Paradise Island was once known as Hog Island.  It was owned by Huntington Hartford, the owner of the A&P empire.  Paradise Island was once the exclusive home of Charlie Chaplin, Lloyds' of London, Richard Harris and other mega millionaires.  There were no roads on Paradise Island and until a decade or so ago, homesowners on the western end of the island used boats to get back and forth to the island. There are still no roads to the westernmost end of the island.  Paradise Island also boasts a working lighthouse, one of only a handful of working lighthouses in the Bahamas.

Until recent years, it was a beautiful and peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of Nassau. Teeming with native parrots, hummingbirds and iguana, this tropical paradise certainly lived up to it's name.

It has since been taken over by Kerzner International's Atlantis and it's sister properties, Harbourside and Ocean Club.  There are still several smaller hotels and private beach clubs on the island.