It’s funny how plans can change in a moment and that while on vacation, it’s best to have an open mind. The cruise that I spoke about in my one of my previous posts (8 Hours in Jamaica), one of the other ports of call was Nassau, The Bahamas.
We had booked a tour to go out to Pearl Island, this beautiful little island of the coast of Nassau where the water was clear, the sand was white. Definitely a place you could relax for the day away from the ship.
As we pulled into the port early that morning, we weren’t met with sunshine. Mother nature surely put on a display for us. We were met with rain, wind and some wild seas. Even with a positive mind, we soon learnt our excursion was cancelled. Whereas most people were disappointed and boarded the ship, my friend and I decided we weren’t going to waste our day, (especially while in a new country to us) so we decided to head into the heart of Nassau to find a local to take us around the sights.
With 5 other ships in and in the mind frame that it may be a little hard to find a local willing to take us on tour late in the morning, surprisingly we found one within half an hour and were quickly loaded into his van and whisked away on a tour around Nassau.
Our tour guide, Aubrey, was amazing and knowledgeable about the place he called home.
We visited the following places:
- Queens Staircase
- Water tower and Fort Fincastle (you can do this along with Queens Staircase in the one stop)
- Drove through different levels of communities to see how the people live.
- Visited an old colonial house.
- Atlantis Hotel
When our tour concluded, we were dropped back into the heart of Nassau where we could shop, eat etc. I remember walking back to our ship and turning to my best friend and travel partner and saying, “I’m glad we did that.”
I know things don’t always go to plan and I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed that morning. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of spending some time on a small tropical island? But I’m glad we got a chance to get out and see the real Nassau.
What has been a destination that you have been to that your plans haven’t exactly gone the way you had planned?