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With 700 tropical islands scattered around the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas offer a postcard-perfect destination. White-sand beaches and translucent turquoise water attract visitors from around the world. The capital, Nassau, on New Providence Island, is a fascinating cultural hub. Dance to calypso music, savor fried crab or play dominos with locals in the diverse city. Don't leave without also learning about the country's interesting past.
Once a pirate haven, the Bahamas have a colorful history, much of which is centered around Nassau. Go to the Pirates of Nassau Museum to understand the lawless existence of the seafarers who once dominated the Caribbean and the role the British had in driving them from the area. Visit historic buildings such as Parliament House, distinctive because of its pink exterior. Climb the Queen’s Staircase, a set of 65 stone steps that were carved by hand in the late 18th century. The stairs lead to Bennet’s Hill, the tallest point on the island, and were made as a route to and from Fort Fincastle, built in 1793.
Many other attractions are located within the Nassau's Old Town and can be reached on foot. These attractions include The Retreat Garden National Park and the Arawak Cay entertainment precinct, the best place to try the local seafood dishes the Bahamas are known for.
The Bahamas is also famed for its beaches, several within easy reach of Nassau. Cable Beach offers child-friendly swimming conditions and a range of accommodation options. Cabbage Beach, on nearby Paradise Island, is home to many of the Bahamas’ larger resorts, including the iconic Atlantis resort. Here you can spend the day at the Aquaventure water park or the Atlantis Aquarium.
Buses serve other areas of New Providence and Paradise islands. Ferries and charter boats at Nassau harbor go farther afield.
The Bahamas are located just 187 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Miami, and are easily reached by plane and boat. There are more flights to the Bahamas in the winter peak season. Some visitors prefer the slower pace of local life off-season for a relaxed and more affordable tropical getaway.
Accommodation in Nassau
Nassau being the capital, finding convenient accommodation in the city is easy. There are 50 Nassau hotels or other lodgings that you can book with Expedia.
Visitors with a taste for the good life can choose from the One&Only Ocean Club, at Casino Drive, and the Sandals Royal Bahamian All Inclusive Resort & Private Island, at West Bay Street. The Harborside Resort at Atlantis, and the Cove Atlantis, Autograph Collection are another two upscale accommodations worth checking out.
Nassau is well known for Atlantis Aquarium, so it might be nice to stay near this star attraction. the One&Only Ocean Club is just 1 kilometre (1 mile) away. Another popular choice is the Harborside Resort at Atlantis, which is about 0.3 kilometres (0.2 miles) away.
This casual, all-junior suite property provides guests access to Atlantis and full use of their resort facilities just one block away, and two golf courses are a mile away.
Perched above 2 gorgeous white-sand beaches, this all-suite luxury resort stands amid lush landscaping, shimmering waterfalls, freshwater pools, and an enclave within the wonders of the Atlantis Resort.
Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center, Junkanoo Beach, and Prince George Wharf. Nassau Botanical Gardens and Royal Victoria Garden are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Nassau hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Cunningham, Lake Killarney, and Lake Nancy. Junkanoo Beach and Clifton Heritage National Land and Sea Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Paradise Island resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Stingray City and Fort Fincastle are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Part of the water-park and marine-life Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, which connects by bridge to Nassau, this 423-room tower at the tranquil east end of the resort lies close to 3 miles of beach.
These spire-topped towers contain 1,201 rooms and embody the Lost Continent theme offered by the water-park and marine-life Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, which connects by bridge to Nassau.
This activity-packed resort stands along the white sands of Cable Beach, across from the Cable Beach Golf Club; Ardastra Gardens, home to parrots and “parading” flamingoes, is 2 miles away.