Lovers of sun-n-sand would love to bask in the warm, tropical climate exhibited by Nassau. Perched on the northeast coast of New Providence Island, it is not only the capital of Bahamas but also its commercial hub. Nassau is still very much embedded in old-world charm for the world can view the city's candy-colored colonial buildings, ancient forts, and opulent hotels.
Do spend some time at Nassau's Cable Beach for it manages to exhibit the classic feel of a Caribbean beach with its pristine white sand slowly meshing with sparkling turquoise waters. If you can afford and wish to stay at any of the luxurious resorts housed there, some of them are: the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Breezes, Sandals Royal Bahamian, and Wyndham Nassau Resort. Do take a trip to the Blue Lagoon Island (also referred to as Salt Cay), is a private island. Head three miles from Nassau, and indulge in a number of watersports as well as close-up encounters with dolphins and sea lions. Relax in a hammock along the palm-lined beach or swim/snorkel in the lagoon.
Do visit the glitzy and glamorous Paradise Island. Formerly known as the Hog Island, it houses the enormous Atlantis Resort as well as a host of other resort complexes, private houses and a golf course. The grand Atlantis is home to a luxury hotel, aquarium, water park and entertainment complex is one of the leading attractions in the Bahamas. Replicating the fantasy universe, the decorations showcase real and mythical creatures. The marine habitat is the biggest outdoor aquarium in the planet which focuses on native tropical species. The water park would be enjoyed by both children and adults alike with a plethora of rides to keep them entertained.
Do climb up the Queen's Staircase, that was named to honor Queen Victory and her contribution in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas. After reaching the top of the staircase, visitors can ride the elevator to the top of Fort Fincastle, the highest point on the island. The fort resembles the bow of a boat and offers breathtaking views of Nassau and the ocean beyond. Designed of stone and assisted by ionic columns, the structure is a remarkable representation of Georgian Colonial architecture. This official home of the Governor General of the Bahamas is a brilliant, conch-pink mansion.
Kindly do visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum and learn more about Nassau's seafaring ways. Visitors can view the replica of the pirate ship Revenge, see pirate paraphernalia, and interact with theatrical pirate hosts. Well-known for housing the marching flamingos, the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center spans four acres of tropical gardens. Caribbean species spotted there are: endangered Bahama Parrot and several species of iguanas. Kids can hand-feed the friendly rainbow lorikeets.
When it comes to shopping, do head over to the Downtown and Bay street for it offers the finest duty-free shopping in Nassau. One will also find the Straw Market along this strip. Be on the look-out for woven items such as hats, mats, and baskets, as well as fine wooden carvings, colorful fabrics, and many other souvenirs.
As for cuisine, dig into culinary specialties such as conch (his snail-like mollusk is served steamed, grilled, broiled, in chowders and as fried fritters). The stay options in Nassau are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Nassau experiences tropical monsoon climate. The best time to visit would be from September to May for the temperatures are pleasant during that period.