With the lure of a big city and the ease of tropical utopia, Nassau & Paradise Island are considered by many as, well, paradise. Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, is a bustling metropolitan hub full of culture and modern amenities. To the north lies Paradise Island. Its name tells you everything. It’s 685 acres of pure euphoria, developed almost exclusively to delight and accommodate visitors. The island boasts resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, nightlife, a golf course, an aquarium and a casino.
The beaches that surround Nassau & Paradise Island are not only beautiful, they also offer as much or as little activity as you would like to have. At local hot spots you can purchase Bahamian delicacies; spring break destinations provide entertainment, fun and games; plus some have recreational facilities for kids and jogging tracks for adults to work out.
Formerly called Vendue House, Pompey Museum is named for courageous slave, Pompey, from The Exumas. Built sometime before 1769, it became a museum in 1992, and houses a permanent exhibit dedicated to the African experience in The Bahamas.
The Retreat Gardens
The Retreat Gardens is an 11-acre property that houses one of the largest private collections of rare and exotic palms in the world—about 170 species. It is one of four national parks in New Providence and headquarters of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT).
Historic Heritage Sites
New Providence is home to Gambier, Adelaide and Fox Hill—three historic villages settled by liberated slaves in the 1800s. The villages still maintain their rich African heritage and culture and sightseeing tours can be arranged by appointment.
The Legendary Blackbeard
Legendary pirate, Blackbeard (Edward Teach), impacted Nassau’s history. The British Colonial Hilton is built on the site of his former residence, Old Fort Nassau (circa 1697). A replica of the well that supplied his water is on the property.