Experience the best views of the city’s distinctive landmarks, and enjoy an educational glimpse into its fascinating history.
Hidden among a group of islands poised between the Atlantic and Caribbean—and only a few hundred miles from the United States’ southern coast of Florida—Nassau Paradise Island has sheltered everyone from pirates and freed slaves to blockade runners, rum smugglers and runaway lovers over the centuries. And although times are peaceful now, we still cherish a tradition of people making their own rules under sunny skies.
The pleasant climate, its natural beauty, is more than enough reasons to justify a visit to these islands!
Despite being made up of over 700 islands, most tourists prefer to stay in Nassau, where are concentrated the major hotels in Grand Bahamas, with a major center for eco-tourism, or in small secondary islands to enjoy nature and a simpler lifestyle. Beach, relax, cultural heritage and a lively nightlife … You just have to choose what you prefer to do in every moment!
Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas, is located on 21-mile-long New Providence, our 11th largest island. Nassau’s main harbor is protected by Paradise Island. The harbor attracted settlers in the early days, particularly pirates. In fact, Nassau’s population consisted mainly of pirates until 1718, when The Bahamas first Royal Governor, Woodes Rogers expelled them, restored order and built Fort Nassau. The Bahamas for centuries adopted Rogers’ motto, “Expulsis Piratis, Restituta Commercia,” which means, “Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored.” Now, 212,000 people call New Providence Island home, with a large portion of them residing in Nassau.
It’s easy to get to the Bahamas, with direct flights from all major eastern US and Canadian cities, as well as from the UK and other places. Airlines serve Nassau, New Providence Island, and go direct to some of the other main islands. Nassau also has a huge port and is served by a number of cruise lines. Only the main islands have public transport, along with car rental, while the Out Islands can be frequented by boat and taxi.
- Characteristic shallow beaches over turquoise waters;
- Amazing scuba diving with good visibility teeming with marine life;
- Exquisite sailing in the Exumas;
- Nassau’s pastel-colored buildings and old forts;
- Biminis fabulous fishing and road to ‘Atlantis’;
- Grand Bahama’s Lucaya Marketplace and national park;
- The seclusion and untouched feel of Long Island;
- Great options for partying and colorful festivals.