Nassau and Paradise Island Sightseeing
Duration: Half Day
One of the best ways to explore Nassau and Paradise Island during your holiday in the Bahamas is from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus – or even a private limousine. But for something even more special, why not treat yourself to a bird’s eye view of the stunning neighbouring islands by helicopter. Just select the sightseeing excursion that appeals to you most.
Extending more than 650 miles from the eastern coast of Florida to the south-eastern tip of Cuba, the Bahamas is a paradise archipelago comprising over 2000 cays and 700 islands. Nassau is the capital of the country and the commercial centre, located on the north-eastern edge of New Providence Island. Steeped in history, some of the most interesting historical buildings in the Bahamas can be found here, including colonial mansions, gothic cathedrals and ancient fortresses.
Some of the tour highlights include The Queen's Staircase (also known as the 66 Steps) which leads up to Fort Fincastle, a tiny castle built by Lord Dunmore at the end of the 18th century. The views form the top are spectacular. The 18th century Fort Charlotte, the largest fort in the Bahamas, is another popular tourist attraction, famous for its open battlements, moat and dungeons. Other buildings and areas of interest in Nassau include Parliament Square, Government House, the Water Tower, the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, Gregory Arch and Vendue House, once a marketplace where slaves were bought and sold.
One of the best ways to explore the heart of the city is by taking a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around Downtown Nassau. This part of the city is famous for its bustling Straw Market, which sells a variety of beautiful arts and crafts, as well as duty-free shops, jewellery stores and a good selection of restaurants – all aimed at the hoards of cruise ship passengers that arrive on the island every week.
After the city tour we travel a few miles west of Nassau to Cable Beach, one of the most popular beaches on the island. Over two miles of pristine white sands are lined with a fine collection of luxury hotels and resorts, in addition to gourmet restaurants, bars, stylish shops and the largest casino in the Caribbean. Aside from its crystal clear waters, the beach is particularly popular for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and sport fishing.
We travel onwards across the bridge to Paradise Island, which is connected to New Providence Island by two bridges across Nassau harbour. Boasting glorious powdery white-sand beaches, excellent water sports facilities, an 18-hole golf course, shops, markets, restaurants and casinos, Paradise Island is one of the most glamorous resort centres in the world. If you explore the islands by helicopter you can see exactly what they have to offer by air whilst enjoying spectacular views of the stunning coastline and sparkling turquoise ocean.
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