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Nassau
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Nassau featuring tropical scenes, cruising and a marina

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.

Where to stay in Nassau

The Royal at Atlantis
The Royal at Atlantis
4 out of 5
Paradise Beach Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
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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! (1,600 reviews)
"Prices for food and drinks are ridiculous! And food isnt even that great!"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

The Royal at Atlantis
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
The price is CA $347 per night from May 16 to May 16
This Nassau resort is on the beach, 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cable Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Junkanoo Beach and Straw Market. Queen's Staircase and Cabbage ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,534 reviews)
"I hate tht they charged 86 dollars for a pie of pizza. They charged me by the slice being they were closing in 15 min instead of the 36 dollars for a whole pie that was horrible"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
SLS Baha Mar
SLS Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau
The price is CA $323 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Nassau, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cable Beach, Lake Cunningham, and Saunders Beach. Haynes ...
4.1/5Very Good! (670 reviews)
"The best!! Pretty pricey, not all inclusive... but worth every penny! Best food!!"

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

SLS Baha Mar
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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 $134 per night from May 14 to May 14
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! (470 reviews)
"Best priced hotel room on Paradise Island! Friendly staff that helped to make my trip enjoyable! The manager was very helpful as I sought advice about restaurants and excursions! Short walk to the beach! I would stay here again when visiting Paradise Island on a future trip!"

Reviewed on Apr. 23, 2021

Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Brownstone Sea Beach
Brownstone Sea Beach
3 out of 5
5 Sea Beach Blvd, Nassau, New Providence
The price is CA $172 per night from May 14 to May 14
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Caves Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Cable Beach. Lake Cunningham and Crystal Palace ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Only a little bit of towels for use. Everything besides that was great."

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2021

Brownstone Sea Beach
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (122 reviews)
"The grounds were clean and pool area was beautiful. The staff was contradicting each other on what amenities were available.The service was lacking and it seemed random people were walking around (possibly working women) making safety a concern. Not all staff was identifiable and rude. We left after ..."

Reviewed on Jan. 26, 2021

Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
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.

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Reviews of Nassau

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5/5 - Excellent

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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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