Get ready for excitement in a town that’s bustling with jitneys, street vendors and cruise-ship docks. Here you'll find a great mix of shopping, historical sites and outdoor water activities. You can get your shop on at the several duty-free shops here (they sell everything from upscale items to trinkets to rum cake). Or, you can head east if you want to take in some of the more historic sites like Fort Fincastle, Pirates of Nassau or the Queen’s Staircase. If you want to slow down and relax in the great outdoors, you can get back to nature with places like the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, or Cable Beach, which has plenty of underwater experiences to choose from, including dolphins, diving and glass-bottom boats. There’s something for just about everyone in Nassau. Just make sure you have more than one day to see it all!
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Mapping out the Bahamas
With over 700 islands and 2,000 cays sprinkled across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas can be kind of confusing without a guide. Lucky for you, we've got you covered.
The most popular islands you've probably heard of are New Providence, home to Nassau and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama Island.
However, there are numerous other small islands that make up the Bahamas, and they're typically known as the Out Islands. These beautiful, more pristine islands are true gems in the Caribbean. The most popular tourist region in the Out Islands is the Abacos. But whether you stay on the mainlands or adventure to the Out Islands, you'll love every minute in the Bahamas.
A Hotel with a History
Want to trek where pirates once trod? You can do that at The British Colonial Hilton.
It's much more than just a hotel – you see, it was built on the site of Old Fort Nassau, which used to be the home of the notorious English pirate, Blackbeard.
In fact, you can still see remnants of the old fort walls! They've been carefully preserved on the hotel grounds. Just imagine, you could book a room here and be sleeping right where Blackbeard walked over 300 years ago!
Play for a Day at Pirates of Nassau Museum
Whether you're a kid or an adult, you'll enjoy this trip back in time to a world of swashbuckling pirates and gold doubloons.
Travel back to the Golden Age of Piracy when the Bahamas was a haven and a notorious place for pirates, rogues and wild women. You can do that all at the popular Pirates of Nassau Museum.
Now, you can see just what Blackbeard and Annie Bonny were like at this family-friendly and engaging interactive museum.
Explore the Sea in the Seaworld Explorer
Now you can live out your dreams of boarding a submarine and exploring the ocean depths! Even better, this semi-submarine is a lot safer than a regular submarine, and you don’t have to worry about popping your ears when you go down.
You'll descend about five feet into the ocean before you start enjoying your ride in this mobile underwater observatory.
Along the way, you can spot all varieties of colorful coral and teems of tropical fish swimming by. Now you can explore the ocean in comfort without even getting your feet wet!
Shop ‘til You Drop at Rawson Square/Bay Street
Welcome to Nassau's main thoroughfare and home to all the biggest names in fashion!
Here you can find an awesome assortment of independent shops selling everything from fine jewels to upscale dinnerware to seashell-encrusted décor.
You could spend hours here just perusing the shops. And when you’re ready to leave, you don’t have to look any further to find the perfect memento to take home as a reminder of your stay in the Bahamas.
Everything You Can Dream of at Cable Beach
You'll love strolling this beach - there's so much to see and do! You've got restaurants, hotels, a casino, and opportunities to do just about any watersport you can think of. It’s no surprise that Cable Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Bahamas!
Try your hand at the slots, grab a delicious lunch, relax in a spa, or head outside to snorkel, dive, fish or just work on your tan.
There’s plenty for everyone to do on this four-mile paradise of white sand.
Nassau Quick Facts
120 volts AC; American appliances are fully compatible
All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from the Bahamas.
Water is safe for drinking
Eastern Standard Time (UTC/GMT -4 hours)
December to May