Although it’s just moments away from some of the world’s most tranquil beaches, there’s plenty of hustle and bustle to Nassau. It’s been the preferred crossroads for pirates over the centuries, after all! Today you can enjoy all the charms of the Bahamas from this central port, whether you choose to pass your time shopping for souvenirs in the Straw Market or exploring the pretty pastel colonial architecture in the city’s stately squares. Get away from it all in the island’s famous resorts, or get out into the crystal-clear waters to try your hand at snorkelling with rainbow-coloured fish.
Inland hills give way to sandy beaches in Nassau, positioned on the island of New Providence. It’s chock-a-block with sights sure to delight history buffs and beach bums alike. Take a stroll down Bay Street to shop for duty-free goodies, or hop aboard a water taxi to enjoy the recreational outlets at Paradise Island with its famous Atlantis Resort and Dolphin Cove. The Bahamas are home to some of the world’s best snorkelling, with coral reefs and shipwrecks lurking below the surface. See colonial architecture in Rawson Square with its pink-tinged Government House, or have a wander around the stately stone walls of Fort Fincastle.
Ships dock at the Prince George Wharf, which provides super-simple access to downtown Nassau! There’s a Festival Place Welcome Centre that you’ll walk through as you leave the ship, where you can book a taxi or tour. Tour buses are stationed at the water fountains in front of the Welcome Centre, with taxi ranks just to the right. All official taxis are clearly marked with yellow license plates, and you can also take advantage of the Nassau Water Taxi to get to Paradise Island. Are you in search of a more unusual way to get about? Horse-drawn carriages will take you around the downtown area from Rawson Square.
Nassau’s a top choice for those in search of a little bit of winter sunshine or a fun-filled spring break. You can top up your tan between the months of December and April, the port’s peak season. The winter offers warm, sunny and dry weather conditions, but you’ll pay a bit more for visits during the high season and beaches are filled with fellow holiday-makers. Summer’s another great option, although you could face the occasional shower or two. Take care to check the forecast if visiting during the hurricane season, which ranges from July to October in the Bahamas!
There are roughly 700 islands along with thousands of cays to explore in the Bahamas, each with its own tropical paradise vibe and unique wildlife. A one-of-a-kind highlight to put on your to-do list is swimming with the wild pigs in Exuma. These friendly pigs love to swim in the warm waters on Big Major Cay, so pay them a visit!
Bahamian cuisine features plenty of fresh seafood and tasty produce. Don’t miss the chance to try local delicacies like conch chowder, baked crabs, Johnny Cakes and peas n’ rice. Rum punch is a tasty cocktail served all over the islands, or you can opt for non-alcoholic coconut water to quench your thirst.
Visitors can buy a day pass to Nassau’s Atlantis Resort, with its Aquaventure Water Park featuring dozens of swimming areas, wave pools, and heart-pounding waterslides galore. You’ll also be able to explore the resort’s exotic aquariums, including the sharks of the Predator Lagoon.
Do you want to get up close with the real-live Pirates of the Caribbean? Visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum to learn more about the history of pirating in the Bahamas, with interactive displays, energetic actors and a replica pirate ship.