Known by the locals as “The Fish Fry”, this is one of the best places to enjoy authentic Bahamian cuisine in Nassau. There are about 40 stalls of various sizes lined up on two streets.
The most popular food served is a large mollusk called conch (pronounced “konk”). Because of its supposed aphrodisiac properties, Bahamians eat large quantities of conch prepared in a variety of ways such as fresh conch salads, conch fritters, cracked conch and conch chowder. Other favorites include , minced or grilled crawfish, grilled snapper and grouper. If you choose to eat a conch salad, be sure to go where it is prepared in front of you. In general the entrée portions are very generous and can be split in two, if you already had an appetizer.
To wash down all that good food, you can try a local beer (Kalik or Sands) or a Bahamian mixed drink, such as Sky Juice, Gin and Coconut Water, Bahama Mama, Yellow Bird or Goombay Smash.
Some of the most popular sit-down restaurants include Goldie's, Oh Andros and Twin Brothers. It is recommended to bring enough cash to pay for your meal, as few restaurants accept credit cards and there have been reports of card skimming. In case of need, there is an ATM on site, but the minimum for withdrawal is $200 and the bills are dispersed in Bahamian dollars.
After you finish you meal, you can cool down in the waters off the beach or go across the road and walk up to Fort Charlotte, located on the hill overlooking Arawak Cay. This is the largest fort on the island and the panoramic view from the fortifications is well worth the climb. To access the fort you must walk back in direction of town past the Cricket Club and follow the road (Marcus Bethel Way) up the hill. The entrance fee is just $1.08 per person.
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How to get there:
Arawak Cay is about one mile from downtown Bay Street. Walking will take you about 25 minutes. Walk west from downtown, past Junkanoo Beach following the sea shore (not the main road). Alternatively you can take the #10 bus from downtown Nassau. It will drop you off right at corner across from Arawak Cay.