Our Beautiful Island
Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas and it is located on New Providence Island. With streets lined with beautiful mansions, cathedrals and fortresses dating back to the 18th century, Nassau has a true historical feel. At the same time, this is a vibrant city that has everything a visitor could want and more. Cafes, bars, restaurants and shops line the streets providing plenty of entertainment during a stay in the capital. Just outside Nassau lies Cable Beach, providing two and half miles of stunning white sand to relax on. Whatever the reason for a vacation in Nassau, there is something for everyone, from luxury, high end resorts and hotels to beautiful villa rentals, condos on the golf course and family run hotels. Nassau is sure to delight even the most discerning traveller.
Things To Do
There is something for everyone to do in Nassau. Both land lovers and water babies will thoroughly enjoy their holiday. Diving, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking and sailing in the beautiful clear waters along the city are some of the favored past times along with fantastic golf courses. With many beaches a short distance away, playing in the sand and surf can be enjoyed at a different location every day.
During the last week of each year, the Junkanoo Festival is held in Nassau. This is an energetic and colorful time full of parades and local music. The celebrations often start in the early hours of the morning and are completed by mid-morning when the locals go to rest after the festivities.
If you are looking for authentic arts and crafts made in the Bahamas, the Authentically Bahamian Bay Street Craft Festival is not to be missed. The festival is held every Saturday of the year and allows local craftsmen and artisans to show their wares. Jewelry, woodcarving and other collectible items are all available each week.
Places To Go
Nature lovers and history buffs will be in heaven in Nassau, as there are many landmarks that can be explored. Blue Lagoon Island is a favorite for nature lovers. By travelling by sail boat or motor boat to this island just off Nassau, visitors can interact with the dolphins found there. Also, the botanical gardens provide acres of lush tropical foliage to discover. Bird lovers will be astounded by the many species that visit this part of the island.
The historical and cultural landmarks can provide some insight into what it’s really like to live in the Bahamas. Fort Charlotte is most likely the largest fort in the Bahamas and if you can only pick one historical venue to visit, this is the one. The fort was built in 1788 and covers 100 acres of land including underground passages and buildings. Cable Beach is also home to the Crystal Palace Casino and the Cable Beach golf course. There are many nightclubs in this area as well, providing for plenty of evening entertainment.
Getting Around The Island
Getting around Nassau is relatively easy and there are several options available. Car rental agencies are located at the airport and most major hotels, allowing visitors to discover the island at their own pace. Taxis and buses are also available and travel to most areas of New Providence Island.
Getting To and From The Island
There are many options when it comes to travel to Nassau. Scheduled, commercial flights land daily from Florida and the other islands of the Bahamas. Ferries run between Nassau and the other islands and many cruise ships dock here to allow guests a day trip to the city.
From romantic getaways on a secluded beach to fun-filled family adventures, a holiday in Nassau is everything you could have dreamed of and so much more!
- Local currency – Bahamian dollar (US dollars also accepted)
- Average Temp – Average daytime high of 77 - 88 F
- Visa Needed (from USA) – No
- Latitude and Longitude of principal city – Nassau
- High Season dates – December - April
- Pets Allowed – Yes with permit
- Which side of the road do they drive on – Left
- Amount of airport departure tax - $15 for all passengers over the age of 6
- Don’t miss these events – Junkanoo Festival, Authentically Bahamian Bay Street Craft Festival