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“Fantastic Beach Alongside Rich History!”

Clifton Heritage National Park
Ranked #18 of 123 things to do in Nassau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Come to CLIFTON and SEE! Experience Culture, Revisit history, Explore Nature, Enjoy Leisure. Home to the remains of Lucayan villages and plantations, as well as the setting to several movies of pop culture such as Jaws and the Bond series. We boast several private beaches and event area for your day getaway, beach picnic, parties and other event. Whether you are here to connect with the past, nature, yourself or your spirit, Clifton welcomes you!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic Beach Alongside Rich History!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Find the time and find a way to get to Clifton Heritage Nat'l Park! The park entry fee is $2 per person, kids under 12 are free. Check the operating times before you go
http://www.bahamascliftonheritagepark.org/ and call in advance to set up a tour.
We rented a car for the week anyway, and we drove from Paradise Island; it was about 45 minutes from Nassau, past Lyford Cay, but well worth the trip. Most of the trip is along the shoreline, so the drive itself is quite enjoyable.

The site has ruins from the slave-trading days of centuries past, some dating to the late 1300's according to one of the gentlemen working at the site. Hiking down the paths, we stopped at Turtle Pen -- no turtles, but a nice thatched-roof area where we could enjoy a snack and enjoy the breezes out of the sun's direct rays. A short walk down the path brought us to "Flipper Beach" where the beautiful sand and perfect waters were ours alone to enjoy! Not another soul was on the beach that day, unless you're counting the shells, the sand crabs that paly hide-and-seek at the water's edge, and the marine life in the shallow water. We wish we had brought/rented snorkle gear, beacuse there were plenty of accessible areas for exploring in these waters. Because it is illegal to take shells or coral that is on the beach, the sand is speckled with conch shells that remain in the sand and in the water.
Continue walking for a while, or drive up to the north end of the park, and visit "Jaws Beach" which is closer to the secluded, private residences at Lyford Cay. About a dozen or so other visitors came and went at Jaws Beach while we stretched out on the sand and played in the shallow waters.

The worker we encountered also told us that the park was under new management, and they were already planning on upgrades and interactive exhibits and tours. When you get to New Providence Island, be sure to allow time to visit these fantastic beaches and fascinating historical sites.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank PJG66
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Nassau, New Providence Island
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Little piece of heritage left”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

This National Park and Ruins of slave village take you way back to the days of the beginning of the Bahamian ancestry. The primitive and virgin slave houses that remain were really heart wrenching and made our clients see what life was like for our ancestors. Great tour! Jaws Beach was even better as the children could find complete unique shells along the beach. An unforgettable experience for our guests from Vasco, Spain.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank Simone R
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Mesa, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Don't ask a question...”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Very impressive ruins. But, when we went into the gift shop to buy or find a map on the grounds, a lady asked it we had any questions. I asked one and was told that I had to pay and take a tour to get the answer. We left!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Tammy F
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Nassau, New Providence Island
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Could be better.”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

The park was not open on a Sunday and I have never seen a guided tour in operation. Not sure how they operate. It's a way out of town and though a beautiful spot takes a while to get there.

Visited March 2013
Thank Diane R
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Astoria, New York
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice history, pristine beaches”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We were interested in getting away from the tourist traps around our hotel on Cable Beach, so we rented a car from Budget for $91 for the day and drove to Cliften Heritage National Land and Sea Park. We paid the $2 per person entrance fee and walked along the small path past former slave dwellings and other ruins. There were interesting for their historical significance, but the highlight of our trip was walking slightly further north along the water to some really really pristine and empty beaches.

Visited February 2013
2 Thank AimeeNY
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