One way to beat the winter blues is to plan a trip someplace tropical, and the Bahamas are about as tropical as you can find. With its pristine beaches and coral reefs, it is the perfect destination for scuba enthusiasts and those looking for a little relaxation. These are only some of the reasons that The Bahamas receive 5.5 million visitors every year.
For those looking for an exciting vacation, you will find plenty of choices in Nassau.
Here are the top ten things to do in Nassau, Bahamas while on vacation.
1. The Beaches
If you are heading to the Bahamas, one of the biggest draws is the beaches. With tons of different options from lovely secluded beaches to beaches packed with sun worshipers, you are bound to find the perfect spot that appeals to you.
Plus, you can do more than sit there soaking up the sun. If you feel like experiencing some of the most beautiful coral reefs to explore as you swim and snorkel, there is plenty for you to see. Don't forget your mask!
2. Pirates of Nassau Museum
Piracy played a huge part in the history and development of Nassau as a city, as well as the rest of the Carribean in general. This museum is dedicated to uncovering the importance of smugglers and pirates played in local history. It looks like a tourist trap from the outside, but it is anything but.
Located in a replica of Blackbeard's famous ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, this interactive museum is a great way to learn about the role piracy played in the region. With all sorts of sordid details and thrilling stories, you will feel like you've gone back in time to the height of the reign of the pirates. It is a great activity for the whole family.
3. Head to the Straw Market
If you are looking for the perfect souvenir to take home with you or want to experience more local history, the straw market is the perfect place to do both. Originally a place where slaves would show off and sell their amazing weaving skills, this market has been around for several hundred years, at least. Tourists would come here to get baskets and bowls to take home with them as remembrances of their time in the Bahamas.
Now it serves as a more traditional market place, selling everything from traditional baskets to t-shirts and beaded necklaces. It isn't often you get to buy something to commemorate your vacation in a place with so much history.
4. Go Rum Tasting
What is a trip to the Bahamas without a little rum? It would be a bit like going to France and not tasting any wine. While there are plenty of places to sample the official alcohol of the region, none is quite so famous or as beautifully situated as John Watling's Distillery.
Located in an estate dating back to 1789, this museum offers free tours of the museum and the chance to sample some local cocktails at the end of the tour.
Plus, since it is such a close distance from the port, it makes this an easy stop on your Nassau excursion. It is easily one of the more popular things to do in Nassau.
5. Learn to Dive or Swim With Sharks
Located on the other side of New Providence Island, Stuart Cove's dive operation has tons of great water activities for every level of enthusiasts, from diving lessons for beginners to the chance to swim with sharks for the more advanced divers. You can also learn how to SNUBA (a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving), use underwater scooters, and even pilot a mini-sub.
Plus, since it is away from the hustle and bustle of the main part of the island it can be a great way to slow down and relax a little.
6. Have a Fish Fry
Despite it being a little touristy, Arawak Cay is still a great place to experience a real honest to goodness fish fry the way the locals do. With a great selection of fish fresh off the boat, some tasty conch fritters, plenty of cold beer, and great music to dance to, this place is lively and packed almost every night of the week. Plus, with so many restaurants to choose from, you can hit up a different place each night.
7. The Blue Lagoon
This island, located only three miles away from Nassau by boat, is a great way to spend a day. From lovely beaches to all sorts of tropical wildlife, there is bound to be something for almost everyone. You can even have the chance to interact with dolphins and sea otters in their natural habitat.
8. Climb the Queen's Staircase
Even though these steps were built between 1793 and 1794, they were later named for Queen Victoria and connect Fort Fincastle, the highest point on the island, and downtown Nassau. Consisting of 66 steps, they offer a great photo opp and view of the town.
9. Fort Fincastle
Built on Bennet's Hill, this fortress is the highest point on New Providence Island. Opened daily, you can take a guided tour of this amazing limestone fortress and learn about how it played a strategic role in defense of the town. Be sure to tip your tour guides, as the tours are free.
10. The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Located in the Villa Doyle, this art gallery has been a draw for visitors on the island since the 1860s. Comprised of mainly Bahamian artists, there is also a fine selection of decorative arts and sculpture from the 20th century. It is a must-see for any art enthusiast visiting Nassau.
Plenty of Things To Do In Nassau
This is only a small sample of things to do in Nassau. Between sampling the local history, exploring the wildlife, and strolling through the city center, you are bound to find something you love.