Paradise Island Bahamas

Atlantis Resort Paradise IslandParadise Island, a long, narrow barrier island connected to Nassau by a toll bridge, is as different from Nassau as Key West is from Miami. While Paradise Island is a world of hotels, restaurants and exciting nightlife, it’s also a world still quite unspoiled where you can enjoy the sea and beaches that lie close to the bustling streets of the city.

Located less than 600 feet off Nassau's north shore, Paradise Island is a favorite vacation destination, not only for Americans heading to the islands to escape the icy winters of the northern states, but also for a growing number of Europeans. The stunning white sands of Paradise Beach and crystal waters, beautiful foliage - hibiscus and casuarina trees - and, of course, the truly amazing Atlantis Resort and Village.

Paradise Island is now the most expensive chunk of real estate in The Bahamas. It's hard to believe that the was pPurchased for just $294 by William Sayle in the 17th century. Back then it was called Hog Island. Then, in 1960, Huntington Hartford, the heir to the A&P grocery-chain, paid $11 million fort it. Hartford renamed it Paradise Island then proptly sold it again and the island has not been the same since - it underwent a massive building boom in the 1980s: condos, second homes for the rich and famous, and the island's signature piece the gigantic Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino, a world within a world where nightlife, sightseeing and gambling are the attractions - a choice vacation spot, perfect for a quick 3- or 4-day getaway.

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Paradise Island is actually part of Nassau and New Providence. They are connected by a bridge and you can travel between the two on foot, by boat, or by car. You can stay in Nassau or on Cable Beach and travel over to enjoy Paradise Island's beaches, restaurants, attractions, and casino. Or you can do it the other way round and stay on Paradise Island and head over to Nassau for a day of sightseeing and shopping.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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