Getaway alert: Travel from Charlotte to Nassau on a budget

According to Conde Nast, the Bahamas were one of 2018's must-visit destinations. If you're considering a tropical vacation, why not Nassau, the Bahamian capital?

It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island, which is accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. A popular cruise ship stop, the city has a hilly landscape and is known for beaches as well as its offshore coral reefs, popular for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, like the pink-hued Government House.

Thankfully, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Charlotte and Nassau. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind.

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Flight deals to Nassau

Currently, the cheapest flights between Charlotte and Nassau are if you leave on Feb. 5 and return from the Bahamas on Feb. 7. American Airlines currently has tickets for $344, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in January. If you fly out of Charlotte on Jan. 29 and return from Nassau on Jan. 31, American Airlines can get you there and back for $346 roundtrip.

Top Nassau hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are a couple of Nassau’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Melia Nassau Beach Resort (West Bay Street)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Melia Nassau Beach Resort. The hotel has a four-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $189.

This beachfront resort is near Cable Beach and the attached Cable Beach Golf Club.

The Reef Atlantis (1 Casino Drive)

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There's also the 4.4-star rated The Reef Atlantis. Rooms are currently set at $179/night.

Featured Nassau food and drink

Don't miss Nassau's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are two of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Twin Brothers 

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One of Nassau's most popular restaurants is Twin Brothers, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 34 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Great place to go eat real Bahamian food," wrote visitor Daniel. "Don't settle for a burger. Definitely try the conch fish. It's a Bahamian favorite."

The Mesa Grill (1 Casino Drive West)

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Another popular dining destination is The Mesa Grill, with five stars from five reviews.

Bobby Flay's Bahamas outpost of the Mesa Grill chain, also present in Las Vegas, is situated in the Atlantis Resort. The restaurant blends Southwestern and Caribbean cuisines. Try the cinnamon-dusted churros for dessert.

"Fantastic service, excellent food and wonderful decor," wrote reviewer Michelle. "Pricey, but worth it. The crab corn chowder was amazing. Pork tenderloin was perfectly prepared."

What to see and do in Nassau

Not sure what to do in Nassau, besides eat and drink? Here are a couple of recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

National Art Museum

The top-rated visitor attraction in Nassau, according to Skyscanner, is the National Art Museum.

"This is my go-to place every time I visit Nassau," wrote visitor Donna. "Building is beautiful and exhibits are true Bahamian art."

Love Beach 

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Love Beach is another popular destination and sits on 40 protected acres of coral.

"The name says it all," wrote visitor John. "This beach is romantic and evocative."