Paradise, Found.

Located on the island of New Providence, Nassau is a colorful Caribbean capital, with white-sand beaches, green golf courses, pink Colonial buildings, and warm turquoise waters. Naturally, water sports are very popular here. Take your pick of scuba diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, and sailing excursions.

Over the centuries, Nassau has hosted everyone from pirates, rum smugglers, and royalty to The Beatles, Beyoncé, and a couple of Bonds…James Bonds. If you want to follow in the footsteps of 007, stroll down the aptly named Paradise Beach or park your Aston Martin at the One&Only Ocean Club, where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails, either shaken or stirred.

As the largest city and the commercial hub for the country, Nassau is also home to dozens of specialty shops, designer boutiques, and bustling markets. Walk along Bay Street for independent stores, souvenir shops, and the famed Straw Market. Or visit Craft Cottage Bahamas for handmade Bahamian artwork, jewelry, glassware, and ceramics.

In the mood for a little local flavor? Food here reflects the city’s cultural influences and is a delicious mix of Spanish, British, and West African tastes. Be sure to try conch (pronounced “konk”) at one of the many restaurants at Arawak Cay, also known locally as The Fish Fry.

John Watling’s Distillery

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John Watling’s Distillery

John Watling’s Distillery

Named after “a pious pirate who sailed the Bahamian seas”, John Watling’s Distillery offers complimentary tours of the distillery and the historic estate on which it’s beautifully situated. Discover the spirits of The Bahamas through rum tastings. And ghost stories.

Nassau Straw Market

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Nassau Straw Market

Nassau Straw Market

Head to Nassau Straw Market for a colorful cacophony of sights, sounds, and shops. You can purchase everything from Bahamian crafts and souvenirs to hand-woven straw bags, hats, and more. (Good to know: Negotiate prices and bring small bills, either in Bahamian or U.S. currency.)

Graycliff Hotel

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Graycliff Hotel

Graycliff Hotel

Visit the 18th-century Graycliff Hotel for cooking classes at the Caribbean’s first five-star restaurant, learn how to make hand-crafted chocolates and cigars, and sample a vintage from one of the largest privately owned wine cellars in the world.

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