January Weather Averages for Nassau
The coldest month of the year in Nassau is January, and whilst the word 'cold' may be enough to put you off, wait right there! Cold is never truly cold in The Bahamas, and during the first month of the year the average temperature is a very mild 21°C. This time of year is a popular time to head to the island's capital, crowds are slightly lower, with the peak season coming a little later in the year, temperatures mild enough to allow exploration much easier than when the soaring temperatures...
The coldest month of the year in Nassau is January, and whilst the word 'cold' may be enough to put you off, wait right there! Cold is never truly cold in The Bahamas, and during the first month of the year the average temperature is a very mild 21°C. This time of year is a popular time to head to the island's capital, crowds are slightly lower, with the peak season coming a little later in the year, temperatures mild enough to allow exploration much easier than when the soaring temperatures arrive. Having said that, the average high temperature can reach around 25°C, which is enough to get an impressive tan!
Evenings at this time can be a little cooler compared to later in the year, however this means a better night's sleep. You will probably still need air conditioning in your hotel, in fact that is a given during any month of the year, with evening lows falling to around 17°C. Whilst this is still very warm, you may need a light layer to cover up for evening walks.
The good news is certainly about rainfall. The average rainfall level at this time of year is around 70mm across the whole month, which affects around 10 days of the month to some degree or another. With less rain and lower temperatures, you can easily get in and around the capital much easier, and with plentiful sunshine still. The island is seemingly always sunny and this month sees an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day on average overall.
Of course, sunshine and mild temperatures mean beach time. The average sea temperature is around 25°C across the month, with plentiful water-sports and diving opportunities to be had.
Where to Stay
Nassau is full of top class hotels, plenty of which boast five star luxury; one of those is The Reef at Atlantis Hotel. This is literal paradise, and extremely sophisticated. Perfect for a honeymoon or a break in heaven, this hotel is situated on the beach front, and offers suites or penthouses with balconies that overlook the impossible blue of the water or harbour.
Alternatively, Breezes Resort Bahamas is another top class choice.
This particular hotel is adults only, with only guests over 14 years permitted. Located on Cable Beach, all rooms overlook the water. The all inclusive basis means you can eat and drink to your heart's content, and the full spa means you can truly kick back and relax.
If you want something with a little less of a price tag, how about Comfort Suites Paradise Island Bahama Hotel? This offers comfort and style for much less money, and is still perfectly located, with a large outdoor pool, restaurant, bar, and comfortable rooms.
Hit the beach
Nassau has several beaches, many of which are uncrowded, as there are so many to choose from. The large beachfront hotels all have private stretches, where you will find sunloungers and attractions, but the quieter stretches are great for relaxing. Cabbage Beach is one of the most famous in the area; this is a stunning white sand beach, with translucent blue sea, surrounded by thick, green vegetation.
Restaurants & Nightlife
Most of the restaurants in Nassau certainly offer quality, but are laid-back too. Café Matisse is one of these laid-back, quality restaurants, and one which caters for many different dietary requirements too. Mainly serving European dishes, such as Italian, there is a large menu to choose from, and the restaurant itself is located in an old house, with pretty gardens if you prefer to sit outside. On a separate note, the wine list is extensive. Athena Café and Bar is another great option, serving European and Greek dishes. The cocktails are amazing, and the view is simply stunning too.
For something a little more traditional, give Lukka Kairi Restaurant and Bar a try. Here you can sample authentic Bahamian dishes, with many sea food options to try. The lobster here comes highly recommended, with a truly laid-back Caribbean vibe to the whole establishment.
What to Do
Most of the activities in The Bahamas are certainly water-based, and considering this is a hot and sunny island, the water will give you a welcome cool down! Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island is a great day out for all the family, with large pools and water slides. There is an aquarium with many different species of marine life to enjoy, and the river rapid is a fun experience a quarter mile long. If you want to chill out and enjoy the sun for a short time, there are many sun-loungers around the water side.
Continuing with the wet theme, Blue Lagoon Island offers some seriously fun days out. Either sit and enjoy the scenery, swinging in a hammock and enjoying a drink and some delicious local food, or enjoy one of the experiences on offer, such as a dolphin swim. This is the ideal place to get away from every day life, and you truly will feel as though you have been castaway. The Segway Safari Tour is a great experience; you are transported to a private island on a 30 minutes' boat tour, and then you are set free to explore on Segway, with the help of a private guide.
A boat trip should also be considered, and Powerboat Adventures takes you on various different trips around the coastline. The speed boat tours are fantastic and great for letting off some steam, screaming at the top of your lungs – hold on tight!