Don't Miss These Most Insightful Sights in Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau boasts a long, intriguing history peopled by British Loyalists fleeing the outcome of the American Revolution, swashbuckling pirates, farmers, fishermen, and unfortunate slaves. Its colonial roots lay a foundation for an exciting tapestry of architectural sights inter-weaved with the beauty of the island's natural makeup. The result? Diverse sightseeing opportunities that range from the historic - such as Fort Fincastle and Water Tower - to the natural - such as The Retreat - to the cultural - such as Arawak Cay

This list has vetted all of Nassau's beautiful beaches, historic buildings, nature attractions and unusual features to give you the best of the best so you can make the most of your sightseeing time in Nassau. The sights cover the breadth of the Nassau and Paradise Island destination, with stops downtown Nassau, on New Providence's far West End and East End and on Paradise Island.

Once you have visited every sight on this list, you will indeed have gained an insightful look into Nassau past and present; you will come to appreciate it as more than a beach and water sports destination with great shopping. You will know it as a civilization and culture that has risen from its rich natural treasures and storied past. 



The Parish of Christ Church was established in the 1670s, soon after The Bahamas was granted to the Lord Proprietors of Carolina by the English with the mandate to establish churches in the islands. This is the fifth church to be built on...  Read More

Fort Fincastle and Water Tower
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Near the top of the Queen's Staircase at the highest point of the island stand the ruins of Fort Fincastle, built by Governor Lord Dunmore in 1793. Although small and never tested in battle, the fort provided an excellent vantage point for...  Read More



Nearly 300 animals - Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, Madagascar lemurs, monkeys, jaguars, reptiles and a vast array of birds - call Ardastra Gardens home, and some may share the walkways with you as you amble through the tranquil acreage....  Read More



Although great views abound in The Bahamas, Cloisters and Versailles Gardens on the eastern end of Paradise Island, overlooking Nassau Harbor, offer some of the very best. The carved stone remains of a 13th-century French monastery traveled...  Read More

Government House
Photo courtesy of Patrick Sahuquet


Overlooking Nassau from its elevated position, this has been the official residence of the Governor General of The Bahamas since 1801. The architecture of the impressive pink and white mansion blends island and American colonial influences, and...  Read More

East End
The Retreat
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The Retreat, located in residential Nassau and once a private home, serves as the headquarters of the Bahamas National Trust, which develops and manages the national park system. The 11-acre garden includes one of the largest collections of...  Read More

Arawak Cay
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


Downtown Nassau seems thousands of miles and a couple of dozen years away from the rest of the Bahamas, particularly the Out Island - or Family Islands, as locals call them. Arawak Cay brings a little of the flavor of the Out Islands to...  Read More



Named one of the best in the world, Paradise Island's Cabbage Beach fronts several of the big hotels including Atlantis, Hotel Riu Palace and One&Only Ocean Club. Public access is on Casino Drive next to Riu Palace. The beach itself is a...  Read More

Clifton Heritage National Park
Photo courtesy of Chelle Koster Walton


This 156-acre site on the rural side of Nassau provides a pleasant respite from cruise ship mobs and bustling traffic. It preserves a natural beach, the remains of a prehistoric Lucayan Indian village, the ruins of several 18th- and 19th-century...  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