The capital city of the Bahamas, Nassau is the nation’s largest and most vibrant city with some of the best beaches in the entire world. Explore the Bahamian culture, marvel at the British influence of the history and architecture, have an adventure inland within the rainforest, or travel deep under the sea to meet the cornucopia of wildlife beneath the waves. Nassau boasts some of the best diving, food, and exciting experiences that the world has to offer.
Used in famous films such as James Bond’s Casino Royale and the popular Disney saga Pirates of the Caribbean, Nassau’s beaches are certainly among the world’s most beautiful. With sugary white sand, sweet candy-colored coral reefs, turquoise waves, and nearly 300 average days of sunshine every year, Nassau is the perfect destination for beach-bound fun.
Whether you enjoy water sports such as skiing, diving, snorkeling, or you would rather lie on the sand with a good book, there’s a Nassau beach just for you. The average water temperature around Nassau’s coasts hovers in the 80s, making it hard to find an excuse not to dive into the calm Caribbean waters. The beaches around Nassau are often crowded, especially those near the resort chains and shopping districts like Cabbage Beach and Cable Beach, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. Come with your family and friends to make a day of it, sunning yourselves and then heading to the resorts for dinner and entertainment.
If you enjoy diving beneath the waves and exploring the undersea frontier, try one of the glorious dive sites around the island. Shark Rodeo is notable for its abundance of sharks and here you can watch from above as the sharks are fed or even swim among the creatures. The Towers and the Lost Blue Hole are both excellent for snorkelers and divers of all experience levels as they feature massive coral reefs, underwater architecture, and just about every species of tropical marine life you can imagine.
Inland Nassau is just as exciting as the coasts. Blue Lagoon Island, a privately owned area, is a popular tourist attraction offering a number of up-close animal encounters with sea lions, dolphins, and more. Visit the animals of sky and earth at the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo center, a beautifully designed area that incorporates the local scenery and wildlife. For more natural beauty, head to the Queen’s Staircase, a 66-step national landmark in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex.