We visited The Bahamas on the optimal day - Junkanoo a street parade just so happened to be going on this day! It started the night before at midnight and went until around noon on the 26th. Parade participants were cardboard costumes covered in crete paper - some costumes re
ach 10 feet high. Check to see if there is a Junkanoo parade on your visit to the island. This parade was beautiful, colorful, and festive.
After watching the parade we walked through Nassau and then crossed the bridge to Paradise Island where the Atlantis Hotel is located. We entered the hotel and walked through many wings before finding the aquarium. There is a fee to enter the aquarium - but you can look at the outside for free. This is
what we did! You can also see the top of the aquarium if you walk outside. If you walk to I think it is the Beach Tower (or Coral Tower) there is an entrance to the beach (for free) you have to walk out the back of the hotel - there will be a turtle cove on your way to the beach which is also a nice sight.
We stayed on the beach for a while swimming some. You have to be careful on this beach though - there is a strong undertow and both my husband and I got sucked under the water along with a dozen kids. If you want calmer waters there
is a free beach by the port in Nassau that is calmer (or so we were told by other cruise mates.)
After the beach we took a boat back to Nassau a couple of dollars per person.
Walking through the city we ran into a couple of local kids who sang us a song and gave us pieces of Junkanoo cosutmes. We treated them with some food and then returned to the boat for our own meal.