185 miles east of Miami is Nassau, New Providence. 21 miles
long by 7 miles wide and 58 miles square.
Time Zone: Eastern
legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent
in value to the US dollar. Both US and Bahamian dollars
are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. Travelers
Checks and Credit Cards (credit cards not accepted at gas
stations) are also accepted.
Tourism is the hub of Nassau and Paradise Island.
There are hospitals in Nassau.
Bahamian's drive on the left side of the road (remember:
right is left). There is one main road that runs all the
way around the island.
120/240 volts, suitable for all US appliances.
There is a medical clinic on the island and helicopter ambulance
services. No tropical diseases exist on the island. There
is a little poison oak on the Bahamian islands but most
hotels have done away with this tree in their facilities
Airports: Nassau Airport
Most major airlines fly direct from the UK or cities in
A smaller airport is Chauk's Airport on Paradise Island
flights arrive daily from Ft. Lauderdale.
Bayshore Marina 192 slips
Brown's Boat Basin 70 slips
Harbour Central Marina 32 slips
Lyford Cay Club (private) 74 slips
Nassau Harbour Club 66 slips
Nassau Yacht Haven 150 slips
Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island 67 slips
Marina At Atlantis 63 slips
stay: There are many name brand hotels. The most famous
is on Paradise Island a mega-resort called Atlantis. Here
lies a casino, amusement park, golf course and any other
amenity you can find. This is not a place to get away from
it all as it has it all including some of the best restaurants
and art work in the world. Many people have stayed many
times at the Atlantis without ever seeing it's beautiful
beach. On the way to the beach you find yourself wanted
to do other activities such as sliding on an inner tube
down a pyramid into a hole surrounded by sharks. Don't worry,
it's all safe. After a trip to Atlantis, you probably will
want to get away for some peach and quiet - hence a needed
trip to Long Island for some R&R.
Island is probably the priciest piece of real estate
in the Bahamas. Hotel rooms at the Atlantis range from $300
and up. However, you will get your moneys worth (or loose
a lot of money) when you stay there. The Atlantis has a
large marine habitat, casino, marina, golf course, many
brand name restaurants, and hotel accommodations, time shares,
condo, etc. New developments include: 1000 rooms including
a 600 room all suite hotel, a 495 room condo -hotel and
three luxury Ocean Club Villa are the next phase in developing
the Atlantis. 65,000 square fee of restaurant and retail
facilitates adjacent to the Atlantis Marina are planned.
Over $1,075,000,000 is the planned investment of Atlantis.
View from room at Paradise Island
The main city hub in the Bahamas. Cruise ships line the
port in Nassau letting tourists explore the shopping of
Louis Vitton and Ralph Lauren stores.
New Providence Beaches:
Cable Beach 4 miles long with many shops casinos
Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island: Think of Las Vegas
on a beach.
in New Providence: Click here for weather in the Bahamas
Highest Point New Providence:123
Area (Sq. Miles) of New Providence:
80 sq. miles
Sites to see/Things to do:
- Whylly Plantation (in the
west in Clifton).
- Statue of Woodes Rogers
in downtown bay street area. Rogers ousted Blackbeard
and other pirates and privateers either by running them
off or by killing them.
- Queen's Staircase - 65
steps carved out of solid limestone by slaves and laborers
in the late 18th century. It stands 102 feet high and
was named in honor of Queen Victoria's 65 year reign in
- Forts Charlotte - built
by Governor John Murray, Lord Dunmore, and named in honor
of the wife of King George III of Britain, this fort was
never in battle.
- National festival Junkanoo
- Bahamas Art Festival (October)
- Fish Frys (in Arawak Cay)
- Bahamas International Film
- Nassau Botanical Garden
- 18 acre botanical garden with more than 600 species
of flowering trees and shrubs.
- St. Matthew's Church -
between Church Street and Lover's Lane. Built in the 1800
it is the oldest church building still standing in the
- Potters Cay - a Bahamian
Marketplace below the bridge on the way to Paradise Island.
- The Cloisters - a popular
site for weddings, this is the remains of a 14th century
French Monastery which was imported stone by stone to
the USA by William Randolph Hearst in the 1920's. It was
then purchased 40 years later by Huntington Hartford and
installed at the top of a hill on Paradise Island.
- Versailles Garden
- Fort Montagu - is the oldest
of the forts located on New Providence Island and the
only one remaining that was actually in battle. It was
built in 1742 by military engineer, Peter Henry Bruce.
- St. Augustine's Monastery
- the home of missionary Benedictine monks of St. John's
Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota who founded St Augustines
College in 1945.
- The Water Tower - Built
around 1928 on Bennet's Hill near Fort Fincastle, this
concrete edifice once maintained the water pressure throughout
the city of Nassau. It is 126 Ft high and 216 feet above
sea level. It is still a lighthouse and once served as
a signal station.
- Pompey Museum of Slavery and
Emancipation - This building was once a Slave Marketplace
where Enslaved Africans were auctioned and other commodities
sold during the 18th and 19th century. It is located on
- Christ Church cathedral
- Erected in 1837 on the site of what once was the first
church in the Bahamas (1670).
- Straw Market - on Bay Street.
- Government House - located
on the corner of Blue Hill Road and Duke Street. It is
the official residence of the Governor since 1801. A statue
of Christopher Columbus built in 1830 stands in front
of the building.
- Balcony House Museum
- a restored colonial-style 18th century wooden home.
- Rawson Square and Parliment
Square - located in the heart of downtown on Bay Street,
this was the traditional centre of the Bahamian Government.
A statue of Queen Victoria is in front of the building.
- Garden of Remembrance -
in Parliament Square just south of Rawson Square you will
find this monument commemorating the Bahamians who died
in the First and Second World Wars.
- Fort Fincastle - built
in 1793 in the shape of a pinwheel steamer on Bennet's
Hill by Governor John Murray.
- Nassau Public Library museum
- This octagonal building was formerly the jail (Nassau
Gaol). Built in 1797.
- The Bahamas Historical Society
- Prince George Wharf - is
the largest ship port in the Caribbean.
- National Art Gallery
- West End
- is the oldest city on Grand Bahamas Island with it's
authentic fishing village. It was known for its history
as a liquor smuggling town during Prohibition.
- Deadman's Reef
- Lake Cunningham (nouth of Prospect
- Lake Killarney (west of Nassau)