Paradise Island

Coordinates: 25°05′N 77°20′W / 25.083°N 77.333°W / 25.083; -77.333
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Paradise Island
Paradise Island Lighthouse, constructed 1817 at the western tip of the island
Paradise Island is located in Bahamas
Paradise Island
Paradise Island
Paradise Island is located in North Atlantic
Paradise Island
Paradise Island
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Coordinates25°05′N 77°20′W / 25.083°N 77.333°W / 25.083; -77.333
ArchipelagoLucayan Archipelago
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Time zone
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Map depicting New Providence Island which is connected to Paradise Island via two bridges. Both islands are within capital city Nassau's harbour.

Paradise Island is an island in The Bahamas formerly known as Hog Island. The island, with an area of 277 hectares (685 acres)[1] (2.8 km2/1.1 sq mi), is located just off the shore of the city of Nassau, which is itself located on the northern edge of the island of New Providence. It is best known for the sprawling resort Atlantis with its extensive water park rides, pools, beach, restaurants, walk-in aquarium and casinos.[2][3][4]

Paradise Island is connected to the island of New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbour. The first was built in 1966 by Resorts International, and the second in the late 1990s.

Recent history[edit]

Purchase by Huntington Hartford and development as a resort[edit]

Huntington Hartford, the A&P supermarket heir, arrived on Hog Island in 1959. Hartford bought Hog Island from Axel Wenner-Gren and changed the name to Paradise Island in 1962. He hired the Palm Beach architect John Volk and built the Ocean Club, Cafe Martinique, Hurricane Hole, the Golf Course, among other island landmarks. He also acquired and installed the Cloisters, a 14th-century French Augustinian monastery originally purchased in Montréjeau[5] and dismantled by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920s. He hired Gary Player to be the golf pro and Pancho Gonzales to be the tennis pro. His opening of Paradise Island in 1962 was covered in Newsweek and Time magazines. He hired the staff from Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc to work off season at the Ocean Club. He had the fireworks for the opening party flown in from the South of France. He had a flag and Paradise Beach was featured on Bahamian three-dollar notes in 1966 (introduced as a close equivalent to the Bahamian Pound, which was replaced at the rate of $1 = £7, so $3 = £21).

Paradise Island Airport[edit]

A small airstrip existed on the island from 1989 to 1999 to serve the resort. Prior to 1989 the airport was a seaplane base with a ramp for aircraft to leave the water. In 1989 a 910-metre (3,000 ft) runway was added to the airport.[6] The airport's codes were: IATA: PID ICAO: MYPI. Both Paradise Island Airlines and Chalk's International Airlines were the main tenants of the airport. US Airways Express also served the airport from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The STOL capable de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprop operated by Paradise Island Airlines as well the Grumman G-73 Mallard amphibian aircraft flown by Chalk's International Airlines both served the airstrip which closed in 1999. The airfield and runway have since been removed and replaced with an 18-hole luxury golf course surrounded by one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods on the island. The area goes by the name "Ocean Club" with property prices as high as 40 million dollars or more.

Development as a gambling resort[edit]

Huntington Hartford met James M. Crosby (1927–1986) through Huntington's bodyguard Sy Alter. Sy Alter met Jim Crosby at the Colony Club in Palm Beach. Huntington Hartford obtained the gambling licence for Paradise Island and included Jim Crosby as an extra investor. Jim Crosby and Jack Davis then formed a company, Resorts International, to continue developing Paradise Island.[7][8]

Paradise Island was purchased in the 1980s for $79 million, then sold to Merv Griffin for $400 million. It was last sold for $125 million to the current owner, Sol Kerzner († March 2020).



Climate data for Paradise Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 25
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 17
Average rainfall mm (inches) 39
Mean monthly sunshine hours 217 232 248 270 279 248 278 279 210 217 210 217 2,905

In popular culture[edit]




  1. ^ "About Nassau/Paradise Island". Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Discover Atlantis Resorts and Residences in Dubai and Atlantis Sanya".
  3. ^ "Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas". @KuoniTravelUK.
  4. ^ "36 Hours in Nassau, the Bahamas". The New York Times. 28 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Informations pratiques". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-02-16. See point 16
  6. ^ "New Planes Help Deliver Visitors To Paradise Island". tribunedigital-sunsentinel.
  7. ^ Adam Bernstein, "Huntington Hartford Lost Millions on Investments", The Washington Post, May 20, 2008.
  8. ^ Block, Alan A. (1998). Masters of Paradise. Transaction Publishers. p. 68. ISBN 1-56000-971-3.


  • Block, Alan A. (1998). Masters of Paradise. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers. ISBN 1-56000-971-3.

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