Conveniently located off the coast of southern Florida, the Bahamas are a favorite destination for travelers to the Caribbean. The port city of Nassau on New Providence Island is the capital and largest city in the Bahamas, and one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean. Nassau welcomes thousands of visitors each day with a wide variety of activities and attractions. Enjoy a bit of sightseeing in downtown Nassau, take a stroll along historic Bay Street and shop for souvenirs at the famous Straw Market before hitting the beaches.
Learn about Bahamian history and heritage on a guided tour or shore excursion visiting historic buildings and landmarks in and around Nassau. Points of interest include the 18th-century Balcony House, the oldest wooden structure on the island; the Government House, home to the governor-general of the Bahamas; Queen’s Staircase at Fort Fincastle; Fort Charlotte, the largest fort in the Bahamas; and the National Museum of the Bahamas. Explore the colorful tradition of the annual Junkanoo festival, and get a taste of island culture when you sample the local cuisine.
Nassau’s hotel zone is located along the two-and-a-half mile powder-white stretch of sand known as Cable Beach, where you’ll find some of the island’s best resorts, casinos, and restaurants. A twenty minute cruise from Nassau takes you to Blue Lagoon Island where you can swim with dolphins.
You also won’t want to miss a visit to Paradise Island, home to luxury resorts, shops, restaurants, a golf course, and aquarium. Visitors can purchase a day pass to enjoy all of the luxury amenities at the famous Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, or choose from a variety of adventures on and under the water including powerboat cruises, scuba diving, snorkeling, and SUB tours. Paradise Island is located just off the northern coast of New Providence Island and connected to downtown Nassau by footbridges.