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6 Absolute Musts To Do In The Bahamas

Hotel & Resort | SuperClubs | Lisa Iannucci | August 23, 2016

6 Absolute Musts To Do In The Bahamas

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Sit back, relax and take in the views when you head to the Bahamas.

That’s what it’s all about, especially when staying at a SuperClubs resort. Ah, but there is so much more to do on this beautiful island.

Here are six activities you absolutely must do during your visit:

Eat conch: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant in the Bahamas that doesn’t serve conch, which is the meat of a sea snail and considered the main dish of the island. Conch can be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of dishes, including salads, fritters, gumbos, and burgers. There’s a belief that conch is a natural aphrodisiac, so if you’re looking for some fertility assistance, go ahead and chow down on conch, but if you’re not, enjoy it anyway! 

Kiss the dolphins: Or swim with them as well as the sea lions at the Blue Lagoon Island, also known as Salt Cay. There’s so much to do on this private island, but getting up-close-and-personal with these fascinating creatures is a must-do while you’re there. While you’re on the island, hop on a Segway to take a tour and learn about the local culture, folklore, foods, plans and, of course, the dolphins, sea lions and stingrays.

Get steppin’: Everyone knows that the Bahamas has gorgeous beaches and water that you must dip your toes into, but when you’re ready to do something different then get over to The Queen's Staircase, otherwise known as the 66 steps, which is a major landmark in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau. The steps were made with limestone between 1793 and 1794 by slaves and later named in honor of Queen Victoria.

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Junkanoo: It’s a popular summer event and parade where you’ll dance, listen to music and party hearty with the Bahamian natives and guests in downtown Nassau until the wee hours of the morning. The performers’ costumes – made from crepe paper and cardboard — will take your breath away. There’s Junkanoo judging for best music, costume and overall group presentation.

Shop till you drop: looking for some trinkets and handcrafted goods to bring home from your trip to Nassau? Then head to Bay Street, where you’ll find pubs, cafes, art galleries and a shopper’s paradise. Bay Street has everything you need from jewelry to dinnerware and more. Here you will also find the Straw Market where you can purchase handmade crafts, gifts, souvenirs and items such as hand-woven straw hats, bags, mats, dolls, conch shell jewelry and wood carvings.

Fort fun: If you’re heading to The Queen’s Staircase, you’ll definitely see Fort Fincastle, which was named after British captain Lord Dunmore—and his second title, Viscount Fincastle— who built it to protect from attacking pirates. There is also Fort Charlotte, the largest of the three forts, built in the late 1700s and named in honor of King George III’s wife. The final fort of the three is Fort Montagu which was build in the 1740s. In 1776, eight ships were sent to Fort Montagu to capture a large supply of gunpowder the British had stored there. Seeing the forts provides a great deal of Bahama and United States history. 

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