Attractions on Paradise Island

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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 will discover a large number of beaches to choose from on the island. Whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you prefer a quieter stretch of sand, you should find some appealing options. You can click on each beach name for a detailed guide to that section of the coast.

Paradise Beach: There are a number of small huts which provide a welcomed respite from the sun on this mile long strip of magnificent white powdery sand. The beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Bahamas, and the view at sunset will show you exactly why.

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A second alternative to consider is Cabbage Beach. The most popular beach on Paradise Island, Cabbage Beach is a stunning strip of pearly white sand along the island's northern coast. Though consistently populated, this long beach has ample sand and sun for everyone. However, despite its popularity, there are no public restrooms so don't expect to be allowed the use of facilities unless you plan on having lunch at one of the hotels that line the beach.

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.

The island has plenty of additional beaches. To reach our complete guide to beaches, navigate to this page.

Historical Sites

The Caves

Do you like learning some of the history of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your time on Paradise Island.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Cloisters. It is found within 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 common landmark for vacationers is The Caves. It is found 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.

You can look through this table to see historic 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

Visitors can enjoy some other interesting landmarks 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

Visitors can experience either of two parks, as well as a botanical garden on and near Paradise Island.

If you enjoy tropical vegetation, you might want to visit Versailles Garden, which is located in eastern Paradise Island. Versailles Gardens is located between the Ocean Club and Nassau Harbour.

The parks and gardens worth considering are displayed in the table 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 idea of spending part of a day surrounded by sea life sounds like fun, consider visiting The Dig Aquarium. While "The Dig" may bring images of sand and dirt, that is not what you'll find here. The Dig at Atlantis is a stellar aquarium full of exotic exhibits themed to the sunk city of Atlantis.

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

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Paradise Island are listed in the following chart.

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

Casinos

People don't generally stay on Paradise Island to gamble, but there is one such venue, Atlantis Casino. <p>Stop by and try to win big at the Atlantis Casino. With nearly 1000 games going on at once, you can be sure there will be something for you, be it slots, or table games. There are even a few outdoor tables, letting you enjoy the weather, and hopefully a few wins.</p>

 

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