Are you ready for an escape from the daily grind? What better way than a vacation in Nassau? Come to the heart of the Bahamas, where things are really hopping. It's time for sun, sand, and sea as you kick back and discover the many attractions in Nassau.…
Top 35 Things to do in Nassau, Bahamas
Make your way to the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and meet your friendly guide, who leads you on a gallery-hopping journey through downtown Nassau's dynamic art scene. Explore the National Art Gallery's dazzling array of paintings, drawings, and sculptures, all of which paint a striking picture of the country's rich history.
Continue to Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery at Hillside House, where history and art become one. The works on display in this charmingly restored house offer a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Other stops on this artistically illuminating tour may include the D'Aguilar Art Foundation and the Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery. Colorful and inventive public works of art enhance your outing as you move between locations. End your tour with a delicious meal while reflecting on your fascinating journey. Read More close
Start by quenching your thirst for beer and pirate history at Buccaneer's Biergarten, where tales of Blackbeard, Captain Morgan, and other mischievous characters of the sea come to life. Revisit a time when pillaging was a regularly observed activity and treat yourself to a Sands Beer coupled with the bar's signature chicken wings.
Next, parade to Hillside House and experience the revelry of the Bahamas' national festival, Junkanoo. Try your hand at shaking a cowbell or beating a goatskin drum like a pro after tasting samples of Kalik, known as "the Beer of the Bahamas. " This delightful brew happens to pair perfectly with conch fritters, a classic Bahamian delicacy.
Finally, take a tour of Pirate Republic Brewing Co. and see how the country's first and only craft beers are made. The newly renovated historic property is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy extraordinary brews while sampling authentic German pretzels with homemade mustard. Read More close
During the 1920s, Nassau was transformed from a small, sleepy town to a bustling center for rum smuggling. Bay Street soon became known as "Booze Avenue," a destination for people from all walks of life looking to make a living transporting alcohol from Nassau to the United States. Learn about some of these key rum-running characters, including the Real McCoy and the Bahama Queen, while observing sites where the action took place.
This tour is the perfect opportunity to increase your knowledge of Bahamian history and culture while indulging in some of the best flavors Nassau has to offer. It's truly the culinary journey you've been waiting for. Read More close
Head out of busy downtown to explore the byways and backstreets off of Bay Street in search of authentic Bahamian savors and flavors. Your experienced and food-loving tour guide leads you between specialty food shops, mom-and-pop cafes, and long-standing Nassau establishments.
Taste 6 regional dishes and street food-style plates, including Bahamian classics at a downhome eatery, Greek specialties at a landmark restaurant in town, locally sourced jams and island-made teas, organic truffles from an award-winning chocolatier, and the uniquely Caribbean dessert of fresh-baked rum cakes.
Along the way, listen to fascinating commentary about the city’s colonial architecture, vibrant culture, and storied past. Meet and interact with shop owners, chefs, and restaurateurs as you get a feel for the day-to-day food scene in this lively capital city, and leave your tour with a full stomach and plenty of suggestions for continuing your flavor-fueled exploration of Nassau. Read More close
Enjoy a leisurely catamaran ride from Nassau to Paradise Island where you are taken to the wildlife habitat. Your program begins with a fun, interactive orientation covering the natural history of dolphins, animal training techniques, ocean conservation, and Watchable Wildlife Guidelines.
Then, on the Dolphin Encounter float, you stand on a waist-deep, submerged platform and experience a heart-warming kiss, a hug, a dance, and opportunities to pet the dolphin. Your dolphin trainer combines elements of hands-on contact, education, fun, laughter, and adventure to make this an unforgettable experience.
While you enjoy your Dolphin Encounter and learn about the dolphin habitat, you are also be in the midst of one of the finest natural attractions in the Bahamas. After an exciting trip to play with the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, catch a catamaran back to Nassau and continue to explore the Bahamas on your own. Read More close
After a 20-minute ride in a catamaran from Nassau, reach Blue Lagoon Beach. Enjoy playful and educational interaction with dolphins in the turquoise waters of the natural ocean lagoon. Your program begins with an orientation, brief commentary about the natural history of dolphins, animal training techniques, and ocean conservation, as well as Watchable Wildlife Guidelines.
Once in your life jacket, experience the joy of a dolphin kiss and a hug. Dance with these wonderful animals and marvel at their strength as you are propelled across the lagoon in the finale—the footpush. In this program, trainers focus on allowing everyone to have quality time with the dolphins. Your excursion also includes access to the Aqua and Tropical Paradise Bounce Inflatable Parks. Read More close
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The 40 pages of included content, discounts, and information give you everything you need to find the right golf course, and the included booking service can help you reserve your tee time with ease. Your book lets you visit each resort up to 3 times, or you can use a single book with a group of 3 to get a huge discount on your outing.
Available courses and locations include:
- Punta Espada, Dominican Republic
- The Lucayan and Sandals Emerald Reef, Bahamas
- Cinnamon Hill and Beaches Boscobel, Jamaica
- Temenos Golf Club, Anguilla
- Tierra del Sol, Aruba
- Riddels Bay, Bermuda
- Dorado Del Mar, Puerto Rico
- Carambola, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
- Blue Bay, Curacao
- Sandals La Toc, St. Lucia Read More close
Take a seat at the Chef's Table and watch as Chef Elijah Bowe and his team transform traditional Bahamian dishes into sophisticated, refined dishes that are served to guests on a daily basis. Watch demonstrations on how to expertly craft delicacies from Graycliff's menu, like Bahamian conch chowder and lobster puff pastries.
Take the opportunity to talk to the chef regarding Bahamian culinary traditions and ingredients. Much to your palate's delight, you're served each dish as it's prepared. And once your meal comes to an end, you can take home your new tips and tricks and try them in your kitchen, where you're the presiding chef.
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Learn about the preparation of artisanal chocolate made from regional cacao beans; Graycliff emphasizes promoting free trade and organic farming. Taste a variety of dark, milk, and white chocolate in various forms, such as bonbons, truffles, bars, and bark as they're paired with premium spirits.
Notice how a fine rum, when paired with creamy chocolate, releases notes of buttery, vanilla goodness. A whiskey, when paired with a Bahamian fruit-infused chocolate, titillates the taste buds. Move through the each pairing noticing a completely different experience in your mouth with each one. To conclude your tasting, peruse the chocolate shop to pick up some treats to take back home.
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Established in 1997, The Graycliff Cigar Company is known for its high quality, flavorful cigars. Come and join the fun as you learn the ins and outs of cigar making, including how to sort, clean, store, and then roll a cigar. Watch in awe as the expert rollers craft beautiful cigars putting out rich aromas. The demonstration encompasses the unique history of cigar making, including where the best leaves come from, and the science behind the use of blending to achieve flavor perfection.
Now that you are an expert on cigar making, partake in a drink often consumed while enjoying a cigar. Sample a variety of Caribbean rums, including the Bahamas' own Bacardi Rum. Crafted from sugar cane, rum is the most popular liquor on the islands, and has become quite a phenomenon for tasting tours. So come learn from a professional, and taste some delicious rums to cap of your day at Graycliff. Read More close
The Graycliff Cigar Company began production in January 1997 in Nassau, The Bahamas. What then began as a single roller in the restaurant entrance way has now expanded to an award winning boutique Cigar Company with 16 master rollers, each an expert in their various format.
Graycliff Cigars’ numerous awards include: France’s Club Cigare’s 2001 Cigar of the Year Award; The Robb Report’s Best of the Best in 2003 for the Crystal, the Espresso in 2004 and Chateau Grand Cru in 2006; and many accolades from Top25Cigars. com including Best Boutique Cigar Company.
Participants receive a Graycliff Cigar Rolling Certificate. Read More close
After being picked up from your hotel, head to a resort where you can get hands-on experience with scuba equipment and information from a PADI-certified instructor. Spend an hour or so in the pool getting comfortable breathing underwater, and then hop onto a waiting boat and head out across the waves to your introductory dive site.
Strap on your tank and dive in, following your expert instructor as they guide you by the delicate coral formations and schools of tropical fish in a teeming, shallow reef. Let the gentle current drift you along the seabed and soak up the tranquility of this peaceful and colorful underwater realm before emerging back into the sunlit surface. Read More close
When you aren't socializing with dolphins, take a look around the Dolphin Cay community. As the largest dolphin habitat in the Caribbean, Dolphin Cay offers a marine mammal education center and a dolphin overlook area. Behind the scenes, Dolphin Cay is a state-of-the-art rescue and rehabilitation facility, the first of its kind in the Bahamas. Atlantis and Dolphin Cay were recently accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for achieving and maintaining rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation, and science. Read More close
Upon entering the hotel grounds you are greeted with a special drink and a brief tour of the hotel and the amenities at your disposal. Enter the changing rooms to slip into your bathing suit, grab a towel, and head to the pool. Pick a spot next to the beautiful mosaic-tiled pool under an umbrella or in the sunlight to work on your tan. Plush chaise lounges keep you comfortable and lush tropical foliage provides a serene escape from the city.
The poolside bar attendant will serve your lunch along with a a glass of wine from the cellar house which holds over 250,000 bottles from 400 vintners in 15 countries. You can also visit the Graycliff Cigar Company and have a chance to savor one of the finest handmade cigars during your day of relaxation or the Graycliff Chocolatier for a handmade sweet treat. After you have your fill for the day, return to the changing rooms for a quick shower and change. Read More close
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Grab a seat in the back of a speedboat and skim over the sea at a thrilling 40 mph (65 kph) to Allen Cay. Here, meet the critically endangered Bahamian Dragon. You have a chance to observe and even feed grapes to the ancient and rare Allen Cay Rock Iguana.
From there, climb back into the boat and speed off to Ship Channel Cay, your private island for the day. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, stroll the scenic 2. 5-mile (4-km) length of the island, go for a dip in the turquoise waters, or lounge in the shade of a beachfront fishing cottage.
Grab a drink from the open bar as your friendly crew starts grilling fresh fish for your lunch. You’re not the only ones who are hungry on the island, though—graceful stingrays and even fearsome sharks all cozy up to shore for a snack at feeding time. Watch this incredible marine spectacle as you fill your plate with savory island dishes.
The rest of the afternoon is yours for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on the white-sand beach with a drink in hand before the 1-hour boat ride back to Nassau. Read More close
Enter the lounge and take a seat in one of 3 separate areas. Step outside to the outdoor deck to gain a few extra rays of sunshine before departing the tropics. Inside the lounge, purchase a hand-rolled cigar from the shop and head into the smoking area to sit and relax, maybe while watching sports on one of the flat screen televisions. Then head to the bar to get a cocktail that pairs nicely with your world-renowned Graycliff cigar.
With a state of the art ventilation system, the non-smoking area of the lounge features clear air and comfortable seating. Unlimited Wi-Fi is available in all 3 sections of the lounge, allowing you to check back into reality, looking over those emails you may have neglected while on vacation.
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Meet Executive Chef Elijah Bowe and his team at the 5-star Graycliff. Don your apron and prepare yourself for a few culinary demonstrations before you and your fellow guests get to work preparing lunch. Then, taking from the restaurant's menu, learn to prepare dishes such as a lobster puff pastry, Bahamian conch chowder, crispy duck with Bahamian citrus sauce, or grouper dijonnaise.
Following your lesson, take a seat in the dining room as the Graycliff's waiters serve the dishes you just prepared. Along with your freshly prepared meal, enjoy a glass of wine from the Graycliff's world-renowned cellars. At the end of your session, leave with copies of all the afternoon's recipes, so you can try them out on your own at home.
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Begin your excursion with a dive along one of New Providence Island’s undersea walls—some of these vertical facades drop down more than 6,000 feet (1,828 m) into the Tongue of the Ocean, the Bahamas’ deep oceanic trench. Marvel at the corals and sponges that blanket the wall as shafts of sunlight filter down from the surface.
Follow shoals of tropical fish and keep your eyes peeled for pelagic species that come to feed along the sheer drop-off—it’s not unlike scaling a vibrant and teeming skyscraper in the deeps.
Your second dive takes you to either the intricate coral formations of a shallow reef or one of the Bahamas' well-known wrecks. Watch for moray eels poking out of crevices in the sunken Cessna used in the filming of Jaws, or Caribbean reef sharks and gentle sea turtles cruising the depths around submerged ships and freighters you may recognize from James Bond movies—these eerie underwater skeletons offer an intriguing alternative to the natural reefs in the area. Read More close
The tour starts with a visit to the new Bahamas Heritage Museum which offers visitors an in-depth look at... the history and heritage of the Bahamas from pre-historic times to current day set in historic Mountbatten House.
This is then followed by a visit to the Graycliff property where you will tour the 18th century mansion which today houses Graycliff Hotel and Restaurant and its world renowned wine cellar mixed in some fun with chocolate and cigars. Graycliff is now home to one of the Caribbean's first 5-star Hotel & Restaurant. You will learn the rich history of this mansion and the Bahamas from its pirating and buccaneering past to its modern incarnation.
An educational tour of the Graycliff Cigar Company where you will view a demonstration of cigar-rolling and complete your tour with a fabulous walk through of our chocolatier and sample some of our Bahamian-made treats.
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Your guide first takes you to one of the museum's jewels, a prehistoric meteorite. As you make your way through the rooms of the house, see items such as 15th-century furniture and a dress that was worn by a plantation master's wife. You can even hold ankle shackles formerly used on a plantation.
Each room reflects certain periods of Bahamian history including piracy, maritime, slavery, and World War II. Also on site is a replica of a 1900s general store complete with original merchandise and advertisements. At the conclusion of your tour, visit the gift shop, where you can purchase shark's teeth, souvenir T-shirts, and even replicas from the days of pirates.
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Venture to the heart of Nassau and learn about the Bahamian music and food that bring this lively culture together. The Bahamas is a deep-rooted nation with influences from England, Spain, and parts of West Africa, creating a unique island spirit that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Arrive at the center of town and see the colonial-style Parliament House, the Government house, stately legislative buildings, and law courts.
Stroll through Fort Charlotte, a hillside British colonial-era fort with a long history of war. Along your journey, hear stories of hundreds of pirates who set out to the New World and found Nassau's wealth of gold and natural resources.
Walk down the city's famous limestone staircase, known as Queen's Staircase, honoring Queen Victoria's efforts to abolish slavery in the Bahamas. The tour concludes just past Gregory's Arch, built in 1901, at the Straw Market of Nassau, a traditional craft-fair market that offers distinctive Bahamian souvenirs. Read More close
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Bring your game face and make your way to Rawson Square North, where a tour guide places you into a group of 3 or more other city seekers. Receive a map of downtown Nassau, which contains all the information you need to make your way around, answering questions and completing challenges for points at each stop.
Visit as many locations as possible to collect points while immersing yourself in the annals of the island's history and Nassau's finest explorers. Make your way to the finish line for a chance at winning prizes, and finish with a wealth of knowledge about Nassau's fascinating past. Read More close
The tour begins with an introduction to Junkanoo, an elaborate and traditional Caribbean dance that dates back to the days of slavery. Visit a "down home" Junkanoo shack, and see first-hand how these elaborate costumes are put together to create a Bahamian extravaganza. Listen to the vivacious music of trumpets and hypnotic drums as the dance is performed right in front of you.
Next, stop at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory for delectable samples of hand-crafted Bahamian chocolate. Indulge in exclusive flavors like lime, mango, sweet-tomato basil, and bacon. For a taste of Bahamian art, explore the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, which showcases more than 40 years of classic Bahamian artists, Junkanoo pieces, unique exhibits, and more.
The last stop is the John Watlings Distillery, where you embark on a self-guided tour of the old plantation’s antiques and exhibits, dating back to when Columbus first landed in 1492. As the sweet smell of fresh sugarcane molasses overwhelms you, venture to the distilling showroom and sample a few varieties. Read More close
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As you follow your guide to 4 stops, get a sense of Nassau back in the rum-running days when bootleggers like William McCoy smuggled spirits into the US during Prohibition. Along the way snack on savory local bites and tantalize your taste buds with liquor-infused chocolates at Graycliff Chocolatier.
Then learn the right way to taste rum as you sip 6 samples at John Watling’s Distillery and chase a refreshing cocktail with a delicious dessert. Hear profiteering tales of the old days as you visit historic buildings that once stored liquor bound for illicit passages across the ocean. After listening to seedy tales and sipping refreshing rum, you may want to take some of this enchanting elixir home. Read More close
Enjoy a quick boat ride to Rose Island, along Paradise Island's scenic harbor and the luxurious mansions lining the oceanfront. Along the way, hear stories of famous celebrities, like Johnny Depp, who own some of the tiny surrounding islands.
Upon arrival, enjoy a signature "Sandy Toe" cocktail and a welcoming beachside buffet lunch. Feast on authentic Caribbean cuisine while basking in the sun, or catch the game on TV at the beach bar.
After lunch, dip into the warm Caribbean water and explore the underwater wildlife inhabiting this secluded island. If you'd like to set off for an afternoon hiking adventure, the island offers 10 acres (4 ha) of lush flora and natural trails. You have the option to snorkel above stunning coral reefs, kayak through coves, engage in beach volleyball, or lounge in a hammock with relaxing island music—the day is yours.
Sample lunch menu includes:
- Bahamian grouper fingers
- Grilled chicken
- Pasta salad
- Mixed green salad
- Bahamian peas 'n rice
- Freshly-baked dinner rolls
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After being picked up from your hotel, get a thorough introduction to using your SUB. Learn its simple controls and how to communicate using hand signals, and then boat out to one of Nassau’s world-famous reefs to immerse yourself in the serene and colorful underwater world of the Bahamas.
As you cruise along at a leisurely 2 knots, take in the schools of tropical fish, delicate corals of the reef, and undulating, sandy seabed of this environment 15 feet (4. 5 meters) under the surface. Look around from within a large, clear viewing dome, breathing comfortably without the need for snorkel tubes or diving tanks.
Follow your guide over coral gardens and in search of sea creatures as they point out different species and features before cruising up to emerge back through the sunlit surface of the water. Read More close
From Paradise Island, skim across the azure waves of the Atlantic and drop anchor at a prime snorkeling location near Spruce Cay or Athol Island—this area’s world-famous sea gardens teem with delicate coral formations and fascinating marine life. Colorful schools of fish flit around and below you, and sea fans drift in the gentle currents as you explore this tranquil underwater realm.
Back on the boat, relax in the shaded lounge or bask in the Bahamian sun. Listen as your professional captain and friendly crew share information about the aquatic wonders of the Bahamas, and sip a refreshing rum punch cocktail on your return cruise to Paradise Island. Read More close
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After being picked up from your hotel, don your wetsuit and your scuba gear and set out for your first tank dive at site called the Shark Wall. Adjacent to a feeding spot, sharks begin to swarm as soon as they see the boat arrive. Dive in for a close encounter with the circling Caribbean reef sharks—they follow your group as you swim through open water.
Head back to the surface for a short break, then dive back in for a carefully orchestrated feeding session. Stand in a semi-circle on the sandy seabed as a trained, professional feeder swims down with a bait box. Marvel at the fearsome teeth and gaping jaws of the sharks as the cruise right up next to you to snap fish from the tip of a pole spear.
When feeding time is over, swim back up to the surface as your adrenaline-pumping rendezvous with the top of the oceanic food chain comes to close. Read More close
After being picked up from your hotel, head to the docks – you may recognize this secluded cove as the set of the movie Flipper – and step aboard the Zambezi, a custom-built vessel designed specifically for snorkeling. Lounge on the upper sun deck as you skim across the waves to a beautiful shallow reef. Get acquainted with your snorkeling gear then slide into the water off the back of the boat. Swim leisurely over gently waving sea fans, flitting schools of colorful fish, and elaborate coral formations as you admire this serene marine realm.
Climb back on the boat and make your way out to your second destination. Depending on visibility and conditions, your captain will opt for either another shallow reef or a sunken wreck—the sandy seabed off the Bahamian coast is dotted with the ghostly skeletons of ships and airplanes. Swim up close to the wreckage of a small aircraft to spy timid moray eels and bright fish poking out of windows and crevices in the wreckage.
Finally, cruise out to your third and most daring destination to experience the thrill of snorkeling with Caribbean reef sharks. Observe these magnificent predators of the deep from the safety of the surface as they swarm around a bait box lowered down below you before your return trip to shore.
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Upon arrival your instructor guides you through a 15-minute safety briefing on everything you need to know about your upcoming SNUBA dive. Next, you're paired with all the gear you need to swim, breath, and explore the warm Caribbean waters.
Once your mask and fins are securely fastened, into the water you go, swimming along with your highly skilled, certified SNUBA guide. Keep your eyes peeled for various types of fish, including stoplight parrotfish, blue tangs, and yellowtail while swimming to depths of up to 15 feet (4. 5 m).
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The rich and decadent aroma of chocolate envelops you as you enter the Graycliff Chocolate Factory to begin your tour. Hear about the history of chocolate and how this bean made its way to the Bahamas. Trace the provenance of regional cocoa beans and learn about the company's dedication to promoting fair trade and organic farming.
Explore the factory for insight into the bean-to-bar process, seeing beans ground into cocoa powder, mixed to form liquid chocolate, and then poured into sculpted molds. Watch a demonstration on techniques for dipping, glazing, and using the molds to create tasty finished products like bars, bonbons, and barks.
Next, make your way into the test kitchen where you become the artist, mixing in flavorful ingredients like strawberries, nuts or when in season, fresh Bahamian mangos, limes, sea grapes, and tropical genips. . Your host shares samples of all the varieties of chocolate as you taste white, milk, and the richest concentrations of dark chocolate. All of your creations are packed for you to take home with you.
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After being picked up from your hotel, step aboard the spacious, 72-foot (22-m) Total Package catamaran. Leave the picturesque coast and elegant homes of Nassau behind as you cruise out to Athol Island—this world-famous snorkeling destination’s pristine beaches and vibrant reefs are the perfect spots for an afternoon on the water.
Enjoy a savory lunch of Bahamian dishes and local specialties onshore or on the sunny deck, picnicking on peas and rice, barbecue chicken, and corn.
Swim, lounge, and snorkel in the balmy tropical waters. Back on the boat, a DJ turns up the heat for the cruise back to Nassau, playing tunes to set the mood as you dance, sip drinks, and enjoy the ride. Read More close
Step into the Graycliff's grand award-winning wine cellar and see decades of bottles collected for this private collection of fine and rare wines from all over the world. The cellar houses more than 250,000 bottles from more than 400 vintners in 15 countries.
The master sommelier is there to pair some of the best cheeses from Italy, Spain, France, Australia, Argentina, and Chile with wines from the collection. Let your palate sing as you work your way through 8 tastings, including 4 reds and 4 white wines along with their complementary cheeses. Read More close
Upon entering the Graycliff property you’re greeted with a welcoming glass of champagne. Follow the sommelier as they take you on a tour of the hotel and the highly acclaimed wine cellar.
Wander through rows of the cellar that houses more than 250,000 bottles of wine from 400 vintners around the world. Enrico Garzaoli started the collection decades ago and has raised it to be among the largest private collections in the world as well as the third largest in the Western Hemisphere.
After your tour you’re seated in the restaurant’s dining room. The menu changes with the seasons, so you’ll be delightfully surprised with the chef’s Caribbean-inspired dishes that start with an appetizer followed by a soup or salad, main course, and finally, a desert.
As each dish is delivered, you’re presented a hand-picked wine pairing to heighten the flavors of each selection.
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