Nassau travel guide

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You're Going to Love Nassau

Nassau is the largest city and one of the most popular destinations in the Bahamas. Whether you are stopping over during a cruise or decide to spend a couple of weeks on the island, you are going to love the mix of historic architecture and modern restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses.

New Providence Island has a very interesting history as a pirate's den. Nassau was originally founded as a Spanish colony before being burnt down and rebuilt by the British. Delve into the island's past as you visit some of the old forts and take in the colonial architecture.

There are plenty of things to do in Nassau, including shopping on Bay Street, relaxing on Cable Beach, or visiting the luxurious Atlantis resort on nearby Paradise Island. You can also explore the more rural parts of New Providence Island to discover the wildlife and landscapes.

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When to Visit Nassau

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The climate in Nassau is subtropical and is warm all year round but the nights can feel cold during the winter. You will run into crowds if you visit the island between mid-December and mid-April. Traveling to Nassau between April and May or between September and December is ideal if you want to avoid crowds.

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Where to Stay in Nassau

Staying at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island is an ideal choice for an all-inclusive luxurious experience. You will find more affordable options in Nassau itself. Consider the Quality Inn Nassau Bahamas or the Breezes Resort Bahamas located just west of Nassau. If you want to be near the beach, the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, and the El Greco Hotel are great choices.

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Shopping Streets

Head to the Straw Market on Bay Street to haggle for souvenirs and traditional clothes. Potter's Cay, a market located under the bridge to Paradise Island that is a great place to try street food or shop for crafts and souvenirs. You will also find many duty free stores inside hotels, on Bay Street, and on Paradise Island.

Groceries and Other

There are several grocery stores around Nassau, including Bayside Food Store on Bay Street, Centreville Food Store in the downtown area, and several Super Value locations around Nassau. Expect to pay B$2.15 for a quart of milk, B$3.90 for a dozen eggs, and B$3.50 for a loaf of bread.

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Where to Eat in Nassau

Bay Street is the best place to find restaurants, bars, and cafes but you can have a more authentic experience if you stop at one of the small hole-in-the-wall cafes in the downtown area. Potter's Cay is the best place to try conch fritters, conch salad, and other traditional Caribbean street foods. Make sure you try seafood at an upscale place like Cafe Mattisse or Graycliff Restaurant. The Shoal Restaurant and Lounge also has excellent seafood and desserts and is more affordable. You can also enjoy seafood and drinks at the Tiki Bikini Hut or at the Bearded Clams Sports Bar. An upscale meal can cost B$50 or more but you should be able to eat traditional Caribbean fare for B$10 to B$20 if you choose a more affordable restaurant.