Experience tropical Nassau: its island views, beaches, water park, and more!

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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Nassau page.

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Beaches, Islands and Excursions

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Where to stay in Nassau

Downtown Nassau
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Downtown Nassau

Known for Excursions, Islands, Ports

4/5(299 reviews)

Downtown Nassau is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Fort Fincastle and Straw Market while you're in town.

Lyford Cay
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Lyford Cay

5/5(4 reviews)

Lyford Cay might not have many top sights, but South Ocean and Love Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Westward Villas Subdivision
This slide is called Leap of Faith and it really is! What fun and such a blast to drop down. Sliders pass through a shark tank at the bottom. No worries because you are moving so fast you hardly notice them.
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Westward Villas Subdivision

4/5(6 reviews)

While Westward Villas Subdivision might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Cable Beach and Fort Fincastle.

Top Hotels in Nassau

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
$225
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22

Located in Nassau, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Cat Cay, and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cable Beach. Saunders Beach and Lake ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,037 reviews)

"Our Ocean View room was great! The staff was very attentive and friendly! The pool was really nice as well. Plenty to do on the hotel grounds! We’ll be back again son!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
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 1 mi (2 km) of Cat Cay and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and ...

4/5Very Good! (2,636 reviews)

"The staff was so friendly and accommodating. I will always stay here anytime I visit."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

The Royal at Atlantis
Breezes Resort Bahamas All Inclusive
Breezes Resort Bahamas All Inclusive
3 out of 5
West Bay Street, Cable Beach, Nassau, New Providence
$246
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22

Located in Nassau, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center, and within 6 mi (10 ...

3.6/5Good! (2,801 reviews)

"The location was great, the pool and beach were beautiful. Food was good (only had the buffet). The room and some parts of the resort could use upgrading, but it wasn’t so bad. The room smelled a little moldy but that is to be expected in an older resort this close to the ocean. Everyone was friendly ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Breezes Resort Bahamas All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Nassau

Cabbage Beach
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Cabbage Beach

4.5/5(521 reviews)

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

Aquaventure
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Aquaventure

4.5/5(808 reviews)

This enormous water park is one of the largest in the world. You’ll find something for everyone in the family within its 11 pools and 18 waterslides.  

Fort Fincastle
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Fort Fincastle

4/5(181 reviews)

Overlooking the city of Nassau, these historic ruins were once responsible for protecting the city from invading forces.

Cable Beach
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Cable Beach

4.5/5(801 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.

Queen's Staircase
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Queen's Staircase

4/5(208 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(837 reviews)

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

Top activities in Nassau

Sharks, Shipwrecks, and Snorkeling Excursion
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Sharks, Shipwrecks, and Snorkeling Excursion

$100

Delve into the underwater world of the Bahamas, exploring marine movie sets, eerie sunken wrecks, and vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical sea life on this guided snorkeling excursion.

Blue Lagoon Beach Day with Lunch
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Blue Lagoon Beach Day with Lunch

$83

Sail through Nassau harbor on a 20-minute catamaran cruise, then arrive at beautiful Blue Island Lagoon, where you’ll spend the day relaxing on white sandy beaches and swimming in a calm turquoise lagoon.

Bites of Nassau Walking Food Tour
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Bites of Nassau Walking Food Tour

$76

Hit the pavement to explore the sights, sounds, and intoxicating flavors of Nassau on a guided food tour through the city’s charming historic center. Sample 6 local specialties as you follow your intrepid and charismatic guide from one beloved eatery to the next.

Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch & Snorkel Adventure
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Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch & Snorkel Adventure

$99

Escape the bustle of the Nassau waterfront for time on the beach and take a scenic 20 minutes Nassau harbor cruise to idyllic Pearl Island Bahamas. Upon arrival, the island is yours to explore..

Dolphin Encounter & Beach Break
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Dolphin Encounter & Beach Break

$140

Journey to a private island where you have the exciting chance to interact with dolphins. Learn all about their behaviors from a worthy trainer, and then spend the remainder of your day experiencing all the relaxation of island life.

Breezes Resort Day Pass
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Breezes Resort Day Pass

$100

At Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa, don't forget to bring your appetite - you'll find a spectacular display of favorite dishes, local specialities and sumptuous desserts in our air-conditioned Banana Boat Restaurant.

Reviews of Nassau

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.51676154332701%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.872232764073374%
3 - Okay
182
3 - Okay 11.511701454775459%
2 - Disappointing
38
2 - Disappointing 2.4035420619860846%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 0.6957621758380772%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Nassau was an amazing first trip out of the US , easy to navigate . Tons of history . Everyone was super friendly , both on and off the resort property .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

There is so much to do! We have been to the Fish Fry on Arawak Cay, downtown for shopping, the Caves, Stuart Coves snorkeling, Flying Cloud snorkeling, Ardrasta Gardens and Zoo, Blue Lagoon to swim with the dolphins. Buses are $1.25 & a great way to

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

The people are friendly! I ate at places with real bahamian food.

2/5 - Disappointing

Adriana

Oct 13, 2019

Very expensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

Nassau was beautiful and the people were very kind.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 2019

I loved the beach, loved the Island House, Mohagany Restaurant, Atlantis Aquarium & grounds, but hated the traffic, crazy drivers, lack of food choices & having to walk miles a day.

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