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Arawak CayBahamas

The best place to try traditional seafood dishes in the Bahamas is this vibrant beachfront entertainment precinct. 

Those seeking an authentic Caribbean culinary experience need look no farther than Arawak Cay, a popular waterfront entertainment precinct. Known to locals as the Fish Fry, Arawak Cay is a series of restaurants, bars and outdoor eateries recognized for traditional island food and a lively atmosphere. While incredibly popular with visitors to the island, Arawak Cay is far from touristy and is a great place to immerse in the nation’s rich culture. Spend a few hours here, entertained by the sounds, smells and sights. Try some new foods, sure to please anyone seeking gastronomic variety. Arawak Cay is a must for any visitor to Nassau.

The precinct began its life as a collection of beachfront shacks. While the buildings may be more substantial now, the atmosphere and legacy of the original stalls remain. Fried conch is the signature dish of the cay. Other seafood specialities include grilled lobster tails with a side of macaroni and cheese, or fragrantly spiced grilled shrimp. Local cocktails, like the gin-infused Sky Juice, are prepared with flair by talented bartenders. Sample the local beer, Kalik, or sit back with a coconut water, locally recommended when you’ve had a bit too much to drink.

Arawak Cay is most popular around lunch and dinner, when large crowds descend on the area. Arrive mid-afternoon to participate in a relaxed game of dominos with local residents or to enjoy a stroll through the precinct. Traditional junkanoo music and street performers are common in the area. Much of the food can be purchased to take out, so you can walk through the cay with a snack in hand as you observe the laid-back lifestyles of the local people.

Arawak Cay is located just a short walk from Nassau harbor. Those arriving by car will find street parking in the area. Arawak Cay is also served by bus.

Top hotels in Arawak Cay

The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
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Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Lagoon Beach South and Cabbage Beach. Versailles ...

4/5Very Good! (1,673 reviews)

"The Dig (which we call the scarium because we thought it was scary) is really fun to go in with a bunch of exhibits in it. The employees there are all really nice and there are a lot of water slides. They also sometimes have movie nights at the pool and the popcorn there is really good. The food ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £202 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cable Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Junkanoo Beach and Straw Market. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,690 reviews)

"Bahamar is nice place. ! I enjoyed my stay .i will book again here !"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

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Riu Palace Paradise Island All Inclusive - Adults Only
Riu Palace Paradise Island All Inclusive - Adults Only
4 out of 5
6307 Casino Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
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Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Cabbage Beach and Versailles Gardens. Paradise Island ...

4/5Very Good! (1,122 reviews)

"Excelent service and very friendly, the only thing I didn’t like is that is was too windy from dec 24 till 30th"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2021

Riu Palace Paradise Island All Inclusive - Adults Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Arawak Cay

Paradise Island - Sunrise Beach Villa - Lowest Rates!
Paradise Island - Sunrise Beach Villa - Lowest Rates!
Paradise Island, Casino Drive, 101 Sunrise Villas, Paradise Island, New Providence

Nestled on the beach, this Paradise Island villa is within a 15-minute walk of Cabbage Beach and Versailles Gardens. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean Club ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
This location is the perfect spot. Close to everything on Paradise Island.

"The rental process was very easy."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Paradise Island - Sunrise Beach Villa - Lowest Rates!
Beachfront 4 Bedroom Luxury Villa Directly on White Sand Beach Sea View
Beachfront 4 Bedroom Luxury Villa Directly on White Sand Beach Sea View
Yamacraw Hill Road, 104 Royal Palm Cay Condominium, Nassau, New Providence Island

Located in Palm Cay, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Yamacraw Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Retreat Garden National ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)
Great facility great location

"Super clean. Had everything you could need. On site management very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Beachfront 4 Bedroom Luxury Villa Directly on White Sand Beach Sea View
Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Bay View Suites Paradise Island
3 out of 5
Bay View Drive, Harbour Ridge Road, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is £124 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean Club Golf Course ...

3.9/5Very Good! (466 reviews)

"The staff was very accommodating and the rooms were very clean. A home away from home."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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