With its compact city center and mix of historic pastel-hued buildings, lively bars, and sandy beaches, Nassau is easy to explore in just one day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the Bahamian capital city.
Located off the shore of the Bahamas’ capital city Nassau—and connected to the city via two bridges—Paradise Island is 1.1 square miles (2.8 square kilometers) of fun in the sun. The island is home to several major resort hotels, including Atlantis, which attracts visitors from all over to its Aquaventure Water Park, where visitors can ride a clear-sided waterslide that travels through a shark-infested lagoon.
The island also has several excellent beaches, with powder-soft sand and clear water. Paradise Beach is one of the most famous, while Snorkeler’s Cove is popular with tourists looking to explore underwater. Visitors can set off on an island tour from Paradise Island to explore some of the deserted cays that dot the ocean nearby.
Things to Know Before You Go
Day passes to Aquaventure at Atlantis are available to Bahamian residents and guests staying at selected partner hotels.
Snorkel gear can be rented from water sports shops on the island.
There are many bars, restaurants, and cafes to choose from.
Paradise Island has two casinos open to anyone aged 18 or over.
How to Get There
Paradise Island is located off the coast of Nassau, the Bahamas’ main city. Ferries depart several times daily from Nassau. Alternatively, you can walk across the bridge from the city or take a taxi. If traveling by car, paid parking is available at a number of the hotels.
When to Get There
High season in the Bahamas runs from November to mid-April. This is when the islands are at their busiest, and the weather at its best. Daily temperatures hover around 85°F (30°C) at this time of year. Hurricane season starts in July and runs through the end of October, when heavy rain and strong winds are possible.
Exploring the Cays
The Bahamas consists of more than 700 small islands, many of which are uninhabited. Be a castaway for a day with a trip exploring some of these deserted cays, where iguanas and sea birds are your only company. Hop on a stand-up paddleboard or join a guided island boat tour and enjoy these tropical outposts’ unspoiled beauty. There’s a lot to see underwater too, so pack your snorkel mask and fins.
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- Atlantis, Paradise Island
- Marine Habitat at Atlantis
- Aquaventure at Atlantis Paradise Island
- Nassau Public Library & Museum
- Rose Island
- Queen's Staircase
- Nassau Cruise Port
- Fort Fincastle
- Junkanoo Expo Museum
- Parliament Square
- Straw Market
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Heritage Museum of the Bahamas
- Pirates of Nassau
- National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)