Nassau is the home of the Bahamian national capital, the bustling hub of The Islands Of The Bahamas that traces its heritage back to the shipwrecking days of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Prized for its sheltered harbour, the city made history and preserved it beautifully in colonial mansions, cathedrals, 18th-century fortresses and a Queen’s Staircase whose 66 steps lead to a view not to be missed.
In Nassau/Paradise Island you’ll find weather-beaten, ancient forts; elegant, noble architecture; and fine local and international crafts and goods, from handmade lengths of batik to Rolex watches. Posh resort hotels near Nassau Airport, nightlife, cabaret shows and cruise ship docks make Nassau a vibrant centre for entertainment as well as commerce. And those who love the outdoors will find a platter full of pleasures on the beaches and in the waters around Nassau/Paradise Island.
Nassau Sailing and Boating
Boating and SailingDistance from Nassau Airport: 24.3km
There’s plenty of excellent pleasure cruising to be done in Nassau/Paradise Island. This charming destination offers gorgeous waters and spectacular vistas. Even around the most popular islands, you can drop anchor at some remote spot and enjoy sunny, silent swimming and snorkeling not far from the shore.
Another popular sailing activity is a Barefoot sailing adventure. You’ll sail to secluded beaches and enjoy beautiful scenery, quiet spots for picnics or simply soaking up the warm sun.
FishingDistance from Nassau Airport: 24.2km
Fishing fanatics and first-timers alike can try their luck at trolling for large trophy fish in the ocean which begins less than one mile offshore, or for lots of action in more shallow water, you can go light tackle fishing or bottom fishing.
Tournament fishing promises a chance at the “big one,” as over 50 fishing records have
been set in the waters of The Islands Of The Bahamas. Also, the charter “No splash — No cash” guarantees a catch or the trip’s on them.
Whatever suits your fishing fancy, the resources you’ll need are everywhere. From a daylong excursion aboard an ocean-going charter boat to a lazy, early morning spent fishing from the pier at your hotel.
DivingDistance from Nassau Airport: 23.7km
Total immersion is the best way to appreciate the remarkable sea life and reef formations around Nassau/Paradise Island. The drop-offs close to shore and currents of gin-clear water make these islands a diver’s dream.
Like sailing, scuba diving requires a little bit of skill but is well worth the effort. Learning to dive is an experience unto itself, but after you know how, you’ll see (and, if you’re brave, touch) creatures you could never meet any other way.
Water SportsDistance from Nassau Airport: 24.2
When visiting Nassau/Paradise Island prepare yourself for some fun water adventures. Whether you’re looking to try something new or enjoy a favorite water activity, your options are plentiful. Everything from jet skiing to canoeing and water-skiing is at your disposal. You’ll also find that most larger hotels can set you up with everything you need for your desired activity.
In addition, the calm, temperate water surrounding Nassau/Paradise Island makes it easy to try one or all of the activities.
HelitoursDistance from Nassau Airport: 18.1km
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to soar high above an island and see the natural form and beauty of its surrounding coastline — well now’s your chance. During your stay on Nassau/Paradise Island, take a ride in a Bell JetRanger helicopter and get a picturesque view of the island. And remember to bring your camera!
Land ActivitiesDistance from Nashville Intl. Airport: 8.6km
It’s not surprising that in a nation completely surrounded by the world’s clearest water, recreational interests would focus on water activities. But if you spend every waking minute on the beaches or in the surf and sea, you’ll miss some of the most fun-filled experiences The Islands Of The Bahamas have to offer.