Tips for Living in Nassau

Here are some special places vis-a-vis getting settled in Nassau, the Bahamas. All suggestions are strictly personal impression and idiosyncractic opinion; neither facts nor warranties are expressed or implied, and readers are urged to discover for themselves.

Autos R Us: interesting name, nice people. Very helpful in locating the right vehicle, securing a good price, dealing with financing issues, plus full servicing on the vehicle and they even replaced the tires. I

Sivananda Asham: the vegetarian meal is not as impressive as I had hoped, but to combine yoga, meditation and a beach was unexpected. Beautiful setting, and a chanting service that expands into the infinite sea. Beautiful location and spirit.

Coral Harbour/out West: great place to get away from the big city.

Paradise Island: the only Starbucks - pricier than in the states. Afficionados may have to confront their addiction to latte, mocha, and cappucino.

Best snorkling so far: Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. Park across the Hotel Riu for $5, then plan a long trek West, to the deserted part of the island. See fish up close and personal, not behind a glass wall. Fins optional.

Cable Beach: learn to cross streets the Bahamian way (as recommended by Road Traffic videos) - first put out a leg and one hand facing traffic in the "stop" position, and be prepared to retract both if ignored. One car may stop and the one behind it swerve around. The island's only 21 by 7 miles but everyone's in such a rush to get ahead one bumper. If you're a driver, don't lull pedestrians into a false sense of security; the car behind you may whip around once you've stopped. Road Traffic says "courtesy equals safety." Hopefully some of the churches will teach that lesson too.

Good cup of mocha if you can't get to Starbucks: the British Colonial Hilton (terrible name, nice decor). They'll validate your parking if you eat in their restaurant. The food is decent though the music too loud.

Haircuts: Hair Team on West Bay street. A good professional cut for someone whose hair won't work in dredlocks.

Gourmet foods: there's a specialty shop at the Caves Village, just west of Sandyport. A bit pricey but you can find Thai and Indian sauces, among other foodstuffs.

Ways to make Mother Nature feel happy: go to Atlantis and make contact with the sharks. Empathise with their plight and apologize to them for being cooped up in smaller spaces that nature intended, and for being tourist attractions. Notice the smiles on the faces of the stingrays.

Things ("tings") to bring from the U.S.: a 5-gallon camping shower. You'll value the ability to shower when the power goes out (as it does frequently).

Things you won't be able to get as of 2005: your favorite brand of select pet food.

Things that will surprise you: the price of fruits and vegetables.

Ways to keep hydrated if you're not into water: put some Ribena into your daily 64 ounces to keep things interesting. Enjoy the Vitamin C and support the Union Jack.

Other things to do: swim in the Delaporte beach while it rains.
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