With its compact city center and mix of historic pastel-hued buildings, lively bars, and sandy beaches, Nassau is easy to explore in just one day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the Bahamian capital city.
Morning: Explore the City
Start your day by exploring the heart of central Nassau. Start at the Queen's Staircase, a steep set of 66 stairs measuring some 100 feet (31 meters) that was carved by slaves at the end of the 18th century. The stairs lead to the top of Bennet's Hill, the highest point on the island and the location of Fort Fincastle, a towering limestone fort built in the shape of a paddle steamer. After taking in the views from the fort, head back into town, wrapping up your morning at the Straw Market, a popular spot to buy woven baskets and hats along with other local handicrafts.
Afternoon: Sea and Sun
In the afternoon, head over to Cable Beach, with its beautifully clear Caribbean waters and powdery sand. Stretching around 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), this beach is popular both for its proximity to Nassau and its great snorkeling and water sports opportunities. The beach is lined with hotels and resorts, most of which offer amenities such as sunbeds and umbrellas. Many also offer day passes for nonguests, but if you want to save money, simply bring your own towel or beach blanket.
Night: Sunset and Drinks
When night falls, you may want to stick around Cable Beach to grab dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area or for a round of blackjack at the popular Baha Mar Casino, which sits right in front of the beach. For a more romantic option, charter a boat or join a group sunset cruise, many of which include dinner and drinks. Once you’re back in Nassau, wrap up your evening with a nightcap in one of the many lively bars that line the harbor along Bay Street.