New Providence and Paradise Islands Sights

New Providence is the Bahamas' most urban island, but that doesn't mean you won't find beautiful beaches. Powdery white sand, aquamarine waves, and shade-bearing palm trees are easy to come by, regardless how populated you like your beach to be. Whether you crave solitude or want to be in the middle of the action, there's a sand spot that's just right for you.

Cable Beach and the beaches near

Atlantis are where you'll typically find loud music, bars serving tropical drinks, and vendors peddling everything from parasailing and Jet Ski rides to T-shirts and hair braiding. Downtown Nassau only has man-made beaches, the best being Junkanoo Beach just west of the British Colonial Hilton. But the capital city's beaches can't compare to the real thing. For a more relaxed environment, drive out of the main tourist areas. You'll likely find stretches of sand populated by locals only, or, chances are, no one at all.

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Pompey Square

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This open space at the western end of Bay Street overlooks the busy Nassau Harbour and is the spot to catch local festivals and events,...

Potter's Cay

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Walk the road beneath the Paradise Island bridges to Potter's Cay to watch sloops bringing in and selling loads of fish and conch—pronounced...

Prince George Wharf

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The wharf that leads into Rawson Square is the first view that cruise passengers encounter after they tumble off their ships. Up to a...

Queen's Staircase

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A popular early-morning exercise regime for locals, the "66 Steps" (as Bahamians call them) are thought to have been carved out of a...

Rawson Square

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This shady square connects Bay Street to Prince George Wharf. As you enter off Bay Street, note the statue of Sir Milo Butler, the first...

Red Lane Spa

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If you're not a guest at Sandals Royal Bahamian, you can still enjoy pampering services at the Red Lane day spa on the outskirts of the...

The Caves

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These large limestone caverns that the waves sculpted over the eons are said to have sheltered the early Arawak Indians. An oddity perched...

The Retreat

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Nearly 200 species of exotic palm trees grace the 11 verdant acres appropriately known as The Retreat, which serves as the headquarters...

Versailles Gardens

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Fountains and statues of luminaries and legends (such as Napoléon and Josephine, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, David Livingstone, Hercules,...

Windermere Day Spa at Harbour Bay

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This day spa offers a variety of spa treatments—such as hydrotherapy and salt glows—as well as top-quality facials, massages, manicures,...