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Arawak Cay (The Fish Fry)

To get a true taste of paradise, head to Arawak Cay on West Bay Street in Nassau. This popular place is home to a variety of authentic Bahamian restaurants, featuring traditional dishes from the Islands and ice-cold beverages with a local twist—all of which are sure to please the palate and whet the whistle!

The History

Named after the original West Indian inhabitants of the island and known locally as “The Fish Fry,” Arawak Cay dates back to 1969, when Nassau Harbour was dredged. The sand taken from the harbour was used to build Arawak Cay, and since that time, the restaurants of this iconic area have served traditional Bahamian fare to millions of locals and visitors alike. Nowadays, it also features an open stage and seating for performances and concerts—and if you’re lucky you may even get to watch some of the major Junkanoo groups like The Valley Boys practicing at Arawak Cay for the Boxing Day and New Year Junkanoo Parades.

The Food

With a nickname like “The Fish Fry” it’s not surprising that Arawak Cay is home to a community of Bahamian restaurants that specialize in seafood delicacies. Enjoy everything from grilled shrimp, and lobster tails to fried snapper, served with sides like cornbread and mac and cheese. One dish you have to try is conch: Be it cracked (battered and deep fried) or scorched (spiced with lime, onions and peppers), it can be prepared in a variety of ways and is one of The Bahamas’ most popular foods.

The Beverages

When you’re at Arawak Cay, be sure to sample one of the many thirst-quenching beverages available. Kalik, dubbed “The Beer of The Bahamas”, is the country’s best-selling beer with brands including Kalik, Kalik Gold and Kalik Light, while Sands “Truly Bahamian Beer” is another popular choice with both locals and visitors. And of course, there are always the tasty Bahama Mamas or Sky Juice—a delectable combination of gin, coconut milk/water, sweet milk, sugar, ground cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.

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