We chose a private tour to have more control of where and what we did. Jermaine did an excellent job! He is extremely knowledgeable about the history, economics, flora of the island. We truly enjoyed our time with him and the ability to chose the time spent at each location as well as having the ability to converse personally with him.
The tours groups were small and the guide was great he was entertaining and knowledgeable. 3 hour tour of the highlights of the island and a couple stops to take photos. Tour ended with a tour of a rum distillery.
The driver took us around the island and to Atlantis. He was very friendly and explained a lot - both on the attractions but also on Bahams' social and cultural issues. It was very interesting and enticing. We also visited places that were not on the original plan (we asked to go there). The only advice is that in Atlantis, non-hotel residents are not allowed to visit the main Tower area (where the aquarium is located).
Nassau 2 hour tours are available by licensed and informative and fun tour guides at the port soon as you exit the ship usually for reasonable price per person. Toured included historic sights of Bahamas, Fort Fincastle, Fort Atlantis Resort Seafood restaurants in Arawak Cay, Paradise Island, Junkanoo Beach, etc, Plenty of markets and things to do and see. Great picture to obtain along the way. Montague tour, Queens staircase,
I enjoyed all but one stop on the tour. I looked forward to going to rum cake factory. While there I purchased three drinks and one cake. I paid the correct amount based on signage and what the man told me to pay. He then accused my children of stealing drinks and refused to let me leave until I paid him again. Very rude.
The tour was rushed at each stop, and many of the vendors would not take no for an answer. If your child touched it then they expected you to buy it. No haggling on prices either.
The best part was our tour guide. Very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about the history of Nassau and current government.
Our taxi driver Russel was amazing. It was advertised as just a driver for the day but he took us on a tour of all of the places we went to and kept the people who stand around waiting to try and give us tours for tips. When you first walk into port you will be accosted by a slew of taxi drivers and they all charge different rates so it pays to have a plan.
spent most of the time in traffic saw nothing of interest stopped behind the fort where there were the usual stalls all selling the same goods,Then stopped at a rum distillery totally pointless except get you to buy drinks
great tour for our family of some caves with bats, an old fort, Atlantis (the free sections), feeding the turtles, and a quick beach stop. A/C van and it was about $35 per person so saved lots over ship excursions. lasted the whole day. Charles knew his stuff as they take a course about the Bahamas to be licensed to give guided tours (compared to taxi driver). these guys are hanging around the small market when you exit the ship, you can negotiate with them, all wearing white shirts and have official licenses hanging around their neck.
Hint: try to find one that will take your family ALONE. we did and didn't regret the personal tour. they will try and put you all into one van and fill it up to capacity, then you have to wait for your guide to fill up the van before leaving. we went with 6.
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