Nassau is the Capital of the Bahamas and an exciting city with nuances of Miami mixed with London. History was made and impeccably preserved here in Victorian mansions, cathedrals, fortresses and even a Queen's staircase with 66 steps with a panoramic view.

The destination is made up of downtown Nassau with the cruise ship piers and bustling Bay Street with the closest duty Free shopping to the USA. Paradise Island has been transformed courtesy of the Atlantis organization that has built a Bahamian Resort that is unrivaled. Paradise Island is mostly Atlantis with its Seascape pool with dolphins and even sharks but there are some independent resorts and even small hotels on the island. Two bridges cross the harbour from Bay Street to Paradise Island. Cable Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach between downtown Nassau and the airport with muliple hotels and a golf course.

This is a 45 minute hop from Miami and Fort Lauderdale plus serviced by most leisure airlines from many cities in the USA including charter flights from the midwest. It is a complete destination with great restaurants, 2 casinos, diving, golf, great beaches, daytrips to offshore islands, shopping.

It is all about the blue water in the Bahamas and Nassau/Cable Beach/Paradise Island is no exception. Sailing, Windsurfing, parasailing water skiing, snorkeling and great scuba adventures are offered here including the famed swim with the sharks that they have been doing off of south beach for thirty years. They say the sharks are friendly and there are ocean caves, wrecks and shallow reefs with something for every level of diver and snorkeler. Take the family and visit the Crystal Cay Marine Park with the largest man made coral reef in the World. There are a total of 24 aquariums on the grounds.

Gambling, Dining and Dancing in Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach
Beautiful white sand of Cable Beach stretches out for miles.
Beaches are plentiful and beautiful in Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach. Cable Beach is pictured to the left. It is white sand, wide and long. Transportation is easy on the island with taxis and an inexpensive local bus system. There are great public beaches on Paradise Island but the Atlantis Beach/Pool area is for the use of Atlantis guests and the guests of the Comfort Suites across the street. Downtown Nassau even has beaches at Junkanoo Beach and the British Colonial Hilton has a private beach for it's guests where you feel you can reach out and touch a cruise ship.

Offshore islands are where the party boats go each day. Go to Blue Lagoon and swim with the Dolphis or take the Robinson Crusoe party cruise to its offshore island for food, fun, libations and beach/snorkling activities. The water is sparkling blue and the sun is hot all year-round. Take a powerboat excursion for the day to Exuma, Dive with Stuart Cove or Bahama Divers, Take the Flying Cloud, Majestic Lady or the Hummingbird for the day including lunch and rum punches. Send the kids to Discovery Camp at Atlantis or go to Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center or just get on the Cable Beach bus and ride to the end of the line. Make sure you stop by Arawak Cay in the afternoon for some conch salad, a fried fish and a Kalik Beer.

Bay Street is the hub of duty free shopping across from the cruise ship Pier. Visit the straw market and higgle for what you need including baskets, batiks and purses. You will see genuine batiks made in the Bahamas plus other indiginous crafts. Just across the street you will see Columbian Emeralds, Rolex, Gucci, Cartier, Fendi, Pentax, Olympus from duty free giants like John Bull, Little Switzerland and Solomon's Mines. Atlantis at Paradise Island has indoor shopping that rivals Bay Street.

Bay Street, Nassau with extraordinary duty free shopping
No true shopper would ever be disappointed in Nassau. There are some lively bars near Bay Street for the guys.