Nassau

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Nassau which includes a coastal town, tropical scenes 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.

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

Where to stay in Nassau

Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
4 out of 5
2 Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence
The price is $204 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in Downtown Nassau, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Junkanoo Beach, ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
"great place"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Margaritaville Beach Resort - Nassau
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau, New Providence
The price is $299 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,466 reviews)
"My husband and I stayed at the Grand Hyatt to celebrate our honeymoon. From the moment we walked into the Grand Hyatt the staff was so welcoming and nice! Clarissa at the front desk was super sweet and helpful. She even printed out a list of things that we could do on the island. The room was beautiful ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
SLS Baha Mar
SLS Baha Mar
4.5 out of 5
One Baha Mar Boulevard, Nassau
The price is $237 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (796 reviews)
"Beautiful Property and staff"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

SLS Baha Mar
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.
Dawsons Hideaway
Dawsons Hideaway
3 out of 5
Dawson Street, Nassau, New Providence
The price is $104 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Water Tower and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Fort Fincastle. Parliament House and Cabbage Beach ...
3.5/5 Good! (13 reviews)
this is someone house not inn or motel
"IF I KNEW THIS A RESIDENTAL HOME I WOULD HAVE NEVER PICK IT"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2019

Dawsons Hideaway
BELL at the Airport
BELL at the Airport
2.5 out of 5
Kisskadee Drive, Tusculum Heights, Nassau
The price is $150 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Crystal Palace Casino, Caves Beach, and Love Beach. Cable Beach and South Ocean are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (97 reviews)
"Great stop over close to airport."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

BELL at the Airport
Island Living Houseboat <br>Marina Suite <br>1bd/1 ensuite bth
Island Living Houseboat <br>Marina Suite <br>1bd/1 ensuite bth
Nassau, New Providence Island
The price is $145 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Nassau, this houseboat is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fort Montagu, The Retreat Garden National Park, and Versailles Gardens. Cabbage Beach and Nassau ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
House Boat/Cradle
"It’s a very cool spot, very comfortable, great views of the marina, Poop deck restaurant is right at the end of the dock for a drink and some food. Also, feels like a big cradle when you’re laying in bed, can’t help but fall asleep and be comfortable. I really enjoyed my stay and will be coming ..."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Island Living Houseboat <br>Marina Suite <br>1bd/1 ensuite bth
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.

Getting around Nassau

Getting around Nassau by taxi is the easiest option. However, taxis are not all that affordable. A more cost-effective option is taking the jitneys, or minibuses, designed for local use. They are not overly tourist-friendly, but fares are low and once you realize that you need to flag them down they are easy enough to use. Avoid renting a car or scooter as driving in the Bahamas can be dangerous. Browse Nassau rental cars.

Best time to visit

High season in the tropical paradise of Nassau is from November to mid April, and although the beaches, attractions and hotels will be busier in these months, this is still the best time to visit. Come in high season for hot, sunny days without the storms or the humidity and rain of summer. Expect average daytime temperatures that fall somewhere in the high 70s F or low 80s F (20s C).

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