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Visit Nassau Port of Call in the Bahamas
Above: Port of Nassau in the Bahamas.

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, capital city of the Bahamas, resides on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island.

The Island has one of the largest and most trafficked cruise ship ports in the Atlantic Ocean. One reason for its immense popularity is its close and easy proximity to the Florida coast. [Bahamas Map]

Location: 50 miles west of Miami, Florida
Population: 212,432
Language: English
Currency: Bahamian dollar
Tourism info: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (242-322-7500)


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Head over to the man-made island of Arawak Cay, a local beach dusted with pastel-colored shacks, incredibly fresh conch from vendors cracking the mollusks right before your eyes, fried fish and grits, lime-marinated conch and plenty of coconut milk laced with gin. Very popular, especially with the locals, and very crowded, especially on weekend evenings from 5pm. until midnight.

Getting around

Nearby settlements include: Cable Beach, Coral Harbour, Adelaide, Layford Cay, East End.

Inter-island Bahamas mailboats depart from Nassau and run weekly roundtrip to and from all islands.

Jitney buses run between the downtown area to Cable Beach and Paradise Island from early morning until about 7pm. at 30-minute intervals. Fares vary (though generally about $0.75), depending on route.

The Nassau Water Taxi departs every 30 minutes from behind the Straw Market to Paradise Island, operating daily from 9am - 6pm. The roundtrip cost is $6.

Horse-drawn surreys can be found around Rawson Square and sometimes along Bay Street. They run about $5 for 30 minutes, but are negotiable. Note: From May to October, the horses rest from the day's sun from 1pm to 3pm.).

Taxi service is available. Although metered rates vary by island, they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles are also available for rent at most popular tourist centers.

Rental cars are also available. You can use your home driver’s license for up to three months, but remember, when you take to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left.

Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

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Web links

Request a brochure, or find a travel agent who represents Bahamas Cruises at the official Web site.

CIA Factbook -- Bahamas, The
The CIA factbook says the Bahamas are a stable, developing nation with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking.

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