Nassau is the capital city of the Bahamas. It is the commercial and cultural centre of the Bahamas, and with a population of 180,000, its largest city. The tropical climate and natural beauty of the Bahamas has made Nassau a popular tourist destination, with a reputation for relaxing days and an exciting nightlife.
The Islands of the
Bahamas are among the most beautiful places on earth to visit. The
water ranges from pale aqua to deep sapphire, the spectrum changing hourly
as the sun shines brightly in a cloudless sky. Nassau,
the country's capital, is a bustling town on New Providence Island with
shops, nightclubs, glamorous casinos, and posh hotels. Even in Nassau,
though, there are quiet byways and shady lanes where you can step away from the
activity of the main tourist areas. Visitors have many options. They can pause in their
shopping at any time to wander past old colonial buildings that are full
of fascinating island history. Nights can be spent watching a perfect sunset, dining on elegant
French or local cuisine in a hotel restaurant, and then taking in a show, dancing, or visiting one of the island's
Nassau's sheltered harbor bustles with the familiar
cruise ship hubbub and the excitement of fishing excursions coming and going, while a block away, broad, palm lined Bay Street is
alive with commercial activity. The shopping in Nassau is first rate,
as fine imported goods and local crafts compete for attention right next
to each other. The historical sights are centered
around the downtown area. This area has been renovated and rejuvenated
in recent years, adding to its beauty and attractiveness. Amidst
the historic landmarks, chic cigar bars, fancy restaurants, art galleries, suave clubs,
and trendy coffeehouses are popping up everywhere.
No visit to Nassau would be complete
without a trip to nearby Paradise Island. This strip of land
off Nassau's northern coast is
truly a world class playground. Its casinos and beaches are the first
choice for many tourists. The recently completed Atlantis
casino and super-resort has attracted even more visitors. The water
is a clear blue, and the sand on the beaches is perfectly white on Paradise Island.
Inside, the casinos offer every game imaginable, as well as
dozens of shows and attractions.
The Islands of the Bahamas--with exquisite
golden and pink sunsets, pristine beaches, lush tropical landscapes,
and year round sunshine--couldn't have sprung from the sea in more perfect
form for 21st century vacationers. Nassau is the crown jewel of
the islands. The town has become even more beautiful of late, and
its amazing beaches, significant historic landmarks, and world class resort
casinos continue to attract thousands upon thousands of tourists each year.
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