There’s nothing quite like some R&R and free time to explore, leaving your worries and cares behind.
However, the reality is that everything comes at a price. Well, almost everything. Travelling to Nassau doesn’t have to break the bank and these five suggestions will show you how to enjoy what the island has to offer while saving money for things that are important, like Bahamian-made rum!
Disclaimer: While these activities are all free, there are costs involved while at the location and getting to the location.
1. John Watlings Rum Tour: What’s a Bahamas trip without the best part, alcohol? Very little is known about the pirate, John Watlings, but on the tour, they’ll tell you all that is. There are periodic rum tastings, but don’t leave without trying a Rum Dum (this you will have to pay for), there’s nothing quite like it.
2. Versailles Garden: There’s a rumour that The Bahamas is only sun, sand and sea but I’m here to tell you we’re so much more than that. Escape the crowded beaches and routine and visit these gardens for a little “me time”. The Versailles Gardens were once the centrepiece of Huntington Hartford’s private estate, before being purchased by the One & Only Club. This place is breathtaking and depending on what time you go, you may have the gardens all to yourself.
3. Fishing on the Canal: You’ll always find a variety of fish in the canal if you have a little patience. A personal favourite is the canal, located in Coral Harbour. It’s peaceful, serene, and has a fantastic view. Simply throw out a line and wait for a bite but take entertainment.
4. Wine Tastings: It’s always wine time. Free wine tastings are held at Mahogany House twice a month – wine lovers flock here to try all of the best wine, hand-picked by the experts at Mahogany House. If you fall in love with any, there’s a 10% discount off all tasting wines. Hint: The next tasting is in April.
5. Kayaking – Of course the equipment to kayak is not provided by us but we will direct you to Bonefish Pond where you will have the best experience kayaking, granted you find the equipment. Located on the south-central coast of New Providence, this is one of Nassau’s best-kept secrets and when you arrive you’ll discover why. Note: Kayaking isn’t the only thing you can do here, go for a swim or snorkel at your own risk. If you live a little on the slow side, there’s a great boardwalk.
This post originally appeared on Bahamas.com