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This article was written on 12 Jun 2010, and is filled under To: Bahamas.

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Things to do in Nassau/Paradise Island

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The Atlantis Aquaventure in the Bahamas stretches over 63 acres — it so large that over 80 lifeguard stations are required to monitor it

picture credit: USA Today


Adventure in the Bahamas

Visiting Nassau and Paradise Island on your next trip to the Bahamas. Make sure you try one of the following activities.

Atlantis Aquaventure

For those of you who are new to the Bahamas, the Atlantis Aquaventure is a massive 141 acre water park located on the grounds of the Atlantis resort. For anybody staying there, it’s complimentary, otherwise you will have to pay a small fee inorder to enter. It’s a state of the art water park, complete with high speed water slides, a mile long lazy river, rock climbing, 11 different pools, and a kid’s fort. If you’ve got kids, visiting the Atlantis Aquaventure is pretty much a must.

If you’ve been to water-parks in North America, like SplashTown Waterpark or Water World, you know that they’re a lot of fun but incredibly crowded in the summertime. Fortunately, Aquaventure is not only a beautiful waterpark, but not very busy. You’ll have no trouble finding a great spot by the pool or a few empty lounge chairs for you and your family.

Some tips if you’re going to visit

In order to go on all the rides, kids must be at least 48 inches tall. If your children haven’t reached this height yet, they may be disappointed.

The food and drinks are alright, but a bit pricey (as within all waterparks). You can save a bit of money by buying food and drinks beforehand and bringing them with you, especially if you plan to spend the entire day there.

Versailles Gardens and French Cloister

If you’ve never visited the Versailles Gardens and French Cloister, you’re in for a treat. This little spot has to be one of the best kept secrets in the Bahamas, as many travellers spend weeks in the area and never hear about them. The Gardens are located on the eastern end of Paradise Island, on the Ocean Club property about 10-15 minutes walk from the Atlantis Resort. You can also take the ferry from Nasau to Paradise island and just walk 10-15 min from the docks.

The gardens themselves are impressive, with intricately carved statues of various gods and historical figures. There are also the ruins of an old French monastary brought here by France during the 1920’s, and reconstructed brick by brick in 1962 at the request of Huntington Hartford.

For couples looking for something relaxing to do, a trip to the gardens is perfect. You can spend all day looking at the statues of Hercules, Napolean, and others. A great spot to get some beautiful pictures, so bring your camera.

Segway Tour

This is a relatively new attraction that’s being offered from the Harboure side by Atlantis hotel. After a small class on how to operate your Segway, they take you on a large tour of the wilderness, winding through the forests along paths and canals. The area itself is huge, something in the area of 200 acres. It’s a relaxing and fun way to see a bit of the island!

By Earl, author for Cheap All Inclusive Caribbean Vacation.

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