But I still find Nassau fascinating. I love its natural beauty, colonial architecture and rich history as a pirate haven in the 1700s.
On a brief stopover there last week, my family took a slightly rickety ferry boat from Prince George Wharf across Nassau Harbor to a dock near the mega-resort Atlantis, on neighboring Paradise Island. We spent a few hours traversing the resort grounds, taking dips in the various pools and marveling at the elaborate structures and over-the-top theming.
After cabbing it back to the cruise ship dock, I stole just a moment away from the family to inspect the bronze statue in adjacent Rawson Square sculpted by Randolph Johnston, whose courageous life story is far more intriguing to me than his actual artwork.
Count me as a big fan of Nassau, even though it's become a caricature of itself in some ways. It may be overfamiliar and overdone, but it's still tons of fun.
Here's what I wrote about Nassau almost 20 years ago, for the travel section of the High Point Enterprise.