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Since the 1940s, Bahamians have welcomed winter weary travelers to stay at beachfront properties in Nassau and later on Paradise Island. Most people still choose beach-side for their Nassau vacation, but the destination offers a whole lot more. Hotel choices vary greatly in size, location, cost, market appeal, available amenities and overall attractions.
Today's reigning resort monarch, Atlantis on Paradise Island, leads by sheer volume of rooms inventory and impressive, over-the-top amenities – from celebrity restaurants to remarkable water features and marine habitat. A new mega-development on Cable Beach called BahaMar will challenge Atlantis's supremacy, if and when it comes to completion. (Construction has been stalled for several years, but word is there's a new owner). Cable Beach, once the hot, sexy heart of the destination's resort scene, promises to make a comeback with the completion of BahaMar's six hotels, golf course, casino, shopping center, eco-attraction and water park. It intends to appeal more to an adult market to distinguish itself from Atlantis's strong family attraction. But even Atlantis’ latest addition, The Cove Atlantis, caters to adults as does the newest Paradise Island property, Warwick Paradise Island.
All-inclusive, couples-friendly Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort on Cable Beach also appeals to adults, as does the venerable Graycliff Hotel, the destination's oldest, most highly respected inn, located downtown. Most resorts, however, welcome families with beach-side options that range from properties downtown and along Cable Beach to Bahamian-hued Compass Point Beach Resort. For better rates, look away from the beaches. Most are within walking distance of sand in any case.