Prince George Wharf is in the heart of Nassau
Downtown is less than a 15 minute walk away
Visit the historic forts or shop for bargains along Bay Street, Nassau’s famous international shopping location. Liquor, perfume, jewellery and china are favorited items for duty-free shoppers, along with fine local and international crafts plus native goods, from handmade yards of batik to fine jewellery & Rolex watches. The best buys and shopping bargains can be found among the straw craft items and souvenirs at the Straw Market.
The stores on Bay Street are flanked by picturesque, pastel pink-coloured Colonial-style Government buildings erected in the early 1800s by Loyalists, including the Houses of Parliament, the old Colonial Secretary’s Office and the Supreme Court all surrounding a marble statue of Queen Victoria.
Parliament Square in downtown Nassau Bahamas is the traditional centre of Bahamian government. Each season, the Opening Ceremonies of the Supreme Court fill the square with pomp and pageantry. Further downtown stands Fort Charlotte. Built in 1788, it is complete with moat, open battlements, even dungeons. The historic center of Nassau occupies an area about twelve blocks long and six blocks deep, and can be easily explored on foot.
Taxis are plentiful and can be hired in advance or flagged down in the street. Look for the Bahamahost sticker in the window. Rates are fixed, but surcharges apply for more than two people. Tips are about 15 per cent. The fare is $9 plus $2 bridge toll between downtown Nassau and Paradise Island. Many taxis also offer tours, in general fun and not expensive.
The Nassau Water Taxi departs every 30 minutes from behind the Straw Market to Paradise Island, operating daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The round trip cost is $6. Notes: Though the trip takes just 10 minutes, the water taxi may not depart on time.
Nassau’s Sister Island - Paradise Island Venture east on Bay Street from the city’s core and you come to a bridge that takes you to "Paradise," with posh luxury resorts (including the world famous Atlantis Bahamas Resort), the Caribbean’s largest casino, plus exciting nightlife on an island formerly called "Hog."
As you go east, just past the bridge to Paradise Island, there is the boating heart of Nassau / Paradise Island with a number of marinas with boats for hire. The East End is also a delightful residential area showing the full flavour of Nassau’s colonial past in its architecture & horticulture. Big houses with wide breezy verandas face the sea.
For more traditional and authentic local goods, try the Straw Market in Bay Street – reputed to be one of the largest in the world – and haggle with the stall-holders for their handmade baskets, hats, jewellery, and wood carvings.
Conch fritters, grouper fingers, peas ’n’ rice, boiled fish, johnnycake plus guava duff are just a few of the tasty dishes, all of which go "just right" with a tropical drink in your hand.
The local currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$) The Bahamian dollar is on a par with the US dollar, and both currencies are accepted throughout the country.