There’s no better way to truly explore Nassau Paradise Island than venturing into the heart of the city and at the center of it all is The Bahamas’ oldest thoroughfare, Bay Street. A bustling mix of shops, restaurants, and tourist sites, it is a must-see island experience.
Wondering where to start? Here’s our guide to making the most of your day on Bay Street:
Shop Until You Drop
Renowned for its world-class shopping, Bay Street is a mecca for bargain-hunters. While strolling through this shopping heaven you’ll find a wonderful array of luxury stores and local shops. So whether you’re looking for designer fashion, duty-free goods, or authentically Bahamian souvenirs, Paradise is the perfect place to splurge. In the middle of Bay Street you’ll find the world-famous Straw Market, home to hundreds of local vendors selling Bahamian collectibles – what better place to find your very own island treasure!
Live the Pirate Life
A vacation to Nassau Paradise Island isn’t complete without a trip to the Pirates of Nassau Museum. This interactive experience travels back to the Golden Age of Piracy, when pirates patrolled our waters, and with the perfect mix of entertainment and history it is sure to shiver your timbers.
Take in Bahamian History and Heritage
A walk down Bay Street will take you on a historical tour of Nassau. Admire the straw artisans as they show off their local craft, while touring through buildings that reflect the country’s history. Keep your eye out for Parliament Square, the Nassau Public Library, Rawson Square and the Pompey Museum – all excellent examples of the colonial architecture of old Nassau. If you’re looking for even more Bahamas history continue 2-3 miles east of the Paradise Island Bridge to Fort Montagu, one of three forts found in Nassau, dating back to the 1700s.
Visit a Famous Setting
If you’re a movie buff, you won’t want to miss the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, originally made famous by its appearance in the James Bond classics Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. The Hotel’s Old Gazebo Bar is the perfect place for a martini – shaken, not stirred.
Indulge in Local Fare
On a day of shopping and sightseeing along Bay Street, you’re bound to work up an appetite. For a true taste of paradise, head 2 miles west of Rawson Square to Arawak Cay (The Fish Fry) – a local hotspot that’s home to a variety of Bahamian restaurants. For a truly authentic meal, we recommend having a taste of Bahamian seafood, such as conch, and quenching your thirst with an Island beer, like Kalik or Sands, or a Bahama Mama.
Take a Bahamian Adventure Cruise
Not only can you admire our beautiful turquoise waters from Bay Street, you can also embark on an ocean adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re casting a line on a fishing expedition with Born Free Fishing Charters, enjoying a high-seas adventure with Barefoot Sailing Cruises, or exploring the ocean floor with Bahama Divers, you’re in for an unforgettable experience.
Can’t wait to check Nassau’s Bay Street off your travel bucket list? Plan your Nassau Paradise Island vacation today!