Nassau, Bahamas – Day 3
Caribbean charm shines in the Bahamian capital, where you’re never more than a few steps away from rhythmic percussions, appetizing flavors, white-sand beaches, and some of the clearest waters in the world. This picture-perfect paradise was once a pirate’s haven— and you can explore its colorful past of buccaneers, blockade runners and bootleggers along historical streets and at the three colonial fortresses that line the shores. If you’re looking for a more hands-on maritime adventure, look no further. Cruise to Nassau and swim with stingrays, dive with dolphins, or spot colorful coral on a glass-bottom boat. And just across the bridge is beautiful Paradise Island, home to world-famous luxury hotels and resorts. Spend the day at the famous Atlantis and splash your way through its expansive water park, grab a piña colada at the Marina Village and spot the hammerhead sharks in Predator Lagoon.
LEGENDARY LOST CITY
Discover the Atlantis Resort— an entertainment mecca and home to the largest water park in the Caribbean. Located across the harbor on Paradise Island, you’ll find acres of adventures to be had— whether exploring underground tunnel aquariums, plunging down waterslides or swimming with dolphins.
A short, 30-minute boat ride off the coast is Pearl Island, one of the unique private islands of The Bahamas. Spend the day on water trampolines, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Or relax in front of the iconic lighthouse while enjoying a frozen drink and freshly made conch salad.
LOUNGE LIKE A LOCAL
Junkanoo Beach is a free, public stretch of sand with affordable lounge-chair and umbrella rentals and tasty Bahama Mamas. It’s an easy 15-minute walk from the harbor and offers a taste of the island’s famous blue waters and soft sand with a hint of local flavor.
Bahamian cuisine showcases local seafood and reflects Spanish, West African, and British influences. Rock lobster and conch are served up in a variety of ways— from hearty chowders and fried fritters to citrus salads. Craving dessert? Try the guava duff— a warm, spongy dessert topped with sweet butter rum sauce.
Festival Place, which sits right on the wharf, has more than 40 local vendors selling artisanal items. Cruise to Nassau and make your way to Bay Street— just a block away— for duty-free luxury goods. This waterfront promenade is a bargain-hunter’s paradise, and the nearby Straw Market is the go-to spot for authentic Bahamian hand-made treasures.
As the home of Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral is the launching point for all-out adventure in Central Florida. Its beaches offer a mix of family-friendly shores and secluded swaths of sand. And with Orlando’s theme park sprawl only an hour away, you can easily mingle with your favorite characters. Beyond the parks lie equally amusing gems packed with Old Florida character. Kayak past manatees in the Banana River Lagoon and zip line above alligators at Brevard Zoo. Discover notable art museums and Park Avenue’s ritzy charm. Orlando cruises give you access to trace the region’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Museum.
Lift off into interstellar exploration at the Kennedy Space Center. Among interactive Mission Zones you’ll see the Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis. Go behind the gates to discover historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities, plus marvel at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
OUTSIDE THE LINES
Connect with Florida’s natural side while riding waves at Cocoa Beach or basking in seclusion at Canaveral National Seashore. Don’t miss a kayak trip through glowing bioluminescent waters, or an airboat ride through wetlands. Cruise to Orlando-Port Canaveral and swim in rejuvenating freshwater springs— or tee off at one of Orlando’s 150 golf courses.
GET IN CHARACTER
Orlando is known as a land of amusements — and for good reason. The city is home to six unique theme parks, each with their own distinct thrills, including Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure. Or you can venture beyond the Big Six to Gatorland’s swampy terrain, or hit one of the many epic waterparks around town.
The Cove at Port Canaveral is home to plenty of waterfront restaurants serving up fresh fish tacos and mahi-mahi sandwiches. Orlando has its fair share of celebrity chef-led, farm-to-table spots— and character meals are popular at the theme park resorts. And the Mills 50 District north of downtown Orlando is famous for its Vietnamese fare.
The shops in Historic Cocoa Village sell local handmade art and tropical décor. Souvenir shopping in Orlando is best at Disney Springs, Universal CityWalk and along International Drive. Stop by the family-owned Orange Blossom Indian River Citrus for Florida-grown oranges, grapefruits and other fruits during your Orlando cruise.