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Nassau

Country
Bahamas
State
New Providence
City
Nassau City
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport (IATA: NAS, ICAO: MYNN) is the largest airport in the Bahamas.Most major U.S. airlines (with the notable exception of Southwest) have flights to Nassau. Limited service from Toronto and London also exists.The airport itself has seen better days, but the free drinks occasionally served on arrival and the live band serenading the Immigration hall help set the tone.No public transport is available at the airport, but there's a list of fixed taxi fares posted at the exit. It's about US$25 and 10 mi (16 km) to most hotels in central Nassau.

By Cruise

Nassau is a favorite port of call for the many cruise ships plying the Bahamas.Up to seven cruise ships can dock at the Prince George Wharf Cruise Terminal adjacent to downtown Nassau.

By Bus

Minibuses (locally know as jitneys) act as the bus system of Nassau city and New Providence island.Jitneys are found on and near Bay Street.The famous Jitney to Cable Beach loads passengers on George & Bay Streets (in front of McDonalds, across from the British Colonial Hilton). Other jitneys are located on Charlotte & Bay Streets.A bus will typically wait until it's full before departing.Understanding the various routes can be complex. Many have destinations painted on the bus, but there is no standard as they are run by multiple companies and individuals.Ask around for your destination.Note that there is no jitney that goes to Paradise Island (Atlantis Resort).

Key places to visit
Junkanoo, Cable Beach, Downtown, National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Fort Fincastle


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Places to Visit

Junkanoo

The city's chief festival is Junkanoo, an energetic, colorful street parade of brightly costumed people dancing to the rhythmic accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles.The celebration occurs on December 26 and January 1, beginning in the early hours of the morning (1:00 a.m.) and ending around 10 a.m.

Cable Beach

Cable Beach is recognised as the hotel district of Nassau.Five enormous hotels two of which are all inclusive are located on this strip.The area is also known for its dining options, the Crystal Palace Casino, and the golden sands of Cable Beach itself.Most of the area's restaurants are located either in the hotels or across the street.BBQ Beach, Androsia and Capriccio are three of the best dining options in the Cable Beach area, each offering unique décor, a serene atmosphere, and distinctive cuisine.There is little to no nightlife.There is a bit of shopping, most of it located in the Wyndham. Two small arcades are also in the hotel.One is above ground and one is in the walkway between the Wyndham and the Sheraton Hotels.

Downtown

Downtown is the hub for all activities in Nassau.Thousands of people visit daily, to shop, dine, sightsee and to enjoy the tropical climate of the city.While the busiest part of Downtown is the Bay Street thoroughfare and the Woodes Rogers Walk, located across the street from the port and parallel to Bay, the area actually extends for several blocks in each direction.It starts at West Bay, around the Junkanoo Beach area.A few hotels and restaurants are located on West Bay, most notably Compass Point, Holiday Inn, Quality Inn, and Chez Willie.The next landmark is the British Colonial Hotel, which marks the beginning of Bay Street proper.Pirates of Nassau Museum is just across from the British Colonial Hilton.

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Opened in 2003, this showcases Bahamian art from the precolonial era to the present.The quality of art is rather uneven to say the least, but the renovated building once the residence of the Chief Justice is a sight in itself. Adults USD 5, Students/seniors USD 3.Art gallery will be open from Tuesday-Saturday,10AM-4PM.

Fort Fincastle

A small fort built in 1793 which overlooks the city of Nassau from a small hill south of town.Several cannons are on display. Tours are conducted Monday through Sunday, 8am to 3pm.

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