According to Conde Nast, the Bahamas was among 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.
It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Cleveland to Nassau in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.
So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.
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Flight deals to Nassau
The cheapest flights between Cleveland and Nassau are if you leave on May 7 and return from the Bahamas on May 14. JetBlue currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $314.
There are also deals to be had in March. If you fly out of Cleveland on March 19 and return from Nassau on March 26, jetBlue can get you there and back for $361 roundtrip.
Top Nassau hotels
To plan your stay, here are some of Nassau’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Melia Nassau Beach Resort (West Bay Street)
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.
Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is near the Cable Beach Golf Club.
The Reef Atlantis (1 Casino Drive)
There's also the 4.4-star rated The Reef Atlantis, which has rooms for $179/night.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (West Bay Street)
A third option is the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island. It checks in with 4.8 stars.
Local restaurant picks
Don't miss Nassau's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
Twin Brothers (Nassau)
One of Nassau's most popular restaurants is Twin Brothers, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 34 reviews on Skyscanner.
"This is a great place for real Bahamian food. Don't settle for a burger. Try the conch fish. It's a Bahamian favorite," wrote visitor Daniel.
The Poopdeck at Sandyport (Sandyport Marina Village)
Another popular dining destination is The Poopdeck at Sandyport, with 4.6 stars from 18 reviews.
Expect local seafood with a gourmet twist accompanied by ocean views.
Cafe Matisse (Bank Lane)
Finally, there's Cafe Matisse, with 4.7 stars from six reviews.
Expect filets, seafood dishes and homemade pastas served in an old colonial home lined with Matisse prints. An informed staff with attention to detail tends to guests during their meals.
What to see and do in Nassau
Nassau is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (Villa Doyle)
The top-rated visitor attraction in Nassau, according to Skyscanner, is the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. It has five stars from 10 reviews on Skyscanner.
"This is my go-to place every time I visit Nassau," wrote visitor Donna.
Love Beach (New Providence Island)
Love Beach is another popular destination, with five stars from six reviews.
A popular snorkeling destination, Love Beach sits on 40 protected acres of coral.
"The name says it all. This beach is romantic and evocative," wrote visitor John.
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