Paradise Island - Bahamas beauty at its best Waiting to welcome you just a stone's throw from..Pirates of Nassau Museum Information
The year is 1716.................. Pirates of Nassau, the interactive Pirate Attraction in the..Fort Fincastle Information
Built in 1793, the front of the fort is shaped like the bow of a ship and would have provided a..The Retreat National Park Information
"The Retreat" is a National Park, the headquarters of the Bahamas National Trust. One of the..Government House Information
Located at one of Nassau's highest points, this has been the official residence of the Governor..Cable Beach Information
A few miles west of Nassau is Cable Beach, covering four kilometres (two and a half miles) of..National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Info
Located at the historic Villa Doyle, a newly restored 19th century mansion, the museum houses the..Festival Place Information
Festival Place, located on Prince George Wharf, was designed by award-winning Bahamian architect..Parliament Square Information
To see an excellent example of Old Nassau, go by the flamingo-pink government buildings of..See all locations in Nassau / Paradise Island
Nassau, capital city of The Bahamas, lies on New Providence Island, the neighbour of Paradise Island. This island pair maintains a distinct blend of international 21st century glamour, old-world charm and tropical ease, giving holidaymakers the freedom to do everything or simply relax and do nothing at all.
Venture into the historic heart of Nassau, and you'll discover this thriving commercial centre retains pretty much all of its colonial heritage and appeal. You can admire the Georgian architecture and quaint, pastel-coloured wooden shops and offices scattered along lively Bay Street; hire a horse-drawn surrey and take a leisurely tour of old Nassau while your driver regales you with the local folklore; visit the numerous ancient sites and forts and the hand-carved Queen's Staircase.
If you want to step back through the centuries, wander along to the Pompey Museum and take a good, long look at the display of artefacts, documents and drawings. You won't want to miss the contemporary Bahamian art galleries and the cultural Junkanoo museum, too.
Nassau's stunning natural harbour lies on the 34 km (21-mile) long island of New Providence. Protected for a 4.8 km (3-mile) stretch by the tiny Paradise Island, this sheltered harbour has attracted settlers since long before the British colonists left Eleuthera and arrived in New Providence in the late 1600s.
In fact, in 1670, King Charles II of England granted The Islands of The Bahamas to six British noblemen called the Proprietors. These men brought British settlers from Bermuda to the island of New Providence where they built a fort and a city, which they called Charlestown, in honour of the king. Several years later, the city was renamed Nassau, to honour William, Prince of Orange-Nassau, the successor to the throne of England.
Although some of the religious farmers from Eleuthera lived in Nassau, most of its population were pirates, privateers or wreckers, only too willing to lure ships aground on the reefs and plunder their precious cargoes. In an attempt to stop the plundering, the Spanish and French fleets attacked and destroyed Nassau periodically over the following years. However, the lawless citizens would always return and rebuild the port city.
In 1718, Great Britain declared The Islands of The Bahamas a Crown colony and named former privateer Woodes Rogers as its first Royal Governor. Rogers flushed out the pirates from Nassau, restored law and order and built Fort Nassau.
After accomplishing his mission, Rogers left the islands, but returned in 1729 at the request of the Bahamians. He opened the first House of Assembly in The Bahamas and presided over the colony until his death. The assembly adopted Rogers' official motto, 'Expulsis Piratis, Restituta Commercia' which translated means 'Pirates Expelled, Commerce Restored'.
During the Revolutionary War, British Loyalists fleeing America in the 1770s settled in Nassau. They added to the town's architecture, population and prosperity. During the American Civil War and Prohibition, Nassau grew and prospered as it was ideally situated for shipping blockaded goods to the United States.
With miles of idyllic deserted beaches - especially the 13 km (8-mile) pink sand beach - cerulean..Grand Bahama Island Information
From beautiful beaches and unspoilt pine forests to sleepy villages and catamaran cruises at..The Abacos Information
There's more to the 200 km (120-mile) necklace of islands and often uninhabited cays and beaches..Paradise Island Information
Paradise Island - Bahamas beauty at its best Waiting to welcome you just a stone's throw from..Fernandez Bay Beach Information
Located just North of the settlement of New Bight, at Fernandez Bay Village, this curvy tree lined..Kamalame Cay Information
Near Kamalame is the third longest barrier reef in the world it is just a mile from our shores..Pirates of Nassau Museum Information
The year is 1716.................. Pirates of Nassau, the interactive Pirate Attraction in the..Bimini Nature Trail Information
Bimini Sands Resort and Marina is creating a brand new experience on the island of Bimini with the..Chub Cay Club Information
Chub Cay's location at the edge of the Tounge of The Ocean, makes it a premier destination for..Eleuthera / Harbour Island Information
First settled in 1648, Eleuthera is perhaps the best-known of the Out Islands and one of the main..Fort Fincastle Information
Built in 1793, the front of the fort is shaped like the bow of a ship and would have provided a..