Fort Fincastle in a oddly shaped fort near the downtown Nassau area. It only took around 15 minutes to visit, but the view from on top alone was worth the $1 per person fee to get in.
Plus you can always imagine the Pirates of the Caribbean attacking:)
Actually, it was never attacked by anyone...
There is a small souvenir shop area next to it where you can get really inexpensive stuff. I didn't even bother trying to get the stuff for less.
Directions : Walk up East Street ( right off the main tourist street near the cruise terminal, Bay Street), then turn left when you see the water tower. You'll end up near the hospital at a parking area. Go up the stairs and you are there. Took about 15 minutes to get there from the cruise dock.
We went to Nassau on the 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. I was not expecting much, especially after we really did not enjoy our cruise to Mexico a few years previously very much. What we found was better than expected. Nobody tried to rip us off, nobody bothered us in the least, the locals were very friendly and talkative actually. We were asked repeatedly about how we liked the Bahamas, and everyone told us they hoped we are having a good time and will come back. I suppose with some of the negative news about crime and scams there, people might not want to visit, but we walked around even some sort of run down looking areas and had no problems.
Nassau is mostly a tourist town, one guy told us they get at least 1 cruise ship per day, so there are going to be people trying to sell you stuff. The good thing is they will take "no" for an answer and are not pushy like in other places. We did avoid the main "tourist trap" , the Straw Market.
All the beaches are beautiful and fairly easy to get to.
We spent a few hours in this city, without any outstanding detail. It's a typical colonial city, concentrated in commerce with the American visitors, which means the items where USA taxes are high.
The city centre is clean and well maintained (the same applies to the neighbourhoods of official residences and palaces, bu that's not exactly the main note in what we saw. Quickly, and briefly, I must confess!
Nassau is so quaint! It has so much of the 'British Colony' about it still and yet offers so much more. Yes, of course eat the seafood and yes, buy the t-shirts. The buggy rides are great fun too ---though always check the price first!
Above all, though, just wander through the town and enjoy!
But I think if you got time you can walk around this Island. The main attraction is the beach. White sand, turquose ocean. Nice rainbow reef snorkling and diving. You can take a tour for 2 hours and go to the Paradise Island, or go sightseing and Ardasta Gardens. You will see free roaming pheasants and other animals and birds, including pink flamingo. You can take glass bottom boat tour to view Bahamas coastline and underwater life. Pirates tour, Thriller powerboat tour, Atlantis hotel and beach, with famous attraction - the biggest aquarium with sharks, and you are walking underneath in the glass tonnel. Enjoy your tax free shopping on the main street.
This was a really amazing experience.
Being able to swim with the sharks and then with the wonderful coloured fish.
We booked the trip and had a whole day sailing and snorkling, had lunch on a secluded beach. It was great.
What can I say? There ain't much else to do on this island besides watch folks get their hair braided. On the plus side, once they got back on board the ship, you can tell who helped the Bahamian Economy. Interesting hair dos. Looked GREAT on the kids, however....
Go to Paradise Island. This is a place with a Casino and beach. You can get there by shuttle ferry. You can also take a bridge there. Under this bridge on the Nassau side I found a place to buy different foods.
In Nassau, you can go shopping in the markets but you'll have to bargain to get the best prices but you can get some nice things at great prices. There's nice restaurants all along the port area and there's jerk food everywhere. Try the Conch Fritters from the sidewalk stands...I couldn't get enough. I was so full.
The picture is a shark from Atlantis.
Cable Beach where I met Shannon. She is one hell of a gal! She had me doubled up with laughter.
She made me smile from ear to ear. How could I possibly feel sorry for myself after meeting her? We had the best time!
Walk along Bay Street in Nassau. There are plenty of stores and you can expect to pay tourist prices, BUT the experience of interacting and shopping can be fun. Aviod times when the cruise ships are in port.
St.Augusine Monastery of Canterbury was established in 1946 outside of Nassau on Fox Hill overlooking the ocean.
The aquarium is under the hotel with all sorts of fish. It is part of the natural ocean water and not your typical tank fish aquarium.
It is where the particularly rich and famous buy their properties in Nassau. Arguably the best of everything available on the Island.
Making New Friends - Check out the not so local talent
Nassau seems to be a favourite holiday destination for Philies.