Visited Bahamas the Summer of 2008. Had a blast the weather was great just cloudy enough to stay cool. The sun is so strong had to wear SPF 50 and still got a sun tan and partial burn. The water was fabulous just like I remember the Caribbean ocean to be. The locals were hospitable but everything was twice the average price, since everything there is imported. The food was great we ate at the Fish Fry where the famous Twin Brothers Restaurant is located. I have mixed reviews about the place but the food there was definitely more affordable than any other place we visited. If you are visiting be sure to arrive two and half hours early to the airport they are not kidding it takes that long to get on the plane. Bahamas might be a great place to visit but you don't want to get stuck there.

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Quick facts : The Islands Of The Bahamas form a 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world. Our 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, total an estimated land area of 5,382 sq. miles, and register a highest land elevation of 206 ft. on Cat Island. With 700 islands sprinkled out over 100,000 sq. miles of ocean, The Bahamas offers the largest assortment of vacation spots of any tropical destination.
Language and Currency English is the official language in Nassau and the Bahamian Dollar (equivalent to a US Dollar) is the currency.

Map of the Bahamas Commonwealth

What is there to buy? Liquor, perfume, jewelry, watches, clocks, china, crystal and linens are all available at duty-free prices.  If you will not be visiting other islands in the Caribbean, such as St. Maarten or one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, then do your duty-free shopping here, otherwise wait, as the bargains are even greater in other parts of the Caribbean. Weather :High: 90°F / 32°C ; Low: 75°F / 24°C ; Wind: S 6m/10kph. Nassau enjoys a subtropical climate with mild winters, seldom dipping below 60°F.  Average temperatures range in the low to upper 80’s; with water temperature never below 72°. With that said, however, just like Florida, these are averages and during winter months be prepared for an occasional cold front to cause drastic temperature drops.
The Paradise Island Ferry Terminal: Catch one of the scheduled ferries from the Paradise Island Marina/Ferry Terminal to Blue Lagoon Island to enjoy one of the 7 marvelous beaches.  Here you can swim with the dolphins, snorkel with stingray, parasail, kayak, enjoy a luncheon buffet, or lounge in a hammock. The island also has a children’s playground and changing facilities. If you are interested in swimming with the dolphins or snorkeling with the stingrays, reservations should be made before you leave home, or take the ship’s excursions. These activities are very popular and space is usually sold out in advance. Find a spot on Cable Beach, Paradise Beach, or Cabbage Beach and people-watch as you soak up the sun. Jet ski rental and parasailing are available on all these beaches.
PI & Nassau Haurbour places-to-see
The Cloister This Greco-Gothic masterpiece stands high on a bluff overlooking the harbour. It is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies and is especially beautiful when illuminated at night. Augustinian monks in France originally built the stone structure in the 13th century. In the 1920s, William Randolph Hearst bought The Cloisters and had it disassembled and moved to the United States. There the stones laid in a warehouse for years because the contractors did not have the plans needed to reassemble it. Huntington Hartford, the millionaire developer of Paradise Island, purchased the structure and reconstructed it on the island in 1962. It is located in the Versailles Gardens.

The Cloister

Versailles Gardens Stroll through these spectacular gardens, a popular spot for weddings. Bronze and marble statues -- like a life-sized Hercules sculpted in Greece in the 12th century -- as well as fountains, reflecting pools and waterfalls are scattered throughout. A lacy gazebo sits high above the boat-filled harbour and a path takes you to The Cloisters. The Versailles Gardens are on the grounds of the Ocean Club hotel, but they are open to the public.

Versailles Gardens

Atlantis Paradise Island : the small bridge linking the two larger buildings is the Michael Jackson suite it goes for $35,000 per night. The 50,000-sq.-ft. Atlantis, Paradise Island Casino, is a spectacular themed casino bringing the outside in with its panoramic windows and skylights. Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Slot machines are open 24 hours.
Atlantis Shopping Mall The Atlantis does offer some world-class shopping for those that are looking for designer clothes and other fine items. Simply enter the Atlantis Resort and look for the shopping mall.
The Atlantis Marina Of course, one of the world's most amazing resorts would have to have a marina to accommodate their clients with yachts and Atlantis is no exception. Take a few moments to stroll the marina to see some incredible yachts and weatth.

Downtown places-to-see

Fort Fincastle : overlooking the town from Bennet's Hill was built by Lord Dunmore, about 1793 who named it after his second title, Viscount Fincastle.


Garden of Remembrance : Located in Parliament Square. Here you will find the Cenotaph, a monument commemorating the Bahamians who died in WWI and WWII.


Water Tower

Located near Fort Fincastle, at the top of Elizabeth Avenue, the tower provides a panoramic view of New Providence Island coast to coast. This is the highest point on the island at 216 feet above sea level.


Nassau Public Library

Built in 1797, this interesting octagonal building was formerly the Nassau Goal (Old World spelling for "jail") during the 18th century. The prison cells now house a small collection of old books, photographs, Arawak artifacts and historical colonial documents. It is located near the courts and other Government buildings. Admission is free.


Rawson Square

Located near Parliment Square is the gathering place for national celebrations.

Rawson Square

Straw Market - picked up a crab!


Straw Market: Nassau’s famous Straw Market is one of the largest in the world, and is open seven days a week from early morning until evening. Here, you’ll find an array of handmade mats, hats, and baskets along with fabrics, jewelry, woodcarvings, and guava jellies. Of course, half the fun of shopping here is in the bargaining. The Straw Market is on downtown Bay Street, a block east of the British Colonial Hotel.

Parliment Square : To see an excellent example of Old Nassau, go by the flamingo-pink government buildings of Parliament Square. Constructed in 1815, these buildings are excellent examples of colonial architecture.

Parliament Square

Nassau Port

Pic of Naussau Port

Pic of Naussau Port


Map of Nassau Harbour and Paradise Island