- No representation in the Bahamas, but there is a South African High Commission in Jamaica at 15 Hillcrest Avenue, Kingston 6. Phone: +1 876 620 4840.
See and do
Although the beaches in Nassau are beautiful, it is a great place from which to take boat trips to the private islands close-by for the day. Blue Lagoon Private Island is home to many Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and you can enjoy swimming with the incredible beauties here. Rose Island is another beautiful spot where you can swim, snorkel, relax on the private beaches and enjoy a drink at the famous Sandy Toes.
The National Art Gallery is a great way to spend a few hours away from the sun. Here you can learn about the history of Bahamian art but also see the modern movements of the country’s creative industry.
A trip to Paradise Island is also a day well spent. Here you’ll find the impressive Atlantis Hotel, inside of which you’ll find the Atlantis Aquarium. Admire a vivid array of marine species both from behind thick glass and from the elevated walkways.
For a touch of local flavor, take a walk down Arawak Cay and take your pick of local street food and street vendors. The island has quite a variety of fried foods that it’s quite proud of. Spend your money on slightly more substantial things when you visit the lined up duty-free shops along Bay Street.
To get a glimpse into the country’s slave history, visit the Pompey Museum to learn about their journey from Africa to the Caribbean or climb the Queen’s staircase. This limestone staircase was built by slaves to honour Queen Victoria's help in the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas. The view from the top across the island is magnificent.
Lynden Pindling International Airport – NAS
Food and beverage: Bahama Dutch Oven, Bootleggers Bar, Dunkin’ Donuts, Heineken Lounge and Duty Free, Rythm Café. Quiznos, Wendy’s.
Currency Exchange: Royal Bank of Canada in the International Terminal.
Airport Hotels: A Stone’s Throw Away, Orange Hill Beach Inn are both within 2km of the airport.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Hertz, National/Alamo.
Airport Hub: Lynden Pindling International Airport (code NAS) is a hub for Bahamasair.