A tropical metropolis, Nassau, the capital city is always buzzing with nightlife, festivals, and excitement. Get loose, break-free, have fun. No one is watching.
7 miles wide / 21 miles long
55 min. flight from Florida.
Luxury resorts & casinos
Championship golf courses
Lynden Pindling Int’l Airport
What Makes Nassau Unique
Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is located on 21-mile-long New Providence, our 11th largest island. Nassau’s main harbor is protected by Paradise Island. The harbor attracted settlers in the early days, particularly pirates. In fact, Nassau’s population consisted mainly of pirates until 1718, when The Bahamas first Royal Governor, Woodes Rogers expelled them, restored order and built Fort Nassau. The Bahamas for centuries adopted Rogers’ motto, “Expulsis Piratis, Restituta Commercia,” which means, “Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored.” Now, 212,000 people call New Providence Island home, with a large portion of them residing in Nassau.
With so many stretches of beautiful beaches—and miles upon miles of powdery white sands as soft as fine sugar—there’s always a perfect place for you to lie back, relax and enjoy in The Bahamas. And with sunshine 300 days a year and water temperatures averaging 80 degrees, there’s almost always a gorgeous day of sun and fun waiting for you on Nassau Paradise Island.
From Pirates of The Caribbean to James Bond’s Casino Royale and Thunderball: Nassau’s long stretches of sugar-fine white sand and warm azure waters have appeared as the gorgeous backdrop to some of the most iconic films in the world.
In fact, our beaches and waters are truly out of this world! Just ask Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who when asked about his “spaceship’s-eye” views from the International Space Station, said, “The most beautiful to me are The Bahamas, the vast glowing reefs of every shade of blue that exists.”
Many of our renowned resorts and intimate hideaways are beachfront properties or situated just a short stroll away from the beach. So no matter where you’re staying with us in Nassau, it’s mere minutes before you’ll be wiggling your toes in the sand and frolicking in warm, multi-hued turquoise waters as far as the eye can see.
Walk through our calm, shallow waters, snorkel right from the beach or explore our colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. Be sure to pack your sunglasses, because every day is brilliant when you’re at a beach in The Bahamas!
Sunbathing & People Watching
Nassau (and Paradise Island) is the place to be for anyone who loves the sun, sand and sea. It’s also a fantastic place for people watching, with visitors from all over the world enjoying fun in the sun, including Beyoncé and Jay Z, Michael Bublé, Alicia Keys, Bill Clinton, Taylor Swift, Claire Danes and professional athletes like Michael Jordan and John Elway.
Deep historical character and beauty
Nassau, capital city of The Bahamas, lying on New Providence Island, the neighbour of Paradise Island, is both captivatingly old and new. This island pair maintains a distinct blend of international 21st century glamour, old-world charm and tropical ease, giving holidaymakers the freedom to do everything – or simply relax and do nothing at all on their visit to Nassau & Paradise Island.
Soak up the sights and sounds
Venture into the historic heart of Nassau, and you’ll discover this thriving commercial center retains pretty much all of its colonial heritage and appeal. You can admire the Georgian architecture, pastel-colored wooden shops and offices scattered along lively Bay Street; hire a horse-drawn cart – called a surrey – and take a leisurely tour of old Nassau while your driver regales you with the local folklore. Check out the numerous ancient sites, forts and the hand-carved Queen’s Staircase with its awesome vistas of Nassau, Paradise Island & Bahamas views beyond.
Delve into Nassau’s history and art
If you want to step back through the centuries in Nassau you can wander along to the Pompey Museum and take a good, long look at the display of artefacts, documents and drawings. For a more modern glimpse of Nassau & Paradise Island Bahamas art you won’t want to miss the contemporary Bahamian art galleries and the cultural Junkanoo museum tour either.
Shopping and sporting in Nassau & Paradise Island
When you fancy getting active Nassau offers a plethora of sports to entertain the whole family – including golf, Bahamas diving, tennis and squash. With duty free savings on famous brands passed on to shoppers in many stores, shopping in and around Nassau or Paradise Island is a delight. Souvenir hunters will enjoy the unique selection in the Straw Market; this is the one place on the island where you are free to haggle with the vendors – in fact, it’s expected.
Where the action is…
From unmissable bargains to unforgettable beaches, take a walk along the fabulously colourful ‘Bahamian Riviera’, Cable Beach. Only three miles west of the city and easily accessible by bus or taxi, this magnificent stretch of exclusive resorts and homes on two and a half miles of golden sand is also the focus of Nassau & Paradise Island’s Bahamas-style vibrant nightlife. Nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, and even a casino, are all just a short stroll away from each other.
Giving shelter through the ages
Nassau’s stunning natural harbour lies on the 33-km-long island of New Providence. Protected for a 4 km stretch by Paradise Island, this sheltered harbour has attracted settlers to Nassau and Paradise Island since long before the British colonists left Eleuthera and arrived in New Providence in the late 1600s.
Government House, located on a 10 acre estate, stands on Mount Fitzwilliam and is the official residence of the Governor General of The Bahamas. It dates back to 1801 and this imposing pink and white building on Duke Street is an excellent example of the mingling of Bahamian-British and American Colonial architecture. The graceful columns and broad, circular driveway recall the styles of Virginia and the Carolinas. In front of the building is the statue of Christopher Columbus. This statue was imported from London in 1830 by Governor James Carmichael Smythe in honour of Columbus’ Landfall at San Salvador in 1492.
Formerly called Vendue House, Pompey Museum is named for courageous slave, Pompey, from The Exumas. Built sometime before 1769, it became a museum in 1992, and houses a permanent exhibit dedicated to the African experience in The Bahamas.
Clifton Heritage National Park
At Clifton Heritage National Park you can find remnants of the historical and cultural legacy of three important groups that had an impact on the country: the Lucayans, the Loyalists and Africans. Managed by the Clifton Heritage Authority, Clifton Heritage Park was established in June 2004 to preserve this important area for the use and benefit of the people of The Bahamas.
The Legendary Blackbeard
Legendary pirate, Blackbeard (Edward Teach), impacted Nassau’s history. The British Colonial Hilton is built on the site of his former residence, Old Fort Nassau (circa 1697). A replica of the well that supplied his water is on the property.
The Retreat Gardens
The Retreat Gardens is an 11-acre property that houses one of the largest private collections of rare and exotic palms in the world—about 170 species. It is one of four national parks in New Providence and headquarters of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT).
Historic Heritage Sites
New Providence is home to Gambier, Adelaide, and Fox Hill—three historic villages settled by liberated slaves in the 1800s. Fox Hill is one of the oldest Bahamian villages in The Bahamas and its residents are called “Fox Hillians.” The township’s name is derived from Samuel Fox, an Enslaved African who was freed and granted 23.5 acres of land at Creek Village in 1801. The villages still maintain their rich African heritage and culture and sightseeing tours can be arranged by appointment.
Fox Hill Park by Jeremy Lavender Photography
The buildings in Parliament Square were constructed in 1815 by the Loyalists. They are modeled after buildings that are found in New Bern, the old capital of North Carolina. These flamingo-pink government buildings are excellent examples of the colonial architecture of old Nassau. The building to the right is the House of Assembly where parliamentary meetings are held. The Senate meets upstairs in the center building and the building to the left houses the office of the Leader of the Opposition. Queen Victoria’s Statue, erected in 1905 from funds donated by the public who held her in high esteem, is in the front of the Senate building.
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The Queen’s Staircase
The Queen’s Staircase, commonly referred to as the 66 steps, is a major landmark that is located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau. It was hewn out of solid limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794 and it is said that it provided a direct route from Fort Fincastle to Nassau City. These steps were later named in honour of Queen Victoria, who reigned in Britain for 64 years from 1837 to 1901. There are only 65 steps visible because the pathway that leads to the steps was paved and the bottom step is buried under the asphalt. Great photo opportunity.
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Fish Fry at Arawak Cay
Arawak Cay offers the authentic atmosphere of the Bahamian Fish Fry with vendors selling made to order conch salad, fried fish and other Bahamian dishes. Arawak Cay was artificially built from the sand when the harbor was dredged in 1969.There is a Police Station, a storytelling porch for special events, an old Bahamian rock oven, an open stage and an open grassy area with seating for the audience where concerts and other productions are held. Sunday nights is when the majority of locals can be seen at Arawak Cay or Fish Fry as the locals would say. Dress: Casual
Visit Fort Charlotte
If you have time to visit only one fort, see this one. It is by far the largest and covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbor, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, Nassau and the harbour. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore the fort was named after the wife of King George III, Queen Saharia Charlotte. The middle bastion, Ft. Stanley and the western portion, Ft. D’Arcy were added later. This fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression.
Explore Fort Fincastle
The Fort was constructed of cut limestone c. 1793 and strategically placed atop Bennet’s Hill to protect historic Nassau town and harbour; it was built under the governorship of John Murray, also called Viscount Fincastle, in the shape of a paddle-wheel steamer. Daily guided tours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations appreciated.
Discover Fort Montagu
Built in 1741 of local limestone, Fort Montagu is the oldest fort still standing on the island of New Providence. It is at the eastern end of Nassau harbour along the waterfront. Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no admission charge.
If you love to shop, then you’ll love the huge variety of local shops and luxury boutiques in downtown Nassau.
Snorkeling & Diving »
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No matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s a delicious array of dining options for you on Nassau.
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