John Watling's Distillery (New Providence Island)

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Key Info

Delancy Street

Price & Hours

Free
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Wineries/Breweries, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.4scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 2.5Atmosphere

If you need a break from snorkeling, boating or beach lounging, consider touring New Providence Island's John Watling's Distillery. This distillery is famed for its homemade rum, which you can sample and see being produced during a tour. Other spirits, such as a vodka filtered with pink sand from Eleuthera and a gin infused with plants from Andros, are also made on-site.

Some previous visitors wished their free piña colada samples were swapped for rum tastings, while others said their tours felt rushed, but overall, many recommended visiting if you need a break from the sun and sand. If you like what you sample, consider buying a bottle or two after your tour since the distillery does not export its liquors. Another tip: Linger a little longer to admire the property's architecture. The main building is featured in a scene from the James Bond movie "Casino Royale."

John Watling's Distillery is situated in downtown Nassau within walking distance of the city's cruise terminal and the Queen's Staircase. It is open every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with extended hours offered on Fridays. Free parking is provided on-site, and entry to and tours of the property are complimentary. All tours last no more than 10 minutes and come with free piña colada samples. For additional tastings, you can try a rum flight at the distillery's Red Turtle Tavern. Each costs about $7 and includes three kinds of rum. You can also purchase bottles of any spirit made here in the property's gift shop. For additional information, check out John Watling's Distillery's website.

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The Bahamas' year-round warm weather makes it a prime spot for a relaxing vacation in the sun, and some of the islands' best places to unwind can be found overlooking the country's clear blue waters. Available beaches on the Bahamas' 700 islands range from water sports-focused sands at mega-resorts like Atlantis, Paradise Island to quiet sanctuaries on private islands. Some are great locales for snorkeling or horseback riding, while others are best suited for lounging with a drink.

Gold Rock Beach in Lucayan National Park (which was featured in two "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies), Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island (named for its stunning blush shoreline) and the beaches on The Exumas' Stocking Island (where you can swim and feed stingrays) are many travelers' favorite stretches of sand.

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