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  • A busy weekend in Nassau - 1 of 15

    A busy weekend in Nassau

    A recent weekend getaway to Nassau offered numerous opportunities to sample attractions and activities on land and on water. Shown here, filtered sunlight fills the marble-tiled lobby of the British Colonial Hilton in downtown Nassau. TW photos by Gay Nagle Myers

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    The Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, part of the Baha Mar complex, plans a renovation project in the coming months.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    Caesar salad, and its preparation, is a dining highlight at Wyndham's Black Angus Grille.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    Construction is well underway at the 1,000-acre Baha Mar site in the Cable Beach section of Nassau with completion scheduled for 2014.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    Instructor Ullin Sanders takes visitors on snorkel and dive trips off Nassau as part of Stuart Cove's Aqua Adventures' packages.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    A vendor at Nassau's Straw Market plies her ancient trade. Since my visit last month, much of the Straw Market was destroyed by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 24 when rain and wind pulled the tent roof off the structure, damaging vendors' stalls and goods. Officials hope the new permanent facility next door will be ready by September.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    Waiters at Senor Frog's in Nassau dispense tropical drinks, local beers, large platters of food and Bahamian hospitality.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    A dive boat from Stuart's Cove Aqua Adventures loaded with yellow SUBs (Scenic Underwater Bubbles) heads out for a day on the waters off Nassau.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    Hand-woven baskets are the best-selling items at Nassau's famous Straw Market and elsewhere throughout the Bahamas.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    The Visitors Center at Prince George Wharf in Nassau dispenses information to cruise passengers and tourists.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    A licensed vendor must display his official license at all times.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    The cruise pier in Nassau often has four ships docked at the same time.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    Vendors who are not licensed wait outside the cruise terminal for sightseeing prospects.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    A guide tries to sell a cruise passenger on an island tour.

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    A busy weekend in Nassau

    The island's Booze Cruise sightseeing tours do a brisk business with tourist.

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