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    Nassau City

    by wish-nu Written Dec 15, 2005

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    has some beautiful 18th century buildings you might be delighted with. strolling alround the older part of Nassau, like the Govermenthouse. enjoy the shady PalmSquare around Gov. House
    Nassau was captured by the Spanish during the late 18th century, after that briefly held by the American Revolutionaries

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    Festival Place ~ A Great Beginning

    by starship Updated Jan 20, 2015

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    The recently built Festival Place has been a great addition for tourists. Located on Prince George Wharf, the colorful 2-story building of British Colonial architecture is a welcoming sight and houses an all important information desk, sells tickets for the water taxi to Paradise Island, and has many boutiques and kiosks selling Bahamian arts & crafts, souvenirs, food, etc. There always seems to be some living steel drum musicians or guitarist strolling about.

    It's a lively place and a great beginning point from which to explore all that "downtown" has to offer. Pick up maps, directions, get general information, book excursions, or walk to the other side for horse & buggy tours. See in the accompanying pictures the shuttle bus stopping by Festival Place. They have really done a particularly nice job of trying to help tourists arriving by cruise ship, but Festival Place has a lot to offer any newly arrived tourist. Don't forget --- pay for your water taxi tickets at the Festival Place info. desk here.

    Festival Place Welcome Center Festival Place ~ starting point for exploration Nice to Feel Welcome!

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    Ferry to Paradise Island

    by XanderDone Written Jun 22, 2005

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    This is a mode of transportation from the Town to Paradise Island. The port of entry in the town is off of Woodes Rogers Walk at Prince George Wharf and at Paradise Island it is a little PI dock directly underneath the Paradise Island Western Bridge (the one where traffic goes north-bound). The fare is $3 a person, one-way. They try to make it sound like a deal by stating on their signs that it is "Only $6 Round-Trip!" It give great views of the harbour of Nassau. Reccomended to go to the other side via ferry one way, and a taxi the other.

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    Hail Britannia

    by starship Updated Jan 14, 2010

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    A fitting reminder that the Bahamas were once a Crown Colony of Britain, a lovely sculpture of a young Queen Victoria dressed in the robes of state, with sceptre and orb occupies a central spot just in front of pink-hued Senate Building and the closeby British Colonial architecture of the Bahamas Parliamentary buildings dating from 1805-1816.

    Made of Carrara marble, the Queen Victoria sculpture is the work of John Adams-Acton. In a newsworthy ceremony documented by the "Nassau Guardian," the sculpture was unveiled on Empire Day, May, 27, 1905. His Excellency Sir William Grey-Wilson, Governor of the Bahamas from 1904-1912, performed the honors. The sculpture of course honored Queen Victoria who had died in 1901 after 64 on the throne of England.

    Discovered by Christopher Columbus during his voyage of 1492, the islands were variously ruled by both the Spanish and British. The Bahamas became a British Crown Colony in 1717, and gained self-governance in 1964. Though the Bahamas gained full independence from Britain on July 10, 1973, the strong British influence in culture, architecture, language and form of government obviously remain today though its Caribbean identity is certainly evident. The Bahamas seem to be one of the most well-governed, and prosperous Caribbean nations today. It is one of my favorite ports in the Caribbean.

    Queen Victoria sculpture in front of Senate Bldg.
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    Arrival by Ship

    by cjg1 Written Aug 22, 2008

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    As this was my first ever time coming to the Bahamas and especially to Nassau, I was sure to make it up on deck for arrival. Besides the fact that is when the belly flop contest was taking place, the views all around the ship were amazing.

    I hadn't been on a ship coming into port in nearly 11 years to the day. And I can assure you this is how I always thought it should be.

    Be sure to take note of the light house on the port side and the waterfront buildings on the starboard, which includes the infamous Senor Frogs.

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    Surrey Tours

    by XanderDone Written Jun 22, 2005

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    The Surrey Tours are unique and very tourist-oriented. What it is is a 20-minute tour of the town in a horse-drawn carriage. It costs $10 a person, and two-to-three people per carriage. The horses rest from 1pm-3pm in the summer and 1pm-2pm in the winter. Seems like everyone who experienced it ended their journey very pleased with their purchase.

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    Botanical Garden

    by Willettsworld Written Feb 23, 2006

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    Located behind Fort Charlotte west of downtown Nassau, the Botanical Garden offers a peaceful break from the bust downtown area. When I visited there was hardly anybody here. The garden was laid out in 1951 on the site of an old rock quarry that once supplied stones for construction during colonial times. The entance garden is a bit bear and barren but overall it features more than 600 species of tropcial plants plus lily ponds and a waterfall donated by the Chinese.

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    Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

    by cruisingbug Written Mar 9, 2004

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    We came to Nassau for a half-day cruise stop. Near the pier you will find horse-drawn carriages, $10 per person for a tour of Nassau. Our guide was Molly; our horse was Showtime. Although Molly was a bit cynical about the nation's history and current inhabitants ("Bahamas is for making booze and babies"), it was a good way to get an overview of the town and see some historic buildings we wouldn't have otherwise noticed or known what they were.

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    Festival Place

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 23, 2008

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    Festival Place is basically the tourist center of Nassau. This is where you pass through security both entering and exiting Nassau. There are plenty of guide books and maps of the attractions of Nassau available. This is also where you can arrange an island tour, water taxi or boat excursion. There are some cute shops within festival place selling everything from local crafts to jewelry.

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    Central Nassau - Bay Street

    by sargentjeff Written May 1, 2005

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    Bay Street is the main street we found on the island. Here you will find all the shops, mostly full of T shirts, island ware, and jewelry. I did find a nice CD with some cool island music in one of the shops. The lady running the store was playing it, and I inquired if she had any of them left for sale. She didn't, but finally agreed to sell me the disc she was playing....Score!

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    Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company

    by starship Updated Oct 4, 2012

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    On our most recent visit to Nassau we made a point of visiting the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company. Though not a normal tourist destination, the Graycliff may appeal to certain people for several reasons. Not only does the Graycliff have quite a colorful and historic past, it is an exclusive hotel which produces fine cigars on site, has a renowned extensive wine cellar, and has the only 5-star restaurant in the Caribbean. It embodies the quintessential ambiance of Caribbean charm with British Colonial style. It was our son's interest in the Graycliff Cigars which prompted our visit to Graycliff initially, but thankfully introduced us to its history and many charms.

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Graycliff mansion (now hotel) was built in the 1700's by John Howard Graysmith, famous Caribbean pirate and Captain of the famous pirate ship, "Graywolf." While home to pirates, Graycliff was also the site of the first Anglican Church in Nassau, was once owned by a paramour of Al Capone's, was owned for a time by British Royalty and hosted celebrated personalities as Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Graycliff became Nassau's first inn in 1844 and for a majority of the time has served a a splendid place of retreat for well-heeled travelers such as it is today. (Call only for prices!)

    The mansion-style hotel still possesses and displays many of the beautiful furnishings and antiques (fine carpets and chandeliers too) from previous owners, and each space seems to dazzle the eyes with its splendid architectural finery. A beautiful, stately Christmas tree with twinkling lights was displayed in the center hall when we visited. The estate is enclosed by marvelous, lush gardens with statuary and serene, private pools. We came upon one guest painting a water color picture just near one particularly lovely spot close to a colored-tile pool in a hidden garden.

    Although I believe the hotel does not conduct tours of its grounds, day guests can enjoy an exquisite meal, visit the wine cellars (over 250,000 bottles), watch as Graycliff cigars are being hand-rolled and enjoy other sofisticated delights the hotel has to offer. For a special experience, reserve space at one of Graycliff's "Wine Luncheons" where "Guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne and led by Graycliff's Master Sommeliers for a tasting and a tour of the hotel and restaurant's acclaimed wine collection. This is followed by a delightful gourmet repast, featuring 3 courses, each carefully paired with the appropriate wines." Reservations are absolutely necessary and you must call for dates and prices!

    One photo I missed getting was one the dining rooms which had been all ready set and decorated for New Year's Eve Dinner and Party later that evening. The elegant green walls made splendid backdrop for the rich, dark wood of the beautiful furnishings. White china and silver place settings surrounded centers pieces of white flowers, and elegant white feathers---the room was elegant beyond imagination! I'm sure Junkanoo was also celebrated somewhere on the grounds too!

    Statuary in Graycliff Gardens Dining Room used for special groups One of the beautiful pools in Graycliff's gardens Large specimen of brain coral Son with Graycliff Cigar Factory Employee
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    Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

    by Willettsworld Written Feb 23, 2006

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    This church is actually the fourth to be built on this site. It was built in 1753 after the original was destroyed by fire in 1684 and the other two were leveled during the French-Spanish invasion in 1703. The interior features a lovely wood-beamed roof and nice stained glass windows.

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    Nassau Public Library

    by XanderDone Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    Now the main library in the Bahamas, the bottom floor has internet accessable computers available to members of the library. It used to be the country jail; its octagonal shape makes it very rememberable, and it's worth stopping by. On the second floor is a mini-museum where you can learn about local plants and look at historical documents make by famous authors about the Bahamian Islands and Nassau. One in particular, I found was quite interesting, a panoramic picture of Nassau made by John Irving from Fort Fincastle in the 19th century. About 150 years later, it was remarkable to see the difference between the two views. The top floor has a balcony which overlooks Parliamentary Square and the harbour with the doors of the cell locked so you can't get in. Admission is free, and be sure to sign the guestbook on the way out; it helps for funding from the government.

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    Fish Fry

    by XanderDone Written Jun 22, 2005

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    The place where you can get great Bahamian seafood for relatively cheap rates and shop for some souvenirs, the Fish Fry is a place I highly reccomend. It sits just south of Arawak Cay, and every Sunday they have a Junkanoo festival where you can eat great food and enjoy the local music and traditional Bahamian culture. Very lively at Junkanoo nights, and very fun to be a part of.

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    Gregory's Arch

    by XanderDone Written Jun 22, 2005

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    I entered by going west on East Hill Street. Walk on the left hand side until you reach the dead-end of the street. Look right. There is a stairwell that leads you to Peck's Slope where you can walk down and sneak a peak at the archway. Not at all what I was expecting.. it looks more like a bridge than a famous landmark.

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