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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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Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise Island

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The Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the ultimate resort and water park. Accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to villas and condos to the Bridge Suite (once ranked the world’s most expensive hotel suite). And even if you’re not a hotel guest, you can still enjoy some of the resort’s amenities, such as Dolphin Cay.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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National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)

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For a real taste of Bahamian culture, head to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) in Nassau. Housed in a classic 19th-century colonial-style building known as Villa Doyle in the center of town, the gallery displays paintings, sculptures, and other pieces by local artists from the 1850s to the present day.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top activities in Nassau

Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
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Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

Funky Nassau Jeep Adventure

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Flight & Small Group Tour to Swimming Pigs with 7 Stops Including Sunken Plane

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Exuma Full-day Experience

Exuma Full-day Experience

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Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

Jet Ski Adventure in Cabbage Beach

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Atv tour of Nassau

Atv tour of Nassau

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4X4 6-Seater Buggy Rental in Nassau

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Pearl Island Escape incl. Snorkeling Experience with Lunch
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Rum Reggae and Rhythms Tour

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Private Ocean View Cabana at Pearl Island (from Nassau)
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Recent reviews from experiences in Nassau

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Wonderful Island Tour with a Local
Julia_T, May 2021
At YOUR Pace Private Tours - Nassau, Bahamas
More than a tour, she really showed us her island and allowed us to see it in a way that only a local can show you.
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Great Tour Highly recommend!
natasha_m, May 2021
Buggy Tour (Beach Break, Lunch, Tropical Drinks with Free pickup & drop off
My favorite part of the tour was getting to see all of the local scenery and historic landmarks in Nassau.
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Fantastic Tour!
KimL, Apr 2021
Nassau Shore Excursion: Island Highlights Sightseeing Tour
Tyrone made the tour both educational and entertaining, and I’m so glad that the kids were able to see and learn more about the city.
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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 time!!
POLISHHAM, Feb 2020
ATV Island Tour (Beach Break, Lunch,Tropical Drinks with Free pickup & drop off
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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History of rum, pirates and culture
tammycase09, Oct 2018
Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour
Highly recommend it as a way to see the historic capital.
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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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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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Been to Nassau at least 6 times...
jcwtkr, May 2017
Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
real good choice of venues to visit.
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What a great way to see and tasted...
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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We had a great time with Jason. He...
christa w, Mar 2015
Nassau Rum and Food Walking Tour
We can't wait to visit again.
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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
Clifton Park Tour (Beach Break,Lunch,Tropical Drinks with Free pickup & drop off
Now for the actual tour, this was such a fun way to see Nassau!!!
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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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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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Alexei V, Jan 2018
Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour
Great option for those that want to see all major Nassau sights in a bicycle tour let by local.
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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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Our tour was AMAZING! Absolutely...
Merry C, Apr 2016
Nassau Shore Excursion: Half-Day Historical Sightseeing Tour
I feel like I was able to see everything I wanted and they dropped us off at the beach so we could spend the last few hours there.
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