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Swim in turquoise water and sunbathe on white sand at the capital city of the Bahamas. Learn about the fascinating history that lies beyond the beaches.

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.

Top Hotels in Nassau

The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence

Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Lagoon Beach South and Cabbage Beach. Versailles ...

4/5Very Good! (1,704 reviews)

"it was like a dream vacation everything was beautifully"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 2020

The Royal at Atlantis
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
4 out of 5
Harbour Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is CA $381 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 22

Situated on the waterfront, this all-inclusive resort is within a 15-minute walk of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean ...

4/5Very Good! (1,254 reviews)

"Didn’t like the American food, I’m American and I wanted to see more Bahamian options"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2020

Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence

Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cable Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Junkanoo Beach and Straw Market. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,721 reviews)

"A perfect stay from start to finish. The staff at Baha Mar are incredibly kind and helpful. The dining experience is second to none. Highly recommend Baha Mar! A resort that has everything for everyone."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 24, 2020

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Nassau

Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Bay View Suites Paradise Island
3 out of 5
Bay View Drive, Harbour Ridge Road, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is CA $145 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean Club Golf Course ...

3.9/5Very Good! (466 reviews)

"The staff was very accommodating and the rooms were very clean. A home away from home."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2020

Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
3.5 out of 5
Casino Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence

Nestled on the beach, this Paradise Island villa is within a 10-minute walk of Cabbage Beach and Versailles Gardens. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean Club ...

4/5Very Good! (123 reviews)

"Beautiful beach, nice pools, excellent restaurent. Rooms could use some updating but were comfortable and large. Some of the staff are not very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
Brownstone Sea Beach
Brownstone Sea Beach
3 out of 5
5 Sea Beach Blvd, Nassau, New Providence
The price is CA $186 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Caves Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cable Beach. Lake Cunningham and Crystal Palace Casino ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"The property is quaint and private, but safe and well maintained. The owner is friendly, responds in a timely fashion and very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Brownstone Sea Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Nassau

Cable Beach
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Cable Beach

4.5/5(103 reviews)

White sand, crystal-clear water and lively beachfront establishments have made this the go-to beach for visitors to the most populated island of the Bahamas.

Cabbage Beach
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Cabbage Beach

4.5/5(52 reviews)

Ride Jet Skis and fly parasails, soak up the sun or relax at a beachfront bar at this popular resort-lined beach. 

Queen's Staircase
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Queen's Staircase

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Named to celebrate the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s rule, these limestone stairs flanked by a waterfall are an important landmark in the nation’s capital.

Straw Market
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Straw Market

3.5/5(103 reviews)

Chat with local vendors and shop for handicrafts and Bahamian souvenirs at this bustling market.

Versailles Gardens
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Versailles Gardens

4/5(11 reviews)

Escape the busy beaches and resort precincts of Paradise Island at these ornate historic gardens and watch the sun set over the harbor.

Pirates of Nassau Museum
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Pirates of Nassau Museum

4/5(23 reviews)

Relive the savagery and reckless abandon of 17th-century pirates who once called Nassau home at this interactive museum.

Top things to do in Nassau

Funky Nassau Jeep Tour - Native Food Tasters & Local Drinks
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Funky Nassau Jeep Tour - Native Food Tasters & Local Drinks

CA $125
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Exuma Adventure with Swimming Pigs
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Full-Day Exuma Adventure with Swimming Pigs

CA $484
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Jet Ski Adventure from Cabbage Beach Bahamas
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Jet Ski Adventure from Cabbage Beach Bahamas

CA $106
Per adult
Ultimate Watersports Package - Cabbage Beach Bahamas
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Ultimate Watersports Package - Cabbage Beach Bahamas

CA $264
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Parasailing Adventure from Cabbage Beach Bahamas
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Parasailing Adventure from Cabbage Beach Bahamas

CA $106
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Breezes Resort Day Pass
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Breezes Resort Day Pass

CA $135
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Nassau

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
98
5 - Excellent 48.756218905472636%
4 - Good
74
4 - Good 36.81592039800995%
3 - Okay
27
3 - Okay 13.432835820895523%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.4975124378109453%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.4975124378109453%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 28, 2020

All staff were extremely friendly. All food was delicious. Very clean and entertaining spot.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 20, 2020

one negative to our property...….they wouldn't offer an umbrella on the beach because it was too windy.....they need to build some kind of shade structures on the beach.

3/5 - Okay

CarolfromCanada

Mar 9, 2020

it was a cold and windy day when we were there so not many people out and about. night life does not start up until after 9pm.

5/5 - Excellent

Liz

Mar 4, 2020

Very expensive!!!

3/5 - Okay

Jen

Feb 26, 2020

More expensive than I thought and it’s a tourist trap in my opinion. I was glad to stay out of downtown.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

I really enjoyed my time in Nassau. Just be prepared for some sticker shock in terms of prices but i had a wonderful break and look forward to returning!

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