Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas, a member of the British Commonwealth. It is the largest city in the Bahamas and its low-rise sprawl dominates the eastern half of New Provi... more

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas, a member of the British Commonwealth. It is the largest city in the Bahamas and its low-rise sprawl dominates the eastern half of New Providence Island.

Founded around 1650 by the British as Charles Town, the town was renamed in 1695 after Fort Nassau. Due to the Bahamas' strategic location near trade routes and its multitude of islands, Nassau soon became a popular pirates' den, and British rule was soon challenged by the self-proclaimed "Privateers Republic" under the leadership of the infamous Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. However, the alarmed British soon tightened their grip, and by 1720 the pirates had been killed or driven out.

Today, with a population of 260,000, Nassau contains nearly 80% of the population of the Bahamas. However, it's still quite low-rise and laid back, with the pretty pastel pink government buildings and the looming giant cruise ships that dock daily.
 
Orienting yourself in central Nassau is fairly easy. Bay Street, which runs parallel to the shore, is the main shopping street, filled with an odd mix of expensive jewelry boutiques and souvenir shops. The hill that rises behind Bay St contains most of the Bahamas' government buildings and company headquarters, while the residential Over-the-Hill district starts on the other side.

Places near Nassau

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Things do to in Nassau

  Pirates of Nassau, the interactive Pirate Attraction in the heart of downtown Nassau. Your adventure begins on a moonlit dock amidst the sounds of lapping water and pirates celebrating in a nearby tavern. Board a replica of the pirate ...

Nassau's most visited attraction is the Queen's Staircase. Climb the 65 steps, recently renovated, carved out of solid limestones by slaves in the late 18th century, between 1793 and 1794. It is reported that slaves were forced to cut through rocks ...

Step on board one of our two custom built offshore powerboats for an exhilarating one-hour high-speed boat ride to the dreamy Exuma cays some 38 nautical miles away from Nassau. Hold on tight and feel the rush of wind in your hair as our boats slice...

It began in 1989 when two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins were rescued from an aquarium that closed in Nassau, Bahamas. The animals were relocated to a large all-natural seawater bottlenose dolphin habitat on Treasure Island (a.k.a. Great Guana Cay) Ab...

Stuart Cove Diving

www.stuartcove.com - Outdoor Activities

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas is Nassau's leading full service dive resort. Originally opened in 1978, the operation has grown to a fleet of seven dive vessels, with five of the boats over 40 feet in length. Located on the southwest side of New Provide...

Seaworld Explorer

www.seaworldtours.com - River or Ocean Cruises

Starting off we take you for a Harbour cruise between Paradise Islands and Nassau seeing all the houses of the rich and famous along with the downtown area and cruise port. Find out who vacation in the Bahamas along with you such as Oprah Winfrey an...

The Crystal Palace Casino has nearly 300 slot machines in denominations from $.01 to $25, all-new Virtual Table Games, which are completely coin-free, and also features 18 liberal Live Table Games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Midi Baccarat...

This is the largest casino in the Caribbean, with more than 50,000 square feet of gaming excitement. Guests enjoy over 850 slot machines with play options from a penny to $100 and 90 game tables ranging from Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat and Ultimate T...

The NAGB is committed to engaging the history of Bahamian Art and Visual culture and supporting contemporary movements and experimental contemporary art practice through exhibitions, an extensive public program schedule, community and regional proje...

Nassau Nightlife

The Crystal Palace Casino has nearly 300 slot machines in denominations from $.01 to $25, all-new Virtual Table Games, which are completely coin-free, and also features 18 liberal Live Table Games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Midi Baccarat...

This is the largest casino in the Caribbean, with more than 50,000 square feet of gaming excitement. Guests enjoy over 850 slot machines with play options from a penny to $100 and 90 game tables ranging from Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat and Ultimate T...