The cruise ship docks at Prince Georges wharf are in the center of town at rawson square in the middle of nassau's shopping frenzy, across the square is Bay Street.
Bay St Nassau's main thoroughfare has all the big names in fashion, plus an assortment of independent shops selling everything from high-end dinnerware to fine jewelry to seashell-encrusted tissue box covers. Bay Street is teeming with local color and lined with popular tourist sights such as the Straw Market, Vendue House, and the stately Hilton British Colonial Hotel.
The Parliament buildings, built 1805-16, are a fine example of British colonial architecture. The west building holds the House of Assembly and the central building is the Senate.
A marble statue of a young Queen Victoria (installed 1905) stands in Parliament Square
Queens staircase, the steep, sloping staircase, still considered a remarkable construction feat. In order to carve the steps, the slaves had to cut through the rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools. The staircase leads to the back of Fort Fincastle
Fort Fincastle is a small fort on top of the highest hill on the island. It is next to the watertower.
There is a $1 fee to go inside, but you will find out there is not much to see, but the views of the island, downtown Nassau, the cruise ships, and the Atlantis Resort are terrific.
Ardastra Zoo and Gardens is home to nearly 300 bird, mammal and reptile species, many of which are listed as endangered in the Caribbean and South America. Providing a vital sanctuary for its creatures, many of the birds, reptiles and animals are able to roam around freely in the beautiful grounds, where they can thrive and breed in an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible.
visit the underwater marine park and be transferred to the Seaworld Explorer semi-submarine where you will sit five feet below the surface in air conditioned comfort
Fort Charlotte is the largest fortress built by the British in the Bahamas. It was constructed between 1787 and 1790 to guard the west entrance to Nassau Harbour.
The fort features a waterless moat, drawbridge, dungeon, and ramparts. Free tours are given by guides dressed in period costumes every 30 minutes.
Not to be missed, Cable beach is world famous for its fabulous sand and crystal waters and for the myriad upscale resorts that line it. Today, it's the ultimate playground for fun in the sun. There are all the usual water sports and activities and plenty of space for sunbathing.
Though only paying hotel guests can use atlantis's beaches, water slides and pools, cruise passengers in for the day can eat in restaurants, visit the casino, and sign up for the discover atlantis tour.The guided excursion
which includes round trip ferry transport from the dock includes a walk through the resorts lagoon system, and the dig.
Atlantis Paradise Island is a deluxe high rise with 2,300 rooms and a casino situated on the beach. Three towers make up the complex: the Beach, Coral and--the newest--Royal Towers. Unique features include, a 34-acre waterscape, the world's largest outdoor aquarium, 11 exhibit lagoons with over 200 species of tropical fish, cascading waterfalls with a rope suspension bridge, Predator Lagoon with sharks, barracudas and stingrays, including a 100-foot viewing tunnel, and a lazy river ride for rafting. Atlantis Paradise Island is one of the Bahama's most spectacular resorts, filled with activities sure to thrill and delight the entire family!
Atlantis Casino - 50,000 square foot casino, one of the largest in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, with 1,000 state-of-the-art slot machines, available 24 hours a day. Complimentary gaming lessons daily
Waterscape - World's largest marine habitat, 50,000 sea animals of 200 different species, 11 exhibit lagoons.
The Dig - Elaborate maze of corridors and rooms in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, representing what life may have been like on the lost continent of Atlantis more than 11,000 years ago.
Aquaventure - This 63-acre water park with 81 lifeguard stations has water slides and a mile-long ride with rapids, wave surges and special effects. Once guests are in their inner tubes and enter the attraction, water escalators and surges move them along. In fact, riders never have to leave the water, as they are propelled up the water slide tower via conveyors. The 120-foot-high Power Tower offers a choice of four descents. The Abyss drops riders 50 vertical feet into near darkness through a tumbling waterfall. The Drop, The Falls and The Surge are three inner-tube slides that create roller coaster effects from jets of water that propel riders up and down at a fast pace. Surrounding the Power Tower is a river ride system with waves pushing inner-tube riders through seven-foot-high elevations and drops, rapids and up to the Power Tower.