Nassau Travel Guide
Welcome to Nassau! © BrokenSphere
Known for its warm breezes, sunny skies, and white
beaches, Nassau's turbulent past is quite different from the
serenity its imagery brings to mind. The capital of the Bahamas and
the largest city, part of Nassau's allure comes from its notorious
inhabitants of old. Once a lair and refuge for pirates, Nassau was
home to famous plunderers such as Blackbeard. However, by 1720 most
of the pirates were ultimately killed or driven out by the British.
In the following years, Nassau would burn to the ground three times
at the hands of the Spanish.
Today, the island's close proximity to the US gives
Nassau a distinctly American flavour. This bustling hub of a city
is a delightful and colourful blend of old world and colonial
architecture juxtaposed with a busy, modern port.
Nassau draws attracts visitors with its beautifully
preserved Victorian buildings, 18th-century fortresses, and the
Queen's Staircase, the 66 steps of which lead to the most
breathtaking view over the whole of Nassau - a must for any
Plant enthusiasts should visit the Royal Victorian
Garden, which has more than 300 species of tropical plants and
exotic creatures. Enthusiastic shoppers, on the other hand, would
be well-advised to look out for great bargains at the Straw Market
on Bay Street.
Alternatively, visitors can relax by spending an idle
afternoon watching a cricket game at one of the many local sports
grounds. After dark, Nassau comes alive with a rowdy bar and club
scene, and the scent of fresh seafood permeates the air in the Fish
This stunning city can also add at least four famous
supporting roles in the movies to its resume, as the setting in
three James Bond pictures, as well as the Beatles film 'Help!'.
With the bright lights of casinos, upmarket resort hotels, and
cruise liners, Nassau is overflowing with variety, colour and
entertainment. A favourite holiday destination for active
adventurers and beach bums alike, Nassau has something to offer