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Escape the Crowds in Nassau

Secrets of the Caribbean’s most crowded tourist destination.


Wake up very early to catch a boat across the harbor to Sivananda Ashram, hidden away on the tip of Paradise Island, for an intensely relaxing two-hour yoga class on the beach.

Before noon are prime tanning hours. Head to the other end of Paradise Island (past the Atlantis—do not stop) to oft-deserted Smuggler’s Beach on the edge of the exclusive Ocean Club’s golf course.

Walk down the beach to Dune, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Ocean Club restaurant, for a little lunch (literally—the portions are tiny) and maybe a celebrity sighting. Most people don’t know that Dune is open to non-guests, so it’s rarely crowded.

Take a cab inland to the Retreat—a fantastic Bahamian National Trust property. It’s not just a great way to escape the crowds—one of the world’s largest collections of rare and exotic palms is here, with native orchids growing around tree trunks.

Go back to Nassau for a cocktail, homegrown cigar, and dinner at Graycliff. Built in the 1700s by a famous privateer, this Georgian mansion with beautifully overgrown grounds and homey common areas is one of Nassau’s few hidden treasures.

After dinner, order a cab back to your out-of-the-way hotel, appropriately called A Stone’s Throw Away. This new, romantic bed-and-breakfast is 30 minutes from town—precisely why it’s the perfect spot for your non-Nassau Nassau getaway.


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