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Coral World Water Park

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We were already on our eighth day of travel, and although our goal of the day was to meet the Coral World water park, we take the opportunity to visit the capital, commercial and cultural center of the Bahamas, the city of Nassau.

Nassau is the largest city in the archipelago and accounts for about 70% of the country's population. The city is located on the island of New Providence. Enjoy the weather tropical monzoic With constant temperatures throughout the year, during summer temperatures can reach around 32º and in winter they rarely fall below 15º. It is an important tourist center with its important port and colonial architecture typical of many cities in the region, as well as the proximity to cities such as Miami, has contributed to its popularity as a vacation spot.


The city was founded in 1656 by British settlers and named Charles Town In honor of the King of England, it was initially used as a pirate settlement and the surrounding islands as hiding places, as we saw with the small island Blue Lagoon. The city was destroyed in 1684 by a Franco-Spanish fleet and when it was rebuilt it was renamed with the current name. During the United States Dry Law in the 20s and 30s, Nassau experienced an economic boom due to alcohol smuggling. Nassau was at the beginning of the 20th century an important destination for American tourists, however, the boom would not begin until the 50s where the Bahamas was discovered as holiday paradise.

The Missing Coral World

From the above, taking advantage of our stay in Nassau, we went to the Coral World water park, Stayed outside the city center.



Unfortunately, in 1999 Coral World was destroyed by the Hurricane Floyd, only 8 years after our trip. It is currently in a state of abandoned and without reconstruction, the only thing left standing is its great hallmark, a lighthouse that invited tourists to enter the waters of the Bahamas.


To get an idea of ​​how this great park was, we have a very similar one on the island of Sto. Thomas in the Caribbean Sea, The Coral World Ocean Park, which opened its doors in 1978. This water park, has the same activities and follows the same style as the disappeared Coral World of Bahamas, has an underwater museum and observatory, without getting a drop, we can dive several meters under water; 15 meters of descent from where you can see life in the coral reefs and all the marine species that inhabit them: barracudas, sea turtles, sea urchins among many other species.



Also for the little ones, there is the Touch pool, which allows to caress and see starfish, crabs and more sea creatures.

After the visit of the already disappeared Coral World Water Park, we returned to Nassau, to make some last purchases and take the cruise that would take us back to Miami, where we would be a few more days, in search of more adventures and continue to enjoy Florida. With the ship moving away from the port of Nassau, we said goodbye to the Bahamas, an exceptional paradise that disconnected us a bit "quite" from the busy real world.

Isaac (and Family) from Nassau (Bahamas)

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