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

    From near-vertical slides that plunge through shark tanks to a quarter-mile-long lazy river ride, this 141-acre water park allows you to both unwind and get...Read More

  • 2. Ardastra Gardens, Zoo, and Conservation Centre

    Marching flamingos give a parading performance at Ardastra daily at 10:30, 1:30, and 3. Children can walk among the brilliant pink birds after the show....Read More

  • 3. Atlantis Paradise Island

    With luxury shops, a glitzy casino, and seemingly unlimited choices for dining and drinks (40 restaurants, bars, and lounges), Atlantis is as much a tourist...Read More

  • 4. Cabbage Beach

    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...Read More

  • 5. Graycliff Chocolate Factory

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

  • 6. John Watling's Distillery

    The former Buena Vista Estate, which featured in the James Bond film Casino Royale, has been painstakingly transformed and taken back to its glory days,...Read More

  • 7. National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

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

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  • 8. Pompey Museum

    The building, where slave auctions were held in the 1700s, is named for a rebel slave who lived on the Family Island of Exuma in...Read More

  • 9. Adelaide Beach

    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 and seashells....Read More

  • 10. Adelaide Village

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

  • 11. Arawak Cay

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

  • 12. Balcony House

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

  • 13. Cable Beach

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

  • 14. Christ Church Cathedral

    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 officially...Read More

  • 15. Clifton Heritage Park

    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...Read More

  • 16. Commonwealth Brewery

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    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

  • 17. Fort Charlotte

    Built in 1788, this imposing fort features a waterless moat, a drawbridge, ramparts, and a dungeon with a torture device. Local guides bring the fort...Read More

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  • 18. Fort Fincastle

    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 Fincastle)—was...Read More

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  • 19. Fort Montagu

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

  • 20. Government House

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

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