Nassau Travel Guide
Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, is an old colonial city on New Providence Island which is connected to Paradise Island by two bridges. Both islands are overflowing with luxury accommodation, not least Paradise Island which is dominated by the extravagant Atlantis Resort, one of the most expensive hotels in the world and a popular retreat for the likes of Michael and Oprah Winfrey among other stars.
Established in the mid-17th century, Nassau still holds much of its colonial charm, courtesy of its elegant pastel-colored buildings, although much of the skyline is dominated by the huge cruise ships that pass through daily. Nassau is particularly well-known for its lively nightlife and Junkanoo Carnival, an all-night affair that takes place on December 26 and again on January 1.
Paradise Island is well-known for its frequent appearances in mostly American movies and television series. The largest resort, Atlantis, has appeared on screen dozens of times and boasts one of the most expensive hotel stays in the world at more than US$25,000 a night. The huge Bridge Suite which stretches between the resort’s two Royal Towers features 10 rooms, golden chandeliers, private serving staff and a baby grand piano.
Nassau: the largest city in the Bahamas is a great place to visit day or night, with its National Art Gallery, Pirate Museum, Straw Market and abundant nightclubs.
Potter’s Cay: situated right under the Paradise Island Bridge, this islet has a great fish market specializing in local delicacies, including conch fritters.
Atlantis Resort: you might not be able to afford the price tag, but this mega-resort is still worth a look. The water park here features water slides that go underwater through a shark-infested pool.
Cable Beach: a superb strip of coastline close to Nassau featuring a number of resorts.
Bacardi Distillery: located on the aptly named Bacardi drive, the distillery receives tour groups that take a look around before sampling rum cocktails.