Located on the island of New Providence, Nassau is a colorful Caribbean capital, with white-sand beaches, green golf courses, pink Colonial buildings, and warm turquoise waters. Naturally, water sports are very popular here. Take your pick of scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and sailing excursions.
Over the centuries, Nassau has hosted everyone from pirates, rum smugglers, and royalty to The Beatles, Beyoncé, and a couple of Bonds…James Bonds. If you want to follow in the footsteps of 007, stroll down the aptly named Paradise Beach or park your Aston Martin at the One&Only Ocean Club, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails, either shaken or stirred.
As the largest city and the commercial hub for the country, Nassau is also home to dozens of specialty shops, designer boutiques, and bustling markets. Walk along Bay Street for independent stores, souvenir shops, and the famed Straw Market. Or visit Craft Cottage Bahamas for handmade Bahamian artwork, jewelry, glassware, and ceramics.
In the mood for a little local flavor? Food here reflects the city’s cultural influences and is a delicious mix of Spanish, British, and West African tastes. Be sure to try conch (pronounced “konk”) at one of the many restaurants at Arawak Cay, also known locally as The Fish Fry.