The Nassau Port is the capital of the Bahamas, and the largest city on New Providence. Half of the 250,000 people on the islands live in New Providence. Since Nassau is so close to Florida, it's a popular destination for beautiful, sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, casinos, and duty free shopping. Ships dock at Prince George Wharf, near Bay Street, the main street for shopping. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism provides maps and brochures so tourists can easily find their way around. Nassau is a popular destination because of its tropical climate and relaxing atmosphere, and visitors can travel around the city in horse drawn surreys.
Bay Street is the place to find designer labels like Luis Vuitton and Cartier, jewelry, as well as local souvenirs. Some of the interesting stores to shop in are Island Tings Ltd. In this shop all the items are made locally. Inexpensive jewelry and prints by local artists, as well as stuffed toys can be purchased here. Harbor Bay Mall has several stores, an internet cafe and bookstore. The Atlantis Resort is another place to buy gifts or souvenirs at the Atlantis Shopping Mall. Items to buy at the duty free shops are watches, liquor, jewelry, perfume, china, crystal, clocks, and linens.
Things to See
The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island is an impressive site that greets tourists when they dock. "The Dig" is one of the more interesting attractions, and is a series of underground aquariums and an archeological dig showing what life may have been like on Atlantis. Take a stroll along the Atlantis Marina to see some fabulous yachts. Sting Ray City, a small nearby island, is the place to snorkel with sting rays, pat, and even feed them. Tours of Nassau and other locations on the island are available. For tourists who enjoy the water, diving, snorkeling, or swimming with dolphins is available. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism can help tourists to plan activities while on the island. Ardastra Gardens was opened in 1937 by Hedley Vivian Edwards, a Jamaican horticulturalist. It's home to 300 animals, many of which are endangered. The beautiful exotic gardens encompass five acres. Fort Fincastle overlooks Nassau, and was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore, the Viscount Fincastle.
Restaurants and Bars
Van Bruegel's in downtown Nassau, features European style bistro dishes that are delicious and reasonably priced. The Green Parrot features great local food and drinks at affordable prices, with great locations and the friendliest crowd in Nassau. Traveller's Rest is a well known seafood restaurant and favorite spot for drinks that opened 30 years ago. It's a favorite spot for locals to gather to dine on delicious seafood dishes on the terrace with lovely views of the ocean. The Poop Deck features Bahamian seafood. Bahamian lobster is an excellent choice. The Columbus Tavern on Paradise Island features upscale cuisine. Senor Frog's Restaurant and Bar is the new fun place for the whole family in downtown Nassau. They serve an interesting variety of Mexican appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.