There are few experiences more relaxing than a beach day in the Caribbean, but that tropical sun can get hot sometimes. At one point or another, you’re going to crave a refreshing ice cream in the Bahamas. But you don’t want just any ice cream parlor — you’re a discerning traveler who wants only the best. Here some particular favorites to seek out:
Main Street Ice Cream Parlor, Nassau
Make your way through the tropical knickknacks and souvenirs lining the walls of a gift shop before you find yourself at Main Street Ice Cream Parlor. Scan the list of your favorite Edy’s Ice Cream flavors. If you’re in the mood for something unique and local, treat yourself to the parlor’s rum cake sundae, which pairs homemade Bahamian rum cake with ice cream and all the fixin’s. Make your way to the wraparound porch and kick back while you satisfy your sweet tooth with delectable bites of your sundae. The view of Bay Street and the harbor are just as satisfying as the spongy bites of cake combined with the cold, sweet ice cream.
Frank’s Ice Cream, Freeport
Sample from nearly three dozen flavors at Frank’s Ice Cream — whether you prefer classic butter pecan or pistachio or are adventurous enough to try the toasted coconut and Bahamian Flag flavors. Listen to rousing gospel music in the background as try to decide between “death by chocolate” and Kahlua almond fudge. Add layers of indulgence by creating your own custom sundae, or keep everything simple with homemade fresh fruit ice pop.
The Sugar Shack, Abaco Islands
Take a break from surfing and venture off the beaten path to the Sugar Shack for some of the best ice cream in the Bahamas. You feel like you are on the front of a postcard when you lazily swing in a rope hammock and lick your own Neapolitan cone with stacks of vanilla bean, Belgian chocolate and fresh strawberry ice cream scoops.
Nana’s Ice Cream, Freeport
When you’re craving something sweet, head to Nana’s Ice Cream in Freeport. Close your eyes and enjoy a delectable ice cream sandwich. Made with homemade cookies like Grandma used to make and accented with sprinkles and chocolate chips, it makes you feel like a kid again. However, you might not be able to resist the sight of the tantalizing “Nana-valanche,” a cup filled with layers of ice cream, your choice of toppings, drizzled caramel, chocolate, or strawberry sauce, and whipped cream.
No matter where you are in the Bahamas or your favorite flavor of ice cream, ordering a cone or dish of your favorite — or a new flavor! — is the perfect way to keep cool beneath the beating Bahamian sun.
Photo courtesy of Ruth Hartnup