Paradise Island: Things to do

Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a popular destination for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic getaway, but it’s also a great place for singles who want to soak up the Caribbean sun, and learn about Bahamian culture.

If you’re heading to Paradise Island as part of your cruise to the Bahamas, or are taking the trip independently, here are some activities and sights you can’t afford to miss:

1. Take a walking tour of the Queen’s Staircase. 

The Queen’s Staircase is one of the most popular attractions on Nassau and was built in the late 18th century to commemorate Queen Victoria of England. You can take a guided tour of this historic site to learn how it was built, and enjoy scenic views of the island when you make it to the top of the 65th step.

2. Visit the Roselawn Museum. 

This small museum is located on New Providence Island in Paradise Island, and features an eclectic collection of artifacts, relics and Junkanoo costumes. Take a self-guided tour of the museum for a quick peek into historic Bahamian culture. 

3. Shop for souvenirs at the Straw Market.

You’ll find more than straw hats at this popular local market, so grab some cash and head out for an afternoon to pick up your fair share of handwoven handbags, place mats, dresses, jewelry and wooden sculptures. Don’t forget to practice your haggling skills to get the best bargain. The Straw Market is located on Bay Street on Paradise Island, and is open year round.

4. See local artwork at the Bahamas Craft Centre

Make your way to Harbour Road on Paradise Island to see dozens of art booths and vendors showcasing local crafts, artifacts and souvenirs. This is another place to pick up some knick-knacks and enjoy the market atmosphere.

5. Visit the Bahamas Historical Society Museum. 

This museum features a large collection of Bahamian artifacts, artwork and books, and you can take a guided tour of the grounds to learn about the history and traditions behind each of the exhibits. This attraction will only take a few hours at most to explore, so you can squeeze it into even the most tightly packed itinerary. The museum is located on Elizabeth Avenue and Shirley Street on Paradise Island.

6. Watch the Junkanoo Show. 

If you happen to be staying on Paradise Island on a Saturday, don’t miss the live entertainment at the Breezes resort. You don’t have to be a guest at the resort to enter the club for the night’s festivities; just purchase a ticket for the Junkanoo Show to watch the steeldrum band and feast on the Caribbean buffet. Breezes Resort is located on West Bay Street on Paradise Island.

A trip to Paradise Island presents a great opportunity for singles who want to relax and learn about Bahamian culture, and take part in some traditional festivities. There are plenty of things to see, do and enjoy on Paradise Island beyond the usual romantic hotspots. From museums to shopping areas, you can fill up your travel itinerary with ease.

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