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Visit Nassau

Swim in turquoise water and sunbathe on white sand at the capital city of the Bahamas. Learn about the fascinating history that lies beyond the beaches.

With 700 tropical islands scattered around the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas offer a postcard-perfect destination. White-sand beaches and translucent turquoise water attract visitors from around the world. The capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island, is a fascinating cultural hub. Dance to calypso music, savor fried crab or play dominos with locals in the diverse city. Don't leave without also learning about the country's interesting past.

Once a pirate haven, the Bahamas have a colorful history, much of which is centered around Nassau. Go to the Pirates of Nassau Museum to understand the lawless existence of the seafarers who once dominated the Caribbean and the role the British had in driving them from the area. Visit historic buildings such as Parliament House, distinctive because of its pink exterior. Climb the Queen’s Staircase, a set of 65 stone steps that were carved by hand in the late 18th century. The stairs lead to Bennet’s Hill, the tallest point on the island, and were made as a route to and from Fort Fincastle, built in 1793.

Many other attractions are located within the Nassau's Old Town and can be reached on foot. These attractions include The Retreat Garden National Park and the Arawak Cay entertainment precinct, the best place to try the local seafood dishes the Bahamas are known for.

The Bahamas is also famed for its beaches, several within easy reach of Nassau. Cable Beach offers child-friendly swimming conditions and a range of accommodation options. Cabbage Beach, on nearby Paradise Island, is home to many of the Bahamas’ larger resorts, including the iconic Atlantis resort. Here you can spend the day at the Aquaventure water park or the Atlantis Aquarium.

Buses serve other areas of New Providence and Paradise islands. Ferries and charter boats at Nassau harbor go farther afield.

The Bahamas are located just 187 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Miami, and are easily reached by plane and boat. There are more flights to the Bahamas in the winter peak season. Some visitors prefer the slower pace of local life off-season for a relaxed and more affordable tropical getaway.

Where to stay in Nassau

Nassau showing tropical scenes, a beach and swimming

Downtown Nassau

3/5(6 area reviews)

Downtown Nassau is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Fort Fincastle and Straw Market while you're in town.

Downtown Nassau
Westward Villas Subdivision, Nassau, Bahamas
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Westward Villas Subdivision

While Westward Villas Subdivision may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Cable Beach and Fort Fincastle.

Westward Villas Subdivision
Lyford Cay, Nassau, Bahamas
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Lyford Cay

Lyford Cay might not have many top sights, but South Ocean and Love Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Lyford Cay
Jubilee Subdivision, Nassau, Bahamas
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Jubilee Subdivision

While Jubilee Subdivision may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Cable Beach and Fort Fincastle.

Jubilee Subdivision

Top hotels in Nassau

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
£259
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Cat Cay and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cable Beach. Saunders Beach and Lake ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,242 reviews)

"The property was huge and all staff were welcoming and helpful. Great place to stay and relaxing vibes."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Breezes Resort Bahamas All Inclusive
Breezes Resort Bahamas All Inclusive
3 out of 5
West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau, New Providence
£275
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2

Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center and Queen Elizabeth ...

3.6/5Good! (2,823 reviews)

"The entertainment staff Mario was excellent. The bar staff Carl and Lakeisha courtesy was excellent"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2019

Breezes Resort Bahamas All Inclusive
The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence

Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Lagoon Beach South and Cabbage Beach. Paradise ...

4/5Very Good! (2,723 reviews)

"Their programs for interacting with dolphins are a fantastic opportunity for people who appreciate animals."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

The Royal at Atlantis

Popular things to do in Nassau

Cabbage Beach
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Cabbage Beach

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Ride Jet Skis and fly parasails, soak up the sun or relax at a beachfront bar at this popular resort-lined beach. 

Aquaventure
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Aquaventure

4.5/5(6 reviews)

This enormous water park is one of the largest in the world. You’ll find something for everyone in the family within its 11 pools and 18 waterslides.  

Fort Fincastle
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Fort Fincastle

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Overlooking the city of Nassau, these historic ruins were once responsible for protecting the city from invading forces.

Cable Beach
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Cable Beach

4/5(10 reviews)

White sand, crystal-clear water and lively beachfront establishments have made this the go-to beach for visitors to the most populated island of the Bahamas.

Junkanoo Beach
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Junkanoo Beach

4/5(5 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Junkanoo Beach, a popular beach in Nassau. Discover the seafood restaurants and entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Queen's Staircase
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Queen's Staircase

3.5/5(4 reviews)

Named to celebrate the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s rule, these limestone stairs flanked by a waterfall are an important landmark in the nation’s capital.

Top activities in Nassau

Blue Lagoon Beach Day with Lunch
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Blue Lagoon Beach Day with Lunch

£64

Sail through Nassau harbor on a 20-minute catamaran cruise, then arrive at beautiful Blue Island Lagoon, where you’ll spend the day relaxing on white sandy beaches and swimming in a calm turquoise lagoon.

Bites of Nassau Walking Food Tour
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Bites of Nassau Walking Food Tour

£59

Hit the pavement to explore the sights, sounds, and intoxicating flavors of Nassau on a guided food tour through the city’s charming historic center. Sample 6 local specialties as you follow your intrepid and charismatic guide from one beloved eatery to the next.

Swimming with Dolphins & Beach Break
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Swimming with Dolphins & Beach Break

£124

With this experience, swimming with dolphins doesn't mean simply standing in a pool with them—it means interacting with dolphins in their natural habitat. Upon arrival on Balmoral Island the staff will greet and direct you to be fitted for a life jacket and snorkel gear (no fins for dolphins safety).

Sharks, Shipwrecks, and Snorkeling Excursion
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Sharks, Shipwrecks, and Snorkeling Excursion

£77

Delve into the underwater world of the Bahamas, exploring marine movie sets, eerie sunken wrecks, and vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical sea life on this guided snorkeling excursion.

Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch & Snorkel Adventure
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Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch & Snorkel Adventure

£77

Escape the bustle of the Nassau waterfront for time on the beach and take a scenic 20 minutes Nassau harbor cruise to idyllic Pearl Island Bahamas. Upon arrival, the island is yours to explore..

Private Half-Day Fishing Charter in Nassau
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Private Half-Day Fishing Charter in Nassau

£82

It is your boat for the day! It will pick you and your group up from one of three possible pick up locations depending on where you are staying. Once boarded, you will meet your crew, talk about your interests for the charter and set off from the dock.

Reviews of Nassau

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