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“Where The Locals Eat” 4 of 5 stars
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Arawak Cay
Nassau, New Providence Island
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Nassau Historical City Tour
Ranked #15 of 114 things to do in Nassau
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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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“Where The Locals Eat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2010

Went as part of our Taste of Nassau tour booked with Island Marketing. One of the best parts of the tour. The food was local fare and fantastic. We had a sample platter of conch, grouper, plantains, rice & pigeon peas served with the local Kalik beer and drink of choice "Sky Juice"... coconut water, sweet milk & gin served in a milkshake cup.

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“Best local spot in Nassau (Fish-Fry)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

If you wish to hang out with the locals in a safe environment and experience non-pricey awesome bahamian food, this is the spot!! Cops are always on site and you can hang out there all night being it is in walking distance from the ship ports.Im a frequent travellor to the Bahamas and every time im in Nassau Arawak Cay is the first place i go. The best mixed drinks, the best fish dinners know around town. All of the huts serve tasty food. Twin Brothers is one of my favorite spots.

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“Don't go until lunch time or later”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

Good to hear beach is back in good shape. Sad to say when we were there in February 2010, Arawak Beach was in terrible shape due to dredging!

If you are going for "fish fry" make sure you go after noon. May be only one place open in the morning, and nothing else happening there until restaurants open.

Go to Junkadoo Beach instead until then or stay all day. It's on the way.
Junkadoo has cold drinks (water and Kalik's) & food cooked to order on BBQ,
aw well as clean restrooms (tip the lady!) well groomed beach and beach chairs to rent.

Walking distance (about a mile, flat and paved)
From cruise port head right, go past straw market, past the Hilton, can't miss it!
If you want fish fry keep on the path and you can't miss it in about 1/2 mile.

If you want you can take a taxi, it should be around $5.

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“This is true local flavor at its best!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Our 1st night in Nassau was spent at Arawak Cay (better know as Fish Fry )....Great atmosphere, local flavor everywhere, and very good Bahamian cuisine...Make sure you stop at Goldies for a great Bahama Mama....One of the top recommendations for dining is Twin Brothers...We did not eat here, we ate at Goldies, but we did stop by to check out their menu and the crowds were thick, locals and tourists. There are many different places to choose from to eat.

We look forward to our return next year.....

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“Great Food, Cheap Cold Beer & a Great Vibe!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

I ate three times at Arawak Cay (aka "The Fish Fry" to the locals) during a one-week stay in Nassau, and only rain kept me from going back one last time. Basically little more than a row of numerous restaurant-shacks, the food is the freshest in Nassau, and the beer the cheapest.

At Goldies we chowed down on great, made-to-order conch salad for $10, while drinking local Sands beers at 3 for $5! Right near Goldies, near the west entrance to Arawak Cay is a tiny booth called King. The owner is a fellow name Aldrin King, one of the friendliest locals on the island. His mother fries up amazing snapper while Aldrin makes the best conch salad on the island, chopping every single ingredient in front of you while he chats you up and scarcely looks at the chopping board! It is somewhat spicy, with lime and orange squeezed on top of a mound of tender conch, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and a smattering of minced hot pepper. Locals drink beer, and play checkers and dominoes on the tiny patio, while the music from the local dance places wafts through the air.

Awesome food worth a try at Arawak Cay includes conch fritters, cracked conch (tender morsels of light-tasting conch chopped, battered and deep fried), fish and chips (try grouper if they have it) and pan-fried snapper. Local beers like Kalik and Sands tend to be smooth and light, similar to Corona.

The washrooms for most of the restaurants are shared public buildings. They are clean and safe.

When travelling, one way that you can tell whether a restaurant is good by whether it is crowded with local s. That`s the way it is at Arawak Cay. The places are a mix of tourists and locals, and a visit is a great opportunity to experience the real Nassau. Not all the restaurants are open at noon, and it`s best to visit after sundown when temperatures are a little cooler. It`s a pleasant 10-15 minute walk down the beach from the British Colonial hotel downtown (add five minutes if you are on a cruise ship), or a cheap cab ride.

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