My favorite beach spot is a small-unnamed food stand next to Señor Frog’s. The manager, Keith, serves scrumptious conch fritters, coconuts and refreshing beverages.

Making plans

I gathered Keith’s insight on the island’s history, local favorite spots and sampled his specialty coconut rum drinks, staying dry during a typical island downpour. After the rain passed, I ventured to Keith’s recommended restaurants, Charlie’s Place, for plantain, steamed conch and other authentic Bahamian meals.

After eating, it was time to shop for handmade jewelry, spices and more at the Straw Market. I completed my shopping list touring John Watling's Distillery and The Graycliff Chocolate Factory, picking up rum, desserts and souvenirs at each place. With shopping complete, I let my inner pirate loose by exploring the interactive Pirates of Nassau Museum.

Historical highlight

The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation was the hidden jewel of my vacation. The museum was an extension of Keith’s insights and offered details about how the island gained its independence, as well as the slave trade and the American Civil War’s impact.

Nassau has a great nightlife for the young and young at heart, but my mission was to relax, explore and learn more while vacationing. From the pirates’ life and relaxing on historical beaches, to infused conch cuisines with authentic rum, the island life truly is the life for me.