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Travel – Paradise Island – a Caribbean island off Nassau, Bahamas

Paradise Island is a Caribbean island off Nassau, Bahamas. This Island is connected to New Providence Island by two bridges crossing Nassau harbor. The bridges were built in 1966 and 1990. This island offers a variety of beaches, hotels and resorts. Cable beach is the popular one and is dominated by the Las Vegas style Atlantis resort. Paradise Island is also known as Hog Island. An Augustinian monastery was also installed which is dating back to 14th century French style.

Bahamas Attractions
• The Dig, Atlantis: It is known to everyone that Atlantis Island was very lavish and submerged in water. But it is said that it was located in Bahamas and this dig is the underwater tour of the ruins of the Atlantis city. There are many lagoons too that houses shark and manta rays. Blue lagoon, the Predator lagoon and The Mayan Temple Shark lagoon are the major lagoons.
• Joker’s Wild Comedy Club: This club is between Beach & Coral Towers where Comedians perform and one can have a hearty laugh.
• Atlantis LIVE: This is a concert series that The Atlantis Resort hosts which features the popular performers from all different genres.
• New Providence Island is dominated by the capital Nassau and is the most populated island in Bahamas. Its best attractions are small vessel harbors in the Caribbean.
• Junkanoo: This is known to be the biggest event in the Bahamian calendar. This is a street carnival which is held on December 26 which is also known as the Boxing Day. On New Year’s Day Junkanoo groups rush all through the town. Nassau town is the centre of this festival. Junakanoo music is played which has African rhythms and medley on cacophony. Every year the costumes are made from scratch. Junkanoo rush is held on Friday and Saturday evenings at Marina Village.
• Bimini Islands: These islands are a group in the Bahamas with an underwater cave system. It is 50 miles (80km) east of Miami and has an area no larger than 10 square miles (26 sq km). The main island of North Bimini, is seven miles long (11km).
• Nassau: This is the capital of the Bahamas and is on New Providence Island. This is a colonial Caribbean city which has modern American culture. It is a combination of old and new in its facilities with an old-world charm. Many of the town’s buildings are dated back to 18th century.
• Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island: This Island has white beaches and aquamarine seas and is fifty miles, that is, 80 km, east of Miami. Free port is an inland which is preferred by visitors fro stay or they choose Lucaya which is a seaside suburb.
• Andros Island: This is the largest island in Bahamas. This island is ideal for scuba divers and fisherman. This island is not that developed but tourist enjoy on the island.
• Exumas Islands: The Exumas comprises of myriad of islands and cays. They are spread over hundreds of miles. There are two parts of the islands, the largest is the Great Exuma and the little is the Little Exuma.
• Long Island: This Island hosts one of the main events of Bahamas, a yachting race called Long Island Regatta. It is held in the town of Salt Pond every may. People from all over the world come here to watch it. It is one of the unspoilt islands of the Bahamas.
• Abacos Islands: The chains of tiny islands are spread around 200 miles (322km) and is the most north part of the Bahamas. It is only 200 miles (322km) from Miami.
• Eleuthera Island: This Island has no hotels nor cruise ships and hence not very crowded. It is spread almost 100 miles (161km) but is at most two miles (3km) wide. Harbor Island is considered to be its satellite island.
• Half Moon Cay: This is a private resort and people from Holland America line cruise ships get to stay here.
• Hartley’s Undersea Walk: One can take a walk along the oceanic floor here. Diving is popular and is easy with the use of undersea botanical helmet which is for normal breathing and dry hair.
• Pirate Museum: This is a tour which takes us to a journey to the heart of downtown Nassau and back to 1716. There is a replica of the pirate ship “Revenge” which can be boarded and known from inside.
• Pinetree Stables: Here people are taking on a two hour Bahamian horse back ride. This ride starts from Freeport and through the Pine Tree forest, through a castle and then to the dunes and along the beach.
• Aquaventure at Atlantis Paradise Island: The Atlantis resort that is located on Pirate island houses the largest water park of the world and is spread on a 97-acre Park. There are many waterslide and river rides with special effects that are great fun.
• Dolphin Encounters: Dolphin encounters are where one gets to swim with dolphins. One can also watch from the side. This is located on Salt cay.
• Bahamas Historical Museum: This museum is housed in Nassau and exhibits the pre Columbian times to present times which is around 50 years of the history of Bahamas. It has interesting historical artifacts.

Best time to visit / climate:

This island has a tropical marine and waters of Gulf Stream are warm. The place is attacked by hurricanes and tropical storms and floods, with the hurricane season, lasting (officially) from June to November. The hotels charge their highest prices during the peak winter period from mid-December to mid-April and are the peak period for touring. Late summer or summer is the best time to visit the place.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
Visitors from US, Canada, EU and Japan do not need an advance visa for stays of up to three months.
By plane: the capital Nassau, on New Providence, and Freeport, on Grand Bahamas are the largest airports of Bahamas. There are smaller airports in other places.
By road: Paradise Island is connected to New Providence Island (Nassau) by two bridges (one incoming, one outgoing). There’s an entrance fee of $1 per vehicle.
By boat: The capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island is one of the world’s busiest cruise ship ports, and is served by ships that originate from Florida, Freeport on Grand Bahamas Island. There is also a ferry from Paradise Island to the main land. Dock at Hurricane Hole Marina if there is a private yacht. The dock allows yachts of 200 feet in length.
Get around: One can go by Bahamasair from Nassau or take bus services from Nassau/New Providence or take a taxi or rent a car to go around the place. Mail boats are served in almost all islands in Bahamas and are the cheapest mode of transport.
Windward Islands, a yacht charter company is served in Bahamas starting from Abaco.

Plan your trip to Nassau better with these books:

Frommer’s Bahamas 2012 Sailing Misadventures of the Wild Hair The Bahamas (Multi Country Travel Guide)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

• Tripadvisor (link1, link2)
• http://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/paradise-island-resorts/
Yahoo travel

Blogs / Sites about Paradise Island:

• http://www.blogcatalog.com/./blogs/island-paradise
• http://www.practicalparadiseisland.com/Paradise-Island-blog.html
• http://www.blogtoplist.com/rss/paradise-island.html
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Paradise-Island-travel-blogs-1291944

Images and photos of Paradise Island:

Google Search
• Tripadvisor (link)
• http://photos.igougo.com/pictures-l2095-Paradise_Island_photos.html
• http://www.paradiseislandphoto.com/

Videos from youtube:

Paradise Islands Caribbean Beaches

Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas

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