Clifton Heritage National Park, Nassau

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Explore Clifton Heritage National Park to learn about the cultural heritage of this area and the people who shaped its history over the ages. Discover the diverse ecosystems of the park by walking along cliffs, coastal wetlands, dunes, and coral beaches. Snorkel or scuba dive in the clear turquoise waters and observe the "Coral Reef Sculpture Garden." Have a picnic in the park surrounded by songbirds, wading birds, seabirds, and various other animals. Wear footwear appropriate for rugged terrain. Using our international travel planner, Nassau attractions like Clifton Heritage National Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We booked the full tour through our hotel concierge, even though we really just wanted to go snorkeling. (The price of a round trip cab would have been the same as the tour so we figured what the heck...  more »
  • We took a taxi to the park and did our own exploring, just paying the basic entry fee. We visited the African Slave village and Great House areas, then headed round to see the Sacred Space statues. Af...  more »
  • We we only able to spend about 30 minutes here as out buggy rental had to be returned..but will be back for the guided tours in December when we return to Nassau!  more »
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  • The park is still recovering from a storm. The snorkeling tour and the Slave village tours are interesting and fun. The 4 wheeler ATV tour created a mess, very dirty and dusty, not for me. The employees are excellent. Package included tours, time on the beach, lunch, and taxis. I recommend this, enjoyed it for sure. Once things are back in order, this should be 4 star rating.
  • Recommended to us by our cab driver we took the trip from downtown Nassau. While the distance is great, especially if you going by cab, it is worth all effort. This park, in contrast to the resort beaches, belongs to the locals who painstakingly are working on its development. Once there you're apart from the noise of traffic and crowds surrounded only by nature. We were the only ones on the beach which is as beautiful and pristine as you'd expect. If you choose to do so the park staff will drive you to the beach and bring you home cooked lunch. On site there are historical ruins, snorkeling around one of the largest underwater statue gardens and old holy sites. We saw the park in January and the recent hurricane is still very evident as is the ongoing work. Yet, none of this took away from the peace once you're on the beach.
  • There was hurricane damage when we went so the park wasn't exactly hikeable. You have to pay for everything, whether you want to drive through, walk, swim, or snorkel, with or without gear, with or without hurricane damage. There are prices for everything and the receptionist makes sure you know that. The maps they give out are pixellated black and white photocopies, you'd be better off downloading one online and bringing it in. Overall it seems like a tourist trap/money-making outfit that is badly managed and maintained, which is a shame since they're on a pretty prime chunk of the Nassau coast. The "park rangers" are random people in their teens/20s milling about and checking if you have paid the appropriate fees. They do not occupy a fixed station so they may be there when you enter, or they may not. Clifton Heritage Park is big on caprice and chance. If you purchase a swim pass, you are not allowed to snorkel, although I have no idea how they would actually police that - they barely have the manpower to set up proper changing rooms or clear the fallen branches from the road and the "parking lots". It is very clear that the staff's focus is on revenue generation, instead of making the park a beautiful, habitable, hikeable place for everyone to enjoy. That said, it is possible to swim out to the underwater sculpture garden from the beach (a 15 minute swim) and the underwater sculpture garden is quite beautiful! The sunset from Snorkel Beach is also worth the trip. I highly recommend bringing your own gear (life jackets/flippers not necessary) and snorkeling out without a guide. The sculpture garden is marked by buoys and there are usually private charters bringing groups out there to snorkel, so it is easy to spot.
  • We booked an excursion from our cruise ship that was driving us around town then taking us to Clifton. All they talked about was about slavery not ever mentioning the statue or beauty of the beach. This place seems nice, dont book it through the cruise ship.
  • Nassau is only Good for Souvenirs, get them & then head to the South west part of the Island, to Clifton National Park. Great snorkeling at the Sculpture Garden. Peace & Tranquility from the rest of Nassau. Loved it!!!