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endless blue skies . . . right in your own backyard. powder-white sand, warm turquoise water and

NassauParadiseIsland.com Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board North America: 1200 South Pine Island Road, Suite 700, Plantation, FL 33324 USA Tel: (954) 888-5900 Fax: (954) 236-0733 Europe: Suite 200, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8LS England Tel: 44 20 8878 5569 Fax: 44 20 8878 9124

with state-of-the-art meeting facilities, skilled destination, but it’s a place that understands business

and nightlife. It’s all here . . . surrounded by miles of

Nassau Paradise Island is not only a popular vacation

shopping, world-class dining and exciting casinos

be on the beach by afternoon.

wide array of water sports and activities, exquisite

In many cases, you can leave in the morning and

marine habitats in the world, our friendly people, a

America, you’ll find it’s quick and easy to get here.

simple beauty of the island with one of the loveliest

No matter where you’re traveling from in North

After your business needs are met, let’s not forget the

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hour’s flight from South Florida.

is so convenient.

For more information, call or visit NassauParadiseIsland.com • 1-800-BAHAMAS

flight from New York City. And, less than an assau Paradise Island is just a short 3 hour

Bahamian dollars, it’s easy to see why meeting here and U.S. dollars are on par and interchangeable with

Right in your own backyard. and attractions. And because English is spoken here

Sun. Surf. Sand.

hospitality professionals and unique off-site venues

Nassau Paradise Island Destination Guide So close. A w o r l d a w a y .

ABOUT THE ISLAND our History

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elax. That’s what it’s all about here. Though our history is filled with tales of Spanish invaders and pirates, as well as conflicts between British Colonialists, West Africans and the Arawak Indians, things have settled down quite a bit. These days, the true Bahamian experience is all about kicking back and relaxing. But, before you arrive, learn a little about our history and how we’ve come to enjoy such a relaxed, easy way of life.

Part of the British Commonwealth, our history is a storied and romantic one . . . filled with religious dissenters, ship wreckers, pirates, freed slaves, blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers. This is due, in no small part, to our protected harbor— hidden among a tangle of islands situated between the Atlantic and Caribbean, and 180 miles off the coast of southern Florida. At any rate, the peaceful times that we enjoy now are all the result of those who came before us.

our Culture Music is woven deeply into the fabric of daily life throughout The Islands of The Bahamas. So much so that our archipelago is often referred to as the Islands of Song. You’ll quickly become acquainted with the rhythms of our lives, seeing how musical traditions reflect our distinctive national character and our history.

Uniquely Bahamian Music

Our heritage

All of these incorporate the handclapping and drum rhythms of West African dance music.

Of course, our beaches are one of the main attractions. But there’s so much more. Part British, part Spanish, part West African—the mix of cultures that make up our heritage gives Nassau Paradise Island a spirit all its own. To this day, we’ve retained the colonial charm of the 1800’s. Highlights of your visit will include climbing the Queen’s Staircase with 66 steps, each carved from the limestone hill, providing a spectacular view of Nassau and the harbor. And don’t miss the peaceful Versailles Gardens with its beautiful statues and fountains, as well as elegant terraces and French Cloisters. Whether it’s a great party, a leisurely walk past the pretty pastels of our historic streets, the festivities during a weekly fish fry, or the semiannual Junkanoo celebrations, Islanders want you to join in and feel the spirit of the Bahamas . . . the spirit that will move you.

Junkanoo This represents the heart of our annual national celebration. As part of the celebration, competing dance groups spend all year creating fanciful costumes and practicing elaborate routines. If you’re not here for the Christmastime festival, you can still take in Junkanoo performances at a number of nightspots. Rake ’n’ Scrape This music is purely instrumental. Performed by bands, traditional rake ‘n’ scrape instruments include a carpenter’s saw, a goatskin drum and an accordion. Goombay A secular Bahamian tradition. Goombay is danceable music filled with stories about love and other daily dramas.


Sun. Surf. Sand.

hospitality professionals and unique off-site venues and attractions. And because English is spoken here

Right in your own backyard. and U.S. dollars are on par and interchangeable with assau Paradise Island is just a short 3 hour

Bahamian dollars, it’s easy to see why meeting here

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hour’s flight from South Florida. After your business needs are met, let’s not forget the

No matter where you’re traveling from in North America, you’ll find it’s quick and easy to get here. In many cases, you can leave in the morning and be on the beach by afternoon.

simple beauty of the island with one of the loveliest marine habitats in the world, our friendly people, a wide array of water sports and activities, exquisite shopping, world-class dining and exciting casinos

Nassau Paradise Island is not only a popular vacation

and nightlife. It’s all here . . . surrounded by miles of

destination, but it’s a place that understands business

powder-white sand, warm turquoise water and

with state-of-the-art meeting facilities, skilled

endless blue skies . . . right in your own backyard.


NassauParadiseIsland.com endless blue skies . . . right in your own backyard. powder-white sand, warm turquoise water and

Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board North America: 1200 South Pine Island Road, Suite 700, Plantation, FL 33324 USA Tel: (954) 888-5900 Fax: (954) 236-0733 Europe: Suite 200, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8LS England Tel: 44 20 8878 5569 Fax: 44 20 8878 9124

with state-of-the-art meeting facilities, skilled destination, but it’s a place that understands business

and nightlife. It’s all here . . . surrounded by miles of

Nassau Paradise Island is not only a popular vacation

shopping, world-class dining and exciting casinos

be on the beach by afternoon.

wide array of water sports and activities, exquisite

In many cases, you can leave in the morning and

marine habitats in the world, our friendly people, a

America, you’ll find it’s quick and easy to get here.

simple beauty of the island with one of the loveliest

No matter where you’re traveling from in North

After your business needs are met, let’s not forget the

N

hour’s flight from South Florida.

For more information, call or visit NassauParadiseIsland.com • 1-800-BAHAMAS

is so convenient.

flight from New York City. And, less than an assau Paradise Island is just a short 3 hour

Bahamian dollars, it’s easy to see why meeting here and U.S. dollars are on par and interchangeable with

Right in your own backyard. and attractions. And because English is spoken here

Sun. Surf. Sand.

hospitality professionals and unique off-site venues

Nassau Paradise Island Destination Guide So close. A w o r l d a w a y .

ABOUT THE ISLAND our History

R

elax. That’s what it’s all about here. Though our history is filled with tales of Spanish invaders and pirates, as well as conflicts between British Colonialists, West Africans and the Arawak Indians, things have settled down quite a bit. These days, the true Bahamian experience is all about kicking back and relaxing. But, before you arrive, learn a little about our history and how we’ve come to enjoy such a relaxed, easy way of life.

Part of the British Commonwealth, our history is a storied and romantic one . . . filled with religious dissenters, ship wreckers, pirates, freed slaves, blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers. This is due, in no small part, to our protected harbor— hidden among a tangle of islands situated between the Atlantic and Caribbean, and 180 miles off the coast of southern Florida. At any rate, the peaceful times that we enjoy now are all the result of those who came before us.

our Culture Music is woven deeply into the fabric of daily life throughout The Islands of The Bahamas. So much so that our archipelago is often referred to as the Islands of Song. You’ll quickly become acquainted with the rhythms of our lives, seeing how musical traditions reflect our distinctive national character and our history.

Uniquely Bahamian Music

Our heritage

All of these incorporate the handclapping and drum rhythms of West African dance music.

Of course, our beaches are one of the main attractions. But there’s so much more. Part British, part Spanish, part West African—the mix of cultures that make up our heritage gives Nassau Paradise Island a spirit all its own. To this day, we’ve retained the colonial charm of the 1800’s. Highlights of your visit will include climbing the Queen’s Staircase with 66 steps, each carved from the limestone hill, providing a spectacular view of Nassau and the harbor. And don’t miss the peaceful Versailles Gardens with its beautiful statues and fountains, as well as elegant terraces and French Cloisters. Whether it’s a great party, a leisurely walk past the pretty pastels of our historic streets, the festivities during a weekly fish fry, or the semiannual Junkanoo celebrations, Islanders want you to join in and feel the spirit of the Bahamas . . . the spirit that will move you.

Junkanoo This represents the heart of our annual national celebration. As part of the celebration, competing dance groups spend all year creating fanciful costumes and practicing elaborate routines. If you’re not here for the Christmastime festival, you can still take in Junkanoo performances at a number of nightspots. Rake ’n’ Scrape This music is purely instrumental. Performed by bands, traditional rake ‘n’ scrape instruments include a carpenter’s saw, a goatskin drum and an accordion. Goombay A secular Bahamian tradition. Goombay is danceable music filled with stories about love and other daily dramas.


WHAT TO DO BEACHES AND WATERSPORTS

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ur cuisine captures our culture. A rich blend of British, Spanish and West Indian history draw from the spices and techniques of these influences, making them uniquely Bahamian. From local favorites like cracked conch and fried snapper to haute continental cuisine, the dining options reflect this fusion of many cultural influences. The abundance of the sea assures that every day chefs start with the freshest ingredients. Experience refined, gourmet and family dining at favorites like these;

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n Nassau Paradise Island it's okay to mix business with pleasure. No one can resist our powder-soft sand and crystal clear waters. So make time to dive in!

Snorkel and Scuba Dive Here, there’s just as much beauty under the water. Swim with schools of colorful fish. Marvel at the underwater garden created by vibrant, beautiful coral reefs. It’s an incredibly mesmerizing experience.

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ometimes even the best getaway calls for a little retail therapy. And what better setting than a beautiful sunny day in Nassau Paradise Island? Stroll through the boutiques for island-style accessories or the latest in resort-wear fashion and unique Bahamian gifts. Must-see destinations for shoppers are historic Bay Street in downtown Nassau and Marina Village in Paradise Island for jewelry, clothing, home goods, perfume, and more. You can find authentic Bahamian handicrafts like our signature straw hats, beautiful handmade woodcarvings and other island souvenirs made by Bahamian artisans at Festival Place at Prince George Dock, the historic Straw Market in downtown Nassau or the Craft Center on Paradise Island.

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hen the night sets in the action really begins. Maybe you'll want to take in the sunset at a casual beach front bar. Sit back and enjoy a little jazz or dance it up at one of our nightclubs. If you're feeling lucky, check out one of our Vegas-style casinos; the Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island and the Crystal Palace Casino on Cable Beach are waiting to place your bet.

Dune, French-Asian cuisine infused with local herbs and Bahamian influences. Led by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Located at One&Only Ocean Club. Nobu, the new trend in Japanese cuisine. Located in the Atlantis casino. Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, Southwestern-style meets Caribbean ingredients. Located in The Cove Atlantis. Amici, A Trattoria, signature Italian restaurant offering classic cuisine in a contemporary setting. Located at The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.

Moso, features authentic classic and modern Chinese cuisine combined with flavors from Thailand and Japan in a casual, family-style atmosphere. Located at The Wyndham Nassau Resort. Black Angus Grille, a classic Steakhouse with a flavor of the Island. Located at The Wyndham Nassau Resort. Seafire Steakhouse, a modern steakhouse featuring succulent fare. Located in Marina Village at Atlantis. Carmine’s, classic Italian dishes served family style. Located in Marina Village at Atlantis. Café Martinique is classic French fare led by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Located in Marina Village at Atlantis. Graycliff Restaurant, the Caribbean’s first 5-star dining featuring superb cuisine, hand rolled cigars and historic ambiance. Located in downtown Nassau. Humidor Churrascaria, authentic Brazilian Steakhouse serving a never-ending variety of slow roasted meats carved at your table. Located at Graycliff Hotel. Luciano’s of Chicago, dine on famous Italian cuisine while overlooking Nassau Harbour. Located on East Bay Street near Paradise Island bridge.

Things To Know Before You Go Climate The Islands Of The Bahamas enjoy a semi-tropical climate thanks to the warm Gulf Stream currents and balmy trade winds. Temperatures typically range from 70° to 80° Fahrenheit (21° to 27° Celsius), with summertime highs rarely above 90°F (32°C) and winter lows seldom below 60°F (16°C) on a winter’s night. Rainfall is less likely from November through April. Water temperatures range from the low 80s in the summer, to about 70°F in midwinter. Currency The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar, which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar. U.S. currency is widely accepted throughout Nassau Paradise Island, as are most major credit cards and traveler’s checks.

advised that international roaming charges will most likely apply. You may also purchase pre-paid phone calling cards for local and international calls at many locations throughout Nassau Paradise Island. High-speed internet access is available in most hotels. To call Nassau Paradise Island from the U.S., just dial (1) and the area code (242) and the 7-digit telephone number. If you are calling from Nassau Paradise Island to the the U.S., just dial (1), area code and the 7-digit number.

Time Zone Nassau Paradise Island is located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone. Daylight Savings Time is also observed in conjunction with the United States.

Customs U.S. citizens out of the country for more than 48 hours

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are allowed up to $800 worth of merchandise, duty-free. Limitations include 32 ounces of tobacco for those over 21 and no more than two liters of alcohol.

Light-tackle fishing Take a boat charter to the reef lines and shallow coral heads where you’ll fish for snapper, hogfish and grouper. Or, hire a guide and try your hand at fly-fishing, also known as bonefishing. Deep-sea fishing The ultimate in sportfishing. For serious game fishing, book a boat charter. Chances are, you’ll hook into something big, like a sailfish, wahoo or yellowfin tuna. Trolling for blue marlin is also a favorite in the waters off Nassau.

Canadian residents away for seven or more days are entitled to $750 worth of duty-free goods. Limitations include two pounds of manufactured tobacco and up to 40 ounces of liquor or wine.

Drinking Water Tap water in Nassau Paradise Island is safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available for purchase throughout the Islands.

Nassau Airport

Entry/Exit Requirements If you are a U.S. citizen, The Islands

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Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf. Or, play a round at the USGA-quality Cable Beach Golf Course, designed by Fred Suttle Jr. It’s a remarkably unique and memorable experience.

Imagine playing 18 oceanside holes on our PGAquality course surrounded by sweeping views of the sand and surf at the One&Only Ocean Club Golf

Those who want to refine their net game can choose from tennis courts for guests and non-guests alike at several of our hotels throughout the island.

Transportation All taxis charge by zone. There are fixed charges for some trips as outlined below. Rates are based on 2 passengers. There is an additional charge for extra passengers and extra luggage. These costs are approximate and subject to change, so please use them only as a guide.

120p-volt/60 cycle AC electrical current, as found in the U.S. and Canada. If you are visiting from these two countries you will not need to pack adapters for your electronics.

ee off. Serve an ace. No matter what your game, you’ll discover impeccable greens and rich sun-baked courts are a way of life on Nassau Paradise Island.

and beverage checks in lieu of gratuity. For exceptional service you may wish to leave something extra. Bellboys and porters usually receive $2.00 per bag. Taxi drivers should be tipped about 15% of the fare.

United Kingdom residents may take home a total of £145 of duty-free merchandise. Limitations include two fluid ounces of perfume, a half pound of tobacco and two liters of table wine.

Electricity Nassau Paradise Island uses standard North American

golf and tennis

Tipping Restaurants and hotels automatically add 15% to all food

Of The Bahamas follow the U.S. Government international travel requirements for re-entry into the United States, namely a valid U.S. Passport. The Bahamian Government may also require proof of return airline ticket and sufficient funds to support your stay. Please be aware that a voter registration card or certified birth certificate is no longer accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship. If you do not have a U.S. Passport, visit www.travel.state.gov. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please call a Bahamas Consulate for additional information: New York: 212-421-6420, Washington, DC: 202-319-2660, Miami: 305-373-6295, London: 0207-408-4488, Canada: 613-232-1724

Holidays Typically, stores and government offices are closed on public holidays and may close early the day before. Please visit www.NassauParadiseIsland.com for the public holiday schedule.

Language English (more British than American) is spoken throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Telephone / Television / Internet Access Satellite television capabilities and international telephone services are available at hotels and resorts. Check with your individual cell phone provider to see if your cell phone will operate in The Bahamas. Please be

To downtown Nassau $27 To Cable Beach $18 To Paradise Island (plus bridge toll) $32

In addition, there is bus service (known locally as jitneys) between the hotels and to and from downtown Nassau several times a day. Fares are $1.00 per adult, 50¢ per child and exact change is required. Ferry boats (water taxis) can take you to Paradise Island while at the same time giving you a waterfront view of Nassau Harbour. Tickets can be purchased from the tour desk at Festival Place and at Woods Rodgers Wharf which is directly beside Festival Place. Round-trip tickets from Nassau to Paradise Island cost $6 per person. The duration of the trip is approximately 10 minutes each way and the boats leave the wharf every half hour on the hour 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Pre-Clearance in Nassau Paradise Island Nassau Paradise Island is one of the few Caribbean destinations that provides pre-clearance for U.S. Customs and Immigration services, allowing flights from Nassau Paradise Island to enter the United States as domestic flights and bypass the normal U.S. Customs and Immigration clearance encountered on most returns from an international destination. What to Wear Casual spring/summer dress is appropriate throughout the year. Please remember that bathing suits are acceptable attire only on the beach or pool areas and not on the streets or in restaurants. For the evenings, you may want to bring dressier outfits for visits to the island’s more elegant restaurants, nightclubs and casinos.


endless blue skies . . . right in your own backyard. powder-white sand, warm turquoise water and

NassauParadiseIsland.com Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board North America: 1200 South Pine Island Road, Suite 700, Plantation, FL 33324 USA Tel: (954) 888-5900 Fax: (954) 236-0733 Europe: Suite 200, Parkway House, Sheen Lane, East Sheen, London SW14 8LS England Tel: 44 20 8878 5569 Fax: 44 20 8878 9124

with state-of-the-art meeting facilities, skilled destination, but it’s a place that understands business

and nightlife. It’s all here . . . surrounded by miles of

Nassau Paradise Island is not only a popular vacation

shopping, world-class dining and exciting casinos

be on the beach by afternoon.

wide array of water sports and activities, exquisite

In many cases, you can leave in the morning and

marine habitats in the world, our friendly people, a

America, you’ll find it’s quick and easy to get here.

simple beauty of the island with one of the loveliest

No matter where you’re traveling from in North

After your business needs are met, let’s not forget the

N

hour’s flight from South Florida.

is so convenient.

For more information, call or visit NassauParadiseIsland.com • 1-800-BAHAMAS

flight from New York City. And, less than an assau Paradise Island is just a short 3 hour

Bahamian dollars, it’s easy to see why meeting here and U.S. dollars are on par and interchangeable with

Right in your own backyard. and attractions. And because English is spoken here

Sun. Surf. Sand.

hospitality professionals and unique off-site venues

Nassau Paradise Island Destination Guide So close. A w o r l d a w a y .

ABOUT THE ISLAND our History

R

elax. That’s what it’s all about here. Though our history is filled with tales of Spanish invaders and pirates, as well as conflicts between British Colonialists, West Africans and the Arawak Indians, things have settled down quite a bit. These days, the true Bahamian experience is all about kicking back and relaxing. But, before you arrive, learn a little about our history and how we’ve come to enjoy such a relaxed, easy way of life.

Part of the British Commonwealth, our history is a storied and romantic one . . . filled with religious dissenters, ship wreckers, pirates, freed slaves, blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers. This is due, in no small part, to our protected harbor— hidden among a tangle of islands situated between the Atlantic and Caribbean, and 180 miles off the coast of southern Florida. At any rate, the peaceful times that we enjoy now are all the result of those who came before us.

our Culture Music is woven deeply into the fabric of daily life throughout The Islands of The Bahamas. So much so that our archipelago is often referred to as the Islands of Song. You’ll quickly become acquainted with the rhythms of our lives, seeing how musical traditions reflect our distinctive national character and our history.

Uniquely Bahamian Music

Our heritage

All of these incorporate the handclapping and drum rhythms of West African dance music.

Of course, our beaches are one of the main attractions. But there’s so much more. Part British, part Spanish, part West African—the mix of cultures that make up our heritage gives Nassau Paradise Island a spirit all its own. To this day, we’ve retained the colonial charm of the 1800’s. Highlights of your visit will include climbing the Queen’s Staircase with 66 steps, each carved from the limestone hill, providing a spectacular view of Nassau and the harbor. And don’t miss the peaceful Versailles Gardens with its beautiful statues and fountains, as well as elegant terraces and French Cloisters. Whether it’s a great party, a leisurely walk past the pretty pastels of our historic streets, the festivities during a weekly fish fry, or the semiannual Junkanoo celebrations, Islanders want you to join in and feel the spirit of the Bahamas . . . the spirit that will move you.

Junkanoo This represents the heart of our annual national celebration. As part of the celebration, competing dance groups spend all year creating fanciful costumes and practicing elaborate routines. If you’re not here for the Christmastime festival, you can still take in Junkanoo performances at a number of nightspots. Rake ’n’ Scrape This music is purely instrumental. Performed by bands, traditional rake ‘n’ scrape instruments include a carpenter’s saw, a goatskin drum and an accordion. Goombay A secular Bahamian tradition. Goombay is danceable music filled with stories about love and other daily dramas.


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