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You can easily spend an entire day exploring the various attractions at this vast ocean-themed casino resort, which sits just over Nassau’s harbor bridge on Paradise Island. Purchasing a day pass to the property lets you access, for...

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Delancy St, Nassau, The Bahamas
A visit to John Watling’s Distillery offers both a tour of a historic estate in downtown Nassau and the opportunity to sample locally made John Watling’s rum. The distillery, the only locally owned one on the island, is...
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P.O. Box N-4882, Nassau, The Bahamas
The only zoo in the Bahamas started as a tropical garden and nature preserve in the 1950s. Over the years, Ardastra evolved, adding a conservation center for Caribbean flamingos and a small zoo containing birds, reptiles, and mammals. The...
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West & West Hill Sts. W Hill St, Nassau, The Bahamas
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas occupies the historic Villa Doyle, a colonial-era home from 1860, at the corner of Hill and West Hill streets, across from the U.S. Embassy. The gallery offers a unique look at Bahamian history and...
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Elisabeth Ave, Nassau, The Bahamas
One of the smaller forts in the Bahamas sits right at the heart of downtown Nassau. Fort Fincastle was built from cut limestone atop Bennett’s Hill to defend Nassau from pirates. One of the most notable features near the fort...
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King and George St., Nassau, The Bahamas

Though it’s a little hokey (with exhibits that include animatronic pirates, dioramas and a replica pirate ship), there’s actually much to be learned at this small downtown museum. The interactive displays and informative plaques...

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If you’re keen to see what lies beneath those crystal-clear Bahamian waters, tour operators in both downtown Nassau and Paradise Island can offer you an array of partial-day snorkeling excursions at local coral reefs. Whether you choose...

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Want to explore New Providence Island’s underwater habitats without getting wet? It’s easy with a tour in a comfortable glass-bottomed boat. Operating out of Nassau’s harbor, these vessels first sail past some of the...

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Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas

If all you really want to do on your Bahamian visit is relax on the beach, this is the spot for you. A short ride from downtown Nassau (every taxi driver knows where it is), it has everything necessary for a fun morning or afternoon in the sun: a...

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One Ocean Drive Nassau N.P Nassau, The Bahamas

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Caribbean-inspired restaurant, part of the Four Seasons's Ocean Club on Paradise Island, is unquestionably the chicest dining spot on the island. After enjoying your Bahamian conch salad or pizza topped with local...

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Bank Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas

A longtime favorite of European expats, this hidden-away downtown restaurant serves refined Italian cuisine with a Bahamian twist. The house-made gnocchi here might be created from tropical cassava, rather than potato; tagliatelle may be...

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If you want to eat like a local, try heading to Potter’s Cay—an enclave of modest fish shacks tucked beneath the bridge to Paradise Island. The most famous of these is Twin Brothers, which serves up paper plates full of deliciously...

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Mahogany Hill, Nassau, The Bahamas
The beauty of the just-opened Island House ("Mahogany House" on the map) in Nassau is that it feels like a small community of creative local minds. The 48-seat cinema screens films made in the Caribbean. Bahamian musicians perform live sets. Even...
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Nassau, The Bahamas

This five-acre organic farm, set near the western end of the island, grows produce for many of Nassau’s best restaurants—but also for its own charming on-site eatery. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, and though the menu changes...

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18 Village Rd, Nassau, The Bahamas

Adjacent to Doongalik Studios—the best contemporary-art gallery on the island—this bright cottage carries eclectic jewelry, scarves, bath products, hand-painted glassware and all manner of decorative items (mirrors, picture frames,...

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Paradise Island, The Bahamas

If you’re tempted to head to the (often overcrowded) Straw Market, come to this boutique at the Marina Village shops at the Atlantis Resort instead. You’ll find comparably traditional straw work—handwoven totes, handbags, hats,...

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West Hill Street Nassau N.P, Nassau, The Bahamas
The Graycliff Restaurant at the historic Graycliff Hotel was one of the first five-star restaurants in the Caribbean, and it’s the perfect place to go for an exceptional fine-dining experience, with a menu that combines Bahamian...
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Ernest Street, Nassau, The Bahamas

The local equivalent of Lilly Pulitzer, this Bahamian company (with a boutique in downtown Nassau) specializes in vividly colored, hand-printed fabrics inspired by the islands. These fabrics, patterned with seashells, starfish, flowers and leaves,...

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W Bay St, Nassau, The Bahamas
Fort Charlotte sits a mile west of downtown Nassau, on West Bay Street, where its perch atop a hill offers a strategic vantage point overlooking the harbor. Today, this defensive position affords visitors excellent views of both Nassau and...