Nassau has a lot of charm and fascinating history. Traveling there is easy with many direct flight options into Lynden Pindling International Airport. Arriving a few days early to explore the country's past and cultural heritage is recommended. Here is a sample of some of the things to do:
HISTORICAL LANDMARKS IN NASSAU
• Queen's Staircase: This is a popular site that has a staircase carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 18th century. The staircase was named in honor of Queen Victoria.
• Fort Charlotte: is a British colonial fort built in the late 18th century and Fort Fincastle situated on Bennett's Hill and built in 1793.
• Government House: the official residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas. The elegant mansion, built in the late 18th century, features beautiful architecture and lush gardens.
• St. Augustine's Monastery: The ruins of St. Augustine's Monastery date back to the 17th century and provide a glimpse into the early days of European settlement in the Bahamas.
PLACES TO STAY & ACTIVITIES
Whether you prefer relaxing on the beach, adventurous water sports, or immersing yourself in the local culture, the Bahamas has something for everyone and lots of choices of hotels and resorts to stay at. Here are some of the day tour options:
• Dolphin Encounters: You can participate in dolphin swims, where you can swim, interact, and even kiss dolphins.
• Visit the Blue Holes: The Bahamas is known for its stunning blue holes, which are underwater sinkholes or caves.
• Visit Historical Sites and Museums: Discover the rich history and culture of the Bahamas by visiting historical sites and museums.
The culinary scene in the Bahamas offers a wide range of options from high-end fine dining to local traditional Bahamian cuisine.
• Graycliff Restaurant: Located in the historic Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, this renowned restaurant offers an elegant Bahamian and international dining experience. The cellar was originally built as a jail during the American Civil War era and is worth the tour and dinner at the restaurant.
• Café Matisse: Situated in a charming colonial-style building in Nassau, Café Matisse serves Italian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
• Sapodilla Estate: Sapodilla Estate is a popular fine dining restaurant located in the Cable Beach area of Nassau.
• Fish Fry at Arawak Cay: For a more casual and authentic Bahamian dining experience, head to the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau for conch fritters, fried fish, and other seafood dishes.
SOUVENIRS & SHOPPING
Shopping in the Bahamas offers a mix of international brands, luxury goods, local crafts, and unique souvenirs. Nassau is a vibrant shopping hub with a variety of options. Bay Street is a bustling thoroughfare known for its duty-free shops, high-end boutiques, and jewelry stores. The Straw Market is a famous attraction where you can find handmade straw goods, souvenirs, and local crafts.
Recommended Tours and Activities
Swimming Pigs Tour
Many legends surround the feral pigs that inhabit the beach at Big Major Cay. Regardless of their voyage to Major Cay, the friendly, swimming swines are stars of the Bahamian Beach. Don’t miss this fun-filled event. It will complete your Bahamas adventure and bring a smile to your face.Learn More
Bahamas Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Riu Palace Paradise Island - Nassau
350-plus rooms in this beachfront, Adults Only hotel on Paradise Island are equipped with a whole host of amenities, such as minibars, beverage dispensers, air conditioning and coffee machines. This all inclusive hotel includes wifi through out the property, two swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar, onsite restaurants, lounges and live entertainment.
Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau
Located at the east end of world famous Junkanoo Beach at the entrance to downtown Nassau. Enjoy contemporary accommodations where each room features stunning views of the ocean. The beach-side location is perfect for experiencing the outdoor island life, or take a splash in the resort's water park. Find the ultimate relaxation in this unique sanctuary encompassing full-service spa, salon, & fitness center, as well as a high-tech entertainment complex, wide choice of restaurants, bars and shopping.
Bahamas-Tiger Beach Hotels & Resorts
Old Bahama Bay Resort, Grand Bahama
Host Hotel for Bahamas Aggressor, Tiger Beach
Old Bahama Bay is an all-suite beachfront resort with 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites, a 4,000 sq ft infinity edge swimming pool and lounging area with massage jets- perfect for overlooking the beach. Situated directly on the beach on the western-most tip of Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay has an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport and major destination amenities, all just 26 miles away.
Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach - Freeport
With 26-acres of lush foliage, natural wildlife, and palm-tree dotted beaches, the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is an island paradise. All 274 guest rooms features a balcony or terrace with breathtaking views, free wifi, all meals & snacks, unlimited beverages, cocktails, water & land sports, live shows and fitness center.