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Queen's Staircase
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.
 
The Basics
This steep staircase was built to serve as a direct-access shortcut to Fort Fincastle (New Providence Island’s highest point, on Bennet’s Hill) in case of attacks by the Caribbean’s marauding pirates in the 1700s. When visiting the stone staircase, take in the remarkable construction done centuries ago—all by hand. To carve the steps, slaves had to cut through rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools. 
 
The Queen’s Staircase is included on most Nassau highlights tours that visit the island’s most historic sights. With a tour guide, visit other Nassau attractions such as Fort Charlotte, Rawson Square, and Cable Beach via traditional ground transportation or an all-terrain vehicle. Tours and shore excursions leave regularly from Nassau city or the cruise ship terminal. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Queen’s Staircase is a must-see for all visitors to Nassau.
  • The limestone steps of the Queen’s Staircase are steep and a tough climb, suitable only for those with full mobility and proper footwear.
  • The staircase can be slick after a rain, so be careful. (The Bahamas’ rainy season is June through November.)
  • If the 65-step climb sounds daunting, plan to visit Bennet’s Hill and Fort Fincastle first, then walk down the steps from there.

How to Get There
The Queen’s Staircase is located on the northern end of New Providence Island, on Elizabeth Avenue. Use the staircase as a shortcut to Bennet’s Hill and Fort Fincastle. 
 
When to Get There
The staircase is open daily. If you want less populated photos, be sure to show up in the early morning or around sunset when crowds are scarce (they tend to arrive around midday).
 
Views from Fort Fincastle and Bennet’s Hill
Since Bennet’s Hill is the highest point on the island, it’s a favorite for photographers and those in search of whole island views. From Fort Fincastle’s perch, visitors can see Paradise Island and the mammoth Atlantis, Arawak Cay (home to the famous fish fry), and Ardastra Gardens, among other landmarks.
Address: Elizabeth Ave, Nassau, Bahamas
Admission: Free
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Island Tour( Beach Break, Lunch, Free Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

Hop aboard a Can-Am Outlander 450 ATV and experience the best of Nassau during a morning or afternoon tour with an expert guide. Drive your own ATV or ride as a passenger and comfortably cruise along the coastline. Learn about the history of the Bahamas and visit historical sites, the Straw Market, and Paradise Island. This leaves just enough time for a beach break and lunch at Charley's Philly Steaks.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Tour Nassau's landmarks and highlights, including a visit to the Atlantis Resort aboard a comfortable minivan. During this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour, huff up the Queen Victoria staircase for spectacular photo ops and visit the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Visit the famous Atlantis resort, the Graycliff Chocolate Factory and John Watling's Distillery. Along the way, enjoy historical and cultural commentary from your local guide. Round-trip transportation from the Nassau port or hotels is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ports of Call Tours

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Bus for Half a Day (Shore excursion $299 USD per vehicle)

Choose from 30 different activities to do on the island. We will then help you• Create an itinerary that reflects the needs and desires of your group• Maximize the allotted four-hour tour time• Most of the attractions on the island have free admission but we can arrange beforehand the reservations or passes to activities that require admissionDespite the pre-arranged itinerary, it is still flexible as you can explore at your own pace. What is more is that no matter what places interest you or your group's size, our professional guide will give you a wealth of information about Nassau. You can also create more memories aboard the bus as it can comfortably seat 10 to a maximum of 14 people. The bus is also equipped with snorkels, inflatable toys, inflatable rafts, and boogie boards just in case you spontaneously decide to enjoy the beach.So whether you are with your family or squad, maximize your vacation as we create together an awesome, exclusive tour by bus just for you.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Half-day Tours

Nassau Bahamas Highlights Tour

Explore Nassau’s historic sites and attractions in just a few hours on this sightseeing tour, a great choice for a shore excursion or for first-time visitors with limited time. Visit the Queen’s Staircase, Fort Fincastle, Rawson Square, the Goodman's Bay, and more. Plus, shop for souvenirs at the Straw Market, stick your toes in the sand at the Atlantis Resort, and taste Bahamian rum cake.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Ports of Call Tours

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Bus for a Day (Shore Excursion) $450 price per vehicle up to 8 hours

Choose from 30 different activities to do on the island. We will then help you• Create an itinerary that reflects the needs and desires of your group• Maximize the allotted full eight-hour tour time• Most of the attractions on the island have free admission but we can arrange beforehand the reservations or passes to activities that require admissionDespite the pre-arranged itinerary, it is still flexible as you can explore at your own pace. What is more is that no matter what places interest you or your group's size, our professional guide will give you a wealth of information about Nassau. You can also create more memories aboard the bus as it can comfortably seat 10 to a maximum of 14 people. The bus is also equipped with snorkels, inflatable toys, inflatable rafts, and boogie boards just in case you spontaneously decide to enjoy the beach.So whether you are with your family or squad, maximize your vacation as we create together an awesome, exclusive tour by bus just for you.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Buggy Island Adventure Tour (Free Snacks,Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

Drive your very own Can-Am Commander 1000 XT buggy through the streets of Nassau and Paradise Island. With space for up to four passengers, this is a great option for families. Comfortably cruise along the coastline and visit highlights such as Fort Charlotte, the Queens Staircase, the Straw Market, and more. This leaves just enough time for a beach break and lunch at Charley's Philly Steaks.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Tours

Bahamas Culture Tour from Nassau Including Rum Cake

Immerse yourself in the island life of the Bahamas with this sightseeing tour from the city of Nassau. With a local guide, you'll visit a range of sites that reflect the culture and history of the dreamy Caribbean archipelago. Discover herbal teas and remedies at Tasty Teas, sample an authentic piña colada at John Watling's Distillery, and learn about the islands' history as you gaze at the Queen's Staircase. The tour also includes a slice of rum cake at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Tour of Nassau

Take a 2-hour guided tour by scooter or ATV to see Nassau on an open-air journey past the city's top sights. You'll drive yourself or ride on the back as you cruise around historical and cultural attractions such as Fort Fincastle. Lunch and hotel transfers are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trips

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Island Girl Taxi and Tours offering a full island experience

For the Bahamas, tourism is big business. The facts are simple: tourists visit the island and they spend. They get off the coach or the plane, go to their hotel and then emerge and boost the economy of the place they are visiting. They often travel far and wide with their families in tow to experience in some cases their very first visit to The Bahamas. At Island Girls Taxi and Tours, with our combined hospitality experience we've listened and develop a tour that caters to you...via sight sound smell and taste. Why chance it to anyone else other than us. We love to show you our island, one unique tour at a time.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Half-day Tours

Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour

Explore Nassau by land and sea during this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Board a catamaran and sail the Bahamian waters for 1.5 hours with a friendly captain. Relax and enjoy scenic views of the harbor and the coast. Then go ashore to explore the historical attractions downtown, such as the Governor's Mansion and the Straw Market, with commentary from your knowledgeable local guide. Visit the legendary Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island for photo ops before your return to Prince George Wharf.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Bike Tour of Historic Downtown Nassau

Take a guided tour of historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Points of interest include the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, The Queen's Staircase, The Nassau Public Library/ Former Prison, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House and much more. Discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. We will take a lunch break at the vibrant and energetic food spot called Arawak Cay where, at a nominal fee, you may sample food and beverages unique to the islands of the Bahamas. Then, a stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors. Our tours are safely led by friendly, experienced and knowledgeable local guides. Comfortable, clean and well-maintained beach cruisers.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Nassau Shore Excursion: Half-Day Historical Sightseeing Tour

When your cruise ship docks, tour Nassau's landmarks and highlights aboard a comfortable, full-sized van. During this 3.5-hour sightseeing tour, huff up the Queen Victoria staircase for spectacular photo ops and visit the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Visit the Graycliff Chocolate Factory and John Watling's Distillery. Stop at Arawak Cay and Junkanoo Beach, two spots that are popular with the locals, as well as the Pirate Museum. Along the way, enjoy historical and cultural commentary from your local guide. Round-trip transportation from the Nassau port or is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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Two Island Tour

Take a tour with Bahamazing Tours and discover a unique experience with our fun-filled, adventure throughout the island of New Providence and Paradise Island. Our guest will have a Bahamazing experience which include the rich bahamian culture, historical sights and our way of living here on the island of Nassau which we love to share.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Free Tropical Drinks & Rum Cake Souvenir)

See the best of Nassau and Paradise Island during a morning or afternoon ATV tour with an expert guide. Drive your own 3-passenger Can-Am Outlander 450 Max ATV or ride as a passenger and cruise along the scenic coastline. Visit highlights such as Fort Charlotte, the Queen's Staircase, the Straw Market, and Atlantis. This leaves just enough time for a beach break and lunch at Charley's Philly Steaks.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Vespa Rentals

Nassau Scooter Rental

Explore Nassau on the back of a rental scooter, available for a 4, 8 or 24 hour rental. Get suggestions from the rental center for what to see and do while discovering the highlights of this beautiful Bahamian island on your own scooter. Enjoy customizing your tour of the island and traveling at your own pace.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation

Self-guided Tours & Rentals

4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

There's only one way to explore Nassau, and that's by open-top 4x4 UTV. Choose between a half-day, full-day or a 24-hour rental, then hop in and set off to discover the island on an unforgettable and fun road trip. See hidden gems and famed spots such as the Queen's Staircase, Arawak Cay, Fort Montague, the Water Tower, the Caves or just aimlessly wander, enjoying the freedom of your own 4x4 vehicle.
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  • 2 to 24 hours
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  • 2 to 24 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Island Jeep Tour from Nassau

Explore Nassau by Jeep on this 2-hour tour that introduces you to the city's top cultural and historical sights. Enjoy traveling by open-air vehicle for better views as you go along. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Nassau City Scavenger-Hunt Adventure

Race against time to hunt for clues and complete challenges — and get to know Nassau while you’re at it — on this 1.5-hour scavenger hunt. Separate into teams and set off to explore the Bahamian capital armed with a marked map. Visit some of the city’s best-loved spots, including Parliament Square and the Queen’s Staircase, while collecting points and learning about the city’s art, culture and history. The team who collects the most points in the least amount of time wins. Ready, set, go!
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

4-Hour Nassau Buggy Ride and Beach Tour

Get off the beaten path on a half-day tour from Nassau by UTV (utility task vehicle). With a guide, shake, rattle, and bump along a scenic road, passing by historical and cultural sites before arriving at a beach for snorkeling. Lunch and a beverage are included at a local restaurant. Snorkeling gear is not included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Bus for a Day (450 USD per vehicle)

Maximize your time in Nassau by renting your own bus for the day. Perfect for families, wedding parties, and groups, choose from more than 30 island activities to create a customized adventure with a pre-arranged itinerary. A professional guide shares a wealth of information about Nassau along the way, and the bus is decked out with snorkeling gear, inflatable toys and rafts, and boogie boards in case you spontaneously decide to hit the beach.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Bus & Minivan Tours

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Big Bus Private Tour (minimum of 15)

Choose from 30 different activities to do on the island. We will then help you• Create an itinerary that reflects the needs and desires of your group• Maximize the allotted four-hour time. Or if you can't decide where to go, you can avail of our sampler tour. Whether you want to choose your own activity or you choose your sampler tour, it is still flexible as you can explore at your own pace. What is more is that no matter what places interest you or your group's size, our professional guide will give you a wealth of information about Nassau.Our bus is great for big groups as it can comfortably seat 15 to 33 people. The bus is also equipped with snorkels, inflatable toys, inflatable rafts, and boogie boards just in case you spontaneously decide to enjoy the beach.So whether you are with your family or squad, maximize your vacation as we create together an awesome, exclusive tour by bus just for you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Ports of Call Tours

Shore Excursion: Nassau Bahamas City Tour

Ideal for first-time visitors to Nassau, this guided driving tour covers the key city sights. With your guide, visit Fort Charlotte, a rum cake factory, a rum distillery, and the Queen's Staircase. Take time to shop for souvenirs at the popular Straw Market. Along the way, learn about the Bahamas' culture and history. Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise-ship terminal and returns to the same spot.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Cultural Tours

City Tour

This sightseeing tour with a local guide packs an impressive amount of history and cultural insight into one tour. Visit landmarks such as the Queen's Staircase, Rawson Square, Parliament Square, Forts Fincastle and Montagu, and Straw Market, where you can purchase Bahamian souvenirs. You’ll also sample local foods such as chocolate, rum cake, and piña coladas.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Nassau Island Highlights Tour

Explore Nassau on a personalized excursion in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle, and visit three locations of your choice. Opt to see the city’s highlights or customize the itinerary according to your personal preferences, choosing from locations such as Nelly's of Nassau, the Graycliff Cigar Company, or Tasty Teas. Your private tour includes any entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off in Nassau.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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