Paradise Island Bahamas houses some of the biggest and swankiest resorts in the country. However, like Nassau, it’s also home to interesting history, fun cultural sites, and more.
Most travelers are familiar with Paradise Island Bahamas, as it houses some of the most famous resorts in the country. From Paradise Island Atlantis to The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, accommodation options are bountiful. However, there are many other things to do in Paradise Island, even if you’re just in Nassau for the day.
The Nassau area began its transformation into the tourist destination it is today in the mid-20th century.
During that time, property developers started buying up beachfront land and constructing resorts. This transformation caused Hog Island, as it was known in the past, to evolve into the Nassau Paradise Island of today.
As global travel became more popular, Nassau went from being a luxury destination for the rich to an accessible tropical paradise for the many. Paradise Island Bahamas became further developed, as a result.
Today, Paradise Island is home to many different accommodation options, including the famous Paradise Island Atlantis. Travelers arrive from across the world to enjoy the island’s upscale amenities and world-class beaches.
Paradise Island Atlantis is arguably the most famous of the Paradise Island resorts. Stretching across 154 acres, it has multiple accommodation options, dozens of amenities and attractions, and prime access to the beach.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Nassau, Paradise Island Atlantis is always a great choice. Atlantis options like The Coral are more budget-friendly, whereas options like The Cove are for guests looking to splurge.
Aquaventure is the Atlantis waterpark and is one of the highlights of Paradise Island Bahamas. It’s free to use if you stay at an Atlantis property. Otherwise, day pass rates (as of 2023*) are $250 for adults (ages 13 and older) and $125 for children (ages 4-12).
Aquaventure features water slides, pools, lazy rivers, and more, making it the perfect place to beat the heat.
Predator Lagoon houses different species of dangerous animals, including sharks, rays, and predatory fish. If possible, visit the lagoon at night to beat the crowds and enjoy an illuminated experience.
While Nassau is home to many beaches, Cabbage Beach may be the most beautiful. With palm trees swaying in the wind, sprawling dunes, and uninterrupted views of azure, crystal-clear water, it’s hard not to be impressed when you visit.
Most travelers enter the beach in the Paradise Island Atlantis area and, because of that, are met with crowds of other tourists. A 15-minute walk down the beach is all it takes to rid yourself of most other travelers and enjoy a much more tranquil experience.
The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, is the most luxurious resort on Paradise Island Bahamas. Room rates can cost thousands of dollars per night, but if you can afford it, the resort will offer an unparalleled experience.
Staying at the resort also lets you enjoy access to the Ocean Club Golf Course. The range offers world-class golfing and scenic views.
The French Cloisters are the remains of a 13th-century French monastery. Brought from Europe and then reassembled on Paradise Island Bahamas, they, along with the verdant Versailles Gardens that surround them, create one of the most visually stunning places on the island.
The Ocean Club Golf Course is a world-renowned golfing destination located in Nassau, Bahamas. Designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Weiskopf, this 18-hole par-72 course is nestled within the luxurious Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort on Paradise Island.
It boasts breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and features lush fairways, challenging bunkers, and meticulously manicured greens. Golfers can enjoy a tropical paradise setting, complete with swaying palm trees and gentle ocean breezes. The Ocean Club Golf Course offers a premier golfing experience, combining natural beauty with challenging play, making it a must-visit for golf enthusiasts.
Nassau and Paradise Island Bahamas are connected by a bridge. If you’re staying on Nassau, you’ll probably find taxiing over to the island to be the most straightforward way to get there.
That said, there’s also a Paradise Island ferry service that runs from New Providence to Nassau Paradise Island. Besides offering spectacular views of the islands and getting you where you need to go, the ferry lets you enjoy a narrated tour. Ticket prices (as of 2023*) are $5.
Once you’re on Paradise Island Bahamas, getting around depends on where you want to go.
Some of the top Paradise Island attractions are at Atlantis, so you could purchase a day pass and stay there. However, you could also make your way to Cabbage Beach (for free) and then stop by the Atlantis Marina Village on your way back.
Some Paradise Island resorts like the Ocean Club may not allow you to enter their property unless you’re a guest.
While several resorts border Cabbage Beach, understand that all Nassau beaches are public. Because of that, you’re allowed to walk wherever you please. Umbrellas and chairs, however, may cost money to rent.
Paradise Island Bahamas is most famous for its many resorts, like Paradise Island Atlantis. However, the island is worth visiting even if you’re in the Bahamas for an afternoon. With beautiful beaches and unique attractions, Paradise Island is home to some of the best Nassau attractions.
After touring the sites on Paradise Island, consider taking a trip to nearby Rose Island. Back on New Providence, you should also check out Potter’s Cay, under the Paradise Island bridge, and Fort Montagu, on the northeastern part of the island.
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