Laura Morley
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My favorite spots East, West and everywhere in between

Where to Eat

Poop Deck

The Poop Deck is my most visited to restaurant in all of Nassau. Whether we were picking up for Christmas Eve dinner, stopping by for lunch or celebrating as a family, the Poop Deck is our go to place. Even when I was in college, I would go to the Poop Deck to get my conch and mango daiquiri fix. Stop by on your next trip down East Bay Street, they always have their fresh catches out front from you to choose from. 

Social House

Social House is by far my favorite sushi restaurant every. If there was an option to try everything on the menu, I would recommend that. Here are my top recommendations for you next stop. Always start with the Soho Lychee Martini, although I was skeptical about lychees at first, this drink changed my mind immediately. For sharable starters, you really cannot go wrong with the Conch Crispy Rice and Mixed Tostadas, but Spicy Rock Shrimp Tempura are a close honorable mention. If we are talking sushi, I think it's easiest to order a bunch for the table. But if I had to choose two, they would be Spicy Lobster Maki and Spider Maki. Social House is a fan favorite in my house and should be on your must visit list. 

Shima

One of my favorite parts of Shima is its view of the Lyford Marina at sunset, you really can't beat a great view and amazing food. I have never had a bad experience at Shima and the staff is always incredible. Their food and drinks are equally as incredible. If you need a little energizing, their Espresso Martinis are a great start. They have a selection of sushi rolls and boa buns that truly never disappoint. As for your main course, I recommend the Pad See Ew or Massaman Curry. 

East Villa

No other Chinese food that I've had quiet compares to East Villa. Whether you are picking up or sitting down, East Villa has any dish you could ever want. Nice people and great food. You can't miss it on East Bay Street, make sure to stop by!

Syrah

I have only just discovered Syrah and wish I knew about it sooner. Between there wide variety of wine and food selection, you really cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. My all-time go to’s are the Sweet Heat Conch Bites (I love the authentic sweet and spicy sauce) and their Drunken Blackened Chicken pasta. Great atmosphere for an intimate or family dinner.

Fish Fry

All the locals know the local Fish Fry located Arawak Cay. Whether you are searching for the best conch salad, a good burger or all the tastiest Bahamian sides, this is the place to go. My top suggestion is Trudy's located on the far west side of Fish Fry. Go check them out for some classic Bahamian meals!

Where to Drink

Wild Thyme 

Wild Thyme is a great spot for a after work cocktail. Their patio space and outdoor deck is a great location to unwind and socialize in the afternoon. If you enjoy something fruity, their Berry Mule, always hits the spot.

Bon Vivants

Bon Vivants is the best decorated and most authentic bar on the island. It has a drink for every customer and the bartenders hand craft each cocktail. You must stop by Bon Vivants for the experience and to check out their amazing menu. 

Yellow Bell 

Yellow Bell is the newest bar on the block and it has not disappointed. Located in the old Island House Coffee Shop, they still offer brunch and baked goodies, but at night is an intimate cocktail bar. 

Where to Adventure

The Queen's Staircase

A major landmark in Nassau, said to provide a direct path from Fort Fincastle to Nassau City. Carved out of limestone in 1793 and 1794, these 66 steps are located in Fort Fincastle Complex. The name “Queen’s Staircase” later came after the stairs were named in honor of Queen Victoria in 1837.

The Straw Market 

Located on the famous Bay Street, the Straw Market’s colorful exterior is hard to miss. Once you step inside, you are entrapped in Bahamas culture. Between straw, gifts, souvenirs and wood carvings, you can many hidden gems within. I believe going to the Straw Market is an experience everyone should have, especially if you can find a vendor to tell you stories.

Parliment Square 

Originally built in the late 1700s and early 1800s by the loyalists from North Carolina, the pink Colonial-influenced buildings show rich history of the Bahamas. Home to the House of Assembly, the Senate Building and the Supreme Court of the Bahamas, Parliament Square is the most popular attraction on Bay Street.

Atlantis and Baha Mar 

Whether you are looking for a stay-cation, a good restaurant or experience the amusement parks, Atlantis and Baha Mar have it all. With a vast selection of hotels, restaurants and bars to choose from, these two resorts are a must luxurious try.

Where to Beach

Local Day Trips 

Cabbage Beach is located on Paradise Island is just a short trip over the bridge. With the two miles of white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water, Cabbage is great for a stroll or a relaxing day. Cabbage Beach has a social, unbeat scene as well as a quiet side of the beach.

Rose Island is just a short boat ride from New Providence and has 11miles of beaches to choose both North and South facing. Whether you are a local with a boat or need to go on the charters, there are lots of options. 

Exumas is just an hour boat ride from Nassau and lots of charters do day trips. The Exumas is my favorite place in the world and has the most beautiful beaches and waters I have ever seen. Home to 365 islands, there are an endless number of adventures in the Exumas for you.

Weekend Trips

Andros is the biggest island in the Bahamas and has just as much to do. Between fly fishing, blue holes, amazing scuba diving sites and local straw makers, Andros is home to so many things to do. Small Hope is a sleepaway camp for adults to stay with amazing staff and food.

Eleuthra is the long skinny 112 mile long island in the Bahamas. Whether you enjoy pink sand beaches, surfing, cave adventures or snorkling, Eleuthra has it all. With many great places to stay from North to South, my favorite must try is Squire Estate's.

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