If you’re looking for a fun way to experience Nassau, Bahamas, we had a blast on our Nassau segway tour. You might find yourselves with a short amount of time in Nassau, like we did when we were on our cruise aboard the Emerald Princess. Whether you’re looking to add a half day tour to your Nassau itinerary or looking for a new activity to try, we really enjoyed whizzing around Nassau on our segways.
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How to Ride a Segway
You might be wondering…is it difficult to ride a segway? Justin and I had both taken a segway tour once in the past. Back when we tried it for the first time, there’s a little bit of a learning curve. It’s all about your balance. Don’t worry if you don’t feel like the most balanced or coordinated person in the world!
For those who aren’t familiar with how to operate a segway, you stand on a platform that’s above two large wheels while holding onto the handle bar. By slightly shifting your body weight around, the segway will move forward, sideways, or backwards. With a little bit of practice, riding around on the segway is fun and easy! They were supposed to be the “vehicles of the future”, but never really caught on due to how expensive they are to purchase (around $5000 each). However, they’re really fun to rent while on holidays and they’re a different way to explore the sights.
Taking a Nassau Segway Tour
Even though we were visiting Nassau on a cruise ship, we didn’t book the tour through the cruise line. Most of the time, we find that the cruise line offers large group tours or they’re overpriced. We wanted to take a smaller, more intimate tour with an independently owned tour company. It’s no problem to book an excursion with an independent tour company that isn’t affiliated with the cruise ship, just as long as you’re back to the ship before it leaves the port.
I recommend booking your Nassau segway tour in advance to secure your place. This particular tour has a small maximum number, so you have lots of instruction and communication with your guides. With segway tours in Nassau Bahamas, you’ll be able to visit more places in a shorter time than you could on your own two feet.
Our Tour of Nassau Bahamas
We had two tour guides for the day, and our main tour guide was a lovely young lady named Mona. There was also another young man who rode up farther ahead to seek out the routes. It was pretty entertaining as he often poked fun at Mona throughout our journey. It seemed like the two of them had a lot of fun at work, taking tourists around Nassau!
Our Nassau segway tour was a very unique one. There was an unexpected marathon on the island that day that ended up closing down one of the main roads. The event slightly altered our route for the morning from what it normally may have been. The tour guides adjusted our trip on the fly, which we really appreciated.
This made for an even better experience as we went off the beaten path for some of the ride! We drove across the sandy beach, the grass, on slightly uneven terrain, up and down big hills. Yes, we were “off-roading” on the segways. Justin and I had a blast, and it added an extra layer of excitement to this Bahamas segway tour.
It was also entertaining to drive the segways near the marathon runners. We had to cross the road where the race was happening a couple of times. One time, a runner joked that she wanted to get on the segway and ride to the finish line. Another time, someone who was handing out water to the runners offered us a beverage!
Points of Interest on Our Bahamas Segway Tour
We made several stops on our Nassau segway tour to learn about the history of the island. Our tour guides were very informative and answered all of our questions. As you can get around town faster on a Segway, you will be able to see more places in a shorter amount of time.
First, we rode around West Bay Street at Arawak Cay (also known as “Fish Fry”). This main street has brightly painted buildings, most of them being famous restaurants. Celebrities like Oprah and Tyler Perry have dined at some of these restaurants and created a lot of buzz. Our guides gave rave reviews of the local beer, too. It was only about 10 in the morning, which was a little too early for beer. Next time, we’ll have to return and try it!
Next, we rode our segways up to Fort Charlotte, carved out of natural limestone at the top of a hill. Fort Charlotte is the largest fort on New Providence, taking up a space of 100 acres. Fort Charlotte was constructed in 1788 by Lord Dunmore. It was named after , the fort was named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. The fort has underground passageways, tons of cannons, a moat, and dungeons. With that said, its cannons have never been fired at enemies.
From the top of Fort Charlotte, you can savor incredible views overlooking the beach, the ocean, and all of your surroundings. After experiencing Fort Charlotte, we took the segways back down the hill. Our tour guides allowed us a bit of free time to zoom around the sports field. Justin and I raced each other from one end to the other, zig-zagging all over the place.
Junkanoo Beach was right along our segway route, so we stopped to admire the ocean. We didn’t have time on our Nassau segway tour to spend any time relaxing on the beach, but we weren’t taking a beach tour. If you’re spending time in port from a cruise ship, you will definitely have time to take a segway tour and then have a beach day. Junkanoo Beach isn’t too far from the cruise ship port. You can enjoy the beach and rent water sports equipment there, too!
Our segway tour was only a couple of hours long, meaning that can easily fit this tour of Nassau Bahamas into your busy schedule. We had a lot of fun! You can pair this tour with another one, walk around Nassau for the rest of the day, or relax at the beach. Book your segway tours in Nassau Bahamas here.
The Nassau Cruise Port
After our Nassau segway tour, we decided to walk around the cruise port for a little while to do some shopping. The shops were mostly a mix of expensive designer brand with tacky souvenirs. I would have liked to have seen more locally produced crafts or items.
We never ventured into the Straw Market where we may have found a little bit of that. Going to the Straw Market would have been fantastic if we were both the type of people who enjoyed haggling the price down on items….but we’re not! Even walking past the market was a little bit intimidating as the vendors were beckoning us to come into their booths. I’m sure that this tactic works on a lot of tourists, but it’s not my idea of a good time.
We did walk down this neat little alleyway with shops. It’s a pedestrian only street that ran perpendicular to one of the main streets with the brand name shops. There was a whole bunch of colorful art displayed for sale in one corner of the street. If you manage to find this little artist alley in Nassau, you should take a look.
We managed to find a hand painted Christmas ornament by a local Bahamian, some Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (yes, it isn’t from Bahamas but delicious coffee!), and a few postcards and stamps for my collection. I also picked up a bottle of Del Sol color changing nail polish that changes from sparkly silver to sparkly pink in the sunlight. Between riding segways and walking around the downtown area, we certainly had an eventful morning in Nassau considering the short period of time that we were there!
More Bahamas Blog Posts
While we’d absolutely love to experience more of the Bahamas in the future, we’ve barely scraped the surface on this day trip to Nassau. In addition to New Providence, I’ve also visited Eleuthera Island. This was a beach day at Princess Cays, the private resort owned by Princess Cruises. I spent the day there with my sister on a different cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. Take a look at our day at Princess Cays, this idyllic and gorgeous tropical resort.