Besides being the next logical stop on our trip and a great place to re-provision, we are planning a 3-4 day stop at a marina in Nassau as the weather is supposed to turn nasty from Sunday night to Wednesday. Up to 35 knot winds from the North so it seemed like a good time to tuck in somewhere well protected.
Nassau is the Capital city of the Bahamas and is located on an island called New Providence Island, 12 miles X 7 miles, so similar in size to some of our Gulf Islands. The majority of the Bahamian population, 300,000 people, live in Nassau. New Providence is home to Nassau (the main city), Cable Beach (high rise hotels/tourist strip), West Bay (quiet & residential with some very high-end ex-pat neighbourhoods), and Paradise Island (situated just across 2 bridges from Nassau, like where Granville Island is located to Downtown Vancouver) and is home to the huge resort ‘Atlantis’ with 5 hotels, 40 restaurants, lagoon, beaches, worlds biggest water park with rides, Casino, and tons of shopping (with very high end stores.)
You can either stay at Atlantis, visit for the day or do a day stop from your cruise ship.
|Atlantis, as seen from Nassau Harbour|
|Snorkelling at Bond Cay. Not much to see, but still nice to swim.|
After leaving Bond Cay, we had a fantastic sail to Nassau. We had 15 - 20 knots of wind on our beam and the waves, although 1m high, were a bit behind us and didn't rock us too much so we flew across at an average of 7 knots and were into Nassau Harbour before noon.
|Enjoying the early morning sail out of the Berries, aimed for Nassau.|
|Katie kept her usual lookout atop the coachhouse roof.|
|Setting out the fishing gear. We were surprised to actually hook into something, given how fast we were moving.|
|Massive cruise ships mark the entrance to Nassau Harbour|
|The kids thought the climbing wall on this one looked like fun.|
|Two bridges to get under. Hope we fit!|
|Welcome back to the city!|