Destination Run: Nassau, Bahamas

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Dreaming of a winter getaway? Winter has hardly started in some places but a few of us are already yearning for a warm getaway. What better way to cure the lack of Vitamin D than with a run-vacation to a Caribbean Island? Imagine taking a cruise or a flight to find yourself relaxing at an all-inclusive resort, where all you will find are palm trees, crystal blue clear waters on a beach lined paradise. Yeah, it sounds like a dream but why not make it your reality? I mean if there is a will, there is a way, right?! How about the beautiful Bahamas? Nassau, Bahamas is a hot climate destination, a Caribbean dream. From fancy resorts to amazingly warm waters among soft sandy terrain, with awesome authentic cuisine, one can not go wrong with escaping the winter blues for the sunny skies.

Besides the obvious reasons of sun and warmth, sandy beaches, scantily clad bods and refreshing cocktails, there are a few other amazing reasons you should grab your bikini, SPF, and running shoes and convince yourself to do a destination run in Nassau, Bahamas!

Here are some obvious, and not so obvious, interesting facts [1] that could persuade you to run and visit Nassau, Bahamas:

  • Nassau is the 11th largest island of 700 islands that make up the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, comprised of 274,400 residents making up 70% of the total population across the islands.
  • The Lynden Pindling International Airport is serviced by more than 40 non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities.
  • Nassau was Christopher Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in 1629 where he encountered the island’s original inhabitants, the Lucayans.
  • The Bahamas was officially established as an English royal colony in 1775.
  • The Bahamas became an independent nation on July 10, 1973 through the Progressive Liberal Party led by Lynden Pindling.
  • Sidney Poitier is a notable resident who is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat.
  • Nassau has 6 powder-white sandy beaches to enjoy.
  • Nassau is home to several on-land and on-water activities including: Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center, botanical garden, museums, golf courses, spas, food tours, and rum distillery to Aquaventure, Dolphin Cay, boating, sailing, diving, fishing, snorkeling, and more!
  • Nassau is a tax deductible destination for American companies who would like to host work conferences and meetings there due to the fact that the Bahamas and United States have signed the Tax Information Exchange Agreement. Companies and travelers alike have plenty of accommodation options as the island is host to more than 18 select hotels and resorts, each offering a variety of styles and budgets for all travelers.

Where to Run:

1. Cable Beach: A world famous beach that has perfectly compact, but at the same time, soft sand with no rocks or elevation change. Besides the fact that the beach is kept meticulously clean, it is just one of an abundant reasons Cable Beach is a fantastic place for a beach run. Located amongst several beautiful and stunning resorts, the beach spans out 2 and a half miles making for breathtaking views of both nature and people.

2. Paradise Island: A tiny island that is 1.1 squared miles, lies slightly north off of the main island connected by two 600 foot bridges, and approximately close to Downtown Nassau. Paradise Island was once formerly known as Hog Island and is now the home of the famous Atlantis Resort, full to the brim with adventure and entertainment including a water park, aquarium, restaurants and even a casino.

3. Arawak Cay: If you are a runner and true foodie craving for local, laid-back cuisine alongside local musical performances, you may want to take a lunch time run off the resorts to the area of Arawak Cay, or known locally as “The Fish Fry”. Only a little over 5 to 6K from two of the major resorts of Baha Mar or Atlantis, you can find yourself enjoying popular seafood items such as crawfish, land crabs, shrimp, lobster tails and fish like grouper and snapper. One must be sure to try Bahamian specialty recipes of conch served with corn bread and mac and cheese. Pair that off with the local beers, Kalik or Sands or try the world famous cocktails of the Bahama mama or Sky Juice. Your tastebuds surely won’t be disappointed, but you maybe want to be prepared to take a bus or taxi home once your belly is full.

4. Downtown Nassau: The city center is the hub for where the island’s history meshes together English and Bahamian culture. Doing a short running tour, about a 7 block area, will take you past a variety of museums, shops, and historical landmarks. Some popular places to not miss include: the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Pirates of Nassau Museum, Educulture Bahamas; a museum about the Junkanoo parades, Graycliff Hotel where you can tour a chocolatier or roll your own cigars, duty-free shopping on Bay Street including the Nassau Straw Market, and historical landmarks like The Queen’s Staircase and Christ Church Cathedral.

5. Marathon Bahamas: Are you looking for a challenge while vacationing on one of the most spectacular islands in the world? Why not sign up for the Marathon Bahamas, which also offers half marathon, relay, or 5K options that takes place in January of each year. The course includes history and beauty mostly along the Atlantic Ocean. This specific race is claimed to be 1 of the 50 best race events held outside the United Kingdom according to Runners World UK. The 5K race is specifically a charity race for The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure®, where 100 percent of the money raised by the Race remains in The Bahamas to fund breast cancer and women’s health programs.

Sources

  1. Tourism Digital Marketing by VERB, 2018 Fact Sheet, Fact Sheet, Jan 22, 2019
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