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Your guide to Nassau
Welcome to Nassau
Many people come to the Bahamas to swap the hustle and bustle of city life for days of idyll on white-sand beaches. But it would be a mistake to skip a visit to vibrant Nassau, the capital and largest city of this island paradise nation. The commercial and cultural hub of the Bahamas, its thriving port welcomes cruise ships, which has contributed to a lively harbour scene. The waterfront is home to restaurants, duty-free luxury shopping, and boutiques selling Bahamian arts and crafts.
During the day, beachcombers alight on pretty Cable Beach to lounge, play volleyball, and sip sky juice — a concoction of gin and coconut water. At night, upscale restaurants and buzzy clubs keep the festive atmosphere going. All of this takes place against a backdrop of grand Georgian architecture, a remnant of Nassau’s colonial past. Glam resorts have cropped up here, but Bahamian culture still dominates, particularly in an area known as Fish Fry, where rainbow-colored stalls serve up the catch of the day alongside hearty helpings of rice and beans.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Nassau
The Bahamas are a vacation mecca in part thanks to their reliably nice weather. You’re likely to encounter sunshine and warm temperatures any time of the year, although there are wet and dry seasons. Summers tend to bring rain, while winters are more arid. Hurricane season stretches from June to November, so it’s a good idea to keep tabs on the weather forecasts during those months. Expect crowds to swell during Spring Break, when the college crowd descends on Nassau. On December 26, July 10, and January 1, there are festive Junkanoo celebrations — street parties featuring colorful, intricate costumes; dancing; and general revelry.
Top things to do in Nassau
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Housed in the stately Villa Doyle, a white and yellow mansion built in the 1860s, this museum boasts four galleries showcasing the work of Bahamian artists. The vast collection includes pre-independence, turn-of-the-20th-century works alongside contemporary art in order to tell a story about the nation’s history and future. Check the calendar for a schedule of artist talks and other events.
Nassau Public Library
You would be hard pressed to find a more unique study space than this one. The library’s octagonal facade, circled by a pretty veranda and completed in 1800, was once a prison complete with a basement dungeon. Now the cells have been converted into reading nooks, while the upper floor displays historical artifacts. Visitors are welcome, but remember — sightsee at a respectful volume, or risk a shushing.
Built by the British in 1788, the ruins of this fort offer plenty to explore, including a moat, underground tunnels, and a dungeon. There are also 42 cannons stationed here. On Wednesdays and Fridays, you can travel back in time as performers in period costume reenact historical scenes for visitors and fire off one of those cannons at noon.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Nassau?
Nassau has a tropical monsoon climate. The summers, from May to October, are warm and humid with temperatures averaging around 87°F (30°C), whereas winters, from December to April, are milder with temperatures averaging around 75°F (24°C). Rain is most common in the summer months.
What are some of the best things to do in Nassau?
Activities in Nassau often include swimming with the pigs on a boat tour, exploring the historic downtown area, and sampling the local cuisine at the Fish Fry. Visitors also enjoy snorkeling at the vibrant coral reefs and lounging on the beautiful Cable Beach.
What is the best time of year to visit Nassau?
Many visitors flock to Nassau between December and April when the weather is warmest. Popular events during this time include the Junkanoo Festival, a vibrant parade held on Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and the Bahamas International Film Festival in December.
What are the best places to stay in Nassau?
Travelers often choose to stay in areas such as Cable Beach, known for its resorts and beaches, or in Downtown Nassau, for its proximity to the city's attractions and markets. Paradise Island is another popular area, especially for families and beach lovers.
What are the best places to visit in Nassau?
In Nassau, visitors often explore the Queen's Staircase, the historic Fort Fincastle, or the Pirates of Nassau Museum. The Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas are also frequently visited locations.
What are some hiking trails in Nassau?
Among the paths to explore in Nassau, the Primeval Forest National Park boasts a variety of trails suitable for all fitness levels. Another popular location is the Retreat National Park, known for its extensive collection of native Bahamian palms.
What are some family activities to do in Nassau?
Families in Nassau often visit the interactive Pirates of Nassau Museum, explore the marine life at the Atlantis Resort, or take a trip to Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre. Another popular family activity is visiting the Blue Lagoon Island for a day of swimming and beach games.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Nassau?
Day trips in Nassau often involve exploring the underwater sculptures at Clifton Heritage Park, visiting the Blue Lagoon Island, or experiencing the marine life at Stuart's Cove. Another frequently suggested trip is to visit Paradise Island, known for its beaches and the interactive marine habitat, Atlantis.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Nassau?
Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Nassau. From over 290 house rentals to over 310 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Nassau?
Experience the best of Nassau with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $90 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.