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How to Spend 1 Day in Nassau

How to Spend 1 Day in Nassau

With its compact city center and mix of historic pastel-hued buildings, lively bars, and sandy beaches, Nassau is easy to explore in just one day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the Bahamian capital city.


Morning: Explore the City

Start your day by exploring the heart of central Nassau. Start at the Queen's Staircase, a steep set of 66 stairs measuring some 100 feet (31 meters) that was carved by slaves at the end of the 18th century. The stairs lead to the top of Bennet's Hill, the highest point on the island and the location of Fort Fincastle, a towering limestone fort built in the shape of a paddle steamer. After taking in the views from the fort, head back into town, wrapping up your morning at the Straw Market, a popular spot to buy woven baskets and hats along with other local handicrafts.

 

Afternoon: Sea and Sun

In the afternoon, head over to Cable Beach, with its beautifully clear Caribbean waters and powdery sand. Stretching around 2.5 miles (4 kilometers), this beach is popular both for its proximity to Nassau and its great snorkeling and water sports opportunities. The beach is lined with hotels and resorts, most of which offer amenities such as sunbeds and umbrellas. Many also offer day passes for nonguests, but if you want to save money, simply bring your own towel or beach blanket.

 

Night: Sunset and Drinks

When night falls, you may want to stick around Cable Beach to grab dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area or for a round of blackjack at the popular Baha Mar Casino, which sits right in front of the beach. For a more romantic option, charter a boat or join a group sunset cruise, many of which include dinner and drinks. Once you’re back in Nassau, wrap up your evening with a nightcap in one of the many lively bars that line the harbor along Bay Street. 

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Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

Nassau Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour

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Explore Bahamian cuisine and culture on this food and walking tour in Nassau’s historic neighborhood. Sample tasty foods at six venues – including family-owned restaurants and specialty shops. Sip on handcrafted rum cocktails while you nibble on classic conch fritters and Bahamian mac ‘n’ cheese. Expect food quantities to be equivalent to a hearty lunch. Beyond the bites, you’ll also experience the rich culture and architecture Nassau has to offer. This is a small-group tour, with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Nassau Food and History Bus Tour

Nassau Food and History Bus Tour

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Experience the history and food of the island of Nassau on this half-day bus tour. Learn about the traditional food and drink of the Bahamas while tasting samples of authentic dishes. Sip on local beers and bush teas, visit a cake factory, a historical museum, and ancient battle forts. End your day with a Bahamian-style lunch at a local restaurant. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Nassau Bahamas Highlights Tour

Nassau Bahamas Highlights Tour

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Explore Nassau’s historic sites and attractions in just a few hours on this sightseeing tour, a great choice for a shore excursion or for first-time visitors with limited time. Visit the Queen’s Staircase, Fort Fincastle, Rawson Square, Goodman's Bay, and more. Plus, shop for souvenirs around town, stick your toes in the sand at the Atlantis Resort, and taste Bahamian rum cake.
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  • 3 hours
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Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour

Nassau Historical Guided Bike Tour

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Cycle around the island of Nassau during this small-group guided bike tour. Stop at locations such as the historic Fort Charlotte, the home of the Bahamas Governor-General; shop for souvenirs at the Straw Market; and relax on the white-sand beaches of Junkanoo Beach. Sample local Bahamian products like tea at Tasty Teas, small-batch rum at John Watling's Rum Distillery, chocolate at Graycliff Chocolatier, and conch fritters at Arawak Cay.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour

Nassau Land and Sea Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Nassau by land and sea during this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Board a catamaran and sail the Bahamian waters for 1.5 hours with a friendly captain. Relax and enjoy scenic views of the harbor and the coast. Then go ashore to explore the historical attractions downtown, such as the Governor's Mansion and the Straw Market, with commentary from your knowledgeable local guide. Visit the legendary Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island for photo ops before your return to Prince George Wharf.
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  • 3 hours
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Sunset Dinner Cruise in Nassau

Sunset Dinner Cruise in Nassau

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Watch the sunset and enjoy a buffet dinner aboard a catamaran on this evening cruise from Nassau. Take in the views of Paradise Island Harbor, the Atlantis, and the Bahamian sunset.
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  • 2 hours
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