Rum Festival and Nassau, Bahamas: Day 2 – Trek Stops at Via Restaurant and Atlantis
We started our second day in Nassau at the popular Via Restaurant located at Parliament Street and Woodes Roger Walk.
Smartly dressed, local businessmen and women were seated at the bar enjoying leisurely breakfasts and coffee before heading off to work. They fit in perfectly with the airy, modern décor of this sunny establishment.
There was no need for us to read the menu before placing our breakfast order; we had been dreaming of the restaurant’s most popular breakfast dishes – Banana French Toast and the Steak and Egg Wrap – for weeks. The French toast was made from thick slices of chewy baguette dipped in pina colada batter then topped in a gooey cinnamon sauce. The wrap was stuffed with a dense filling of scrambled egg and sausage before being browned in a sandwich press. We finished these off with a smooth cup of Illy brand coffee and ice-cold Kalik beers. What a perfect way to start the day!
Once we left Via, we couldn’t resist taking a quick detour to jam with this Junkanoo carnival dude before catching the ferry to Paradise Island.
After a short ferry ride, we reached Atlantis in all its glory! Access to the shops and casino are free. But, there are various tiers of admission fees if you want to enjoy the splendor of the resort’s beaches, beach bars, water activities and aquariums. We opted for the Discover Atlantis Self-Guided Tour since we only planned to stay for half a day.
The Discover Atlantis Self-Guided Tour provides access to the Underground Dig where guests wander through a staged archaeological site. Pretty cool!
Along the way, huge aquariums showcased exotic fish of all shapes and sizes.
And people too!
We had several shark sightings!
We really loved the bad-ass jellyfish tank…
and were left wondering whether or not these golden eels were real or not (they were real).
We emerged back into the sunlight just in time to catch this stingray feeding.
We took it all in before…
enjoying a refreshing Bahama Mama, Atlantis-style. We shut it down, wrapped it up and headed back to Nassau to meet friends at Café Matisse for dinner. Stay tuned for our review of that restaurant!
Caribbean Soul Trekkers has concluded that Atlantis is definitely worth another trek. The Cove beckons!