At One Ocean, getting away from it all means living central to all the good things in life, at the heart of Nassau’s most envied address. The Bahamas’ best-loved beaches are within a walk. Directly across the street is the sophisticated refinement of One&Only Ocean Club resort. And just down the road you’ll find Atlantis’s heady collection of restaurants, boutiques, bars, and casinos.
Right next door to One Ocean is the course that Golf Digest called the #8 Resort Course in North America and the Caribbean—and you’re welcome to join. The Tom Weiskopf-designed, par-72 course features 18 holes right on the peninsula, where playful crosswinds make the game a challenge, even for experienced players. As a member, you’ll enjoy full access to the the Course, including the Driving Range, Practice area, and Clubhouse.
Ocean Club members are also welcome at some of Atlantis’s most popular destinations. Explore The Dig, where you can watch marine life swim around the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis. Get playful at Aquaventure, an aquatic thrill ride for the young and the young at heart. You can sun, swim, and socialize at the many pool decks that offer something for every age and every mood, from the kids’ water playgrounds to the adults-only Cain at the Cove or the 25-meter Lap Pool.
A year in The Bahamas could be a non-stop party of Junkanoo, wahoo, and regatta festivities. But don’t forget there’s always the peace and quiet of your cabana.
Welcome the new year in Bahamian style with Nassau’s Junkanoo street parade that starts on New Years Day two or three hours before dawn. Then watch—or race in—the Sailing Regatta from Montagu Bay to Paradise Island.
In mid-January, try to bait one of the Caribbean’s fastest fish in The Bahamas Wahoo Championships, Berry Islands.
Mid February brings the Mid-Winter Wahoo to Bimini, when serious anglers convene at The Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina.
Hemingway would no doubt have approved of this week-long Bacardi Billfish Tournament in Freeport. Join the who’s who of deep-sea fishing in a fierce competition. portlucaya.com.
Easter Monday officially marks the onset of beach picnic season, so pack a basket and head for your favourite stretch of sand.
In the third week of April, pop over to Exumas for the Bahamas Family Island Regatta between Bahamian craft sloops. On land, there’s basketball, a skipper’s party, and of course the inevitable Junkanoo parade. See www.georgetowncruisingregatta.org for dates.
Early May brings the ultimate Junkanoo Carnival to Nassau: a lively weekend of colorful Caribbean street partying. Later in the month, check out the the Long Island Regatta, where some 40 to 50 sailing sloops from throughout The Bahamas compete. Dancing, sporting events, and food vendors create a carnival atmosphere on land.
Don’t miss the Eleuthera Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town. Tour pineapple farms, enter the pineapple recipe contest, and maybe test your athletic ability in the “pineathalon” swim/run/cycle race. Held in the first week of June.
Another regatta! This one for a week in early July, at Abaco’s Marsh Harbour. Annual Racing Time features sailboat races and beach picnics, cocktail parties, nightly entertainment, and a grand finale party.
Independence Day is celebrated for an entire week, wrapping up on July 10 with a fireworks display at Atlantis. You’ll have an amazing view from your One Ocean balcony.
The first Monday in August is Emancipation Day, honoring the emancipation of slaves in 1834. Set your alarm to be in Fox Hill Village by 4am for Junkanoo Rushout. The afternoon brings cookouts and traditional fun like climbing a greased pole.
Also in early August is the Cat Island Regatta, when this quiet Southern Bahamas island puts on its dancing shoes.
Ready for one more regatta? In late September at the All Abaco Sailing Regatta, local sloops meet at Treasure Cay Harbour for championship races followed by festivities on land.
On October 12, San Salvador has a Discovery Day parade to celebrate Columbus’s landing in the New World.
Also in October and not to miss is the Great Bahamas Seafood and Heritage Festival in Arawak Cay. Bahamian cuisine and culture, traditional music, and storytelling.
Nassau celebrates Guy Fawkes Day on or near November 5. Evening street parades culminate with the hanging and burning of an effigy of British traitor Guy Fawkes.
In the last week of November is Nassau and Paradise Island’s Annual One Bahamas Music & Heritage Festival, 3 days of concerts featuring high-profile Bahamian artists, in celebration of national unity.
If you’ve had your fill of the pool, the beach, and the sea, immerse yourself in cinema at the Bahamas International Film Festival in Nassau. bintlfilmfest.com
On Boxing Day, Nassau hosts a Junkanoo street parade. Think of it as practice for New Year’s Day.