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From tribal Indians to pirates, from explorers to slave traders, the Bahamas are steeped in centuries of rich and fascinating history. 

New Providence is home to Nassau--the nation's capital is the center of industry and commerce in the Bahamas and serves an interesting blend of old world colonial architecture, vast straw markets, and an abundance of people combined with sophisticated new world luxury.

Catch the spirit in Nassau, the bustling hub of the Bahamas since the days of the legendary pirate 'Black beard'. This historic city seduces visitors with its tropical splendor combined with world-class shopping, gourmet dining and lively nightlife.

Relax on the world-renowned, powder white sands of Cable Beach by day and enjoy exciting casino action at night. see Guide Dolores


Linked to Nassau by bridge is the famed Paradise Island--home to luxurious beaches, a world class golf course, the most plush hotels in the Caribbean, gigantic casinos and of course world class entertainment.

Nassau, Paradise beach

Nassau, Diving in the Bahamas The warm, crystal-clear waters that surround the islands of the Bahamas are a huge undersea playground for divers and snorkelers, with over 1,000 dive sites spread across 700 islands. Many dive operations offer excursions to coral reefs and shipwrecks, as well as other activities such as swimming with dolphins. 

To experience Bahamian culture and art, you should make plans to attend Junkanoo. 

 

The Bahamian festival of Junkanoo is an energetic, colorful parade of brightly costumed people gyrating and dancing to the rhythmic accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles.

The celebration occurs on December 26th and January 1st -- beginning in the early hours of the morning (2:00 a.m.) and ending at dawn.

Junkanoo is reminiscent of New Orleans' Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, but it is distinctly Bahamian and exists nowhere else.

Junkanoo, Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Places to Visit
 
bullet BOTANICAL GARDENS: This 18-acre garden boasts more than 600 varieties of shrubs, flowering trees and cactuses. Also featured are a vast collection of Bahamian and exotic orchids.  Open from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday and 9-4 Saturday & Sunday. Admission is $1.- for adults and 50 cents for children. Tel. no. 323-5975.
bullet FORT CHARLOTTE: Named in honour of the wife of King George III this fort was built in 1789 by Lord Dunmore. A fire has never been shot in battle from Fort Charlotte. It includes dungeons, ramparts, draw-bridge and a waterless moat. A beautiful view of Nassau Harbour can be seen from the Fort. Admission is free. Tours are conducted Monday – Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm. Tel. No. 322-7500 (Ministry of Tourism) or 325-9186 (Fort Charlotte).
bullet ARAWAK CAY: This Bahamian ‘Fish Fry’ location is situated on the harbor across from Fort Charlotte. This little village is rich with cultural ‘goodies’ sold by vendors such as conch salad and fried fish. Arawak Cay is popular among the locals who gather there in the evening especially on weekends.
bullet POTTERS CAY: Beneath the Paradise Island bridge is Potters Cay a Bahamian Marketplace where fishermen and vendors sell their good to locals & tourists. This area is also the dock for mailboats which transport passengers, livestock & goods between Nassau and the Family Islands.
bullet STRAW MARKET: For the purchase of native items and crafts you must visit the straw market located on Bay Street in downtown Nassau. You may bargain with the vendors to buy straw hats, dolls, straw baskets, straw mats, as well as t-shirts and other Bahamian souvenirs. The straw market is open from early morning until the evening.
bullet PARLIAMENT SQUARE: Located on Bay Street, this square is the home of the House of Assembly, the Senate, the Chambers of Parliament and the Victoria Statue.
bullet RAWSON SQUARE: Center of the Government of the Bahamas located in the heart of downtown Nassau, Bay Street.
bullet QUEEN’S STAIRCASE:Recently renovated, this is Nassau’s most frequently visited attraction. You can climb the 65 steps carved out of limestone by slaves in the late 18th century. The staircase is 102 feet high and was named in honor of the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s reign.
bullet PRINCE GEORGE WHARF: This is the largest ship port in the Caribbean and is located in the heart of downtown Nassau.
bullet THE WATER TOWER: This is the highest point on the island-216 feet above sea level-which offers a view of New Providence Island, coast to coast.
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