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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 10 attractions in Nassau

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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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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 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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Fort Charlotte

Fort Charlotte

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High atop a hillside overlooking the harbor of Nassau is the British-colonial Fort Charlotte—the largest fort in Nassau. Constructed in the late 18th century for a battle that never took place, this historic site offers picturesque views, hidden underground passages, a waterless mote, remote dungeons and even authentic canons. Guides are available to help travelers navigate through subterranean halls far below the fort, but well-place signage and plenty of light means visitors can just as easily explore the grounds on their own.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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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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Pirates of Nassau

Pirates of Nassau

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Get out your eye patch and peg leg and get ready to delve into one of the most infamous and legendary aspects of Caribbean history. During the Golden Age of Piracy, from 1690 to 1720, pirates patrolled the waters of the Caribbean, terrorizing merchant ships and no place played a greater role in illegal pirate operations than Nassau, home base to the world's largest concentration of swashbuckling seafarers.A trip to Pirates of Nassau takes one back to the Golden Age when pirates ruled the Caribbean. A favorite of both adults and children alike, this museum is one you won't want to miss. It is said that when a pirate slept, he did not dream of heaven, but of returning to Nassau. Come and find out for yourself what made Nassau pirate paradise.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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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, is an idyllic escape from the crowds of Nassau, offering everything you'd expect from a tropical island. Bring the whole family along for a day of 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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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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Top activities in Nassau

Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
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Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
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Exuma Full-day Experience

Exuma Full-day Experience

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Pearl Island Escape incl. Snorkeling Experience with Lunch
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Atv tour of Nassau

Atv tour of Nassau

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Private Ocean View Cabana at Pearl Island (from Nassau)
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Oasis Ocean 7 Boat Charters

Oasis Ocean 7 Boat Charters

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Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

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Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

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Round-Trip Private Transfer

Round-Trip Private Transfer

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4x4 Jeep / Buggy Rentals

4x4 Jeep / Buggy Rentals

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4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

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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!!
POLISHHAM, Feb 2020
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Cocktails, Rum Cake & Bahama Rum Souvenir)
Best way to see the sights in Nassau!!
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Wonderful Day Trip
Roving17084912943, Jun 2019
Sandy Toes Full Day Excursion to Rose Island
The activities were super fun and the beaches were beautiful.
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Overall amazing time
hyltonk6, Sep 2018
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
We got to see all of Nassau .
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There isn't a huge amount to see...
Jeff W, Dec 2017
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
There isn't a huge amount to see around Nassau, but this trip makes the most of what there is.
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I have been to Nassau several times...
Chris S, Dec 2017
Nassau Historical Walking Tour
I have been to Nassau several times but this was a unique way to see and experience it.
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The drivers were excellent and on...
Debora P, Jun 2017
Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Nassau Airport
We learned a lot from our drivers about the island and what to do while in Nassau.
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The tour was incredible! Keanna was...
Brandi R, Jun 2016
Nassau Food and History Bus Tour
My boyfriend and I got to see the most beautiful spots and try some of the best food Nassau has to offer.
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georgero, Apr 2017
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
What a great way to see and tasted the foods of Nassau .
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Even though we've visited Nassau...
Mike F, Feb 2015
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Interesting places to visit downtown.
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We saw EVERYTHING!!
Michon1, Mar 2020
City tour sight seeing wine tasting queens staircase beach day transfer
We got to see way more on this tour than any of the others offered (this was my 3rd time in Nassau) and Shonel took us to spots that I'd never known existed.
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The most perfect way to see Nassau!!
shikamurthy, Jan 2020
Circle The Island on ATV or Buggy (Lunch, cocktails, Free Rum Cake & Bahama Rum)
Now for the actual tour, this was such a fun way to see Nassau!!!
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A really unique way to explore marine...
Orchid B, Apr 2018
Nassau Shore Excursion: SUB Bahamas Adventure
However, you can still take advantage of the great snorkeling while others are on the sub, you actually are able to see a greater variety of fish just exploring around the boat.
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Our driver Davis made sure we saw...
Matthew T, May 2017
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
It was a great way to see Nassau and much cheaper than through our cruis line.
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Great adventure
Theresa W, Aug 2018
Discover Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour
Highly recommend for those who don't want to do alot of walking but want to see a quick and easy overview of Nassau from land and sea.
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Fantastic Walking Tour with Frederick
lsu96tiger, Jun 2018
Nassau Historical Walking Tour
We also had the opportunity to visit Tasty Teas and the John Watling Distillery before ending our tour back where we started.
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My children and I loved the scavenger...
Arhonda O, Jun 2017
Nassau Native Quest and Beach
We met some good people who were in Nassau for a cruise and the activities were interesting and fun.
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C Taylor, Aug 2017
The Ultimate Bahamian Adventure Package
At the booth, I asked to provide proof of purchase by showing my e-reservation on my phone and was given a color bracelet where your excursion activities were shown.
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Definitely a unique experience in...
Valerie V, Apr 2018
Nassau Native Quest and Beach
This tour piqued our interest because it incorporated some fun activities for the kids.

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