Nassau Travel Guide & Information

Nassau, located on the northeast coast of New Providence Island is one of several islands that make up the Bahamas. It is also the capital, largest city and commercial center of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Founded around 1650 by the British as Charles Town, the town was renamed in 1695 after William III of Orange-Nassau in 1695. A busy hub of international commerce and finance, Nassau is the most cosmopolitan city in the Bahamas Islands and a vibrant center for tourism, as well as world-class entertainment.

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Travel to Nassau, a sunny subtropical paradise, home to pristine, sandy beaches, duty-free shopping, posh resorts, dazzling casinos, historical landmarks and water and land sports of every kind. Flights to Nassau are your opportunity to explore the capital and largest city of the Bahamian Islands. Offering a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical ease, Nassau is one of the most visited destinations in the Bahamas.

Nassau beautifully captures the elegance of its old world charm while incorporating modern amenities. Travelers to the Bahamas can enjoy well-preserved colonial buildings, exciting attractions, duty free shopping, one of the largest straw markets in the Caribbean, thrilling land and sea sports, pristine beaches, delightful cuisine and unique cultural activities. With so much variety, it’s no wonder that Nassau has become the top world class destination it is.

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Things to do in Nassau

Museums:

Nassau offers visitors insight into Nassau’s glorious past through various exhibits at one of many choice museums.

Pirate Museum: The interactive Pirate Attraction is located in the heart of downtown Nassau. The museum is full of multimedia pirate experiences, complete with a soundtrack of raucous piratical theatrics. The exhibit opened in 1998, is a world-class interactive experience. The Pirates of Nassau Museum gives travelers an opportunity to experience a slice of authentic Bahamian history.

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Pompey Museum: The museum houses exhibits dedicated to the African experience in The Bahamas. Visitors can view artifacts excavated and also various objects of African origin. Some the most popular exhibits at the museum include articles and reproductions of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century letters.

Bahamas Historical Society Museum: in Nassau has displays depicting Bahamas history from the past to the present. The museum is located on the corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue. The collection includes historical, anthropological and archaeological artifacts, and covers more than 500 years of Bahamian history.

Prominent Attractions:

Nassau has several other attractions that are a “must see” to any travelers itinerary.

Cable Beach: located three miles west of downtown Nassau is notable for its calm water and fine white sand. This is the destination's primary beach, with several major hotels lining the soft sandy beaches. Whether you choose to relax on the sand and soak up the sun or choose to spend your time shopping for various local items, Cable Beach is far from disappointing. Those interested in water sports can also find plenty of choices, from surfing, wind surfing, snorkeling and more.

Fort Fincastle: overlooks the town from Bennett’s Hill and was built by Lord Dunmore, who named it after his second title, Viscount Fincast. This is one of few historic forts remaining in Nassau. The basic fort is circular, with an extension that has been compared to a bow of a ship. There are a few old cannons on the site. The fort boasts spectacular views from its 126-foot water tower and lighthouse.

Straw Market: is a market specializing in straw products, straw baskets, mats, hats and more, all handmade. The famous Straw Market in the Bahamas in Nassau is one of the largest in the world, and definitely the largest in the Bahamas. The Straw Market of Nassau provides visitors an excellent chance to shop and buy unique handmade goods.

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Where to Stay in Nassau:

Nassau offers visitors a wide variety of accommodation choices ranging from cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to beach resort hotels, spa hotels, youth hostels, bed and breakfast inns, extended stay hotels and much more.

Downtown: Visitors, who choose to stay in the downtown area of Nassau, don’t worry about being too far from the beach. The beach is within walking distance from the center. You can find clean, comfortable hotels at budget prices in this area. Travelers who plan to spend their time at nightclubs and close to all of the prominent attractions and shopping opportunities might enjoy this area.

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Cable Beach: The Cable Beach area is an excellent choice for travelers who want to stay near the shops, bars and gambling clubs found on the island. Cable Beach is also a popular choice for families with children. Besides the usual water sports and activities, and plenty of space for sunbathing, Cable Beach offers visitors a myriad of upscale resorts to suit all budgets.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Nassau, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* All Americans traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

* U.S. citizens do not need to obtain visas to visit Nassau and may enter using a passport.

* U.S. citizens planning on an extended stay of several months may be asked by immigration authorities to provide proof or evidence of financial solvency upon entry to Nassau.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport should be carried for all visits outside Canada.

* The passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to Canada.

* Canadians travelling on a direct flight are only required to be in possession of valid official photo identification and proof of citizenship for trips to the Nassau up to 21 days.

* An onward or return ticket, accommodation information and proof of sufficient funds are also required.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Nassau

Regardless of when you choose to travel to Nassau, the subtropical paradise is a relaxing retreat for travelers throughout the year.

The most popular time to travel is during the Junkanoo Festival, around Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Visitors looking for cheap flights to Nassau and cheap hotels during their visit might want to choose to travel during the beginning of spring through the end of autumn.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to April)

Low season: (May to October)

Nassau Weather

Nassau has a tropical maritime climate, which makes for year-round good weather.

* Influenced by its setting next to the Atlantic Ocean, Nassau lies in the northern hemisphere.

* There is hardly any change in seasons in Nassau and can be hard to distinguish, with a warm climate remaining, even during the months of January and February.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

U.S. currency is accepted throughout Nassau as are most major credit cards and traveler’s checks.

Languages:

* English is the official and main language of Nassau.