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Nassau Introduction


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Located on the island of New Providence, Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. You'll find the islands' best sightseeing and historic buildings there. Also expect to find a crowd: Nassau is a very busy place, thanks to the high volume of cruise-ship passengers. In addition to the attractions in Nassau proper, there are a number of tourist sites on Paradise Island, a small but developed island off Nassau that has been transformed into a high-rise gambling and leisure haven. It's connected to the capital by two arched, one-way bridges.   Click here to see the full Nassau travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nassau Geography


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Nassau is situated on the northern coast of New Providence, dominating the bay between the main island and Paradise Island. Bay Street and its perpendicular side streets and arcades are the focus of the town's tourist activity. The area constitutes the main shopping center of the island. Bay Street extends along the seashore to the tips of the 21-mi-/33-km-long island.   Click here to see the full Nassau travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nassau History


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The Lucayans were the original inhabitants of the islands of the Bahamas. Not much is known of their history, but the Spanish encountered the Lucayans when Spain's fleets landed in the Bahamas in the 16th century. The island remained largely uninhabited until around 1666, when it was settled by people from Bermuda and by English who were seeking refuge from religious disputes. In 1695, the settlement was named Nassau in honor of William III of England, Prince of Orange-Nassau.  Click here to see the full Nassau travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nassau Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Nassau's streets and shopping arcades are often mobbed with visitors, but you can see most of the city's historical sites on foot. If you don't feel like walking, a pleasant way to get oriented is to take a horse-drawn surrey ride around town. There are several lined up along Woodes Rogers Walk. However you tour Nassau, you'll see lots of picture-perfect late-18th-, 19th- and early-20th-century buildings—from pink neoclassical government edifices on the central Rawson Square to pastel-colored houses with inviting balconies. Following main Bay Street will take you past several squares and the Straw Market.  Click here to see the full Nassau travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nassau Nightlife


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Nassau is a relatively small town and has not maintained an appealing nightlife over the years. Cozy spots once enlivened Bay Street, but there are fewer now, except for some spring break hangouts. The downtown area has become a commercial center, and it's the hotels and casinos that offer the major entertainment.   Click here to see the full Nassau travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nassau Restaurants & Dining


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Except at the very finest of restaurants, the quality of the food and service in Nassau can be unpredictable, with the laid-back attitude manifesting itself in a tendency toward overcooking. Local food is usually prepared well: Any conch or fish dish is an excellent bet. We particularly enjoy picking up some fresh and tangy conch salad from Arawak Cay or at Potter's Cay Dock at the foot of the bridge to Paradise Island. In most places, service tends to be on island time. Go in with the idea that eating is going to take a while and just relax.   Click here to see the full Nassau travel guide on Travel42 »

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