New Providence and Paradise Islands

New Providence is the Bahamas' most urban island, but that doesn't mean you won't find beautiful beaches. Powdery white sand, aquamarine waves, and shade-bearing palm trees are easy to come by, regardless how populated you like your beach to be. Whether you crave solitude or want to be in the middle of the action, there's a sand spot that's just right for you.

Cable Beach and the beaches near Atlantis are where you'll typically find loud music, bars serving tropical drinks, and vendors peddling everything from parasailing and Jet Ski rides to T-shirts and hair braiding. Downtown Nassau only has man-made beaches, the best being Junkanoo Beach just west of the British Colonial Hilton. But the capital city's beaches can't compare to the real thing. For a more relaxed environment, drive out of the main tourist areas. You'll likely find stretches of sand populated by locals only, or, chances are, no one at all.

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  • 1. Balcony House

    Historic Home

    A delightful 18th-century landmark—a pink two-story house named aptly for its overhanging balcony—this is the oldest wooden residential structure...Read More

  • 2. Christ Church Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's worth the short walk off the main thoroughfare to see the stained-glass windows of this cathedral, which was built in 1837, when Nassau...Read More

  • 3. Fort Charlotte

    Historic District/Site

    Built in 1788, this imposing fort comes complete with a waterless moat, drawbridge, ramparts, and a dungeon, where children love to see the...Read More

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  • 4. Government House

    Government Building

    The official residence of the Bahamas governor-general, the personal representative of the Queen since 1801, this imposing pink-and-white building...Read More

  • 5. Heritage Museum of The Bahamas

    Historic Home

    So many artifacts are on display in this small but interesting museum that you can easily spend an hour wandering. Opt for a guided tour, or...Read More

  • 6. John Watling's Distillery

    Museum/Gallery

    The former Buena Vista Estate which featured in the James Bond film Casino Royale has been painstakingly transformed and taken back to its...Read More

  • 7. Nassau Public Library and Museum

    Library/Archive

    The octagonal building near Parliament Square was the Nassau Gaol (the old British spelling for jail), circa 1797. You're welcome to pop in...Read More

  • 8. Parliament Square

    Government Building

    Nassau is the seat of the national government. The Bahamian Parliament comprises two houses—a 16-member Senate (Upper House) and a 38-member...Read More

  • 9. Pompey Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The building, where slave auctions were held in the 1700s, is named for a rebel slave who lived on the Out Island of Exuma in 1830. The structure...Read More

  • 10. Queen's Staircase

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A popular early-morning exercise regime for locals, the "66 Steps" (as Bahamians call them) are thought to have been carved out of a solid limestone...Read More

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