Nassau, Bahamas: Paradise Found
Nassau is a scintillating clash of contrasts–from glitzy casinos to quiet, shady lanes; modern, galvanizing resorts to tiny settlements; and couture shopping to chatty street vendors.
History lesson: While Nassau has weathered its fair share of pirates, Spanish invaders, slave-trading British Loyalists, and Prohibitionist rumrunners, it remains most influenced by England, which sent its first royal governor to the island in 1718.
You can take it with you: Although the Straw Market burned to the ground in 2001, locals gathered to resurrect this open-air market of indigenous antiques, crafts, and bric-a-brac. Negotiating the perfect price will not only make your wallet happy, but earn you respect amongst the traders.
Place we love, even if it?s touristy: The Atlantis Resort & Casino is not only the largest, most lavishly designed casino in the Caribbean, but it is also has a 14-acres waterscape, with a predator lagoon filled with sharks, stingrays, barracuda, and more.
Chill-out spot: Head to Saunders Beach to catch some rays, practice your downward dog, or unwind with a pulpy beach read.
Did we mention it?s free? Four-legged friends abound at the Ardastra Gardens–a zoological retreat where you can get acquainted with the local jaguars, monkeys, sloths, and other nocturnal animals
SINGLE OCCUPANT IS AT AN ADDITIONAL COST