According to Condé Nast Traveler, the Bahamas ranked among 2018's must-visit destinations. If you're considering an island escape, why not Nassau, the Bahamian capital?
Nassau sits on the island of New Providence with the popular neighboring Paradise Island settled just offshore, easily accessible via two Nassau Harbor bridges. Well-known as a prominent cruise ship stop, Nassau boasts a hilly landscape and is famed for its beaches, as well as its adjacent coral reefs, which are renowned for diving and snorkeling. The city has also retained many of its traditional pastel-colored British colonial buildings, such as the pink-hued Government House.
It’s more doable than you might think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are heaps of flights from El Paso 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 compelling deals to put on your radar. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Cheapest Nassau flights
The cheapest flights between El Paso and Nassau are if you leave on Sept. 9 and return from the Bahamas on Sept. 14. Delta currently has tickets for $428, roundtrip.
Delta also has tickets at that price point later in September. If you fly out of El Paso on Sept. 27 and return from Nassau on Oct. 2, Delta can get you there and back for $428, roundtrip.
Top Nassau hotels
Regarding where to stay, here are some of Nassau’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that were selected based on price, proximity to activities and customer satisfaction.
The Melia Nassau Beach Resort (West Bay Street)
If you're looking to splurge on top-quality, consider The Melia Nassau Beach Resort. The hotel has a four-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $189/night.
Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort offers convenient access to Cable Beach, as well as close proximity to other attractions such as Cable Beach Golf Club.
The Reef Atlantis (1 Casino Drive)
There's also the 4.4-star rated The Reef Atlantis. Rooms are currently set at $179/night.
"The food was excellent, the grounds amazing and the experience as a whole was really fun. The water slide through the shark tank was a highlight," wrote visitor Ryan.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island (West Bay Street)
A third option is the adults-only, all-inclusive Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, which has 4.8 stars on Skyscanner.
Featured Nassau food and drink
Nassau has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.
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.
"Great place to go [for] real Bahamian food," wrote visitor Daniel. "Definitely try the conch fish. It's a Bahamian favorite."
Cafe Matisse (Bank Lane)
Another popular dining destination is Cafe Matisse, with 4.7 stars from six reviews.
At Cafe Matisse, guests can anticipate fare such as filet mignon, seafood dishes and homemade pastas, served by an informed staff with exceptional attention to detail while dining in an old colonial home, lined with Matisse prints.
"Cafe Matisse has one of the most sparkling reputations in the Bahamas — and for good reason," wrote Ramona. "Make sure you ask for a table in the picturesque courtyard, so you enjoy beautiful scenery."
The Poopdeck at Sandyport (Sandyport Marina Village)
Also worth considering is The Poopdeck at Sandyport.
This restaurant serves local seafood with a gourmet twist, accompanied by ocean views.
"[The] food and atmosphere [are] great," wrote April. "[The Poopdeck at Sandyport] has a local band often, and beach views are fabulous."
Top Nassau attractions
Nassau is also brimming with notable sites to visit and explore. Here are a couple of 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 National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.
"This is my go-to place every time I visit Nassau," wrote visitor Donna. "[The] building is beautiful and exhibits true Bahamian art. Be sure to ask about the history of Amos Ferguson. ... His works tour the Bahamian islands."
Love Beach (New Providence Island)
Then, there's Love Beach.
Known as a popular snorkeling destination, Love Beach sits on 40 protected acres of coral.
"The name says it all," wrote visitor John. "This beach is romantic and evocative."
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