New Providence and Paradise Islands

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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  • 1. Aquaventure

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    From near-vertical slides that plunge through shark tanks to a quarter-mile-long lazy-river ride, this 141-acre water park has something to...Read More

  • 2. Atlantis Paradise Island

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    The unmistakable sight of this pink fantasia comes into view long before you cross one of the Paradise Island bridges. The towering sunstruck...Read More

  • 3. Cabbage Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At this beach you'll find 3 miles of white sand lined with shady casuarina trees, sand dunes, and sun worshippers. This is the place to go to...Read More

  • 4. National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

    Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 2003, the museum houses the works of esteemed Bahamian artists such as Max Taylor, Amos Ferguson, Brent Malone, John Cox, and Antonius...Read More

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  • 5. Adelaide Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Time your visit to this far-flung beach on the island's southwestern shore to catch low tide, when the ocean recedes, leaving behind sandbanks...Read More

  • 6. Adelaide Village

    Town/Village

    The small community on New Providence's southwestern coast sits placidly, like a remnant of another era, between busy Adelaide Road and the...Read More

  • 7. Arawak Cay

    Restaurant–Sight

    Known to Nassau residents as "The Fish Fry," Arawak Cay is one of the best places to knock back a Kalik beer, chat with locals, watch or join...Read More

  • 8. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Centre

    Garden/Arboretum

    Marching flamingos? These national birds give a parading performance at Ardastra daily at 11, 1:30, and 3:30. The brilliant pink birds are a...Read More

  • 9. Baha-Retreat

    Spa–Sight

    This spa, situated in an old wooden two-story Bahamian home, is popular with locals and offers a full range of spa and salon services seven...Read More

  • 10. Balcony House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    A delightful 18th-century landmark—a pink two-story house named aptly for its overhanging balcony—this is the oldest wooden residential structure...Read More

  • 11. Cable Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Hotels, including the massive Baha Mar resort development, dot the length of this 3-mile beach, so don't expect isolation. Music from hotel...Read More

  • 12. Christ Church Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's worth the short walk off the main thoroughfare to see the stained-glass windows of this cathedral, which was built in 1837, when Nassau...Read More

  • 13. Clifton Heritage Park

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    It's quite a distance from just about any hotel you could stay at, but for history and nature buffs, this national park, rescued from the hands...Read More

  • 14. Commonwealth Brewery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Kalik, Nassau's very own beer, pale in color but with a full-bodied taste, is brewed here. Try regular Kalik, Kalik Light, the more potent Kalik...Read More

  • 15. Fort Charlotte

    Historic District/Site

    Built in 1788, this imposing fort comes complete with a waterless moat, drawbridge, ramparts, and a dungeon, where children love to see the...Read More

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  • 16. Fort Fincastle

    Historic District/Site

    Shaped like the bow of a ship and perched near the top of the Queen's Staircase, Fort Fincastle—named for Royal Governor Lord Dunmore (Viscount...Read More

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  • 17. Fort Montagu

    Historic District/Site

    The oldest of the island's three forts, Montagu was built of local limestone in 1741 to repel Spanish invaders. The only action it saw was when...Read More

  • 18. Government House

    Government Building

    The official residence of the Bahamas governor-general, the personal representative of the Queen since 1801, this imposing pink-and-white building...Read More

  • 19. Graycliff Chocolate Factory

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Go behind the scenes at this boutique chocolate factory, and you can make your own sweet souvenirs. The tour lasts about an hour, and after...Read More

  • 20. Gregory's Arch

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Named for John Gregory (royal governor 1849–54), this arch, at the intersection of Market and Duke streets, separates downtown from the "over...Read More

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