New Providence and Paradise Islands Sights

Rawson Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 09/28/2015

Fodor's Review

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 postindependence (and first native Bahamian) governor general. Horse-drawn surreys wait for passengers along Prince George Wharf (expect to pay about $30 for a half-hour ride through Nassau's streets). Between Rawson Square and Festival Place, check out (or perhaps stop inside) the open-air hair-braiding pavilion, where women work their magic at prices ranging from $2 for a single strand to $100 for an elaborate do. An often-overlooked pleasure near the pavilion is Randolph W. Johnston's lovely bronze statue, Tribute to Bahamian Women. The prime minister meets with his cabinet every Tuesday in the building that lines the eastern side of the square.

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Bay St., Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas

Published 09/28/2015


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