The Garden was very lovely with lots of native plants and animals to see. The weather was very hot that day, though, and so the tour wasn't as enjoyable to us as it would have been had it been cooler.
Our tour guide, Kevin, was very knowledgeable and the trip around the island was enjoyable on the air conditioned bus.
After the tour, we went shopping for a short time at Port Lucaya. I picked up a fresh water pearl necklace and bracelet in one of the shops.
The stay in Freeport was very short, only a few hours, which was adequate, as there isn't much in Freeport to keep one occupied for an extended amount of time.
We explored Nassau on our own.
My son likes to collect local currency from the places he visits, so we went to a couple of the big banks that were within walking distance of the ship and exchanged American dollars for Bahamian cash, including a three-dollar bill! On the ship, several children saw him with his currency inserted into the brim of his top hat and they asked him if he was rich! He put the Bahamian currency into the hat band and one little girl told him that he got richer on the trip! She was a sweetie, for sure.
We had lunch at Senor Frog's, which was an adventure all unto itself as far as finding the location of the restaurant. The food was good and the menu varied. This is a popular tourist destination and, of course, you'll be paying for "atmosphere." The service was efficient and quick.
Don't forget to shop in the attached gift shop. Lots of merchandise with frogs emblazoned on it!
Of course, we were approached by several vendors wanting to take us on a tour, braid our hair, rent a scooter, etc. We politely listened for a few minutes, and then told them no thanks and walked away. One vendor we met on the way back to the Pride welcomed us to the island and proceeded to put a necklace around my neck, telling us that everybody got one and they were free. He then asked us for a minimum of $5.00 to pay for the necklace. I took the necklace off and we went back to the ship.
The weather was hot and the sun was brutal. Don't even think about walking around without using sunscreen. Nassau doesn't have the level of pollution that we have in the States. The sun is a lot harsher and a really nasty sunburn can be the result of spending LESS than an hour in the sun.
The streets were very traffic congested. We were able to get a free shuttle bus that took us directly back to the Pride from the restaurant, and that was a big plus that we didn't expect. It made a long walk back to the ship much more enjoyable and pleasant.
Everyone we met was very friendly. We were warned before we left the ship, however, that crime was a factor in the area and that we should be aware and protective of our belongings even though there was an increased Police presence in the area. For your own safety, don't go off the main tourist areas.
Even though we didn't take a "formal" excursion, we met a relative who lives in Orlando and spent the day exploring and beach walking at Cocoa Beach, one of my very favorite places in the country. Please don't pass up the opportunity to shop at the Ron Jon Surf Shop. I would say it's the one place in Cocoa Beach that's not to be missed.
How much do I love Cocoa Beach? My husband and I are planning on retiring there when the time comes.