Top 10 Things to do in Nassau, Bahamas

January 5, 2018 Janette Largent

Nassau teems with Bahamian and British flavor. The capital city of the Bahamas boasts miles of spectacular beaches and stretches of vivid coral reefs perfect for snorkeling. Shop, dine, and sightsee, particularly along busy Bay Street, or if you're a James Bond fan, visit the British Colonial Hotel, which was used as a filming location for two of the Sean Connery-era movies. Visit during the famed Junkanoo Festival to experience a high-energy parade of spectacularly costumed dancers.
Restaurants in Nassau

1. The Tiki Bikini Hut

Junkanoo Beach Nassau Bahamas | P. O. Box N 10 45, Nassau n1045, New Providence Island +1 242-431-7852
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 751 reviews

The Tiki Bikini Hut

Reviewed By Alicia P - Ship Bottom, New Jersey

We've visited Tiki Bikini numerous times. From Diva welcoming us, Michael getting us set up with chairs and umbrellas to Jordan waiting on us all day - this continues to be one of our favorite stops on a cruise. Byron welcomed us like family and the upgrades are wonderful! The food menu has expanded as well. We'll see you again soon!

2. Cable Beach

Nassau, New Providence Island
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cable Beach

Reviewed By JayPorter - Rogers, Arkansas

Awesome beach and was not overly crowded. There are some great water options and resorts along the area offering great things to do!

3. Blue Lagoon Island

Nassau, New Providence Island +1 866-918-9932
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Blue Lagoon Island

These trained dolphins are playful and friendly, specializing in giving visitors a ride on the "dolphin surf," where one of these gentle creatures pushes you through the water with their snout.

Reviewed By millerms123 - Winter Springs

We recently and did the sea lion encounter on March 23, 2018 which was so much fun! The island was beautiful and we enjoyed ourselves. Food was good too. Now for the bad...Where are the pictures?? For the tourist prices we paid to get our...MoreHi there - sorry that you haven't received your images yet. Please reach out to son Facebook or via email so that we can help you get this resolved. Thanks for visiting Blue Lagoon Island.

4. The Cloisters Nassau

Paradise Island Dr, Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-363-3000
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

The Cloisters Nassau

Reviewed By russka26 - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

I was delighted to find a little bit of the Europe that I love and miss transported here to the Bahamas. My stroll through the cloister and Gardens helped alleviate some of the home sickness I have for my last posting.

5. Christ Church Cathedral

George and King Sts., Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-322-4186
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Christ Church Cathedral

Reviewed By Betsy R - Sister Bay, Wisconsin

We attended services here both Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Christ Church Cathedral is a large and historic church, dating from 1670, with a warm and welcoming congregation. The music was splendid. As Episcopalians visiting from the States, we felt completely at home. A wonderful place to celebrate Christmas!

West & West Hill Streets | (Same street as Gray Cliff and across the street from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral), Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-328-5800
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 254 reviews

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is the premier arts institution in The Bahamas. It is committed to engaging the history of Bahamian art and visual culture and supporting contemporary movements and experimental contemporary art practice through Exhibitions, an extensive public programme schedule, community and regional projects and partnerships, arts education, providing fellowships and grants, the establishment and support of an art library and the building of The National Collection of The Bahamas.

Reviewed By Adam J

If you are interested in learning about the history of the Bahamas through visual art, then this is a first class museum with an excellent curator. Spend about 90 minutes looking through the permanent collection and special exhibition, and then walk over to Watling’s for the sales pitch “tour” and $6.50 shots.
Free wi fi helps :)

7. Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island

1 Casino Dr, Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-363-3000
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island

Aquaventure, Atlantis Paradise Island's water park, is a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape with complimentary admission for overnight guests at Atlantis. This non-stop aquatic thrill ride features over twenty million gallons of water, incredible Atlantean-themed towers, thrilling high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools. Aquaventure is connected by a lush, tropical environment that is both immersive and interconnected, and perfect for all vacationers, whether young and older. The water park offers an extreme level of excitement and delivers an "aqua" adventure unlike any other.

Reviewed By soh555 - Kansas City, Missouri

Can do everything in one day. The slides were fun for the kids. We liked the lazy river but we felt it was so short we had to keep getting off and getting back on. We did some kayaking and paddle boarding and it was fun. The aquarium was nice to look at but my kids are use to going to zoos and Aquariums so they were not impressed. I was expecting so much more and as disappointed. We were staying at Atlantis so we just went to the beach in front of our hotel which was less crowded. The area was very clean and the landscaping is beautiful. The scenery in general is spectacular! My kids went one day and didn’t want to go back.

8. John Watling's Distillery

Buena Vista Estate | 17 Delancy Street, Nassau 00000, New Providence Island +1 242-322-2811
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 649 reviews

John Watling's Distillery

John Watling's Distillery home to JOHN WATLING'S rum and RED TURTLE vodka, the "Spirit of The Bahamas" offers complimentary tours at its home, the Buena Vista Estate, in Downtown Nassau. The historic Estate, founded in 1789 and overlooking the harbour, is the site where Bahamians hand-craft JOHN WATLING'S small-batch rums RED TURTLE pink sand filtered vodka. At the Estate, John Watling's features a production and museum-like tour, shopping and signature Bahamian cocktails at its Red Turtle Tavern. Within walking distance from the cruise ship port in Downtown Nassau, John Watling's Distillery is located on Delancy Street and is open from 10am-6pm, seven days a week and on Friday's until 9pm. Free Tour

Reviewed By MikeZimmer - Belmont, MI

This was a great stop on a walking tour of Nassau. If you do not feel like a walking take a cab but try and get here is you have the chance. The tour last about 15 minutes and was quite informative. The place is well maintained and has a lot of history to it. The bar area after the tour is very nice and the drinks were outstanding. You get two drinks for $18. The Bahama Mama was sooooo good. They have an area you can sit outside if you like. They also have tastings of the rum and vodka if that is more your style. I would anyone going to Nassau to try and make a stop here if you have time!

9. Clifton Heritage National Park

Southwest Road, Nassau SP-63846, New Providence Island +1 242-477-0978
Excellent
63%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 405 reviews

Clifton Heritage National Park

Come to Clifton and SEE! Experience Culture, Revisit history, Explore Nature, Enjoy Leisure. Home to the remains of Lucayan villages and plantations, as well as the setting to several movies of pop culture such as Jaws and the Bond series. We boast several private Beaches and event area for your day getaway, beach picnic, parties and other event. Whether you are here to connect with the past, nature, yourself or your spirit, Clifton welcomes you!

Reviewed By Coyote-Travelerz - Jacksonville

An historic site, there are several small buildings and remnants of others you can walk to and visit.
The Beaches are a 10-15 minutes walk from the entrance along a dirt road and there are few facilities once there.
That said, we’ve driven all around the island and found Johnston Beach to be one of the nicest to spend the afternoon. It is secluded, wide, and has pristine sand and beautiful blue waters. There’s a small bar there for drinks and restrooms.
I agree it would be nice for there to be a shuttle to take down to the beach, but walking is good for the body.

10. Queen's Staircase

Top of Elizabeth Avenue, off Shirley Street, Nassau, New Providence Island +1 242-427-9878
Excellent
37%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Queen's Staircase

This limestone staircase was built by slaves to honor Queen Victoria's help in the abolition of slavery in the Bahamas.

Reviewed By Matt C

A hidden piece of history that is important for understanding the culture of the Bahamas. Carved by slaves over 16 years and 600 deaths, this is an impressive canyon carved through solid stone. At the end is the staircase. It is that difficult to walk up. At the top their are merchants selling local tourist goods and a fort that you should check out too. The staircase is hidden behind the hospital area and is a little difficult to find. We walked from downtown, but don’t do that on a really hot day.

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