Four Days in Nassau: Beach Bliss Meets Culinary Adventure
By Andrew Seale
For the tourist, Nassau is a bucket list stopover, a dreamy location to grab a fridge magnet before the cruise ship lifts the gangplank. But for the traveller, the capital city is an inimitable portrait of Bahamian life, a vibrant blend of North American culture and island idiosyncrasy.
Beyond the tourist hordes of Nassau, you'll find hidden conch merchants, the island's only remaining rum distillery, and the swimming pigs of Exuma. Give the Bahamian capital four days of your time and you're apt to leave wanting four more.
Day One: Arrival and beach-time
Landing at Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport puts you 15-minutes away from Nassau's downtown core. New Providence Island is small, shaped like a football, and takes under an hour to drive from tip-to-tip.
Once you're settled, shake off the jet lag with some beach time at Junkanoo Beach, named for the lively Bahamian music.
Day Two: The "conk" merchants
If you're feeling peckish after a morning swim, make your way to Potter's Cay, a stretch of seafood stands under the bridge to Paradise Island. Try the conch salad, a ceviche-esque Bahamian staple made with a myriad of citrus and vegetables. Be sure to pronounce it "conk" or you'll be charged twice the price (okay, not really, but you'll look like a neophyte).
Since you've resisted being touristy the past few days, it's okay to cave into the craze that is the swimming pigs of the Exuma Cays. There's conflicting stories as to how the pigs got to the uninhabited islands, some say they swam off a shipwreck, others say they were left by sailors who had intended to return but never did.
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