Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, offers a tantalizing mix of old colonial British charm and modern influences. Over a million cruise passengers visit each year. The commercial hub of New Providence but close to Cable Beach and Paradise Island, this city makes an ideal vacation spot.
A bustling metropolis, Nassau contains many duty-free shops, nightclubs, restaurants, and a wealth of historical sights. For history buffs, the Bahamas Society Museum houses anthropological artifacts from before European influence. Christ Church Cathedral, built in 1837, stands near Prince George Wharf, the first view that cruise passengers see as they disembark. For a trip back in time, visit Balcony House, the oldest wooden residential structure in Nassau. Versailles Garden features fountains and statues of famous people throughout the ages, topped by the Cloisters, a famous stone monastery that was brought to New Providence by Huntington Hartford.
For shopaholics, Rawson Square makes the perfect place to start, where horse-drawn surreys take visitors through the town. Travelers delight in shopping in Nassau, which probably has more shops than all other islands in the Bahamas chain. Bay Street contains the most duty-free stores, including Nassau's own International Bazaar which sells linens and Bahamian souvenirs. Shop for books at the Nassau Arcade or Prince George Plaza. Specialty shops abound on Bay Street, selling antiques, bread, linens, brand name jewelry and clothes, china, and crystals for bargain prices. You'll spend up to 25%-50% less than what things cost in the United States. Nassau reigns shopping hub of the entire Bahamas. Not just visitors, but residents from all around the Bahamas chain come to Nassau to shop, especially residents of the out islands.
For monetary or business needs, visit the Central Bank of the Bahamas, established in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth II. In the lobby, exhibits display budding Bahamian artists' work. Just as Nassau serves as the heart of all shopping, it serves as the commercial center of the entire Bahamas. Nassau hosts many other different banks as well, such as Citibank. Tourists and residents alike, from all over the Bahamas do business in Nassau. The primary municipality of the Bahamas, this city caters to almost every need, providing lawyers, doctors, and accountants. Close to the Bank lies Parliament Square, where government buildings stand, representing the national Bahamian government.
Potter's Cay, located under the bridge connecting Nassau and Paradise Island, makes a great place to visit for a purely Bahamian experience. Take a walk on the road beneath the bridge and visit the port where conch boats and mail boats disembark each day. Take an inexpensive trip on one of these boats and tour the waters while watching the conch fishing. Stands along the road sell fresh conch, empty conch shells for souvenirs, and native Bahamian spices.
Travel to Nassau, where shopping, historical sights, restaurants await you for a fun time. Experience some of the best things the Bahamas have to offer!