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Nassau, Bahamas Travel Diary

Greeted with the most beautiful sunrise my eyes have ever laid on and the smell of the ocean breeze,  I was beyond excited to be stepping in another beautiful place that I've never been to. Mastered the art of waking up early during our cruise. Catching the sunrise while having breakfast was an experience I would ever relive over and over again. That moment, I swear was indeed so magical I pinched myself as we approached the port of Nassau. Nassau was truly a magical place for me. With the personalities of the locals that are as vibrant as the colorful buildings and the souvenirs you find, without any doubt I have to agree why the Bahamians are dubbed as the warmest people. Nassau is rich in culture and the people are so friendly there's no reason why I would not consider coming back. With the crystal clear waters, fine sand and towering coconut trees, every moment and every bend is picturesque. Sadly, as I was about to take a picture of the beach with my Polaroid, my camera decided to give up on me. But what's for me to do? Take pictures with the rest of my cameras (may have brought with me 4 cameras). Lol! Such a boy scout right? #prepared

Where To Go and What To Do: 
 The moment you arrive at the port, there are tour guides waiting for you for tour packages. Since we avoided excursions, we took that option. The tour takes about 1-2 hours depending on how you negotiate things then we just ask the diver to drop us at the beach nearest to the port. Being in Nassau for a limited time, we made sure to enjoy every moment and immerse in the beautiful, pristine beaches.

Atlantis Hotel and Casino. Spent a very limited time exploring. Did a quick stroll and took some pictures. They have designer boutiques as well.

Queen's Staircase. Located in Downtown Nassau. Also known as the 66 steps. Built by slaves. Covered with lush greens as you take the steps, it reminds you like you're in a jungle. Truly one with nature. We also had our souvenir shopping near the area. I recommend shopping the souvenir stalls along the streets. They have amazing items and sometimes they would give you discount but I hesitated since the items are already affordable.

Junkanoo Beach. Last stop. Public beach with crystal clear waters and fine sand. Locals would offer you umbrellas and chairs for shade for a certain price and they offer you complimentary drinks as well. You can also bring your own beach towel, lay it on the ground, bathe under the Bahamian sun and call it a day. Don't forget your sunscreen and take lots of photos.

If you want to keep a remembrance of the Bahamian dollars, I recommend you going to bigger souvenir shops. They offer exchange of US dollar to Bahamian dollar for free. Fact: 1 US dollar is equivalent to 1 Bahamian dollar.

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