Marina Spotlight: Palm Cay Marina in the Bahamas

By March 29, 2022Dock
Palm Cay Marina, in Nassau, Bahamas, is a luxurious, one-of-a-kind boater’s island getaway. The picture-perfect tropical boating destination will lure you there, and the friendly and personal service, restaurant, white sandy beaches, and world class amenities will keep you coming back.

Matchlessly located on the southeastern side of Nassau, one of the 700 beautiful islands of the Bahamas, the brand new, state-of-the-art facilities and amenities at Palm Cay Marina are truly something to see and experience. Their on-site restaurant serves up local, fresh and healthy entrees. Additionally, the Tiki Bar, Pool, and water sports rentals mean you can relax and play anyway you like. Kayaking, snorkeling, and many other water sports are awaiting you. There’s even a clubhouse, spa and concierge services for when you’re ready for some pampering. The 194-slip full-service marina also features a bathhouse and restrooms, fuel dock, marina store, dockside café and even a playground and picknick area. The marina also has a 24-hour sea gate, so you’ll always feel comfortable and secure.

There’s no more worthwhile journey than one that takes you to the paradise that is the Bahamas. The cruise to Palm Cay by boat is an easy one, and you can enjoy it at your own pace. The marina is only 180 miles from Miami and 200 miles from West Palm Beach. Once there, you’ll find so much to explore – like the other 699 Bahama islands. The popular Harbor Island is only 60 miles away, and the Exumas islands just 29 miles away. And, of course, Nassau Harbor, one of the most popular cruising destinations in the Caribbean, is a quick 10-mile trip. 

While staying at Palm Cay, it’s easy to find yourself not wanting to leave the marina. But we strongly suggest you do. You’ll quickly find that Nassau has so much to offer.

So much to do in Nassau

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas, and a very popular boater’s destination. It’s known for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and offshore coral reefs – acclaimed for diving and snorkeling. And its picturesque landscape is lush and green, dotted with pastel-colored British colonial buildings. It’s a city alive with history, culture, art and nightlife. From the John Watling’s rum distillery, to art galleries, cathedrals, and outstanding cuisine, there is a world of pleasure waiting for you in Nassau.

John Watling’s Distillery

The John Watling’s Distillery is set on a legendary Nassau estate dating back to 1789. Using techniques passed down through six generations, they take “some hand-cut sugarcane, some tropical heat, and blending skills passed down over 175 years” to make a rum you won’t forget. Daily tours offer a look into the process and a chance to sample the fruits of their labor.

Christ Church Cathedral

The striking Gothic Cathedral, proudly standing on the site of the first church built in The Bahamas, is the Christ Church Cathedral. Built between 1670 and 1684, it invites you in with its stunning stained-glass windows and plaques exquisitely commemorating beloved Bahamians.

Nassau Art Gallery

Nassau’s art scene is as robust and full of life as the people who inhabit this great island. From the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), to modern and striking street murals, amazing art is literally everywhere you turn.

Junkanoo Festival

The vibrant costumes, upbeat tempos, and joyful parades that inspire a whole nation to dance is what Junkanoo is all about. It’s a uniquely Bahamian music that is percussive, boisterous and certainly proud. It is also an annual 200-year-old festival that usually happens in August. But the sound of Junkanoo can be heard year-round in the Bahamas. Musician Lenny Kravitz brings the Junkanoo sound to life in his Junkanoo version of Fly Away.

Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre

Wildlife abounds in the Ardastra Gardens & Wildlife Conservation Centre’s four acres of tropical gardens in the heart of Nassau. Although you can feast your eyes on a host of Caribbean species, the center is famous for their captivating marching flamingos that actually march in formation in response to commands. This will be a popular spot for the whole crew. The kids will especially love the petting zoo, and the chance to hand-feed friendly rainbow lorikeets.

Straw Market

Downtown and Bay Street is a lively mix of shops and eateries. However, keep in mind that it can get busy, as cruise ship passengers flock here to purchase T-shirts, jewelry and perfume since its some of the best duty-free shopping in Nassau. Also, the Straw Market is along this stretch with local artisans showcasing their handmade wares. Expect to be approached by street hawkers who can, at times, be aggressive. But a simple and firm “No, thank you” will do the trick.

Bahamian Cuisine

Bahamian cuisine is like no other. It’s fresh and exploding with the flavors of the island. A “long-running gold standard of fine dining in Nassau” is the historic Graycliff Hotel Restaurant. It’s five-star dining with a Bahamian twist – and is home to an award-winning wine cellar. For something a bit more casual, head to Bahamian Cookin’ Restaurant and Bar. What you’ll get is authentic Bahamian island-style food with a warm and friendly atmosphere. As a matter of fact, the three generations of Bahamian women who operate it will treat you like family. They’re proud to tell you; “Yes, Grammy is still in the kitchen.”

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Jo Montgomery

Author Jo Montgomery

Jo is a lifelong boat lover and writer. She learned the ropes of boating on her family’s 36’ Carver at the Jersey (joy-see) shore. With over 30 years of writing under her belt, she delights in seeking out, and sharing, the things most important to fellow boating enthusiasts. Jo now lives in Connecticut, near the water she adores, with her husband, two children and large, hairy dog. She is over the moon to be part of the Snag-A-Slip crew!

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