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. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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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  • 11. Heritage Museum of The Bahamas

    So many artifacts are on display in this small but interesting museum nestled in historic Mountbatten House that you can easily spend an hour wandering....Read More

  • 12. Pirates of Nassau

    Take a self-guided journey through Nassau's pirate days in this interactive museum devoted to such notorious members of the city's past as Blackbeard, Mary Read,...Read More

  • 13. Pompey Square

    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,...Read More

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