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Old 08-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Can somene tell me about the "free" beach in Nassau?

My DD wants to get off in Nassau because we never have. I don't want to spend any money, tha's why we stay onboard. We pay for excursions at Castaway Cay....

I hear there is a free beach? Is it walkable from the ship? Is it clean?
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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A friend will be cruising with another line later this year. As I was researching on a Disney site, I came across this info to share with her and thought I would post it for you too:
Found this on a disney site which I don't think I can name...

I strongly recommend against wandering around on your own at Nassau, Bahamas. Violent crime against tourists does happen, including bold armed robberies of tour groups. For example, in November 2009, 18 people, half of whom were on an official Disney excursion, were robbed at gunpoint. A shot was fired and several people in the group were assaulted. Unfortunately that was only one of several daylight armed robberies of tourists on Nassau. A large group of tourists was robbed at gunpoint at the Queen’s Staircase, a popular tourist destination, so crime can occur anywhere on the island. Also, you can pretty well count on being accosted by aggressive “freelance sales people” and/or drug dealers at some point. If you want to get off the ship in Nassau, I recommend spending the day at Atlantis Resort through a Disney excursion (warning: this is very expensive for what you get) or on an organized group beach excursion. If you really want to do something on your own, you could walk along Bay Street, sticking to busy parts of downtown Nassau and the Straw Market, which should be relatively safe.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:44 PM   #3
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I found a walking tour on here and followed that in May. It was election day so many places were closed. We walked into a few of the most beautiful churches. The beach was no big deal. We had a really good time doing this, felt very safe, and would do it again in a heartbeat!
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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The public beach is not within walking distance. You will need to either take a water taxi or regular taxi to the Atlantis. The beach is a short walk from the Atlantis. We have been there many times with no problem.
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Nassau is no more or less safe than most cities; people get robbed and killed everywhere. I've been to Nassau several times, have never been to Atlantis, have wandered around with just my family and twice with just me and a young teen and have never felt unsafe. I've never had anyone try to sell me drugs and there are pushy salespeople at MOST cruise ports. Use the same judgement you would use in any city.

There IS a public beach within walking distance of the ship; and it's free. I've never been there (although I walked past it coming back from Arawak Cay / The Fish Fry) because we like the day pass at the Sheraton. I highly recommend eating at The Fish Fry while you are there.

If you want to research a LOT of options in Nassau, go to Cruise Critic Ports of Call board.

Here is a link to one discussion about Junkanoo Beach:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1641451

Also, it isn't the beach but the walking tour that we've done in the past and enjoyed can be found at:

http://www.brentjes.com/nassau.html
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Junkanoo Beach is roughly a 15 minute walk from the pier (maybe even fewer minutes to walk). If you want to take the jitney, I believe it's 1.25/person (the #10 if I remember correctly). My brother-in-law took the nieces and nephews down there a few years ago...they had a great time. They walked both ways. When you get off the ship, head towards Senor Frogs, make a left there and walk around the British Colonial Hilton. The public entrance will be next to the Hilton.

As a previous poster stated, being in Nassau is like being in any other urban/metropolitan area.
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Not sure where the public beach is, but we felt perfectly safe in Nassau.

We just wandered around checking out the shops and such. We went over by Senor Frogs because my kids wanted a picture with the large frogs out front and my son tripped and fell. He cut his toe and right away a police man and a tourism guide ran over and asked if we needed help. The women(wearing a tourism guide vest) suggested we rinse his toe off in the ocean. The tide was low in front of Senor Frogs so she brought us into the Hilton next door. She cleared it with their guards and they let us take him to the ocean to rinse it off. They were so friendly, we were really taken aback by their kindness and willingness to help.

After hearing so many bad things about Nassau pre-cruise we were pleasantly surprised and left Nassau with nothing but good memories.

Try over at cruise critic they have a ton of info about Nassau on their boards.
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The public beach is not within walking distance. You will need to either take a water taxi or regular taxi to the Atlantis. The beach is a short walk from the Atlantis. We have been there many times with no problem.
Yes it is, Junkanoo is a free public beach and we walked there last October
We went there w/our 3 kids, ages 4, 9 and 12. Restrooms were clean and no one bothered us. (There's a small daquiri Hut and there was one lady selling necklaces.)
Here are some pix. and a goofy video I shot(shows a panorama of the beach area)




http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...chnassua-1.mp4
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...chnassua-1.mp4
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