In the Bahamas we took a taxi tour with a woman named Sharon. She did a great job telling us about the island and its people, and was very friendly. We drove around in less-well-to-do areas for part of the tour, so it was interesting seeing how some of the Bahamian people lived..We went to Fort Charlotte, had a drink at a local bar, checked out the John Watling's distillery, went to Fort Fincastle and Queen's staircase, and finally some time at Atlantis. We didn't get a lot of time at any one place, so it was a bit rushed, but we got to see a lot. And we had time afterwards to wander around and check things out at our own pace.
We had a speedy tour around the town that included Fort Fincastle and a local distillery. It also included, unfortunately, a close up view of the local poor who live in squalor with roofs falling down and broken down cars in the driveway.
We met our tour operator at the designated place in Nassau as stated in their email. It was only about a 10 min. walk from the ship. Kevin was the name of our guide. This was a city tour that took us by van to several different places, including a distillery, rum cake factory, chocolate factory, Atlantis, and the Queen's staircase. It was a nice tour and Kevin was very informative about the history of Nassau along the way. The only thing that could have been better would be to allow more time at Atlantis. We only had 30 mins. there and it's such a big place, that it didn't give us much time. However, we walked along the marina area and saw some amazing yachts docked there and went in a couple shops. For the cost of this tour, I felt it was well worthwhile and a good way to spend the day in Nassau, as our time there was very short.
Although the area around the cruise ship port is kept very nice for tourists, the remainder of Nassau could use cleaning up. Quite a lot of trash by the roads and on lots within the city. I don't know anything about the public services of Nassau but it seems to me that if the city were cleaned up tourist traffic and dollars would only increase.
Tyrone Wilson Tours is a local tour company I found on TripAdvisor. It was a two hour tour and was excellent. Our driver, Kevin, was very familiar with all the designated sops we made and gave us more history and antecdotes than we could remember. We stopped at Atlantis, a Rum Cake bakery, a rum distillery, a chocolate factory and the Queen's Steps. All in all, this was a fabulous tour for the money and Kevin made it superior.
The driver was super friendly, though loud (despite having a microphone). Not much to really see in Nassau, I guess. We did learn a bit about the history of the island which was great, though I would've loved to have seen more history and less shopping.
The two and a half hour city tour provided by Tyrone Wilson was okay but nothing special. We stopped at the rum cake "factory" for ten minutes (five minutes waiting in line) just to get a sliver of rum cake. There was no tour of any "factory". We then went to Atlantis for a twenty minute walk around. We also stopped for a "tour" of a distillery where we were given a 1/2 ounce taste of rum...no tour. We also stopped at a chocolate factory...that mean we each got a tiny sliver of chocolate...that's it. There was also the stop at the Queen's Staircase. We were dropped off where there were probably twenty vendors all selling cheap souvenirs and there was really nothing telling about the history of the Queen's Staircase...disappointing. Our driver (not Mr. Wilson) kept asking us questions about who was the original owner of Atlantis....who cares? We didn't go to any scenic spots just mostly driving the streets of downtown Nassau. At least the price was only $20...some operators charged much more for the same thing. My advice is forget the city tour.
Value for money was excellent (US$20 per person for two and a half hours), but the time ended up running to 4 hours, during which the driver took a detour to pick up his son at school, stopped to collect money from someone and took many "back-roads" on the latter hald of the tour through what he described as "ghetto areas" instead of staying on the main roads. We did however get our money's worth by learning fun facts about various buildings and landmarks, visiting historic steps commemorating the abolishing of slavery, touring a rum distillery, exploring a large fort, visiting a beach and taking a drive through Atlantis, where we were able to come out and walk through the hotel.
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