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A Walking Tour of Nassau

Many of the highlights of The Bahamas’ capital city are best explored on foot

Though Nassau doesn’t have many noteworthy beaches, it’s an easy commute to popular Paradise Island and Cable Beach.
The capital of The Bahamas, Nassau, is located on New Providence, one of the most developed and tourism-oriented islands in The Bahamas. Nassau boasts a rich historical and cultural legacy and much of downtown is walkable, making a tour on foot one of the best ways to experience it.

With a long history of pirate attacks, Nassau is home to a number of old forts, including the noteworthy Fort Montagu, Fort Charlotte, and Fort Fincastle. Fort Charlotte is the largest fort on New Providence, complete with dungeons, passageways, and a waterless moat. The oddly-shaped Fort Fincastle can be accessed by traversing the iconic 18th-century Queen’s Staircase, one of the most popular cultural sites on the island. Fort Montagu is the oldest and smallest of the forts, but worth a stop for its lovely setting.

More historical buildings can be viewed in Parliament Square, dating back to the early 1800s. The Government House is also worth visiting for its stunning pink presence. Step inside the 18th-century Balcony House, an island landmark with Nassau’s oldest wooden structure.

Wander along Bay Street for a selection of duty-free shopping from familiar brands such as Diamonds International, Bacardi, Del Sol, Gucci, and more. Be sure to explore the Straw Market, which was rebuilt and now houses more than 450 vendors. The market offers all the local souvenirs you’d expect to find, and is a Nassau tradition worth experiencing.

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