During your yacht charter in Nassau, visit Eleuthera and Harbour Island. They are the closest islands to the east coast of Nassau. Eleuthera is a nature lover’s paradise and is split into two parts, North and South Eleuthera. The island itself is 180 km long and at some places 1.6 km wide. The waters in the northern end of Eleuthera are home to the shallow Devil’s Backbone reef which has been the cause of many shipwrecks. This adds to the amazing underwater landscape here making the reef an ideal dive and snorkel site. In the 18th century Eleuthera was known as the pineapple capital of the world. You can visit a pineapple farm and even plant your own “Sugar Loaf” sweet Eleuthera pineapple! It is also home of the famed Glass Window Bridge. This bridge separates the cobalt blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and the crystal-clear turquoise Bight of Eleuthera. The concrete bridge replaced what once was once a natural arch, but it was washed away. Visit the Queen’s Bath just south of the bridge on the Atlantic side of the island. The natural pools are filled with waves and small sea life that wash over from the Atlantic. The crystal-clear water is warmed by the sun creating a hot tidal pool. During your yacht charter in Nassau, don’t forget to sail to Harbour Island. Only 4.8 km long and less than 1 km wide, this small island’s fame comes from the endless pink sand beaches along its Atlantic Ocean coast. Take a horseback ride on the beach and admire the sunset against the amazing mirage of colors. Swim in the warm shallow water and snorkel the outlying coral reef. Tour Dunmore Town famed for it new English architecture.
Nassau was inhibited by the Lucayan Tainos, from 800 to the late 15th century. After this time the island remained desolate until the first English settlement was established in 1670 as Charles Town. It was rebuilt and renamed, Nassau in 1695. In the next 2 centuries Nassau would be home to the French, Spanish, British, pirates, American loyalists and their slaves. All of these inhabitants have left a mark on the island. The attractive colonial architecture at the island’s harbor, the language and dialect the people speak, their folktales and beliefs all have basis from previous inhabitants. The national language is English, but the vast majority speak Bahamian creole. Nassau is the largest city in the Bahamas with over 200,000 inhabitants. During your yacht charter in Nassau, explore the city’s culture by visiting the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas. This museum is located in the historic Mountbatten House in New Heritage Village. The collection of artifacts follows a timeline from natural history with a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite slice to the Out Islands in the 1900s and so much more. Once you leave Heritage Museum, go around the corner to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. It was established in 1996 by Hubert A. Ingraham who was the prime minister at the time. The museum “collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets historic and contemporary Bahamian art…” The culture of this island lives within the people and it is the very structure which keeps Nassau alive and thriving today.
Atlantis Resort is synonymous with the Bahamas. It is located on Paradise island which is connected to Nassau by a bridge. The resort features multiple hotels, a casino, golf course and restaurants; by far the best amenities of the resort are water based. There are 5 miles of sand beaches and Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park with 11 swimming pools. Aquaventure features 8 thrilling water slides, the lazy river and the current. Explore new depths during your yacht charter in Nassau on the Abyss, a 200-foot body slide that send you plunging 50 ft into a lagoon. The leading attraction is the marine habitat. It is the world’s largest open-air marine habitat. There are more than 50,000 aquatic animals that represent over 250 marines species in 14 lagoons of eight million gallons of ocean water. From jellyfish, lionfish and clownfish, to sharks, stingrays and barracudas, this marine habitat is like no other. It also features Dolphin Cay; this is the world’s largest open air man-made marine mammal habitat. It was opened in 2007 to be a home to 17 stranded dolphins and 10 sea lions, whose homes were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Atlantis resort is well worth a day stopover on your yacht charter in Nassau!
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