Famed for its beaches, coral reefs and pastel-coloured British colonial buildings, Nassau is one of the most popular cruise ship ports in the Caribbean. It has long served as the commercial and political hub of the Bahamas, with its harbour protected by Paradise Island.
Things to do in Nassau
Downtown Nassau clusters around Bay Street on the north-east coast of New Providence island, with a vibrant mix of boutiques, street hawkers and Caribbean-inspired restaurants. Peruse the duty-free shops and be sure to visit the interactive Pirates of Nassau Museum that will transport you to an 18th-century pirate haven.
A popular day trip from Nassau is to the idyllic Blue Lagoon Island, just a short boat ride from the Downtown area. Get up close to dolphins and sea lions in the island’s marine mammal facility, snorkel in the crystal clear lagoon or just relax in one of the hammocks strung between the palm trees.
Don’t miss a visit to Paradise Island, just across the harbour from Nassau and home to the iconic Atlantis Resort. Cool off at its ever-popular water park, stroll around the multi-terraced Versailles Garden and go shopping at the upmarket Marina Village.
Want to learn about the history of the Bahamas? Climb the 66 steps of the Queen’s Staircase to take in the panoramic views from Fort Fincastle. The steps were cut into solid limestone by slaves in the late 18th century and renamed in honour of Queen Victoria for her role in abolishing slavery.
Getting around Nassau
Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport in the Bahamas and located 20 minutes’drive west of Downtown Nassau. Minibuses known as jitneys travel around New Providence Island, while water taxis make the short trip to Paradise Island.