Paradise Island Attractions

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Paradise Island is the type of place where you go for a luxury getaway and everything you could want or need is within reach.  This includes entertainment and many activities to keep you busy, but, if this isn't enough for you, you may want to consider crossing the bridge back to the main section of New Providence Island (specifically Nassau) for cultural, historical, and natural attractions to explore. 

Beaches

Paradise Beach

You'll discover a large number of beaches to choose from on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you should find some appealing options. You can click on the beach names for detailed information about that beach.

Paradise Beach: The beach is fairly easy to access, and parking areas exist close to the beach for those driving onto the island. Once you cross the bridge onto the island, take Paradise Beach Dr west (to the left), cross another small bridge, and you'll find a parking area on the left not far after the bridge.

Attractions Map

Another location to consider is Cabbage Beach. Whichever way you choose to travel onto Paradise Island, there is easy access to its most popular beach. Running along much of the north shore, it can be accessed from a number of locations, and parking lots are available for those driving.

Casuarina Beach: Once you arrive on Paradise Island from Nassau, head west passed Sunrise Beach Club and over the Paradise Beach Drive bridge. Follow Paradise Beach Drive until you reach Casuarina Beach.

Needless to say, the area has plenty of additional beaches to choose from on the island. You can find out more by clicking here.

Historical Sites

The Caves

Enjoy exploring the historical roots of the places you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting a historical site while on vacation on Paradise Island.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cloisters. It is located in eastern Paradise Island. The Cloisters are the ruins of a French Monastery with a lot of history. Built in the 1300's, the ruins did not find their way to the Bahamas until the 1960's.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is The Caves. It is located in Cable Beach, West of Paradise Island. This easy to miss spot was once favored for its elusive nature -- it functioned as an ideal hideout for pirates that roamed the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands. As you explore this cave, it won't be hard to see why pirates chose this place for their home.

Take a look at the table below for a list of historical sites on and near the island.

Historic Sites On and Near Paradise Island
Name Phone Location
Cloisters (242) 363-3000 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau
The Caves (242) 302-2000 2.0 mi. West of Central Cable Beach

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Travelers may explore some other interesting attractions on Paradise Island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Paradise Island
Name Type Location Island
Paradise Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Nassau New Providence

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Versailles Garden

Guests can enjoy a couple of parks, as well as a botanical garden on and near Paradise Island.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, consider visiting Versailles Garden, which is located within eastern Paradise Island. Versailles Gardens is located between the Ocean Club and Nassau Harbour.

The parks and gardens worth looking into are summarized down below.

Parks and Gardens On and Near Paradise Island
Name Type Location
Atlantis Lagoon Park Central Paradise Island
Bonefish Pond National Park Park 5.0 mi. South West of Central Nassau
Versailles Garden Botanical Garden 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau

Zoos and Aquariums

The Dig Aquarium

If the concept of spending part of a day at an aquarium tickles your fancy, you should visit The Dig Aquarium. There are a number of ways to reach the Royal Towers where the Dig is located. Visitors can drive or take a bus over the main bridge into Paradise Island, or hire one of the many taxis and vans.

Aquariums On Paradise Island
Name Type Location Island/th>
The Dig Aquarium Aquarium Central Paradise Island New Providence

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these on Paradise Island are listed here:

Land Formations On Paradise Island
Name Type Location
Atlantis Lagoons Lagoon Central Paradise Island
Paradise Lake Lake Central Paradise Island

Casinos

The Bahamas Casinos

Vacationers do not usually stay on Paradise Island for its gambling opportunities, but there is one to check out nearby, Baha Mar Casino. <p>The Baha Mar Casino is a stunning building with an ocean view located right at the heart of excitement in Nassau. Comprised of over 100 tables, you are bound to have a fun-filled night.</p>

 

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