Nassau has traditional Bahamian cuisine. Many of the main dishes include conch, a large tropical mollusk, which is the national dish of the Bahamas. Conch salad, conch fritters and conch chowder are all staples and are artfully prepared on the beaches, roadside stands and in restaurants. Since many of the locals are descendants of slaves from Georgia and the Carolinas, Bahamian cuisine is heavily influenced by the American South. this influence is most evident in side dishes. Traditional side dishes include grits, potato salad. coleslaw, baked macaroni and cheese and seasoned boiled vegetables. Another classic side dish is peas n’ rice. Nassau shares major one part of its cuisine with the Caribbean, rum. Rum is usually infused with coconut and is used to make the famed Bahama Mama. During your sailboat charter in Nassau, indulge in the local beverages such as Switcha, which is a lemonade made with native lemons and limes along with any of the fruit juices available on the island. They all are made using coconut water from the island. Rum is also featured in the most-loved deserts in the Bahamas, rum cake. Another traditional dessert is guava duff, using the homegrown fruit and folding it into sweet dough to be steamed or boiled. It is served with butter rum sauce. Fall in love with Nassau thanks to its amazing food!
Imagine snorkeling and you see a larger-than life rock sculpture of the face of the first known inhabitants, the Lucayans. The experience you just imagined can be your reality during your sailboat charter in Nassau. Visit Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden in Clifton Heritage Beach. Sir Nicholas Nuttall is the founder of B.R.E.E.F. (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation). They commissioned all of the artists to create the garden. This magical underwater garden was developed to help restore the coral reef. There are currently 3 sculptures on the seabed and 65 reef balls. The reef balls are artificial reef structures that create the snorkel path at the site, a project started by the Reef Ball foundation. Famous Bahamian artist Willicey Tynes created the garden to “honor the work and dedication of Sir Nicholas Nuttall”. His Virtuoso Man was the first sculpture in the garden. The next sculpture deployed was the Lucayan Face sculpted by his fellow Bahamian Andret John. The last piece of work to be deployed in the garden is the world’s largest sculpture ever to be deployed underwater. The famed Jason deCaires Taylor created the Ocean Atlas, which reaches 5 meters up from the sea floor and weighs over 60 tons. This is an important part of Nassau because it aims to restore the coral reef in the water that was destroyed from years of ecotourism.
Sail to Andros Island during your sailboat charter in Nassau. Only 45 km away from Nassau, Andros Island is the largest island in the archipelago and the least developed of all. However, there are many natural attractions on the island such as the 3rd largest Fringing Barrier Reef and the largest national park system in the Bahamas. Visit the Westside National Park which spans 6,070 km² and is one of the largest protected areas in the Western Atlantic/ Caribbean region. The park is also home of the national bird of the Bahamas, the West Indian Flamingo. The national park is also filled with endemic species like the Atala hairstreak butterfly and Andros iguana; they both live in the Caribbean pine throughout the island. Snorkeling is the main activity for visitors to the island. The fringing barrier reef is home to over 300 species of marine life and a variety of coral from star coral and brain coral to elkhorn coral. There are also hawksbill and green turtles around the coral reef as well. Make the best of your sailboat charter in Nassau by sailing to Andros Island to discover the abundant marine life here.
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