Discover History, Culture and Adventure on Nassau's 10 Best To-Do List

Uncover the culture, history and adventuresome nature of the Bahama Islands through site visits, guided tours and activities on the land and in the waters surrounding Nassau and Paradise Island. Settled by the British and American Loyalists escaping post Revolutionary War consequences, Nassau is a mixing pot of cultures. The Loyalist planters brought with them their slaves, introducing African traditions and heritage into the mix for a rich diversity of culture and history you can experience throughout Nassau and its environs.

Attractions such as Pirates of Nassau and The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in downtown Nassau familiarize visitors to the island chain's fascinating, swashbuckling bygones and vibrant arts scene. The city is full of historic sites and places to experience the culture, which explodes during the holidays with the world-renowned, flamboyant Junkanoo street festival. 

Just make sure you do not leave Nassau without experiencing one of its greatest treasures - its clear, multi-hued waters and what lies underneath. Any number of sailing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, diving and marine animal interaction charters and tours can get you out and into the clear blue. 

Or stick land side for your adventure at local resorts that offer everything from a high-roller casino,and golf to making chocolate and rolling cigars. 

Paradise Island
Atlantis resort
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If you are willing to dish out the cash for a wristband, a day at Atlantis can provide an activity-filled addition to your Nassau vacation. Its 63-acre Aquaventure offers every sort of water park feature you can imagine " from lazy rivers...  Read More

John Watling's Distillery
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John Watling's Distillery packages rum at the Buena Vista Estate in downtown Nassau - a lovely collection of buildings with a storied past. Take the short tour of the distillery, sample the rum and enjoy the view of the harbor from the historic...  Read More

Junkanoo Parade
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Junkanoo, a uniquely Bahamian spectacle, brings to mind the high energy, vibrant color and rhythmic sounds of Mardi Gras. and USA TODAY readers recently voted it the Best Caribbean Festival. Although its roots reach back to the...  Read More

Educulture Bahamas
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Junkanoo is to the Bahamas as Mardi Gras is to New Orleans: defining. Even more so than Mardi Gras, because the holiday-time street festival incorporates and informs every form of the arts in the Bahamas. Junkanoo bands spend countless hours...  Read More

Cable Beach
Baha Mar Casino
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Nassau's only casino, it replaces Cable Beach's longstanding Crystal Casino in a separate building integrated into the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. Touted as the largest casino in the Caribbean, it defies old stereotypes with natural...  Read More



Graycliff, a short uphill walk from Bay Street, has been the first name in lodging and dining in Nassau since 1973. In 1977, it added a hand-rolled cigar factory to its operations dealing in the finer things in life. In 2012, owners opened a...  Read More

National Art Gallery of The Bahamas


Housed in the beautifully restored 1860s-era Villa Doyle, it opened in 2003 and has managed to collect a number of important works, which it cycles through the museum via changing exhibits. Bahamian artists are the collection's primary...  Read More

Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar
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The Jack Nicklaus designed Signature Golf Course features 18-hole, 72-par links that can be customized daily according to the weather, playing conditions and golfers' level of experience. The flexibility allows visitors multiple golfing...  Read More

Pirates of Nassau
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This interactive museum in the midst of downtown Nassau whisks you back to the year 1716, when the Golden Age of Piracy reigned. The ship "Revenge," as the story goes, is moored in the Caribbean while the crew celebrates in typical pirate...  Read More



With just 65 steps spanning 102 feet, this is a steep ascent from Elizabeth Avenue to Fort Fincastle and the Water Tower. Carved out of a limestone wall by 18th century slaves, the steps once afforded soldiers protected passage from the fort to...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle