Nassau/Paradise Island is the capital of the Bahamas. Explore Parliament Square, the government center that dates back to the early 1800s or check out the port’s vibrant night life, including more casinos, theaters, and fabulous cuisine than you could possibly fit into a short stay. During the day, there’s plenty of golfing, tennis, and swimming.
Nassau is the largest city and commercial center of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It is located on New Providence Island.
Arawak Cay is a local beach with pastel-colored shacks and vendors selling very fresh conch and fried fish and grits, very popular with the locals.
Paradise Island and Cable Beach are also popular beaches to visit.
Ardastra Gardens have pink flamingos, honey bears, peacocks and much more while the 18th century Fort Charlotte offers the chance to roam the dungeons, underground passageways and see the waterless moat. The view from the ramparts of the harbor are a must do whilst there.
The Blue Lagoon is around 30 minutes away, this private island offers various rates from basic admission to dolphin swims.
Other excursions on offer include Forts & Pirates, a glass bottom boat tour, Sea & Island trip or a Reef Snorkelling adventure.
Day Passes are offered to visitors at many of the local hotel resorts such as Atlantis, the Sheraton and the British Colonial Hilton.
Shopping opportunities include The Straw Market where you’ll find all sorts of tourist souvenirs on sale, to duty free shopping on Bay Street.
The disabled cruiser visiting Nassau
Where You’re Docked
You’ll dock at Prince George Wharf, near Rawson Square and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, great for picking up maps, brochures, etc., in the heart of Nassau.
Passengers must pass through Festival Place to exit the port facility, and it’s one of the more impressive we’ve seen in any port of call. Counters are staffed by tourism folks, who will provide maps and answer questions, as well as by companies that offer boat trips, over-land tours and taxi services. There’s also a small Internet cafe. Beyond that is a small, but colorful, shopping mall that specializes in artisan boutiques. A steel-pan band offers a musical welcome, and a food court features stalls that sell local conch.
Taxis, companies offer day trips and car hire are also located here. Jitney buses run between the downtown area to local beaches at Paradise Island and Cable Beach.
Good to Know
While there’s no need to be especially alert, it does pay to leave valuables and excess cash in your stateroom safe and keep an eye on your surroundings.
Legal tender is the Bahamian dollar, which is equivalent in value to the U.S. dollar. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the island. European currency is not, so exchange it as necessary at a bank or ATM. (You’ll find them at Rawson Square, Bay Street and at the casinos.) All banks and their branches are generally open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday.
English is spoken in the Bahamas.
Junkanoo handicrafts are always a sure bet and can be found throughout the island. Shopping opportunities include The Straw Market where you’ll find all sorts of tourist souvenirs on sale, to duty free shopping on Bay Street.
There are plenty opportunities to sample some local Bahamian cuisine at the many restaurants in the city.
Points of Interest
- Nassau – a seven-
Nassau Accessible Excursions
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Nassau Accessible Guided Tour
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