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Top 6 Cheap Things to Do in Nassau, Bahamas

Updated on July 7, 2017
Sunset over the water in Nassau
Sunset over the water in Nassau | Source

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Nassau is the largest city and the capital of the Bahamas. It has a population of over 200,000. Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is a known tourist spot and frequent cruise stop. The tropical climate and the natural beauty of its island and oceanside beaches have largely contributed to its popularity.

If you’re planning on really splurging during your visit, I recommend Blue Lagoon Island, Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island, scuba diving, paid snorkeling tours, sea lion encounters, and staying at an all-inclusive resort.

Luckily, you can also take a Bahamas vacation on a budget. This is a quick list of things to do when porting or staying in Nassau.

6 Cheap Things to Do in Nassau, Bahamas

 
1. Beaches
2. John Watling’s Distillery (Free Tour)
3. Pirates of Nassau Museum
4. Arawak Cay (Fish Fry)
5. The Daiquiri Shack
6. Queen’s Staircase

1. The Beaches

First and foremost, you’re going to the Bahamas. This means that you’re probably interested in spending time at the beach. Many hotels, apartments, time-shares, and rentable houses have their own private beaches.

You can also visit one (or several) of the numerous public beaches in the area, most of which won't cost you a cent to enjoy. Chances are that you won’t have to go far to find a fun one to explore. They’re all beautiful, the water is warm, and many of them have awesome beachside bars with delicious tropical drinks.

The Most Popular Beaches in Nassau Are:

  • Cable Beach
  • Jaws Beach
  • Cabbage Beach
  • Junkanoo Beach

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Private beach Preparing for a sunset on the beach with conch shells - Cable Beach, BahamasBeach-side sunset
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Private beach | Source
Preparing for a sunset on the beach with conch shells - Cable Beach, Bahamas
Preparing for a sunset on the beach with conch shells - Cable Beach, Bahamas | Source
Beach-side sunset
Beach-side sunset | Source

Nassau Beaches

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A markerCabbage Beach -
New Providence, The Bahamas
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B markerJunkanoo Beach -
Western Esplande Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas
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C markerJaws Beach -
Jaw's Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas
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D markerCable Beach -
Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas
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2. John Watling’s Distillery (Free Tour)

“Why is the rum always gone?”

The Bahamas is known for its rum (and for good reason). John Watling’s Distillery is one of those wonderful places that supplies you until you're drunk.

First, you’re greeted at the door with a drink sample (piña colada when we visited), after which you can take yourself on a self-guided tour or join a tour group.

We took the self-guided option and wandered through the beautiful distillery grounds. There were signs describing the rum-making process, and you will actually see the barrels of rum lined inside.

My personal favorite part of the tour was going to their bar at the end. You can buy a taster of three different kinds of rum. They were truly extraordinary. The flight of three rums costs only $6.50, so it is worth the small investment. The bartender talks you through how to best drink them and provides water for clearing your pallet. If you have fun with him, they often give you tasters of their other drinks as well. The piña coladas and mamas are delicious if you’re feeling like getting good and tipsy before you leave. For three small girls, a rum flight each was enough to get us tipsy.

You can stay here as long as you want. The tour probably varies between a half hour to two hours, depending on how much you want to drink. I strongly recommend it!

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Rum tasting Distillery entrance
Rum tasting
Rum tasting | Source
Distillery entrance
Distillery entrance | Source

3. Pirates of Nassau Museum

Located in the middle of the city, and not far from where cruise ships dock, this museum is a fun way to spend an hour. One of the best bonuses: this museum is air-conditioned. It’s a great way to escape the high heat.

If you’ve ever liked pirates, read about pirates, or watched Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll probably like this museum. It’s a short (and mostly low-tech) taste of the life of a pirate. The museum is full of interesting facts and artifacts, and it successfully separates fact from fiction and gives you accurate insight into the lives of real pirates.

Entrance to Pirates of Nassau
Entrance to Pirates of Nassau | Source

4. Arawak Cay (Fish Fry)

This little strip of restaurants is my number one recommendation for food. Also known by the name "Fish Fry," it is an easy bus ride from the main part of the city and is conveniently located next to a beach. The buildings in Arawak Cay are painted with bright colors, and the restaurants serve delicious seafood. The prices are also reasonable.

My Top Four Recommended Restaurants:

  • Twin Brothers
  • Oh Andrus
  • King Bar
  • Big Yard

I would say eating is one of the most fun things to do in Nassau because the seafood is fresh, unique, and delicious. So during your visit, make a point to eat out as much as possible and enjoy what Nassau has to offer.

Beautiful bright building near the Fish Fry
Beautiful bright building near the Fish Fry | Source

5. The Daiquiri Shack

You will never look at daiquiris the same again. These drinks are made with fruit fresh from the market (selected that morning) and delicious local rum. Each daiquiri was six dollars, but that didn’t stop me from purchasing one as often as possible. The shack offered every combination of local and fresh fruits. I recommend the strawberry plum.

No matter how nice your resort is, the drinks won’t possibly be this good. In my opinion, this is one of the best things to do in Nassau. Whether you're in the city for a day or a week, stop by the Daiquiri Shack. You won't be disappointed.

Tip: If you can see a fruit in the shack, then it’s available to be turned into a daiquiri. If you can’t see it, then they’re out, and you can’t get it.

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Fruit at the Daiquiri ShackA strawberry-plum daiquiri
Fruit at the Daiquiri Shack
Fruit at the Daiquiri Shack | Source
A strawberry-plum daiquiri
A strawberry-plum daiquiri | Source

What's the Weather Like in Nassau?

The climate in Nassau is typical of the islands in the region, with summers averaging around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and winter months averaging between 73 and 81 degrees. The water remains warm year-round, but the island does face a significant monsoon. During the monsoon season, the island sees a lot of rain and stormy seas.

6. Queen’s Staircase

The city is often crowded and full of tourists. The Queen’s Staircase is a fun little getaway tucked right in the center of the city. If you spend all your time on the beach and all you see is water, then the vegetation surrounding this staircase will be an unexpected, and appreciated, surprise. Its history is also beautiful and tragic (the stairs were handcrafted by slaves).

This place is also free to visit, but there are often locals at the top and bottom who want to give you a little bit of its history for tips. Because there isn’t much literature on it or signage in the area, I would recommend taking them up on their offer. It's worth a visit to marvel at these stairs.

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The Queen's Staircase, carved by slavesThe bottom of the staircase
The Queen's Staircase, carved by slaves
The Queen's Staircase, carved by slaves | Source
The bottom of the staircase
The bottom of the staircase | Source

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Overall, I would recommend a Nassau vacation, no matter your budget. These are my top recommendations (based on my own experience and research), but you should also check out the Nassau TripAdvisor to find more things to do. Whether you're doing an all-inclusive Bahamas vacation or attempting a budget trip to this popular destination, I hope you have a great time and make some wonderful memories.

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      Judith 9 months ago

      What forms of payment do you recommend when making purchases. Trying to plan how much US cash to plan for

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      MarieB009 19 months ago

      Love Bahamas ! Thank you for the great article! Great ideas -

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