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Welcome to Nassau

The sleepy, sandy pace of the Bahamas beaches recede in Nassau, the island nation’s only city. Travelers will find a bustling Caribbean port—once a haven for pirates searching for treasures, it's now a center for shopping and business. City tours offer insights into the historical and cultural highlights of this city on the sea, including stops at Fort Charlotte, Fort Fincastle, Ardastra Gardens, and the Government House. Climb down the famous Queen's staircase and stop by the perennially popular Straw Market and Arawak Cay to purchase locally made straw goods and other souvenirs to take home. Since Nassau is a deep-water port, it’s a popular cruise ship destination. Passengers disembark onto Bay Street, where you can select a tour to explore the island, or head straight to Junkanoo or Cabbage beach to enjoy the island’s aqua waters by snorkeling and swimming or revving up with parasailing, jet skiing, or underwater SUB adventures (which let you view the marine life without getting your hair wet). Explore the mostly flat island by bicycle or scooter, or simply eat your way around town: conch fritters, island-sourced spices, and barbecue are favorites. Nassau is also a top jumping-off point for deep-sea fishing charters and day trips to smaller Bahamian islands such as Pearl Island, Rose Island, or Exuma, all known for their pristine sands.

Top attractions in Nassau for Spring

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Rose Island

Rose Island

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Rose Island is an idyllic private getaway off the coast of Nassau. Home to a coral reef and a lone beach bar, this tiny, tropical islet offers an exclusive setting for snorkeling and sunbathing on an 11-mile (18-kilometer) stretch of uninhabited, privately owned Bahamian beach.More
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Government House

Government House

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Built in 1801 on an estate on top of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House is often considered the best example of Georgian Colonial architecture in all of the West Indies. The mansion is painted a vibrant pink with a bright white trim (a nod to Nassau’s famous conch shells) and is the residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas.More
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Queen's Staircase

Queen's Staircase

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The Queen’s Staircase, one of Nassau’s most visited attractions, holds an important place in Bahamian cultural history. Around 1793, slaves carved this 102-foot (31-meter) staircase, comprised of 65 steps, out of solid limestone. Later it was named in honor of Queen Victoria’s 65-year reign and her role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.More
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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is British-colonial era Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Built in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views of Paradise Island, Nassau, and the harbor. You can also see hidden underground passages, a dry moat, remote dungeons; and even canons, which have never been fired in battle.More
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Fort Fincastle

Fort Fincastle

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Overlooking the city of Nassau from its vantage point atop Bennett’s Hill, Fort Fincastle was built in 1793 to protect the island of New Providence from outside invaders. Much of the imposing building remains intact today. Visitors come to explore the fortifications and enjoy the view from the highest point in Nassau.More
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Arawak Cay

Arawak Cay

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The evening fish fry is a much-loved tradition across many Caribbean islands, and Arawak Cay in Nassau, Bahamas, brings the custom to life. Find colorful huts selling fresh fish dishes, such as conch salad and lobster, along with vendors making tropical cocktails, and there’s often live music, too.More
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Cable Beach

Cable Beach

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Famous for its golden sands, the Bahamas' Cable Beach is a popular water sports and lolling destination for visitors to New Providence Island. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) stretch of idyllic beach is home to several massive resorts—including the Atlantis on nearby Paradise Island—each with their own claim staked in the sand.More
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National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

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For a real taste of Bahamian culture, head to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) in Nassau. Housed in a classic 19th-century colonial-style building known as Villa Doyle in the center of town, the gallery displays paintings, sculptures, and other pieces by local artists from the 1850s to the present day.More
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Pirates of Nassau

Pirates of Nassau

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Grab your eye patch and peg leg to delve into one of the most infamous aspects of Caribbean history. At the Pirates of Nassau museum, you can discover Nassau’s history as an 18th-century pirate base through replica ships and exhibits. The city was once considered home to the world's largest concentration of swashbuckling seafarers.More
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Straw Market

Straw Market

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The traditional craft of straw working is an integral part of Bahamian culture and industry. Each island has its own distinctive braiding style that locals use to create beautiful straw hats, baskets, and other goods. The Straw Market on Nassau is the ultimate place to pick up these traditional Bahamian souvenirs.More
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Blue Lagoon Island

Blue Lagoon Island

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With its stretch of white sands fringed by coconut palm trees and a lush rain forest, Blue Lagoon Island—or Salt Cay—offers an idyllic escape from the crowds of Nassau and has everything you'd expect from a tropical island. Bring the whole family along for some fun in the sun, or take it easy for a day of pure beachy bliss on Blue Lagoon Island Beach.More
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Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise Island

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The Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the ultimate resort and water park. Accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to villas and condos to the Bridge Suite (once ranked the world’s most expensive hotel suite). And even if you’re not a hotel guest, you can still enjoy some of the resort’s amenities, such as Dolphin Cay.More
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Parliament Square

Parliament Square

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The island of Nassau is the seat of the Bahamian government and the four bubblegum pink buildings that house its key branches lend a distinct island vibe to what’s known as Parliament Square. The pastel Georgian-style buildings of the Supreme Court, the Public Library and Museum, and the Houses of Parliament surround the square—where a statue honoring Queen Victoria stands.More
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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre

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With tropical birds, lemurs, jaguars, iguanas, and more, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre in Nassau is educational fun for the entire family. The zoo is also home to a marching flamingo show, where the salmon-colored birds show off their marching skills, and popular lory and other animal feedings.More
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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

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The Gothic-style Christ Church Cathedral has a brilliant white stone tower, vaulted mahogany ceilings and altar, and truly special handmade stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Built in 1841, the present structure is the fifth church that has occupied this spot embellished with memorial plaques from the 1800s illustrating the history of Nassau’s residents.More

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Top activities in Nassau

Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
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Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

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Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

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Exuma Full-day Experience

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Pearl Island Escape with Snorkeling Experience and Lunch
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Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

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Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch from Nassau
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Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

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One of the best tours!
Dianne_B, Apr 2022
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
We were able to see everything we had hoped to see - and more!
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Totally recommend taking...
boogiesmom2007, Mar 2022
6-Seater road ready Buggy/Jeep Rental with Bluetooth speakers
Helpful staff with directions and points of interest to see in Nassau.
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Excellent experience
Sedat_S, Mar 2022
Luxury Escalade Cadillac Private Roundtrip Transportation
The driver was there when we arrived, gave a lot of information regarding attractions in Nassau, and was very pleasant!
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Dont Miss this Tour to Rose Island
Glen_M, Mar 2022
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
BEAUTIFUL secluded Beach NOT Crowded, BEST Place to visit in Nassau WE WILL BE BACK !!!!
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Able to see the...
Walter_F, Mar 2022
Dilly Dally Walking Tour of Nassau
Able to see the highlights of Nassau in about 3 hours.
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Fun & Historical ATV Tour
Erika_S, Feb 2022
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with free pickup,drop off)
Convenient way to see Nassau.
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Nassau Car Service
Shane_G, Jan 2022
RoundTrip Transport From Airport to Atlantis, Warwick, Comfort Suites, RIU, P.I
Our driver was excellent - he gave us a nice history of Nassau and recommended places to see or things to try.
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So fun!! Money well spent!
Sharon_F, Dec 2021
Fun Buggy Rentals (Hotels, Cruise Port, AirBnB Free Pickup & Drop off)
It was a great way to see Nassau and be directing our own experience.
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Very enjoyable.
Ngaire_D, Dec 2021
Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure
A great way to see a bit of Nassau.
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Top Notch Equipment and Excellent Experience for Couples or the Family
Ronald_C, May 2022
6-Seater road ready Buggy/Jeep Rental with Bluetooth speakers
We were able to see some of the sites at our own pace and go where we wanted.
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Give time and enjoy
Chelsea_S, Apr 2022
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
There was a lot of walking through the town so we got to see more "true" nassau and not just the tourist trap strip.
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Best Experience Ever but Be Ware of Airline Choice
Chih_K, Apr 2022
Intimate Pig Beach Excursion to Exuma Swimming Pigs has 7 Stops & Flight Options
I had a day trip from Nassau to Exuma for this booking, loved the short and smooth plane ride, the tour guide was amazing, he is very knowledgeable and def engaging all activities with us and answering all questions we have!!
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Fun day on the beach for our family!
Melissa_S, Mar 2022
Bahama Kayak Full Day Water Sports Package at Junkanoo Beach
This wasn't a huge deal, as we had planned to take advantage of the water activities.
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Fantastic experience (detailed review)
Melissa_H, Feb 2022
Swimming Pigs & Tour - Morning Excursion
They told us the proper way to feed them and what to do if you ran out of food.
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Great time at the beach!!
Karl_N, Jan 2022
Morning Pig Encounter - Pigs can’t fly, but they do swim!
Lunch was good, the drinks were delicious…so many activities to choose from.
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Wonderful Island Tour with a Local
Julia_T, May 2021
At YOUR Pace Private Tours - Nassau, Bahamas
More than a tour, she really showed us her island and allowed us to see it in a way that only a local can show you.
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A must do in Nassau
Erin_C, Feb 2020
Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour
I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who’s looking for a fun way to see Nassau with delicious rum and good times 😊
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Great tour with amazing tour guides
Shelby_M, Feb 2020
Nassau Food and History Bus Tour
Amazing experience if you want to see what Nassau has to offer.
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Great time!!
Holly_W, Feb 2020
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with free pickup,drop off)
Best way to see the sights in Nassau!!
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Wonderful Day Trip
Megan_H, Jun 2019
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
The activities were super fun and the beaches were beautiful.
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