Potter's Cay, Nassau, Bahamas

Potters cay, NassauPotter's Cay, Nassau, Bahamas is not an island; it is in fact a fish market and commercial dockyard located beneath the Paradise Island bridges. It's also the place where all the action is happening: the mail boats leave weakly for the Out Islands, and the Fast Ferries leave daily for Harbour Island, Eleuthera and the Exumas.

Potter's Cay is the place to go if you want to eat some spacial Bahamian food: conch salad, conch fritters, peas and rice, and so on, and it's fresh as the day it was caught - same day in fact. The road beneath the Paradise Island bridge is a real fresh market: dozens of stands where you can watch the conch being brought in from the fishing boats. You'll see how they are extracted from their shells - it's quite an operation involving a hammer and a knife.

Potter's Cay is also where you'll find the dock master's office where you can book your trip aboard a mail boat headed to the Out Islands. You can also book your trip on the Fast Ferries at the Bahamas Ferries office just across the way from the dock master’s office.

Domino Player Potters CayMany local hotel chefs come down to Potter's Cay to purchase fresh fish for their kitchens; and you can also find a variety of fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, including locally grown pineapples, papayas, and bananas. It's also fun to watch the locals duke it out boisterous game of dominoes. Potter’s Cay is a tiny Billingsgate-style fish market, but a whole lot more exotic. See how the local Bahamians shop and relax; you’ll have fun and see some sights that more than surprise you.

Note: Some stalls at Potter’s Cay are closed on Sunday.

 

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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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