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Nassau has always been a ‘hustle and bustle’ kind of place. These days the rum swigging pirates might have been replaced by bargain hungry tourists but it’s still got its busy vibe. It’s a popular spot for day trippers from the big cruise ships that dock here but there’s plenty to see and do for longer visits too. Check out the duty free shopping on Bay Street and keep your eyes peeled for celebrities, many of whom come here to escape the glare of the media. Learn more about the pirates and slaves who had so much to do with the city’s growth and explore more of the stunning beauty to be found outside the city.
Old Town - Brightly coloured clapboard buildings mingle with a slightly more shabby chic appearance. It’s easy to imagine these streets full of pirates and brigands spending their booty.
Fort Fincastle - This small fort, built in the late 18th century looks out over the town from a hill to the south. Take a guided tour to find out more.
Bay Street - Running parallel to the shoreline, Bay Street is the main shopping precinct in Nassau. If you’re looking for jewelry or souvenirs of your trip, then this is the place to come.
Over-the-Hill - Rising up from Bay Street, carry on over the top of the summit to the appropriately named Over-the-Hill district, a main residential area.
Strolling through the Old Town, it’s not hard to picture the days when the notorious Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, roamed the taverns and docks. From here, make the short walk up the hill to the bright pink Parliament Building, complete with statue of Queen Victoria out in front, which gives a clue as to the city’s British heritage. To soak up some culture, visit the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas or discover more about Blackbeard and his friends (or more likely enemies) at the Pirate Museum. If you’re in the mood for a more serene experience, then see the flamingos and parakeets at the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center.
Shop for gifts on the lively Bay Street or haggle with the locals at the Straw Market. If you want to explore more of the town, then take a bus tour, with a local guide. In the evenings, check out Nassau’s nightlife - it might not be quite as rowdy as it was back in the days of the pirates but there is still plenty to do. It’s also your chance to sample some authentic Bahamian cooking, with fish fries being the order of the day. Head over to Paradise Island to see the renowned Aquarium at the Atlantis resort and to discover some of the best beaches in the world.