Nassau is the capital of The Bahamas, a member of the British Commonwealth. It is the largest city in the Bahamas and its low-rise sprawl dominates the eastern half of New Providence Island.

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British Colonial Hilton Nassau

A hotel catering more to business travelers than package tourists. Occupies the site of a historical landmark (Fort Nassau), and has its own private beach, from which you get a fantastic view of the cruise ships going into, going out of, and berthed at the docks. Step out of the hotel and you're right downtown on Bay Street's shopping attractions.

SLEEP   —  +1 (242) 322-3301 —  One Bay Street

Cafe Matisse

Tucked away on a quiet lane, Matisse serves excellent Italian food with fresh local ingredients. Reservations recommended; try to get a seat in the delightful garden courtyard, which is shady by day and lit up at night. "Proper" dress (no shorts or sandals) required for dinner.

EAT   —  1-242-356-7012 —  Bank Lane

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Opened in 2003, this showcases Bahamian art from the precolonial era to the present. The quality of art is rather uneven to say the least, but the renovated building — once the residence of the Chief Justice — is a sight in itself.

Fort Fincastle

A small fort built in 1793 which overlooks the city of Nassau from a small hill south of town. Several cannons are on display. Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday, 8am to 3pm.

SEE   —  Map

The Shoal Restaurant and Lounge

If the tourist crowds are getting you down, take a taxi out to where the locals eat. Enjoy fish that falls off the bone, friendly service, and a dessert of guava

EAT   —  323-4200 —  Nassau Street

Quality Inn Nassau Bahamas

Located across the street from Junkanoo Beach, this hotel offers stunning views of white sandy beaches and the crystal-clear blue water of the Atlantic Ocean.

Pirate Museum

Recreations of a pirate town, a pirate ship and a pirate battle, with a few real artifacts mixed in. Cheesy, but fun. Try to catch a guided tour.

SEE   —  1-242-356-3759 —  Map

SeƱor Frogs

right next to the cruise dock. Situated next a stinky sewer pipe, check which way the wind is blowing before you order. Doesn't serve Kalik.

DRINK   —  (242) 323-1777 —  Map

Club Fluid

draws a very local crowd. You will get lots of recommendations from Bahamians you meet but it is not a tourist club at all.

DRINK   —  Map

Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Center

Visit the Bahamas' only zoo. See the marching flamingo shows. Let the parakeets land on you as you feed them.

SEE   —  242-323-5806 —  Map

Cocktails and Dreams

draws a sketchier crowd, although it is on the beach. Come here in a group.

DRINK   —  (242) 328 3745 —  West Bay Street

Club Waterloo

on the north side of the island, about two miles from the dock.

DRINK   —  East Bay Street

About Nassau

Founded around 1650 by the British as Charles Town, the town was renamed in 1695 after Fort Nassau. Due to the Bahamas' strategic location near trade routes and its multitude of islands, Nassau soon became a popular pirates' den, and British rule was soon challenged by the self-proclaimed "Privateers Republic" under the leadership of the infamous Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. However, the alarmed British soon tightened their grip, and by 1720 the pirates had been killed or driven out.

Today, with a population of 260,000, Nassau contains nearly 80% of the population of the Bahamas. However, it's still quite low-rise and laid back, with the pretty pastel pink government buildings and the looming giant cruise ships that dock daily.

Source: wikivoyage