Nassau

  • Nassau, Bahamas
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  • Nassau is not only the capital of the Bahamas but it is also the largest city in the archipelago.
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  • This bridge links Nassau to Paradise Island.
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  • Nassau's city centre is composed of buildings boasting colonial architecture.
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  • The city is dotted with colourful buildings.
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  • The capital is bordered by clear waters.
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  • Despite welcoming a relatively high number of boats, the Port of Nassau boasts idyllic water.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Bahamas

Nassau, the capital of New Providence, is the compulsory stopover point for most tourists visiting the Bahamas islands. An active and flourishing city, here you will find casinos, banks and shops, as well as a port full of cruise ships that set down hoards of tourists daily. The city is not very big, and after having done some shopping on Bay Street or at the Straw Market, you can drive along its streets bordered by colonial villas in a horse-drawn carriage. Go see the changing of the guard in front of the governmental palace (Duke Street), which takes place every Saturday morning at 10:00am. Visit the exhibition on the Junkanoo on the Prince George jetty (65p from 9:00am to 5:30pm). Explore Fort Fincastle. Built in 1789, its tower rises nearly 70m above sea level and offers the highest vantage point of the whole island.

Even though it only covers 144 miČ, the island is home to 2/3 of the population which is mostly concentrated around Nassau. A friendly-sized city, the capital still has many colonial houses and relics telling of its British past. It also offers a strange mix of American-style mercantilism, an English atmosphere, and a tropical nonchalance. A quick visit of the city, including the main street, Bay Street, that is plagued by passengers on cruise ships who regularly come here to visit for the day, is all you'll need. The island of New Providence is not only unavoidable from a practical point of view (its international airport serves as a hub for the company Bahamasair) but also because it is home to some beautiful beaches and attractions that are worth seeing, including Cable Beach (the local 'Riviera'), a long beach lined with hotels. To the east of the capital, linked by a bridge that you have to pay to cross, lies the small Paradise Island, where one of the most spectacular hotels in the world, the Atlantis, is located. This impressive construction with 2,300 guest rooms has many aquatic attractions (parks, slides, marinas) but most importantly the largest tropical aquarium in the world that you can visit without having to be a guest at the hotel.

Nassau: what to do?

Like in the Out Islands, water activities are very popular in New Providence and Paradise Island: diving, big-game fishing, snorkelling, sailing and many more. Take some time to visit the Straw Market, a basketry market where you can barter.

Nassau. A friendly-sized city, the capital still has many colonial houses and relics telling of its British past. There are also many museums to discover, such as the one with devoted to the masks and costumes of Junkanoo, or the Pirates Museum, the Bahamas Historical Museum and the Pompey Museum. The Pompey Museum tells the story of slavery and emancipation. Then there's also the National Art Gallery.

  • A large choice of hotels.
  • There are many possible activities.
  • Beautiful beaches: Cable Beach and Paradise Island.
  • The hotels that seem to have been designed for mass tourism.
  • The location attracts a lot of tourists.

Reminders

Bring good sunscreen or a t-shirt for swimming and deep-sea diving. The sun is strong.

To avoid

If you are travelling around, there is no need to spend more than a couple of days in New Providence and Paradise Island.

Nassau: what to eat?

Consisting of pork cooked with onions, celery, tomatoes, rice and peas, Peas'n Rice is the national dish. There is also a lot of fish to enjoy, including conch, which is without a doubt the most served variety here.

Nassau: what to buy?

Basketry items. You can also find bargains on international products. Jewellery, watches, perfumes, clothes, photographic apparatus and decorative items can be 10 to 40% less expensive.

Nassau Reviewedhotels
  • 8.85 /10
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    Graycliff
    Nassau - Bahamas
    Hotel Hotel 0 Etoile(s)

    Take the only restaurant with 5 * in the Caribbean, one of the ...

  • 7.5 /10
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    British Colonial Hilton
    Nassau - Bahamas
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Located in the heart of Nassau, the British Colonial Hilton was ...

  • 7.45 /10
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    Compass Point
    Nassau - Bahamas
    Hotel Hotel 0 Etoile(s)

    Located to the north-east of New Providence, this charming hotel ...

  • 7.45 /10
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    Marley Resort and Spa
    Nassau - Bahamas
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    As its name suggests, a stay at the Marley Resort and Spa is ...

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