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7 Great Reasons To Get Off At Nassau Bahamas' Cruise Port For Food and Fun

Updated: Mar 13

Nassau, Bahamas is one of the most frequently visited weekend destinations for cruisers from Florida. A three night cruise sets sail Friday evenings and lets you linger only miles offshore from the Florida coastline for a weekend of "something different". But the shame is, most of these cruisers have no idea what to do when they get to Nassau. Many people step off the boat, see the grungy, crowded terminal area, and get right back on the boat, missing all the treasures that can be found on foot just minutes away.

Seriously, just about everyone I talk to thinks it's not worth getting off the ship in Nassau. Those who do will buy into the excursions like visiting Atlantis, swimming with dolphins, or other marine activities, and that's cool - but not a good way to experience Nassau's cruise port at its heart. Below you'll find a walking route that will take you past the grit of the port and into foodie paradise. Trust me, with this walking route you'll be sure to share my opinion that it is definitely worth getting off the ship for!

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Atlantis view from the ship in Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis view from the ship in Nassau, Bahamas

If you are looking for things to do in Nassau, read on!

You might notice on this journey that the majority of these places are part of the Graycliff Hotel Experiences. When I first started researching Nassau, I kept reading about cool tours and excursions from the ship like wine tasting, rum tasting, cooking classes, and more - and noticed that they all had the Graycliff name attached to them.

As it turns out, you don't need an excursion to have these experiences. Most of these things are free to visit, and all extremely close to one another on foot.

Enjoy bouncing around the little street of options!

Colorful umbrellas hang from the sky
If you see these umbrellas, you're in the right place!

Get Off The Ship For: Colonial Era Vibes and Coffee

Blog owner lifts a coffee cup and smiles
Stop 1: Graycliff Hotel Lobby for coffee

Walking time from the ship: 10 minutes

Time spent: 25 minutes

What to do there: Soak in the vibes of this Colonial hotel steeped in history by stopping in for a cup of coffee in their lobby area. Someone will greet you at the front door, simply ask to sit down for a drink.

Tour options: Feeling fancy? Opt in for an afternoon tea instead of coffee.

  • Enjoy jovial service from a tuxedoed butler while sipping cappuccino or espresso.

  • Soak in the cool air wafting in the windows and vibes spinning off the vintage vinyl records.

  • Set your eyes around the colonial era parlor including a piano and wraparound dining deck and transport yourself to times past, when they were under British rule

  • Nice clean bathrooms here too!

Pro Tip: Prepare to pay for very expensive coffee and a large tip. They work hard for it!

Get Off the Ship For: Handmade Chocolate

Walking time from stop 1: 3 minutes

Time spent: 10 minutes

What to do there: you can pay for a chocolate factory tour, or just try a free sample in the shop. Create your own chocolate box with mix and match pricing. Try the spicy chocolates - mmm!

Get Off The Ship For: Handmade Cigars in Action

A woman wrapping a cigar by hand
Stop 3: Graycliff Cigars

Walking time from stop 2: 2 minutes

Time spent: 5 minutes

What to do there: A little awkward to watch the ladies while they work, you'll want to quickly shuffle into the 'viewing room', snap some pics, and leave to the parlor area where you can choose to purchase and/or smoke a cigar or have a cocktail. It's a smoky place, so we decided to move on without staying longer. Cool to see the handiwork in motion though!