Nassau, Bahamas

For a taste of Europe with Caribbean flavor, look no farther than Nassau. The main city on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, Nassau offers everything from British-influenced cricket games and bewigged judges to Riviera-style casinos. And its banking system, with its strict secrecy laws, rivals that of Switzerland. Situated less than 75 miles from the coast of Florida, the islands of the Bahamas lure visitors with their tropical landscapes and clear waters. More than 700 islands, covering some 100,000 square miles, make up this popular archipelago, although only 20 or so are inhabited. Most of the island nation's 330,000 inhabitants live on New Providence Island, centered around bustling Nassau with its colorful waterfront area and open-air markets.

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Points of Interest

  • Atlantis Resort
  • Paradise Island
  • Fort Charlotte
  • Ardastra Gardens & Zoo
  • Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincastle
  • Seaworld Explorer
  • Snorkeling
  • Beaches

More about Nassau, Bahamas Points of Interest

  • Atlantis Resort

    Envision an Atlantis-inspired resort rising from the sea in a swirl of fanciful architecture with everything from an art-filled casino to a nightclub, spa, dolphin habitat and Mayan Temple Waterslide.

  • Paradise Island

    This is the place to see and be seen - from the famed Vegas-style Atlantis resort to the Hog Island Lighthouse, a 14th-century French monastery and one casino, golf link or tennis court after another.

  • Fort Charlotte

    See the moat, draw-bridge, and dungeons and walk the ramparts overlooking beautiful Nassau Harbor. This impressive structure, built in 1789, bears the name of King George III's beloved queen.

  • Ardastra Gardens & Zoo

    Iguanas, monkeys, and jaguars - oh my! Encounter as many as 300 species, hand-feed endangered parrots and applaud the legendary marching flamingos while supporting Ardastra Garden's conservation program.

  • Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincastle

    These famous hand-carved limestone steps are the handiwork of 18th-century slaves. The 102-foot, 65-step staircase provides a challenging shortcut to the bulwarks of Fort Fincastle atop Bennet's Hill.

  • Seaworld Explorer

    Explore underwater without getting wet! You'll be mesmerized by the ever-changing scenery of the coral reef as your semi-submarine plies pristine waters brimming with a rainbow of tropical fish.

  • Snorkeling

    Take the plunge at a shallow reef like Nari Nari or Goulding Cay where the conditions are ideal for an afternoon of spectacular snorkeling. Look for fan coral, shipwrecks, angelfish, and stingrays.

  • Beaches

    The Bahamas are famous for their aquamarine waters, sugary beaches and dazzling seaside resorts. Enjoy a private beach day on Balmoral Island which offers activities like dolphin or stingray encounters.

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Must See in Nassau

4 hours | Nassau | N A S - 1 0 5
  • Atlantis Resort
  • Beaches

Spend a pleasant half-day getting acquainted with both Nassau and Paradise Island from the comfort of an air-conditioned motorcoach. See the top sights and sample free local rum and other treats along the way. Your knowledgeable tour guide offers informative and fun tidbits about the island along the way.

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Charm & Beauty Of Nassau & Paradise Island

3 hours | Nassau | N A S - 2 7 0
  • Paradise Island
  • Fort Charlotte

Get to know the endearing charms and beauty of Nassau on a leisurely tour that travels past celebrated sites such as The Queen's Staircase, Government House, Straw Market and Pompey Museum and more followed by a stop at the John Watlings Rum Distillery for a tour and a sampling.

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Easy Nassau Island Tour (Wheelchair Accessible)

1.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 1 2 1
  • Paradise Island
  • Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincastle

See Nassau from a local's viewpoint with a wheelchair-friendly tour that showcases some of the city's famous attractions: Potter's Cay, famed for its lively fruit markets; Fort Fincastle, built to protect historic Nassau; and the Queen's Staircase, hand-carved out of solid limestone. And indulge in shopping at the Straw Market.

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Easy Nassau Island Tour

1.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 1 2 0
  • Paradise Island
  • Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincastle

See Nassau from a local's viewpoint with an easy tour that showcases some of the city's famous attractions: Potter's Cay, famed for its lively fruit markets; Fort Fincastle, built to protect historic Nassau; and the Queen's Staircase, hand-carved out of solid limestone. And indulge in shopping at the Straw Market.

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Balmoral Private Island Beach Day

4.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 2 8 0
  • Beaches

Escape to your own private getaway to Balmoral Island, an idyllic destination for the whole family. Lounge on the beach, splash in the Bahamian water and soak up the sunshine. For sports enthusiasts and those seeking luxury can rent the proper gear to make their stay even more memorable.

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Semi-Sub Adventure, Fort & Scenic City Drive

3 hours | Nassau | N A S - 6 5 5
  • Queen's Staircase/Fort Fincastle
  • Seaworld Explorer

Experience the best of land and sea. Visit historic Fort Fincastle that boasts spectacular 360-degree views and enjoy a city drive to see government buildings, squares, markets. Then, climb aboard the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine and see a breathtaking ballet of undersea life as you cruise to a marine reserve.

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Balmoral Island Stingray Encounter & Beach Day

4.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 7 2 0
  • Beaches

Get up close with southern stingrays at Balmoral Island, your private getaway. The animal trainers will teach you interesting facts about the behavior of these friendly animals as you reach out to touch their soft wings. After your encounter, you can enjoy the rest of this incredible treasured island.

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Adults Only Beach Day at Blue Lagoon Island

4.75 hours | Nassau | N A S - 2 9 0
  • Beaches

A relaxed, adult-only escape on Blue Lagoon Island awaits. Cruise through Nassau's harbor and to this spectacular island haven. You'll be escorted to the VIP adult-only private beach. Relax in a comfortable beach chair, stroll along the lagoon, visit the marine animal habitats or rent a variety of watersports (additional charge).

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Balmoral Island Dolphin Encounter & Beach Day

4.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 7 0 0
  • Beaches

Enjoy a memorable close-up encounter with dolphins at Balmoral Island. There are so many amenities and activities on the beach to keep everyone happy and, with the regular afternoon ferry schedule; you can catch a ride back to downtown Nassau for sightseeing and shopping.

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Sea Lion Encounter & Beach at Blue Lagoon Island

5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 7 2 5
  • Beaches

Prepare for a life-changing encounter with a sea lion at Blue Lagoon Island. Cruise through Nassau's harbor on an open-air ferry to this private oasis, where you'll enter the refreshing waters to interact with these playful sea creatures. Then, enjoy time on the pristine beach for a swim and sun-drenched relaxation.

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VIP Family Beach & Dolphin Connection

4 hours | Nassau | N A S - 7 3 0
  • Beaches

Shake "fins" and interact with a playful bottlenose dolphin on a VIP Blue Lagoon Island adventure that includes family-friendly marine activities and a beach experience. Cruise through Nassau's harbor on an open-air ferry to this private oasis. Build sand castles, take a dip, and admire gorgeous scenery. Bahamian lunch is served.

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Balmoral Island Dolphin Swim & Beach Day

4.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 7 1 0
  • Beaches

Escape to your own private getaway to Balmoral Island, an idyllic destination for the whole family. Lounge on the beach, splash in the Bahamian water and soak up the sunshine. For sports enthusiasts and those seeking luxury can rent the proper gear to make their stay even more memorable.

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Two Tank Certified Scuba Dive

5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 9 3 0
  • Beaches

Take a dive into the crystal clear water of New Providence Island on a certified two-tank scuba expedition. Certified divers can thrill to the sight of a coral reef-covered wall, a 100-foot freighter, the famous James Bond plane wreck or the Cessna from the movie "Jaws IV."

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Balmoral Island Exclusive Beach Cabana

4.5 hours | Nassau | N A S - 2 7 5
  • Beaches

Escape to the cool refuge of your private cabana on Balmoral Island, an ocean front playground with a freshwater pool, restaurants, bars and plenty of activities. So kick off those shoes, work on your tan, make a splash or find a peaceful place under a swaying palm.

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