My third visit to Nassau was on a short cruise, and I was ready to experience a typical “cruise excursion”, but I didn’t want to go through the cruise line. I used Shore Trips to book a 10-mile bike tour. My husband and I were instructed to meet our guide in front of the Parliament Building which is just a couple of blocks from the port.
While we were standing on the corner in front of the Parliament Building, limousines began arriving and dignitaries got out and walked into the building. They were a part of the mourning party for former parliamentarian and educator Frank Leopold Edgecombe. We were witnessing an important piece of Bahamian history!
Our guide met us in her personal car, a lovely lady who hailed from England, but has lived in Nassau over 20 years. She took us to her home where we got on her bikes and took off.
While this may seem unsafe, getting in the car of a total stranger and going to her home, I knew she was vetted and trusted by Shore Trips, and not once did I feel unsafe. The guide lives on the other side of the island, so we got to see a lot of Nassau that most tourists never get to see. We got to see where the locals live, away from the port, the rum cake and Senior Frogs.
We took off on our bikes, and the guide provided some cookies, bottled water and rain ponchos. I didn’t think we’d need the ponchos, but it turns out the local guide knew what she was doing, and a few miles in, the bottom fell out of the sky and we were spared from getting soaked due to the foresight of the rain ponchos.
Now, lest you be midled, this wasn’t a scenic tour of Nassau for 10 miles. We went down old roadways, through not-so-pretty scenery, but it wasn’t a strenuous ride, and we ended up at a local beach in the village of Adelaide where the water was still and clear, far from the tourists. I was able to get a conch shell right out of the water that the locals had discarded, instead of paying $20 for one marketed to the tourists.
We returned to the ship in plenty of time, and of my three visits to Nassau, this experience was one of the favorites. Exploring on our own (Part 1) was excellent, although due to safety concerns, I don’t recommend it. My visit to Atlantis (Part 2) was once-in-a-lifetime, but been there, done that.
This organized trip by Shore Trips allowed us to see parts of the island we otherwise would not have seen and meet a great woman who loves her island and was eager to share with us.
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