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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

Nassau which includes cruising, night scenes and general coastal views

Downtown Nassau

4/5Very Good!(362 area reviews)

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

Downtown Nassau
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.

Westward Villas Subdivision

3.5/5Good!(20 area reviews)

Westward Villas Subdivision might not have many top sights, but Cable Beach and Junkanoo Beach are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Westward Villas Subdivision
2 chairs on a beach

Lyford Cay

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

While Lyford Cay isn't home to many top sights, Love Beach and Clifton Heritage National Land and Sea Park are some notable places to visit nearby.

Lyford Cay
Morning

Jubilee Subdivision

While Jubilee Subdivision isn't home to many top sights, Cable Beach and Junkanoo Beach are some notable places to visit nearby.

Jubilee Subdivision
Cable Beach which includes tropical scenes, a sandy beach and jet skiing

Cable Beach

When in Cable Beach, you can plan a visit to Cable Beach and Junkanoo Beach, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Cable Beach

Top Hotels in Nassau

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 a 10-minute walk of Paradise Lagoon Beach South and Cabbage Beach. Versailles ...

4/5Very Good! (1,704 reviews)

"it was like a dream vacation everything was beautifully"…"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

The Royal at Atlantis
Riu Palace Paradise Island All Inclusive - Adults Only
Riu Palace Paradise Island All Inclusive - Adults Only
4 out of 5
6307 Casino Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is $378 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Located in Paradise Island, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Cabbage Beach and Versailles Gardens. Paradise Island ...

4/5Very Good! (1,143 reviews)

"My overall experience was wonderful even during Covid. I would recommend and I would stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2020

Riu Palace Paradise Island All Inclusive - Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
4 out of 5
Harbour Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $290 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 22

Situated on the waterfront, this all-inclusive property is within a 15-minute walk of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean ...

4/5Very Good! (1,254 reviews)

"Didn’t like the American food, I’m American and I wanted to see more Bahamian options"…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Warwick Paradise Island- All Inclusive- Adults Only
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.

Vacation Rentals in Nassau

Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Bay View Suites Paradise Island
3 out of 5
Bay View Drive, Harbour Ridge Road, Paradise Island, New Providence
The price is $110 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Versailles Gardens and Cabbage Beach. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean Club Golf Course ...

3.9/5Very Good! (466 reviews)

"The staff was very accommodating and the rooms were very clean. A home away from home."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Bay View Suites Paradise Island
Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
3.5 out of 5
Casino Drive, Paradise Island, New Providence

Nestled on the beach, this Paradise Island villa is within a 10-minute walk of Cabbage Beach and Versailles Gardens. Paradise Island Golf Club and Ocean Club ...

4/5Very Good! (123 reviews)

"Beautiful beach, nice pools, excellent restaurent. Rooms could use some updating but were comfortable and large. Some of the staff are not very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Sunrise Beach Club and Villas
Brownstone Sea Beach
Brownstone Sea Beach
3 out of 5
5 Sea Beach Blvd, Nassau, New Providence
The price is $142 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Cat Cay and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cable Beach. Caves Beach and Lake Cunningham are also ...

4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)

"The property is quaint and private, but safe and well maintained. The owner is friendly, responds in a timely fashion and very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Brownstone Sea Beach
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).

Popular places to visit in Nassau

Cable Beach
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Cable Beach

4.5/5(933 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.

Cabbage Beach
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Cabbage Beach

4.5/5(598 reviews)

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

Junkanoo Beach
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Junkanoo Beach

4/5(417 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Junkanoo Beach, a popular beach in Nassau. Discover the seafood restaurants and entertainment choices in this relaxing area.

Queen's Staircase
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Queen's Staircase

4/5(266 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(1,030 reviews)

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

Versailles Gardens
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Versailles Gardens

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Escape the busy beaches and resort precincts of Paradise Island at these ornate historic gardens and watch the sun set over the harbor.

Top things to do in Nassau

Funky Nassau Jeep Tour - Native Food Tasters & Local Drinks
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Funky Nassau Jeep Tour - Native Food Tasters & Local Drinks

$95
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Bites of Nassau Walking Food Tour
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Bites of Nassau Walking Food Tour

$76
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Rum Runner's Passage Walking Tour
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Rum Runner's Passage Walking Tour

$80
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch
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Pearl Island Beach Escape with Lunch

$84
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Jet Ski Adventure from Cabbage Beach Bahamas
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Jet Ski Adventure from Cabbage Beach Bahamas

$80
Per adult
Breezes Resort Day Pass
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Breezes Resort Day Pass

$103
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Nassau

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.48492590700051%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.44098109351047%
3 - Okay
229
3 - Okay 11.701584057230455%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.6060296371997955%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7664793050587634%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

I definitely will return

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Hated we were there early in the COVID19 situation as I would have like to see more of the sites. We went to town for a couple hours but when we realized the number of cruise ships docked we left.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Beautiful island, crystal clear water, too bad I spent my time there at Sandals Royal Bahamian. Will not return

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

I would go back!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Did not explore Nassau. Only in Nassau for connection

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

the island is beautiful, a little expensive but nice for a short vacation unless you really want the BEACH

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