Nassau is New
Providence’s main city and the capital of the Bahamas. This 330 year-old city seems to portray
an aura of history, colonial style and charm, however
Nassau is the
‘hubbub’ of modern industry & communications, mainly in
tourism and financial services.
Nassau’s resort areas are Cable
Beach to the West and Paradise Island to the north. In Nassau you
can find colonial buildings, museums & art galleries,
duty-free shopping, the largest straw market in the Caribbean,
land and sea sports & cultural activities such as
The Junkanoo parade is held in the early morning hours of December
26th and New Year’s Day on the main downtown street
– Bay Street – for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike.
Paradise Island connected to Nassau by
two bridges, well known for its unbelievable beaches and superb
golf course. Also for everyone’s enjoyment is a world-class
With its location
about 160 miles from Miami, it is not surprising that New Providence is
a popular destination for cruise ships. It also has both the good
shopping and beautiful beaches needed to satisfy cruise ship passengers
during a trip ashore. The best shopping on the island is in Nassau.
There are stores like John Bull with cameras, electronics, and crystal
and the Straw Market which offers just about anything that can possibly
be made from straw. To experience truly Bahamian shopping, visit the
market at Potter’s Cay where fresh produce, fish, and conch are sold
New Providence is home to two large,
attractive casinos. There is the Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island and
the Crystal Palace Casino on Cable Beach. These two casinos dwarf the
casinos found on most islands. Either casino could easily be mistaken
for a major Las Vegas casino.
For a printable hand drawn map of Nassau and island Click