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Guide to Nassau

Blackbeard's Capital

Dominating the eastern coast of New Providence, Nassau is a popular destination with history, nature and great beaches.

Anchoring down in Nassau harbor will immediately tell you why this is such a popular destination in the Bahamas. Filled with tourists from across the globe, the vibe in Nassau is exciting and filled with Bahamian spirit. Enjoying the cosmopolitan feel in the warmth of the tropical sun, you can have many adventures without even leaving this city.

Notoriously known for once being Blackbeard's home, this destination is swamped with historical sites for you to brush up on your local history knowledge. The exact location where Blackbeard is claimed to have lived is now recognized as the British Hilton Hotel. A replica well has been constructed at the site to recreate the well that Blackbeard used to get his water from. Also on the island is the Pirates of Nassau Museum. Filled with interesting ornaments and information this is a great activity for all the family.

A hidden gem, and not always easy to find, is the Queen's Staircase. Constructed in 1793 this 66 step staircase was hand chiseled by slaves to provide direct access from Fort Fincastle to Nassau. The neat and tidy staircase has since seen some weather erosion and resurfacing on the ground level has meant the staircase is now 65 steps instead of 66. On ascending the cavern staircase you will reach Fort Fincastle. The ruins do not occupy much of your time on the island but the view at the top is spectacular. Other forts to visit on the island are Fort Charlotte, complete with cannons, and Fort Montague which is the oldest fort on the island.

For the animal and nature lovers your next stop is the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center. Filled with around 200 animals this quaint complex offers you the chance to hand feed parrots, watch some marching flamingos and learn more about the conservation of the animals.

Back in the main city there is some shopping for you to do. Nassau has an impressive selection of shops plus the ever-popular straw market. Strolling around here you can pick up a handmade souvenir before heading over to Arawak Cay. Only a short distance away on foot, this is the best location to try some real Bahamian food. Filled with unique shacks and stands, there is a wide variety of fresh food available including the local favorite conch salad.

Before leaving Nassau make a stop at Cable beach. Most well known for being the hotel district of Nassau, this area also hosts one of the best beaches on New Providence. The soft white sand is the perfect place to spend the afternoon and you can even join in with some water sports in the calm waters.

Nassau is an ideal starting location for tours of the Bahamas. To start planning your beach filled vacation, view all of the available luxury superyachts for Bahamas yacht charters.

Reasons to Visit

Blackbeard's playground
Fort Fincastle
Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center
Cable Beach
Authentic cuisine at Arawak Cay

Good For

  • Nightlife
  • Monuments
  • Nature
  • Shopping
  • Anchorage

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